Podcast Junkies

David Steele is the founder of the Steele Empire podcasting network that is home to A Quest for Magic and Steele, which he hosts and produces with his children, and Ark City, which takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where the listener tags along with the hero of the story as it unfolds on each episode. Always searching for new ways to feed his creative hunger and bond with his family, David decided to start A Quest for Magic and Steele which is based off of the popular role playing game Dungeons and Dragons. Complete with character voices and a Gamemaster, A Quest for Magic and Steele is played out live for its listeners to enjoy and enthrall themselves in this improvised fantasy world.

Full show notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/david-steele-interview/

Direct download: PJ154-David-Steele.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:10pm EST

Trules is the host of e-travels with e. trules. He's lived an incredibly interesting life and recently discovered the world of podcasting. He's an artist, “self-producer and self-initiator”, an amazing storyteller and has taught theater at USC for 31 years. He's been a performer for almost five decades as a modern dancer and a clown, of all things! Going into his last year of teaching he was offered a grant from the school for a project of his choosing and he chose a podcast. And we're lucky he did!

Full show notes: http://pjnk.es/153

Direct download: PJ153-Eric-Trules.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30pm EST

David Ridgen is a Toronto-based filmmaker for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and host of Someone Knows Something, a true crime podcast that digs deep to uncover the truth of unsolved crimes. Trained as a documentary storyteller as a filmmaker, David takes those same skills and applies them to SKS to deliver a podcast that is very well produced, investigated, and meticulously crafted. His experience as an investigator and journalist serves him well and he no doubt has helped catapult the rising interest of true crime podcasts.

  • 05:50 - His true crime podcast, Someone Knows Something (SKS)
  • 08:41 - The difference between making a podcast and an investigative film
  • 09:56 - Why he doesn’t listen to podcasts or watch documentaries
  • 11:36 - The unfamiliarity of podcasts in Canada
  • 13:12 - Why he stepped away and felt hesitant returning to work on SKS
  • 16:30 - How he copes and decompresses from the heavy subject matter of SKS
  • 18:32 - His background with investigative journalism
  • 19:53 - How he approaches asking the tough questions
  • 21:49 - The beauty and effectiveness of silence
  • 23:13 - His interest in Michael Moore’s work and the people who have helped him in his career
  • 25:16 - How he goes about finding a case to investigate
  • 28:20 - The importance of the process of looking at the cases he investigates
  • 30:37 - The many families still seeking closure from unsolved crime cases
  • 31:56 - His team that helps him deliver SKS
  • 34:01 - The involved production process behind SKS
  • 36:09 - The music and source audio behind SKS
  • 38:03 - The lengthy scripts that are involved to produce SKS
  • 38:56 - The support of his friends and family in his work
  • 41:34 - The one most misunderstood thing about him

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/david-ridgen-interview

Direct download: PJ152-DavidRidgen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:04pm EST

Clay Groves is host of the Fish Nerds Fishing podcast, an ice fishing guide, and a grant writer based out of New Hampshire. Although he and co-founder Dave Kellum started the podcast in 2013, they first started Fish Nerds in 2011 as a writing project with the hope of publishing a book about catching and eating every fresh water fish in New Hampshire.

Even though the book project never materialized, it did grow into the Fish Nerds Fishing podcast and with over 170 episodes under his belt, Clay has found a very specific and niche topic that has proven to catch his audience’s attention.

  • 03:58 - The backstory behind the Fish Nerds and the Fish Nerds Fishing podcast
  • 07:35 - MAPCON: Clay’s first experience with a podcasting conference
  • 08:51 - Clay’s background in education and his opinion on conferences in the education space and how MAPCON compares to them
  • 10:05 - What he thinks about the podcast community at MAPCON
  • 11:25 - Road trip adventures with Podcast Junkies episode 136 guest, Amanda Doughty
  • 12:05 - How he met Amanda and their collaborations
  • 13:01 - Making friends through podcasting
  • 13:33 - How using Patreon has greatly helped him with podcasting
  • 17:48 - How to get the most out of a service like Patreon
  • 22:33 - Advertising his ice fishing guide business on his podcast
  • 22:51 - Some of the challenges of podcasting while ice fishing
  • 24:28 - What people are mostly surprised about with ice fishing
  • 26:07 - The sustainability behind ice fishing
  • 27:09 - How thick the ice has to be for ice fishing, snowmobiles, trucks, and airplanes
  • 29:51 - How he feels about getting paid for ice fishing and what he’s doing to grow his business
  • 32:39 - Clay shares one of his most memorable fishing stories
  • 37:34 - People’s natural tendency to help others who are in a bad situation
  • 40:03 - How he got into teaching
  • 41:56 - How he almost had a career in the music industry and when Nirvana stunk
  • 44:51 - The How to Play Guitar with Clay podcast - good or bad idea?
  • 46:18 - Why he likes trying new stuff and the different things he’s done
  • 49:11 - His daughter’s acting endeavors
  • 52:36 - Allowing your children the freedom to explore different interests
  • 54:58 - What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 58:11 - The one most misunderstood thing about him
  • 01:01:01 - Clay talks about the time he first heard about me and Podcast Junkies

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/clay-groves-interview

Direct download: PJ151-ClayGroves.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:01am EST

Pat Flynn is an entrepreneur, blogger, author, podcaster, and host of The Smart Passive Income podcast. Pat has been helping people build passive income-driven online businesses ever since 2008.

  • 07:04 - Pat’s experience with speaking in front of large audiences
  • 08:00 - His earliest memory of performing on a stage
  • 09:26 - The role he plays in his kid’s future career paths
  • 10:37 - What scares him the most as a parent
  • 12:08 - His opinion on children using devices such as iPads
  • 13:16 - His earliest recollection of a video game console
  • 14:20 - His most obsessive moments with video games and his gamer handle
  • 15:46 - His passion for technology
  • 16:10 - The things you sometimes have to do for great vlog footage
  • 17:34 - His recent foray into vlogging
  • 19:39 - If there is something specific about the vlogging medium to be considerate of
  • 21:15 - The importance of relinquishing control and having the right team around you
  • 23:26 - Some mistakes he’s made and what you can learn from them
  • 24:54 - Having Standard Operating Procedures in place for your team
  • 25:47 - What Pat does to ensure he’s always challenging himself and his network of peers
  • 27:16 - What he’s currently doing that’s scaring him and pushing him out of his comfort zone
  • 29:44 - Selling his podcasting course on stage for the first time
  • 34:09 - Handling when everyone wants a piece of Pat Flynn
  • 35:50 - What he does to balance his work/life experience
  • 39:24 - His relationship with friends from his past
  • 41:38 - How he handles giving his time to his fan base at various events
  • 43:42 - Raising the bar each time he performs
  • 45:26 - What he learned about creating keynote speeches
  • 46:28 - His most famous keynote speech and perfecting it each time he performs
  • 48:47 - Why he spends the whole time at the events he attends
  • 50:08 - If he ever reflects back on his career
  • 51:05 - Why he didn’t dance at his prom and his favorite speaking technique revealed
  • 52:36 - The first time he ever hit the dance floor
  • 53:59 - His friend and mentor, Chris Ducker
  • 55:31 - What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 58:46 - The most misunderstood thing about him
  • 59:58 - His newest project, Build Your Own Brand

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/pat-flynn-interview

Direct download: PJ150-PatFlynn.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:12am EST

Mark Ramsey is the host of Inside The Exorcist and Inside Psycho, podcasts that dive deep to tell the stories behind the making of legendary blockbuster movies. Mark’s podcasts are essentially a television series without pictures, audio graphic novels and biopics where the listener is immersed in sounds that help paint the picture and masterfully accompany the storytelling to create an unforgettable Orwellianesque audio experience.

