Podcast Junkies | Interviews and Conversations with Inspiring Podcasters, Storytellers, Entrepreneurs [member of ⚡Podcastica]
093 Tom Webster | The Delicate Art of Conveying Difficult Subjects in the Form of Storytelling

Tom Webster is a marketing executive and the vice president of Edison Research. He also co-hosts his own podcast, The Marketing Companion, with Mark Schaefer. Tom has been in the broadcast research industry for 25 years and has quite a bit to share on the topics of interviewing, storytelling, and podcast statistics.

  • 05:45 - Tom believes the standards in podcasting have gotten better.
  • 07:25 - How did Tom meet his co-host, Mark?
  • 10:15 - Tom has been in media and broadcast research for almost 25 years.
  • 12:25 - What kind of podcast/radio trends has Tom seen over at Edison?
  • 17:20 - Tom shares some examples of people who are able to make that jump from radio to podcasting.
  • 19:20 - There's a percentage of Millennials who don't know what podcasts are.
  • 21:25 - Podcast discovery is still a huge problem.
  • 22:55 - Tips on increasing your podcast audience: figure out what you're good at.
  • 23:35 - Study the greats.
  • 24:35 - Most things you hear from public media is scripted.
  • 27:00 - Inside jokes do not work well on a podcast.
  • 29:25 - Tom enjoys Jordan Harbinger's interviewing style.
  • 32:30 - What's the best way to present statistics?
  • 36:40 - Tom shares what surprised him the most on The Infinite Dial 2016 report.
  • 41:35 - What should people be thinking about when marketing their podcast?
  • 46:10 - What has Tom changed his mind about recently?
  • 47:25 - What is the most misunderstood thing about Tom?
  • 48:05 - When was the last time Tom laughed out loud?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/tom-webster-interview/

Direct download: PJ093-TomWebster.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:01am EST

092 Harry Duran | Dave Mooring from the Remarkable Podcast Interviews Harry!

As it is Memorial week, I am taking it a little bit easy for today's episode. However, I did want to share this interview where a guest appeared on Dave Mooring's Remarkable podcast, quite some time ago. This was back when I had around 50 episodes under my belt, so it's nice to go back in time and have a bit of a recap of what I was up to and into. I hope you guys enjoy!

  • 03:00 - It took Dave about a year to launch his podcast.
  • 05:20 - Get ready to listen to Dave interviewing Harry.
  • 05:35 - Dave and Harry met at Podcast Movement.
  • 06:15 - Harry talks about his passion for DJing.
  • 09:00 - How did Harry make the leap from DJing to podcasting?
  • 12:30 - New Media Expo inspired Harry to create Podcast Junkies.
  • 13:15 - Harry hopes to create a DJ-related podcast in the future.
  • 14:20 - Why did Harry create Podcast Junkies?
  • 16:45 - Does Harry have any podcasts that have stood out for him?
  • 19:05 - Harry's podcast hack is to listen to podcasts on 2x speed.
  • 19:35 - Harry is really into the storytelling genre lately.
  • 20:35 - The storyteller podcasters often do not know anybody from the 'famous' entrepreneurial podcasting world like John Lee Dumas or Pat Flynn.
  • 23:30 - What's Harry's goal with the podcast?
  • 25:45 - Focus on building a quality show.
  • 26:30 - Outside of Harry's podcast, he works as an IT consultant.
  • 27:00 - It's not easy to monetize a podcast.
  • 32:00 - What's the most effective way to increase listenership?
  • 36:35 - How does Harry select his guests?
  • 40:00 - What lessons has Harry learned when trying to build his brand?
  • 49:55 - What is Harry's most memorable interview?
  • 53:35 - Final piece of advice for podcasters? It may take some time to discover your voice.

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/harry-duran-remarkable/

Direct download: PJ092-ElsewhereRemarkable.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:24pm EST

091 Jason Parsons | Create a Character People Love and Then Kill Them

Jason Parsons, aka 'The Angry Ginger', is the host of two podcasts, 7 Days a Geek and Podcasting 101. Jason talks about being a single father of 5 and how he got started in podcasting. He is also a big fan of comics and has written his own web series entitled E.L.E. Jason and I talk about comics, parenting, and how to create a compelling storyline that gets the audience's attention.