If you haven’t listened to Mark’s podcasts yet, I’ve included a brief sample of Inside The Exorcist at the end of this podcast that is sure to grasp you and make you hit that subscribe button.

  • 04:22 - How he got connected with Hernan Lopez of Wondery
  • 05:18 - Mark’s podcasting experience and his thoughts on the podcasting space
  • 06:42 - His thoughts on Netflix and its myriad of choices
  • 07:59 - When he first learned of podcasts and what he thought about the name
  • 09:05 - It shouldn’t be so difficult to listen to a podcast
  • 10:46 - Mark talks about how he came up with the Inside Psycho podcast series
  • 14:20 - His response to people that say his podcasts are not accurate
  • 16:36 - If non-fictional stories are more impactful than fictional stories
  • 16:54 - Alfred Hitchcock and his über successful movie, Psycho
  • 18:41 - The process of making art and what he hopes comes out of his shows
  • 19:26 - HBO’s documentary on Steven Spielberg
  • 21:12 - Replicating the success recipe of Silence of the Lambs on his shows
  • 23:12 - His ever evolving storytelling skills and the importance of audio in storytelling
  • 25:34 - Using silence as a color in storytelling
  • 27:03 - Creating your own unique format instead of replicating other shows
  • 29:44 - How the podcasting space has room for innovation
  • 30:38 - What you can expect to hear on the first episode of Inside The Exorcist
  • 31:39 - Where he feels his interest lies
  • 32:45 - The problem with video and how the audio medium compares to it
  • 36:41 - The people who have influenced Mark’s work
  • 43:10 - What he’s changed his mind about recently

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/mark-ramsey-interview

Direct download: PJ149-MarkRamsey.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:14am EST

Annett Bone is a dancer, entrepreneur, and the host of The DancePreneuring Studio podcast where she speaks with dancers, choreographers, artistic directors, studio owners, and others in the dance world so they can share their personal stories of the challenges they’ve encountered and the success they’ve experienced in this highly competitive arena.

In this conversation, Annett opens up about her own personal struggles and confronting her self-doubt, how she became involved with dancing, why she started her podcast, and how its helped her grow and opened the door to so many opportunities.

  • 03:14 - Where I met Annett
  • 04:18 - Her experience with podcasting conferences
  • 05:43 - The differences between business and podcasting conferences
  • 07:47 - How she got started on her entrepreneurial journey
  • 13:55 - Dealing with “Imposter Syndrome”
  • 14:26 - Not letting self-doubt stop her from trying new things like starting a podcast
  • 17:10 - When she became aware of tapping into her intuition
  • 18:52 - The work she was involved with before starting her podcast
  • 21:08 - How Annett got started with dancing
  • 25:46 - Immersing yourself around talented people to elevate your own talent
  • 28:04 - What drove her to start her podcast
  • 30:10 - How one particular guest inspired and motivated her during a challenging time
  • 32:32 - How she’s grown as a podcaster since starting her show
  • 33:39 - Annett explains why she thinks she was so self-conscious early on in her life
  • 36:21 - What attracted her about homeschooling
  • 39:09 - The kind of feedback she’s received from her listeners
  • 43:30 - Her experience and thoughts on public speaking
  • 47:05 - An upcoming project she’s working on that’s still hush-hush
  • 48:52 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 50:38 - How she tackles making decisions in her life
  • 52:31 - The trepidation she felt before speaking at MAPCON
  • 53:56 - What she learned about the podcasters she met and heard at MAPCON
  • 55:09 - The one most misunderstood thing about her

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/annett-bone-interview

Direct download: PJ148-AnnettBone.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:52am EST

Scott Mulvaney is a self-professed adrenaline junkie. From fighting fires to jumping out of planes, mountain biking, rock climbing and more, Scott lives to live a Fired Up Epic Life.

As the creator of the brand and podcast, Live the FUEL, he aims to inspire people to get out of their comfort zone and try new things in order to reach new goals in life. Scott is a high energy, motivational, and inspirational person as is evident in our conversation and by the end of this podcast you’ll be itching to get out of your comfort zone and push yourself to new heights.

  • 04:37 - Scott’s two and half hour podcast episode and why he doesn’t edit
  • 06:03 - The MAPCON conference and his experience with it
  • 08:58 - Scott’s background and how his podcast has helped grow his brand
  • 10:10 - The origins of his brand, Live the Fuel
  • 13:44 - How I came up with the Podcast Junkies brand
  • 15:54 - The story of he became involved with helping others
  • 21:09 - Scott’s work ethic
  • 25:46 - The new Point Break movie, adrenaline junkies and their need for more
  • 28:02 - Getting out of your comfort zone and trying new things like fighting fires
  • 31:24 - What made him decide that he wanted to fight fires
  • 37:30 - What Scott tells people who want to explore beyond their comfort zone
  • 40:10 - What Scott went through when he left the firefighting life
  • 42:58 - Opening up about his struggles and challenges on his podcast
  • 46:38 - Scott’s advice on what to do when you run out of things to talk about
  • 49:36 - What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 51:47 - The number of skydiving jumps he’s made
  • 52:27 - The story of my first jump
  • 54:02 - The one most misunderstood thing about him

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/scott-mulvaney-interview

Direct download: PJ147-ScottMulvaney.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:27am EST

Jim Collison is the host of the Home Gadget Geeks podcast where he helps people navigate through all of the consumer technology that is out there today. He is also the creator of the Average Guy Network, a channel the “average guy” can visit to get all the information they need to help inform and educate themselves with all the different facets of technology.

Jim recently celebrated 10 years working at Gallup where he was instrumental in the development of a college and high school technical internship program in Omaha, Nebraska and in launching a podcast based around what Gallup is known for - their Strengths Finder Assessments. Gallup now has four podcasts which he helps produce and host. We talk all about it here.

  • 06:10 - The best time to be a podcaster
  • 07:25 - When listeners of your show provide you feedback
  • 09:34 - Jim’s healthy Twitter community and his wildly popular weather tweets
  • 12:07 - The challenges of responding to your community and how Jim manages it
  • 15:26 - The first time he heard of podcasts and the first ones he was listening to
  • 18:24 - His job at Gallup and how he was instrumental in implementing a podcast there
  • 23:01 - How Jim sold the idea to Gallup to start a podcast
  • 25:48 - The importance of having structure on your show
  • 28:28 - Practice makes perfect
  • 30:15 - How being a podcaster has prepared him to be an MC
  • 33:22 - Jim explains the reason he started his network, Average Guy TV
  • 35:48 - Whether or not he consolidates his RSS feeds and other tech questions
  • 38:41 - The story of how he first met Dave Jackson
  • 42:37 - How long Ask the Podcast Coach has been running and interesting moments
  • 45:46 - What Gallup is known for
  • 47:24 - The Gallup Strengths Finder Assessment and what it said about Jim
  • 52:35 - His wife and children’s strengths
  • 53:40 - The challenges of balancing his professional and personal life
  • 57:25 - What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 59:49 - The one most misunderstood thing about him

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/jim-collison-interview

Direct download: PJ146-JimCollison.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:44am EST

After answering an ad from a radio producer in Houston, Texas that was looking for an idea for a radio show, Colleen Mullen received a phone call saying that she had been chosen as the lucky person to launch a podcast - in less than a month! With no prior broadcasting experience, she jumped in two feet first into the podcasting ring and created the Coaching Through Chaos podcast where she interviews authors and experts in the field of psychology to help them navigate through the chaos in their lives.

Colleen is also the co-host of another podcast called Shrink to Shrink and she runs a private practice as a relationship therapist in San Diego, California where she specializes in high conflict couples.

  • 05:21 - Colleen’s relationship with technology
  • 05:52 - How she started podcasting
  • 09:34 - Hurricanes, earthquakes, aftershocks, and tremors
  • 14:03 - Fulfilling her commitment to launch Coaching Through Chaos
  • 15:24 - The response she’s received on her podcast and the connections she’s made
  • 17:07 - Her second podcast, Shrink to Shrink
  • 18:09 - What she has gotten out of going to podcasting conferences
  • 21:33 - Podcast Movement and being completely present in conversations
  • 23:54 - Colleen shares an exciting story from Podcast Movement
  • 26:41 - Building lasting connections and treating your guests like gold
  • 28:29 - Using her podcast as a way to leverage and enhance her business
  • 32:06 - If social media is bringing us closer together or further apart
  • 34:12 - The younger generation’s erosion of social skills
  • 35:15 - How constant communication through texting is bad for couples
  • 36:58 - If experiences with clients and guests on her show merge with one another
  • 38:26 - Using podcasts to establish yourself as a thought leader
  • 40:33 - The creative way she brands her podcast in her waiting room
  • 43:25 - Her time growing up in New York
  • 46:20 - Reminiscing about old New York clubs and NYC living
  • 49:36 - Visiting museums when she’s in big cities
  • 50:06 - One of her memorable museum experiences
  • 51:39 - Our experience with contemporary art installations
  • 54:03 - Her story about the powerful ‘The Lost Boys’ painting by Kerry James Marshall
  • 57:50 - The first time I saw Rembrandt’s Night Watch painting
  • 58:59 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 01:01:08 - The one most misunderstood thing about her

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/colleen-mullen-interview

Direct download: PJ145-ColleenMullen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:03am EST

Richard Davies is a journalist with over 30 years experience covering breaking news in politics and business who has now turned to podcasting to find the solutions to the problems that weigh heavily on all of our minds. He co-hosts the How Do We Fix It podcast alongside his longtime friend and journalist, Jim Meigs. Their show looks to find better ways to talk about the issues and problems that all of us face by featuring innovative thinkers and discussing with them the solutions to these often complex situations

  • 03:13 - His thoughts on Podcast Movement
  • 04:49 - The differences between being an on-air news correspondent and a podcaster
  • 05:53 - If his colleagues are curious about his podcasting journey and one thing he’s really learned from podcasting
  • 07:08 - The habits he needed to unlearn from radio when he began to podcast
  • 07:44 - What inspired him to take on podcasting
  • 09:16 - The shows he was listening to that gave him inspiration
  • 10:25 - The host of his show, Jim Meigs and their relationship
  • 11:26 - Richard explains, Change My Mind, the first show he wanted to produce
  • 13:06 - What he did to get guests on his show and what they discovered about attracting guests
  • 14:06 - How he and Jim promise guests a lively interview
  • 15:15 - If guests tell them that the interview was different than what their used to
  • 15:49 - Who his dream guests are
  • 16:38 - What Jim and Neil deGrasse Tyson have in common
  • 17:25 - The feedback they’ve received that’s changed the direction of their show
  • 19:08 - If he’s surprised by the personal nature of podcasting
  • 19:53 - Richard proselytizing for podcasts and how he shows people where to find his
  • 21:48 - The fall of the Berlin Wall: his favorite story he covered as a journalist
  • 24:17 - Appreciating and covering historical moments in history such as 9/11
  • 25:17 - His time living in Hastings, NY and Britain
  • 25:59 - How spending time in the States and England has shaped his worldview
  • 26:41 - When he first knew he wanted to become a journalist
  • 28:16 - If watching journalists on TV was important to him growing up and emulating your idols
  • 29:39 - Two of his favorite journalists
  • 30:42 - Films he thinks have portrayed the news and journalism accurately
  • 33:08 - What he thinks of HBO’s, The Newsroom
  • 33:37 - Richard talks about his episode with Aaron Pilhofer, How Trust Can Save Journalism
  • 37:19 - How he feels about some podcasts
  • 38:36 - The idea behind the Fix It Shorts
  • 40:58 - Where his motivation to continue podcasting comes from
  • 42:09 - How Donald Trump’s election has changed our political landscape
  • 43:41 - What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 46:04 - The one most misunderstood thing about him
  • 46:37 - Richard asks me a few questions about his show

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/richard-davies-interview

Direct download: PJ144-RichardDavies.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:50pm EST

After Elle Martinez got engaged, she started to go over her and her soon to be husband’s finances and quickly realized that they were in two completely different places. Looking for guidance, she began reading personal finance blogs but couldn’t find anyone talking about how to merge and manage your finances once you got married so she started a blog called Couple Money and eventually, the Couple Money podcast.

Through her blog and podcast, Elle has been helping families to achieve financial freedom by sharing her tips and life lessons for reducing debt, increasing income, and building net worth. She is the author of Jumpstart Your Marriage & Your Money and she has recorded over 200 episodes of Couple Money.

  • 05:45 - Her upcoming talk about “personal finance being more personal” at FinCon
  • 07:30 - How she got into podcasting
  • 08:46 - What the impetus was for starting her blog, Couple Money
  • 13:08 - Her listenership
  • 13:54 - When listeners go back to binge on all your episodes
  • 14:48 - How she would record episodes during her daughter’s nap time
  • 15:43 - What “cash-flowing” means and how she learned to edit her podcast
  • 18:26 - What she was hoping to get out of Podcast Movement 2017
  • 20:52 - The memorable business cards she passed out at Podcast Movement
  • 22:46 - The different types of guests she has on her show
  • 25:09 - Her mentors and role models in the FinCon space
  • 27:29 - Her most profound episode where she learned so much empathy
  • 27:29 - Her most profound episode where she learned so much empathy
  • 32:07 - If she’s ever had a guest on the show that said something their spouse wasn’t aware of
  • 33:22 - The joy of keeping podcasts real
  • 34:44 - Debt and depression
  • 38:53 - How she’s grown and what she’s learned because of podcasting
  • 40:49 - Her early interest in financing; bike stunts, and what she studied in school
  • 43:08 - What her family thinks about her being a podcaster
  • 46:09 - If she had any trepidation about entering the financial podcast arena
  • 48:57 - If she thinks any of her kids will ever start podcasting
  • 51:09 - Some podcasts we’re currently into
  • 54:10 - Her thoughts on the Equifax data breach and something called, Chatbot
  • 56:59 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 01:00:34 - The one most misunderstood thing about her
  • 01:02:18 - Her idea for a game design podcast

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/elle-martinez-interview

Direct download: PJ143-ElleMartinez.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:10am EST

Natalie Eckdahl is the host of the Biz Chix podcast, a business coach and strategist who also leads mastermind groups for women entrepreneurs. She was inspired to start her podcast in 2014 because the business podcasts she was listening to mainly spotlighted men and she wanted to listen from more women entrepreneurs who were balancing a business and a family just like she was.

With nearly 300 episodes under her belt, Natalie has been able to provide a platform to women business owners and leaders whose voices are often underrepresented while also sharing her own knowledge and expertise to other female entrepreneurs who are looking to start and improve upon their own businesses.