  • 07:50 - Is ginger a derogatory term?
  • 10:35 - Jason went to college to become a screenwriter.
  • 11:45 - No matter what Jason has gone through, he knows someone else out there can relate to it.
  • 12:30 - Jason talks about the fake radio station he had as a kid.
  • 15:20 - Since everything is so digital these days, are we loosing that tactile feeling?
  • 16:25 - What does Jason miss from his childhood? Playtime!
  • 19:10 - Jason talks about the differences between his parenting style vs. his parents’ parenting style.
  • 23:20 - Jason self-publishes his own comic books.
  • 28:30 - Jason's comic book audience is going to hate him because he plans to kill some of his characters off
  • 30:00 - The problem with a lot of movies these days is that you have a hard time relating to the characters.
  • 32:25 - If you're interested in comics, pick up Words for Pictures by Brian Michael Bendis.
  • 32:55 - All you have to do is just read and start creating.
  • 33:30 - Is there a community of indie comic book writers out there?
  • 35:15 - It's a lot of money to print your comic book on-demand.
  • 36:10 - Why did Jason start the 7 Days a Geek podcast?
  • 41:50 - What do some people not understand about being a single dad?
  • 43:20 - What is the most misunderstood thing about Jason?
  • 44:50 - What has Jason changed his mind about recently?
  • 50:00 - Jason talks about his other podcast, Podcasting 101.

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/jason-parsons-interview/

Direct download: PJ091-JasonParsons.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:04pm EST

090 Jo Milmine | It's Time We Knit Your Socks Off

Jo Milmine is the host of the Shineybees podcast, a show about knitting. Jo not only has created an amazing community filled with other knitters, but she also won the 2015 New Media Europe for Most Engaged Audience. Jo talks about how she got into podcasting and some of the fantastic things her audience has done for her when she was overseas.

  • 06:10 - It's a bit surreal for Yann to be on the show because he's a fan himself!
  • 06:50 - How did Yann come up with the name of his podcast?
  • 07:25 - This is Yann's second podcast.
  • 13:25 - Yann is a huge music fan and his first podcast has helped open doors for him in that industry.
  • 17:40 - Yann's academic background really helped him embrace music.
  • 18:10 - Yann gives a history lesson about where he is from in Switzerland.
  • 26:05 - Switzerland is not all about chocolate and watches.
  • 27:10 - Yann talks about his ethnic background. He's a very mixed breed!
  • 32:05 - If you do something that you're passionate about, it will be easier for you to work harder in it.
  • 32:25 - It never feels like work when Yann's on his podcast.
  • 33:25 - The school grading system is completely different in Italy compared to Switzerland.
  • 35:55 - Yann's podcast is in English even though it is not his native language.
  • 40:00 - Why did Yann choose the entrepreneur genre?
  • 45:15 - What has Yann learned to do better since he started his podcast?
  • 48:25 - Yann talks about his grandmother.
  • 50:40 - What has Yann changed his mind about recently?
  • 54:55 - When you step out of your comfort zone, you realize it really wasn't as scary as you thought.
  • 58:00 - If you're a man in Switzerland, military service is mandatory.
  • 01:00:10 - Once you believe in what you're doing, you should never feel worried about what people have to say.
  • 01:04:15 - Yann talks about the Podcast Summit he is hosting.

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/jo-milmine-interview/

Direct download: PJ090-JoMilmine.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:43am EST

089 Yann Ilunga | Stepping out of Your Comfort Zone Is Not as Scary as It Seems

Yann Ilunga is the host of the 360 Entrepreneur podcast. On his show, he sits down with some of the world’s top entrepreneurs, online marketing experts, and best-selling authors to talk about their successes and struggles. Yann shares his love for music and education on the show as well as why he decided to create two podcasts at the same time.