  • 07:27 - Her thoughts on waiting for the right time to come on the show
  • 08:27 - Lessons she’s learned to improve her podcast and business
  • 11:32 - The first time she received feedback on her podcast
  • 14:44 - How she got started in podcasting
  • 20:02 - Thinking through how you want to design your podcast
  • 24:09 - Finding your own voice
  • 28:27 - My new favorite business podcast, More Cheese Less Whiskers
  • 30:21 - Using your podcast for your business
  • 32:28 - Using her Facebook group to connect her community to her podcast
  • 35:12 - When she has to explain to people what she does for a living
  • 35:32 - Her growing community of listeners and connecting with them at Podcast Movement
  • 37:52 - Celebrity status within the small online world
  • 38:33 - The powerful connections podcasts are able to make on listeners
  • 41:24 - If podcast listening will evolve from a solo in-ear experience to a more communal radio-type listening style
  • 43:44 - Featuring her kids on her podcast and if they will have their own show one day
  • 47:05 - If Generation Zers will take to podcasts
  • 48:03 - The new trend of TV shows turning into podcasts
  • 50:23 - The big support she received from her husband when she started her podcast
  • 53:26 - Creating memories and leaving a legacy through your podcast
  • 55:37 - Being vulnerable and sharing personal stories with your audience
  • 58:04 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 01:03:38 - How you can involve your listeners to help your podcast downloads grow

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/natalie-eckdahl-interview

Direct download: PJ142-NatalieEckdahl.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:21am EST

Meet Jay Connor, writer and one of the brilliant voices of the podcast, The Extraordinary Negroes, which he co-hosts with Alex Hardy. The Extraordinary Negroes tackles a wide range of issues and topics effecting the black community and aims to shed light and encourage dialogue on these important issues.

Their podcast has been featured in the New York Times, was nominated for Best Society & Culture podcast from The People’s Choice Podcast Awards, was featured in Bitch Media and they were invited to SXSW to perform a live recording of their show. Quite extraordinary for a podcast that has only been out for just one year.

I am thrilled that I had the opportunity to meet Jay and I’m just as excited to introduce him to all of you.

  • 07:52 - How I met Jay
  • 10:08 - If hip-hop and MCing should have an age limit
  • 12:46 - Binging on hip hop documentaries
  • 14:03 - When he first got interested in podcasting
  • 15:32 - His two biggest influences for starting his podcast
  • 16:03 - The event that led the way to his podcast blowing up
  • 19:01 - The three things he thought of so his podcast could stand out from the crowd
  • 19:24 - The meaning behind the name, The Extraordinary Negroes
  • 21:27 - One of the things he’s looking to do in the future with his podcast
  • 23:08 - Why he started The Extraordinary Negroes
  • 25:27 - When he first got interested in writing
  • 26:29 - Where he grew up
  • 27:51 - Culture shock in the military and the biggest culture shock he ever experienced
  • 28:52 - His time in the Air Force and why he chose to go to the military after high school
  • 33:40 - War being such a traumatic experience
  • 34:36 - Why he decided to turn down six figure salary job offers after the military
  • 36:17 - His opinion of Edward Snowden
  • 38:04 - How all his life experiences translate over to his podcast
  • 39:47 - His desire to provide black women a platform to tell their stories and to encourage dialogue on dismantling patriarchy
  • 42:05 - Empowering others to speak through his podcast
  • 43:51 - The divisiveness the issue of transphobia is creating in the black community
  • 46:27 - Transgender people in the military
  • 48:02 - The responsibility that comes along with having a podcast
  • 51:10 - Who in his family is surprised where he’s ended up in life
  • 53:42 - What he liked about the format of the Combat Jack show
  • 55:54 - The one most misunderstood thing about him
  • 58:19 - What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 59:36 - His future plans for The Extraordinary Negroes

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/jay-connor-interview

Direct download: PJ141-JayConnor.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:40am EST

Kwesi Hankins isn’t just a “Superfan” of Podcast Junkies, he’s a tremendous podcaster in his own right and the founder of Podwabbit, a collection of podcasts that cover such topics as sports, politics, tech news, and much more. You might say that Podwabbit affords its listeners an intimate look at all the different things that are going through Kwesi’s mind. With a podcast to suit every taste, the Podwabbit Network is sure to please even the most discerning of listeners.

  • 04:33 - Where he’s from, where he’s been, and where he calls home now
  • 07:19 - How he discovered Podcast Junkies
  • 10:41 - “Inner-sation” - Kwesi’s first stab at podcasting
  • 14:50 - The origins of Kwesi Wabbit and the Podwabbit Network
  • 17:55 - His background in tech and Podwabbit’s most popular show
  • 19:02 - Sports Chop Block and his other shows on the Podwabbit Network
  • 22:39 - How much time he spends producing the shows on Podwabbit
  • 24:34 - “Perfect is the enemy of done” - being OK with not being perfect
  • 26:22 - Going remote with his portable podcasting gear
  • 30:01 - Podcast Movement
  • 32:43 - His search for the most affordable ear buds
  • 33:44 - His passion for podcasting
  • 36:11 - How he came up with the name for the Pajama Dialogues podcast
  • 37:10 - Working from home
  • 37:48 - My dog, Disco
  • 38:35 - His full-time gig and his podcast, Intentional Grounding
  • 42:46 - Stories from the ER and what he’s learned from those experiences
  • 46:57 - Why his podcast network reminds me of the movie, Inside Out
  • 47:53 - Why he didn’t want to have just one podcast and his idea for another show
  • 50:08 - The Comfortably Numb podcast and his “buffet” of podcasts
  • 52:54 - The Found Podcast and his thoughts on censorship in podcasting
  • 56:10 - iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8
  • 58:16 - What he would like to do to attract more people to the podcasting medium
  • 59:28 - The one most misunderstood thing about him
  • 01:00:16 - What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 01:01:26 - The origin of his name, Kwesi

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/kwesi-hankins-interview

Direct download: PJ140-KwesiHankins.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:01am EST

I’m happy to have Rob Greenlee, the Head of Podcast Content at Spreaker back on the show to talk about all things podcasting. Rob is a seasoned podcaster and veteran in the podcasting space. He hosts the Spreaker Live Show and is the co-host of the New Media Show along with Todd Cochrane where they’ve been talking about what’s happening in podcasting for the past five years.

On today’s show, Rob shares with us what he sees happening in the world of podcasting and its future, the rise of podcasting events across the U.S. and abroad, the upcoming panels he’s moderating at this years Podcast Movement, and more superb insight about podcasting that you don’t want to miss.