  • 06:10 - It's a bit surreal for Yann to be on the show because he's a fan himself!
  • 06:50 - How did Yann come up with the name of his podcast?
  • 07:25 - This is Yann's second podcast.
  • 13:25 - Yann is a huge music fan and his first podcast has helped open doors for him in that industry.
  • 17:40 - Yann's academic background really helped him embrace music.
  • 18:10 - Yann gives a history lesson about where he is from in Switzerland.
  • 26:05 - Switzerland is not all about chocolate and watches.
  • 27:10 - Yann talks about his ethnic background. He's a very mixed breed!
  • 32:05 - If you do something that you're passionate about, it will be easier for you to work harder in it.
  • 32:25 - It never feels like work when Yann's on his podcast.
  • 33:25 - The school grading system is completely different in Italy compared to Switzerland.
  • 35:55 - Yann's podcast is in English even though it is not his native language.
  • 40:00 - Why did Yann choose the entrepreneur genre?
  • 45:15 - What has Yann learned to do better since he started his podcast?
  • 48:25 - Yann talks about his grandmother.
  • 50:40 - What has Yann changed his mind about recently?
  • 54:55 - When you step out of your comfort zone, you realize it really wasn't as scary as you thought.
  • 58:00 - If you're a man in Switzerland, military service is mandatory.
  • 01:00:10 - Once you believe in what you're doing, you should never feel worried about what people have to say.
  • 01:04:15 - Yann talks about the Podcast Summit he is hosting.

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/Yann-Ilunga-Interview

Direct download: PJ089-YannIlunga.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:24pm EST

088 Erik Johnson | Stop Copying Someone Else's Voice!

Erik Johnson discovered radio while he was studying architectureand has never looked back. He has been in the radio industry since1989 and currently helps podcasters cultivate their voice andtalent. Erik shares a bit of his story, the importance of silencein conversations, and some of the common mistakes new podcasterstend to make – like try to mimic someone else's voice. Tune in formore!

  • 04:15 - Erik has been in radio since 1989.
  • 05:10 - When Erik first started in radio, he tried to learneverything he could. He loves to learn.
  • 05:50 - Does Erik have a teacher or mentor that also has such astrong desire to learn?
  • 08:20 - What is a program director?
  • 09:45 - Erik has a degree in architecture, but he fell out oflove with it after three years.
  • 12:25 - How did Erik make the leap from architecture tobroadcasting?
  • 13:45 - Erik hated speaking in front of people all throughouthigh school.
  • 15:05 - It's just a matter of doing it enough until you're notscared anymore.
  • 20:15 - Does Erik remember the separation between podcastingand radio?
  • 21:15 - Podcasts changed for Erik when he got his iPhone.
  • 21:35 - Erik started writing about podcasting before he didit.
  • 24:25 - Erik and I talk about growing up as a child and howresilient we were.
  • 28:10 - I remember the day Atari showed up at my house.
  • 29:15 - Erik thought if he was able to teach others what he hadlearned in radio, people's podcasts would be
  • 29:25 - The podcasting genre has become stronger overtime.
  • 33:25 - We can always learn new things and craft our artbetter.
  • 33:55 - When Erik coaches his clients, he tries to enhancetheir strengths.
  • 34:25 - New podcasters try to sound like the 'radio guy' orsomebody else.
  • 37:40 - You don't have to revamp your show, but you'd besurprised by what a bit of change can do to it.
  • 38:40 - Erik talks about the importance of silence inconversations, especially in audio.
  • 43:25 - Does Erik have a proud teacher moment?
  • 45:55 - What has Erik changed his mind about recently?
  • 49:25 - What is the most misunderstood thing about Erik?
  • 50:40 - Erik is a fan of magic tricks and magicians.

Full Show Notes:http://www.podcastjunkies.com/Erik-K-Johnson-interview/

Direct download: PJ087-ErikKLock.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:48am EST

087 Andrew Lock | The Incredible Power of Impacting Others for the Better

Andrew Lock has been video podcasting since 2008. His show HelpMy Business! is a free weekly web TV show that helps entrepreneursstand out from the crowd and build better businesses. Andrew isamazed by how much knowledge and power each individual has that canhelp shape another person's life. Listen in to Andrew's wise wordson working hard, helping others, and changing for the better.