  • 05:06 - The struggle of keeping up with your favorite podcasts
  • 07:18 - Why people lose interest in the podcasts they listen to
  • 10:41 - His podcast, The New Media Show with Todd Cochrane
  • 14:35 - The topics The New Media Show focuses on
  • 17:27 - The problem with Soundcloud as a podcasting platform
  • 20:20 - Podcast hosting companies and their commitment to podcasters
  • 22:11 - What Spreaker thinks about the future of podcasting
  • 24:51 - The rise of more and more podcast hosting platforms
  • 28:34 - The live podcasting space
  • 34:12 - The “explosion” of podcasting events in the U.S.
  • 36:11 - Radio vs Podcast content
  • 37:47 - Are music radio stations in trouble?
  • 38:44 - Podcast Movement Conference
  • 40:01 - The National Association of Broadcasters Conference courting podcasts
  • 42:43 - The panels he’s moderating at Podcast Movement 2017
  • 47:04 - The possibility of a universal format to export podcast episodes to other platforms
  • 49:13 - The Dynamic Ad Insertion tutorial training he’s helping lead at Podcast Movement
  • 50:16 - Are Dynamic Ad Insertions right for you and your podcast?
  • 53:39 - The growing number of new podcasters at podcasting conferences

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/rob-greenlee-interview

Direct download: PJ139-RobGreenlee.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:17pm EST

Nicole Abboud is the founder of Abboud Media and the Gen Why Lawyer podcast. A lawyer by trade, she soon came to the realization after practicing law for five years that it wasn’t the career she wanted for the rest of her life. So in 2015, after having conversations with young lawyers about their experiences practicing law, she decided to launch Gen Why Lawyer which eventually inspired her to stop practicing law and follow her passion of starting her own business - helping lawyers better brand themselves, millennial style. Nicole’s voice is helping inspire millennials and others not willing to settle for the status-quo to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

  • 03:16 - Where I first met Nicole
  • 05:25 - Which podcast got her interested in starting her podcast, Gen Why Lawyer
  • 06:20 - Her background as a lawyer and how she got the idea to start her podcast
  • 07:36 - When she was first bit by the entrepreneurial bug
  • 08:45 - Leaving her law career to build her own business
  • 09:27 - How going out on her own has changed what she covers on Gen Why Lawyer
  • 10:31 - Her listener base
  • 11:20 - How her guests left practicing law and the types of businesses they’ve opened
  • 13:13 - Why she thinks Gen Why Lawyer has received great exposure
  • 16:39 - What her parents thought when she started podcasting
  • 17:19 - Her family’s ethnicity/heritage
  • 19:02 - The concerns her parents had when she stopped practicing law
  • 20:26 - What it was about practicing law that burnt her out
  • 21:51 - The 9 to 5 employee mindset vs the entrepreneur mindset
  • 24:19 - Compassionate Management
  • 27:25 - When she realized that Compassionate Management was something she should pay attention to
  • 29:03 - Defining Compassionate Management
  • 30:06 - Holacracy
  • 31:22 - The organizations she was involved with in high school
  • 32:40 - The new podcast, What Trump Can Teach Us About Constitutional Law
  • 34:23 - How she’s grown as a podcast host
  • 35:56 - The episode of Gen Why Lawyer that stands out to her
  • 38:35 - How podcasting has changed the way she interacts with people in person
  • 39:11 - Is she an introvert or extrovert?
  • 39:40 - What makes her uncomfortable talking to people “in real life”
  • 43:02 - The ideas she first had for starting her own business
  • 47:24 - Who she would love to have on her podcast
  • 49:45 - The one most misunderstood thing about her
  • 52:42 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 55:47 - What has her excited about returning to her podcast

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/nicole-abboud-interview

Direct download: PJ138-NicoleAbboud.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:26pm EST

Claire Duffy has worked as a screenwriter for over a decade and has loved films ever since she was a child. Her passion in movies led her to attend drama school and study directing. Later in life she worked in theatre in London and then attended film school in Vancouver. Now she is pursuing a new form of expression - podcasting. Her podcast, Women of Hollywood Land explores women in films from the 1910 and 1920’s and Claire couldn’t be more perfect for this new role. I was fortuitous enough to find her via Twitter and I’m excited to share her story and what you can expect to hear on Women of Hollywood Land.

  • 04:58 - The first time she considered screenwriting as a career path
  • 06:51 - Looking back at her journey on becoming a screenwriter
  • 08:45 - Her earliest movie memory
  • 11:13 - How her fascination with films started
  • 13:54 - The first screenplay she wrote while at film school and the start of her blog
  • 15:35 - How she got the idea to start her podcast, Women of Hollywood Land
  • 17:19 - Her passion for female dominated films and filmmakers
  • 19:01 - Her “ready, set, go” approach with things
  • 20:51 - Where she went for information to get her podcast up and running
  • 24:21 - How her podcast is being received
  • 29:06 - Where she grew up and where she’d like her ashes to be scattered
  • 31:11 - The first podcast she ever heard
  • 31:45 - The intimacy of podcasting
  • 33:48 - The Sleep With Me Podcast and what she finds interesting about podcasting
  • 35:21 - Lost Hollywood films
  • 38:25 - What to expect down the road with Women of Hollywood Land
  • 40:07 - Other early Hollywood podcasts and what makes hers different
  • 42:02 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 43:35 - The one most misunderstood thing about her

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/claire-duffy-interview

Direct download: PJ137-ClaireDuffy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:07am EST

Amanda Doughty is the creator of the Great Beer Adventure podcast and a craft beer connoisseur. She travels with beer (sometimes on planes) to help show people just how great it is and documenting her adventures through her podcast. The Great Beer Adventure Podcast is more than just a tasting show, it dives deep into the hows and whys of craft brewing while spotlighting the individuals responsible for contributing to this growing movement.

  • 06:45 - Why she loves podcasting, craft beer and why she travels with beer
  • 08:02 - Her plans to start a TV show about craft beer
  • 10:35 - How her TV show would be different than other craft beer shows
  • 15:30 - My artsy Vampire movie picks
  • 17:23 - Stephen King fun fact and my love of his books
  • 19:45 - Crossing state lines with alcohol and Maine’s role in Prohibition
  • 23:38 - The reason she started the Great Beer Adventure podcast
  • 24:25 - How to seal your cooler when flying
  • 25:29 - Why it’s difficult to get a beer company to sponsor her podcast
  • 29:13 - The advertisers that are the best match for her show
  • 33:14 - Her podcast gear
  • 35:27 - The two different types of events she attends to showcase her podcast
  • 38:34 - The time I interviewed Danny Peña and the Gamertag Radio crew at CBS Studios
  • 40:07 - The best ever Show Notes and how she uses social media to grow her platform
  • 42:39 - Her thoughts on collaborating with other beer podcasts
  • 47:45 - Edible six-pack beer rings
  • 53:26 - Her first beer story
  • 59:13 - What sets the Great Beer Adventure apart from other beer shows
  • 01:02:28 - The one most misunderstood thing about her
  • 01:04:51 - What she’s changed her mind about recently

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/amanda-doughty-interview

Direct download: PJ136-AmandaDoughty.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:19am EST

Jay Soderberg, a.k.a. PodVader, emerged from the radio broadcasting world and is now fully immersed in podcasting. He’s been the Head of Content at BlogTalkRadio since 2014 and previously worked at ESPN for 16 years, spending his last eight years there as the lead producer for all their podcasts. He is the host and founder of the Next Fan Up podcast and a big champion for independent podcasters. As Jay puts it, he’s “fighting for the little guy” so they all have a seat at the table when podcasting becomes too big for the world to ignore. Fortunately, BlogTalkRadio helps him advance this narrative by helping podcasters get better at what they do, grow their audience, and monetize their shows. I’m happy Jay entered the podcasting arena and confident that the future of podcasting will be better off because of him.

  • 07:01 - How he got the name, ‘PodVader’
  • 09:00 - How he’s seen podcasting explode and the corporate vs the independent podcast
  • 10:33 - What got him into podcasting and who influenced him early on
  • 13:53 - Eric Hutchinson’s theme song for the Fantasy Focus podcast
  • 15:06 - The Coke Zero campaign
  • 17:10 - How the audience driven Coke Zero ad got started
  • 19:19 - Matthew Berry’s background and podcasting experience
  • 22:42 - The “It” factor - what makes a great podcast
  • 25:13 - His love of radio, the “Lego Tapes” and his desire to become a radio broadcaster
  • 32:15 - Can radio and podcasting co-exist?
  • 34:37 - Adam Curry’s Podcaster Pro audio device
  • 39:49 - His time at ESPN and working for Andy Toh at Blog Talk Radio
  • 41:38 - Andy Toh as the Bill Belichick of podcasting
  • 44:30 - What does Blog Talk Radio do and how can it help podcasters?
  • 52:58 - Host read ads on Blog Talk Radio
  • 01:05:06 - The one most misunderstood thing about him
  • 01:05:58 - What he’s changed his mind about recently

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/jay-soderberg-interview

Direct download: PJ135-JaySoderberg.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:40am EST

Dan Franks is one of three founders of Podcast Movement; a weekend gathering for anyone who is interested in or involved with podcasting that is chock full of speakers, panels, and breakout sessions from some of the most influential people in the industry. 2017 marks the fourth year of Podcast Movement and I spoke to Dan about how it got started, the challenges of planning for such a big event, and how he fell into the world of podcasting.

  • 07:26 - The influx of podcasters who are no longer around
  • 08:59 - Why some podcasts last and others don’t
  • 10:58 - The first person who got him interested in podcasts
  • 15:04 - When he knew he wanted to start his own podcast
  • 17:02 - The approach he took when he interviewed John Lee Dumas on the Entrepreneur Showdown podcast
  • 18:44 - What he learned from the Men Seeking Tomahawks podcast
  • 20:41 - Understanding when it’s time to retire your podcast
  • 24:23 - How Podcast Movement got started
  • 27:19 - The Podcast Movement creators
  • 30:00 - Launching Podcast Movement through Kickstarter and the lessons learned
  • 33:58 - People’s misconceptions on the profitability of Podcast Movement
  • 36:12 - How he started working for Midroll
  • 38:16 - How it feels to be seen as a role model in the podcasting space
  • 40:39 - Highlighting minority podcasters and other underrepresented groups
  • 42:34 - The speaker submission process at Podcast Movement
  • 44:10 - New apps appearing at Podcast Movement to help monetize your podcast
  • 46:12 - The challenges of planning for an event like Podcast Movement
  • 49:33 - Who in his family is surprised about the life he’s made around podcasting
  • 50:38 - His biggest supporters
  • 53:10 - How he manages the people wanting to be a part of his inner circle
  • 54:20 - The one most misunderstood thing about him
  • 55:02 - What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 55:49 - His attraction to event planning and live events
  • 57:30 - Balancing the big name podcasters with the independent creators
  • 59:48 - Working with the agents for the speakers at Podcast Movement

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/dan-franks-interview

Direct download: PJ134-DanFranks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:20am EST

Ilana Levine is a seasoned actress from New Jersey who got her start on Broadway and later made it to the “silver screen” where she has appeared in such films as Failure to Launch, Confessions of a Shopaholic, and Friends with Kids. She is also a director and newly minted podcaster where she interviews fellow actors on her hit podcast, Little Known Facts. Although she’s new to podcasting, Ilana's gift for making her guests feel safe and at ease is proof that she belongs in this arena. And because she approaches this newest endeavor with the same passion, commitment, and dedication that made her such a successful actress, it’s no wonder why Little Known Facts has been so well received.

  • 09:06 - Why Ilana started her podcast, Little Known Facts, and the person behind the idea
  • 13:51 - Where her skill for great conversation comes from
  • 18:14 - Her interview with Octavia Spencer
  • 20:59 - How she feels about people wanting to talk to her about podcasting instead of acting and the two criteria to be on her show
  • 23:43 - Why she decided to transition away from theatre and Broadway
  • 25:19 - Unexpected opportunities and connections arising from podcasting
  • 28:46 - Jumping headfirst into the podcasting landscape and what she wants to offer with Little Known Facts
  • 32:42 - Her Blue Apron sponsorship and Sweet and Sour Salmon with Bok Choy and Ginger Fried Rice recipe overload
  • 37:56 - The story of when she knew she wanted to become an actress
  • 40:26 - The person who inspired her to pursue an acting career
  • 42:31 - The one most misunderstood thing about her
  • 44:17 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 46:11 - Using her podcast as a platform to talk about important causes and organizations
  • 49:58 - Her first Broadway play with Alan Alda and the incredible lesson she learned from him

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/ilana-levine-interview

Direct download: PJ133-IlanaLevine.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:46pm EST

Niel Guilarte has had a love affair with movies for as long as he can remember and now he makes them for a living. As founder of his production company, Wildstyle Media Group, his podcast, All Things Post, and as a documentary film maker, Niel is the quintessential entrepreneur juggling multiple projects and tasks all at once and delivering quality content through various forms of media. Tune in to find out how he got started in film, how shooting homicide video for the police department helped hone his craft, how being a self-taught content creator didn’t stop him from going after his dreams and his previous life as a DJ and his love of freestyle music and vinyl records.

  • 05:20 - The Messengers: A Podcast Documentary and The Messengers Podcast
  • 06:57 - How Niel got involved with The Messengers film
  • 08:19 - Niel’s background
  • 15:48 - His most important film project
  • 19:15 - Our love of freestyle music, turntables, and vinyl records
  • 23:59 - How I used to schlep my DJ equipment around back in the day
  • 26:05 - Legends of Freestyle Podcast idea
  • 27:52 - Freestyle music - an audio history
  • 30:49 - Shooting homicide video for the Orlando Police Department and how it helped improve his craft
  • 37:16 - “Doing” in order to achieve your goals
  • 38:58 - Niel’s big year
  • 41:07 - Attracting the right people to detract “the haters”
  • 45:14 - Where his positive outlook comes from
  • 47:34 - Niel’s advice to the PJ tribe
  • 49:22 - “Leveling up” and mentoring others
  • 52:16 - The mentors who’ve helped shape his future
  • 54:15 - All Things Post Podcast
  • 55:29 - How he’s landing the big guests for his podcast
  • 01:00:44 - The one most misunderstood thing about him
  • 01:01:26 - What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 01:02:42 - What his family means to him

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/niel-guilarte-interview

Direct download: PJ132-NielGuilarte.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:09pm EST

Krisztina ‘Z’ Holly is the host of The Art of Manufacturing Podcast where she interviews the entrepreneurs, founders, and CEO’s that are pushing the boundaries of the manufacturing world in Los Angeles and is the founder of Make it in LA. Before she started podcasting she studied Engineering at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA and she created the first ever TEDx Talks while working at the University of Southern California (TEDxUSC) where she curated and hosted the talks for four years.

  • 08:26 - Why she became interested in podcasting
  • 11:39 - Where her high standards come from
  • 14:34 - The story behind creating the first ever TEDx Talks
  • 18:36 - What she learned about pitching ideas from putting TEDx together
  • 21:19 - The decision making process
  • 26:22 - Her, “I Have an Idea” folder
  • 27:38 - Her dad and the invention he’s been working on
  • 33:12 - Her experience of attending MIT as a woman
  • 41:48 - The kind of guests she likes having on her podcast
  • 44:58 - What she thinks make a really good interview
  • 47:04 - How I select my Podcast Junkies guests
  • 49:30 - My Venn Diagram
  • 53:17 - Her most challenging interviews
  • 54:30 - Her conversation with Dov Charney
  • 59:13 - The type of guests she gets excited about having on her show
  • 1:01:49 - That time she did an interview with a convicted murderer
  • 1:06:07 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 1:07:00 - The one most misunderstood thing about her

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/z-holly-interview

Direct download: PJ131-ZHolly.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:52pm EST

Lee Silverstein is a survivor of childhood cancer and was later diagnosed with Stage 2 cancer in 2011 after undergoing a routine colonoscopy. When he attended a podcasters meet-up in 2014 he was inspired to start his own podcast, the Colon Cancer Podcast, where he provides people the hope and support they need when they are told they have cancer. By providing cancer survivors and caretakers a platform to share their stories, Lee is a constant inspiration for the many people who have been affected by colon cancer.