  • 05:25 - I met Andrew about a week ago.
  • 06:45 - Believe it or not, Andrew is an introvert.
  • 07:10 - So many interesting relationships have been built fromgetting out of your comfort zone.
  • 07:25 - Andrew is currently focused on video podcasts and hasbeen doing this since 2008.
  • 11:40 - Andrew moved from England to the US in 2003.
  • 13:10 - Video podcasts were still very new when Andrew startedhis business.
  • 14:20 - It helped a lot that Andrew knew how to create engagingvideos, but he wasn't a presenter himself.
  • 17:45 - The first episodes Andrew ever created still make himcringe.
  • 17:50 - There will always be a learning curve.
  • 20:05 - Who inspired Andrew on the presentation/video host sideof things?
  • 22:25 - Andrew shares an interesting way to keep people hookedthrough the opening credits.
  • 29:30 - Make sure you are true to who you are or else you'll bea poor copy of someone else.
  • 30:15 - It takes time to discover who you are.
  • 33:45 - Does the UK have a big entrepreneurial movement orfollowing the way the US does?
  • 38:25 - It's a lot easier for Andrew to stand out in the USbecause he's from England.
  • 40:15 - Like most entrepreneurs, Andrew was pretty muchunemployable.
  • 40:55 - Andrew is a hard worker and he wants to be rewarded forthat, however employment isn't always the be
  • 44:55 - If you are passionate and willing to work hard, thenAndrew will help you as much as he can.
  • 47:30 - It's powerful knowing you can teach someone to thepoint where it will change their life.
  • 51:25 - Andrew shares a story about his friend, who was abusedas a child.
  • 53:00 - People can change, even with the worstcircumstances.
  • 53:20 - Change cannot be forced. It has to come from within theperson.
  • 54:10 - Some people just feel so broken that they feel likethey have no control over their own lives.
  • 55:35 - You have to prove it to yourself and those who havehurt you that you can overcome this.
  • 57:05 - What has Andrew changed his mind about recently?
  • 01:00:45 - What's the one most misunderstood thing aboutAndrew?
  • 01:03:30 - Andrew loves the comedian Brian Regan.

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/Andrew-Lock-Interview

Direct download: PJ087-AndrewLock.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

086 Paul Colligan | Providing Your Children with the Proper Tools to Handle Technology

Paul Colligan is another old school podcaster who began speaking on the microphone in 2004. He is also a YouTube and social media expert and was invited to speak on the topic, at a conference in Oman. He shares how he raises his kids in a world filled with technology that remembers every mistake you  make and tries to describe what radio is to someone who has never heard of it before. Paul also talks about his time in Germany and what it was like growing up there. 

  • 07:45 - Paul talks about his recent trip to Oman.  
  • 12:55 - We have a vision in our head of who our podcast listeners are, but when you meet them it's very different.  
  • 16:45 - Podcasting is not a big thing in Oman, but people appreciated the power it held.  
  • 19:20 - Paul was asked about Donald Trump while he was in Oman.  
  • 21:15 - Paul spent about an hour in a government-sponsored virtual reality startup.  
  • 23:45 - Where did Paul's desire to teach stem from?
  • 28:30 - What was Paul's earliest recollection of interacting with some sort of technology?
  • 32:45 - Paul was talking about an idea on the podcast and someone went off and created a business around it.
  • 35:25 - Paul runsa ‘ no Snapchat’  household.  
  • 37:10 - How do you describe radio to someone who doesn’ t know what radio is?  
  • 40:15 - Anything you do to limit your children's access to technology is going to eventually hurt their future.  
  • 43:50 - How long did Paul live in Germany for? Around 8 years.
  • 46:15 - Paul recommends the movie, Good Bye, Lenin.  
  • 47:55 - What is one of Paul's fondest memories of Germany?  
  • 50:55 - Paul talks about having his kids travel more.  
  • 52:45 - Paul breaks down all the podcast shows he has started/worked on.  
  • 55:10 - Ever heard of Over The Rhine?  
  • 56:15 - Who has been a mentor to Paul?  
  • 58:50 - Is monetization the right model for podcasts?  
  • 01:00:10 - There's nothing that says you can't be compensated for doing things that you're passionate about.
  • 01:00:25 - What has Paul changed his mind about recently?  

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/paul-colligan-interview/

 

Direct download: PJ086-PaulColligan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST

085 Ben Adair | Vulnerable Stories Are Growing

Ben Adair is a Peabody Award-winning journalist, entrepreneur, and educator. Ben first started his career in the alternative press before moving into radio and then podcasting. Ben discusses how his podcast has grown since its initial creation, and why he's more intently focused on delivering unique stories that stand out.   