  • 06:57 - The Messengers: A Podcast Documentary
  • 08:55 - How he felt about seeing himself on the “big screen”
  • 09:34 - His colon cancer diagnosis
  • 11:17 - How his idea for the Colon Cancer Podcast started
  • 15:12 - How his community of supporters has helped provide the fuel for his podcast
  • 16:55 - The first time he realized his podcast was making an impact on people’s lives
  • 21:36 - A.G.E. and how spending time at the gym has helped him deal with his cancer
  • 23:07 - How having a positive attitude has helped him battle cancer
  • 27:16 - The factors that impacted his self-confidence growing up
  • 28:46 - My older sister who passed away from leukemia
  • 30:01 - What he remembers about having cancer as a child
  • 31:00 - His fondest TV show memory
  • 32:07 - The story of his connection with Greg Trout
  • 34:44 - Determining who he wants on the podcast and finding topics for the show
  • 36:38 - How having his podcast has helped him expand his own knowledge of cancer
  • 38:23 - Podcasting as a cancer patient
  • 42:46 - How he landed his first sponsor
  • 45:17 - How his confidence has grown as a podcaster
  • 47:49 - The events and communities of Chris Krimitsos
  • 53:03 - His next podcast goals
  • 55:48 - The tutelage of Glen the Geek
  • 57:01 - What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 59:15 - The one most misunderstood thing about him

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/lee-silverstein-interview/

Direct download: PJ130-LeeSilverstein.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:20am EST

To celebrate my three year anniversary of Podcast Junkies, I had the pleasure of speaking with podcasting veteran, Gary Leland. Although Gary is a well-known Hall of Fame podcaster, there is so much more to him that makes him tick. I was so honored that Gary shared so many incredible stories from his life that he hasn’t shared before so we could all get to know him better.

I love bringing you these great conversations and I want to thank you for listening, for continuing to listen and I’m humbled to have you as part of the Podcast Junkies family.

  • 03:44 - His online stores and businesses
  • 09:18 - His view on inventions and ideas
  • 10:59 - His mini-blinds and wallpaper business
  • 19:09 - Innovations in wallpaper
  • 21:18 - Why the wallpaper business fell from grace, what took its place, and its resurgence
  • 25:13 - What it’s like working with his wife, Kathy
  • 29:58 - What attracted him to Kathy
  • 30:56 - What has changed about him over time
  • 33:04 - When he realized Facebook was going to be a tool for business
  • 33:37 - Pinball machines
  • 35:18 - What he misses doing
  • 36:27 - His two fondest surfing memories
  • 48:35 - His childhood and growing up with guns
  • 54:04 - How policing has changed and his run-ins with the law
  • 01:07:03 - His very first business and the first time he got screwed in business
  • 01:10:13 - Beating chess phenom Bobby Fischer
  • 01:14:08 - Sneaking into sporting events

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/3ybonus-gary-leland-interview/

Direct download: PJ3YBONUS-GaryLeland.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am EST

As a former teacher for 10 years, Adam Lewis Walker decided to break away from the traditional classroom setting and life as a career professor in order to teach people more about success rather than academics. With an extensive background in teaching and a lot of hard work, Adam is now a best selling author and keynote speaker, a mentor and coach for entrepreneurs, and founder of the Awaken Your Alpha podcast.

  • 09:17 - People who love to complain and how to avoid becoming one
  • 12:11 - Where he was when he ad the idea for the Awaken Your Alpha podcast
  • 16:04 - The most surprising thing he discovered when he started podcasting
  • 19:36 - Being a teacher in South London
  • 22:32 - What motivated him to become a teacher
  • 24:33 - Sports and the struggles of being an athlete in England
  • 28:02 - His Olympic pole vaulting aspirations
  • 28:58 - His first entrepreneurial adventure
  • 31:24 - His first real business
  • 34:41 - The biggest take-away from his first business
  • 43:40 - The mentor who shaped who he his today
  • 50:50 - How valuable and helpful a coach can be
  • 53:42 - Our future business and Shark Tank pitch
  • 56:13 - His view on bullying and addressing the topic with his kids
  • 01:01:58 - What he’s changed his mind about recently

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/adam-lewis-walker-interview

Direct download: PJ128-AdamLewisWalker.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:18am EST

In just two short years, Ramona Rice has gone from someone who didn’t even know what a podcast was to birthing three different podcasts, changing careers and working for Podcast Websites, and most recently starting a podcast with her mother. Ramona is loved and adored in the podcasting community and after listening to my conversation with her I think you’ll know why.

  • 04:29 - Her Super Powers
  • 07:00 - How she discovered podcasting
  • 07:44 - How the Sports Gal Pal podcast came to existence
  • 10:15 - What she learned from starting the Sports Gal Pal podcast
  • 12:55 - How and why she got into sports
  • 13:12 - Who she originally wanted to target with the Sports Gal Pal podcast
  • 14:17 - One of the most famous people she had on her podcast
  • 15:10 - Reaching out to potential guests via Twitter
  • 16:35 - The reason she thinks she was able to land big guests on her show
  • 20:43 - What she got out of the 2015 NMX conference
  • 27:49 - We Should Not Be Friends podcast and what made her a better podcaster/interviewer
  • 34:47 - Her next podcast project, Spapreneur
  • 35:53 - Podcasting with her mother
  • 40:19 - The Messengers - A Podcast Documentary
  • 41:45 - Why she stopped the Sports Gal Pal podcast
  • 42:54 - What she feels is missing in the podcast industry
  • 44:24 - What she’s learning from improv comedy and how it’s helping her
  • 46:00 - Why she thinks she talks so fast
  • 48:03 - Her first recollection of demanding attention
  • 55:02 - Her kids watching her podcast
  • 59:41 - The one most misunderstood thing about her
  • 01:01:03 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 01:04:11 - Her advice to new podcasters

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/ramona-rice-interview/

Direct download: PJ127-RamonaRice.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:58am EST

Tina Conroy is the host of The Intuitive Woman Podcast and what is known as an Intuitive - a person who taps into their guides to get a message. She helps other women develop their innate power of intuition and she is also a devout practitioner of Reiki, Energy Healing and a yoga teacher. We dive into where I met her, the story of the first time she tapped into her intuitive side and how she turned her intuition into her life’s work.

  • 05:37 - When she first got the idea to start her own podcast
  • 09:40 - Our back pains
  • 13:24 - The importance of listening to your body
  • 14:10 - What an Intuitive is
  • 14:54 - The first time she tapped into her intuitive side
  • 20:13 - Oracle cards and the story of The Oracle
  • 22:20 - How her intuition paved the path to her life’s journey
  • 27:06 - Her challenges as an entrepreneur
  • 27:52 - Abundance/Scarcity mindset
  • 30:50 - The spiritual community in Long Island, NY
  • 32:08 - How her friends and family have reacted to her spiritual path and career
  • 35:22 - Lessons she’s learned from podcasting
  • 38:31 - The, “Are you making money podcasting” question everyone asks
  • 39:04 - The corporate environment vs the entrepreneurial circles
  • 41:48 - Feeling comfortable with your spirituality
  • 44:15 - The Balloon Effect
  • 46:58 - What’s misunderstood about her
  • 47:51 - The funny and silly side of her
  • 48:57 - What she’s most proud of accomplishing

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/tina-conroy-interview

Direct download: PJ126-TinaConroy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:32am EST

Since practically the age of two, Tina Dietz has always felt comfortable with a microphone in her hands and that easiness and her background as a therapist has since led her to become a very regarded interviewer, coach, consultant, and podcaster. She is the founder of Start Something Creative Business Solutions where she helps people launch businesses, podcasts and audio books. We cover a lot of great topics that is sure to enlighten even the most seasoned podcasters and entrepreneurs.