  • 05:00 - Ben and I headed to the local bar to do this interview.
  • 08:55 - How has California impacted Ben?  
  • 10:05 - L.A is a city of secrets and imagination.
  • 11:15 - Was Ben ever in danger during his journalist career?    
  • 14:15 - What was Ben's earliest memory of being curious?  
  • 16:15 - When Ben first started the podcast, how involved was he in the podcasting community?
  • 19:55 - What's so cool abut podcasting is that you can niche down on the most surprising topics.  
  • 20:20 - The differences between radio and podcasting.  
  • 22:20 - There really are no rules to podcasting.  
  • 27:50 - If a podcast is done well, you feel like you're in the same room with them.  
  • 33:34 - Podcasting is definitely a 'learn as you go' process.  
  • 33:55 - Did Ben ever interview someone who made him feel nervous?
  • 39:05 - It can be difficult to craft an excellent story when you take away the time factor. How long should my podcast really be?  
  • 42:10 - Ben talks about the first episode he has done and how his show has evolved since then.  
  • 46:45 - Reality TV is more soul-crushing than any 'confession journal' that's out there.  
  • 50:25 - Ben talks about Humans of New York.  
  • 50:50 - Vulnerable stories are growing because too many people on social media present a 'perfect' image of themselves on there.  
  • 51:10 - How does this new environment affect Ben's children?  
  • 53:00 - What's the most misunderstood thing about Ben?  
  • 54:45 - What's something Ben has changed his mind about recently? 57:50 - Ben's podcast is not on hiatus, he's just working on a story that's really, really hard.  
  • 01:01:25 - People might not assume Ben is an emotional person, but he actually is.  
  • 01:07:45 - Ben really tries to interview people face-to-face.  
  • 01:09:45 - How do you decide what/where home is?  
  • 01:12:05 - Ben talks about the upcoming shows he's planning on releasing.  

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/ben-adair-interview/

 

Direct download: PJ-85-BenAdair.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:23am EST

084 AJ Mihrzad | Stepping Out of His Introverted Shell

AJ Mihrzad is the author of the best selling book, The Mind Body Solution and interviews other online coaches for his podcast. As a self-proclaimed former fat kid and incredibly shy introvert, AJ talks on how he transformed his life and worked towards a life he really wanted. There’s some great personal tidbits about friendships, growing your business, and more in here that I really resonated with. Hope you enjoy the interview with AJ!

Show Highlights

  • 05:00 – What does AJ mean by him being a ‘situational’ extrovert?
  • 05:10 – AJ has always had issues with his self confidence and even feared people.
  • 06:35 – Because of AJ’s shyness, he missed a lot of opportunities, especially with girls.
  • 07:10 – Who was AJ’s role model to help overcome this?
  • 08:10 – Toast masters also helped him.
  • 08:55 – AJ is the oldest out of his siblings and he’s the only introvert.
  • 10:45 – AJ prefers not to go to family events, but he goes anyway and fake it till he makes it.
  • 12:55 – What made AJ shift gears a little bit in his career?
  • 14:20 – Why did AJ get into fitness coaching?
  • 16:15 – Despite making lots of mistakes, somewhere along the line something clicked for AJ.
  • 20:30 – Teaching is one of those jobs that is under appreciated and under paid, but so important.
  • 20:35 – Everyone can name a teach who made an impact on their lives.
  • 21:25 – AJ talks about a teacher who inspired him.
  • 24:10 – Why did AJ start a podcast?
  • 26:35 – AJ talks about how the podcast has opened doors for him.
  • 29:10 – I completely agree with AJ. I have made unbelievable connections through my podcast as well.
  • 32:10 – What’s great about podcasting is that there are no rules.
  • 33:35 – AJ was a very private person, but he started opening up because his role models were very authentic
  • 36:45 – Video allows you to be raw, real, and authentic. Twitter and Instagram don’t do this very well.
  • 42:05 – Has AJ grown out of certain relationships now that he’s ‘grown up’ a little?
  • 44:15 – People need to be aware of their personal growth and they also need to align themselves with the rig
  • 49:30 – What is the one most misunderstood thing about AJ?
  • 51:40 – AJ spoke about being a former fat kid, what made him want to change?
  • 53:44 – If AJ can do it, anyone can do it!
  • 55:10 – What has AJ changed his mind about recently?
  • 57:40 – Text the word ‘Amazing’ to 33444 to get a copy of AJ’s book.

 

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/84

 

 

 

Direct download: PJ084-AJMihrzad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:50am EST