  • 05:33 - Why she loves going to podcasting conferences
  • 06:04 - The Messengers - A Podcast Documentary and how she is involved
  • 10:51 - Podcasts and podcasting as a means of therapy
  • 12:51 - What the impetus for starting her podcast was
  • 16:01 - Her early childhood recordings
  • 16:32 - What she did the first time someone handed her a microphone
  • 17:41 - How she became so comfortable behind a microphone
  • 18:15 - Performance Anxiety
  • 19:35 - How to use your complaints and upsets to quickly and creatively solve issues
  • 25:57 - Who she was grateful for and surprised to have on her podcast
  • 29:20 - The price one pays for being famous
  • 29:54 - Realizing there is an audience who wants to hear great conversations
  • 32:11 - How she helps her clients face their fears of starting a new business venture
  • 36:42 - Best practices you can implement to find success
  • 38:05 - Business plans
  • 39:38 - The Nayada Institute of Massage and a new massage modality
  • 42:22 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 44:39 - The one most misunderstood thing about her
  • 45:18 - The books she’s reading/listening to now
  • 46:26 - Her vision of 10,000 thriving businesses

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/tina-dietz-interview

Direct download: PJ125-TinaDietz.mp3
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Engel Jones is the host of the 12 Minute Convos where he has had more than 1000 conversations with incredible people in a span of three months. He’s passionate about podcasting and speaking to people about their potential. Our conversation is a beautiful dance that crescendos into a deep philosophical examination of The Ego, recognizing abundance, and the importance of giving without expecting anything in return. You’re going to want to listen to this one through your favorite headphones or earbuds.

  • 03:51 - “The Record.”
  • 06:04 - The concept behind the 12 Minute Convos.
  • 08:54 - The intimacy of podcasting.
  • 11:05 - Who he learned to ask the right questions from
  • 12:30 - When Engel Met Harry.
  • 15:39 - One of the challenges podcasters face.
  • 17:21 - The food in Trinidad.
  • 19:19 - Angel vs Engel.
  • 21:08 - The importance of getting the pronunciation of your guest’s name correct.
  • 23:09 - When his interest in self-discovery began.
  • 26:09 - Where Harry gets his energy for a conversation from.
  • 29:54 - Connecting with others through his guitar playing.
  • 31:48 - The importance of having a story.
  • 34:53 - Who he learned how to put people at ease from.
  • 36:16 - What inspires him to speak to people about their potential?
  • 37:17 - Abundance.
  • 38:01 - Giving.
  • 39:33 - The Ego.
  • 43:13 - What does it take to push his buttons?
  • 44:42 - What’s the most misunderstood thing about himself?
  • 47:00 - Who has been the most surprised by who he’s become as a person?
  • 50:14 - What has he changed his mind about recently?
  • 50:31 - The appeal of Walmart and what he’s always wanted to learn to do.
  • 53:36 - The word, ‘manly’ and the negative connotations and stigmas words can have.
  • 55:29 - Brining into alignment the masculine and the feminine.

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/engel-jones-interview

Direct download: PJ124-EngelJones.mp3
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In this episode I talk with the husband and wife duo behind Planted in Miami, a podcast about conscious living in the Magic City. We do a deep dive into their inspirations, why they transitioned to a plant-based diet and how podcasting made them take the leap to quit their 9-5 jobs. There are lots of laughs but also great insight into the entrepreneurial life and all it entails.

  • 04:27 - How they learned to start podcasting
  • 07:05 - Who influenced their podcast
  • 08:56 - Podcast format (husband and wife)
  • 09:33 - Planted in Miami origin
  • 15:25 - What prompted their move to a plant-based diet
  • 22:01 - Harry’s reason for turning vegetarian
  • 24:56 - Jeanette’s audition on American Idol
  • 28:49 - How they met
  • 29:32 - Why they left their 9 to 5 jobs
  • 33:29 - Their new business venture
  • 34:47 - Alex’s advice for wannabe entrepreneurs
  • 35:11 - The two things they spend their money on
  • 38:50 - Katie Krimitsos Podfest presentation
  • 39:40 - The importance of intellectual property
  • 44:31 - Why having a support group is important
  • 46:15 - How accountability calls can help entrepreneurs
  • 49:16 - Structuring your work day
  • 01:02:27 - Getting comfortable with your voice
  • 01:04:07 - What has Alex changed his mind about recently?
  • 01:05:03 - What is the most misunderstood thing about Jeanette?
  • 01:07:07 - The influence of Latino culture
  • 01:08:34 - Alex’s opinion on Kenny G

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/jeanette-and-alex-ruiz-interview

Direct download: PJ123-JeanetteAndAlexRuiz.mp3
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This week’s episode is an engaging discussion the host of The Podcast Engineering School. Originally from New Jersey, he now calls Colorado Springs home. Naturally the conversation starts off techy, and we understand how Chris got his engineering start. It’s a testament to his varied interests that end up on the subject of meditation!

  • 03:00 - The value of the Podfest conference
  • 04:45 - How Harry ended up at Podfest
  • 06:00 - Chris’ experience with a podcast studio
  • 08:00 - What Chris found in Alaska
  • 10:30 - The struggles of keeping up with technology
  • 12:10 - The beauty of a mobile existence
  • 14:00 - The day the internet broke!
  • 15:50 - The genesis of Chris interest in technology
  • 17:30 - Why was there a need to bring engineering skills to podcasting?
  • 23:00 - Recommended settings for an episode MP3?
  • 27:00 - The challenges with Harry’s new podcasting course
  • 29:00 - Partnering with companies doing interesting things in this space
  • 32:00 - Daniel J. Lewis’ Podcasters Society

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/chris-curran-interview/

Direct download: PJ122-ChrisCurran.mp3
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As host of Marketing to Crush Your Competitors, Fabienne has demonstrated the power of consistency, with over 250 episodes published to-date. Coming from a competitive background she understands the importance of striving to do your best but always in an ethical way. She understands clearly that podcasters need to remember that they are the owners of their show, and should always be directing the conversation.

  • 02:45 - Quick chat with Soren Pederson, Product Specialist at Shure
  • 07:07 - Thoughts on theming days
  • 08:40 - Importance of a partner to hold you accountable
  • 12:45 - Individuality with a business partner
  • 15:10 - How Fabienne met Vernon Ross
  • 16:25 - The genesis of the podcast
  • 17:15 - The importance of leveraging influencers
  • 20:00 - Return guests are Hall of Famers
  • 22:00 - Fabienne’s competitive nature
  • 27:00 - Don’t forget the listener
  • 30:00 - Why your marketing always needs to be a part of your personality
  • 31:00 - Why Andrew Warner inspires Fabienne
  • 33:40 - Something Fabienne’s changed her mind about recently
  • 34:10 - What is the one most misunderstood thing about Fabienne

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/fabienne-raphael-interview

Direct download: PJ121-FabienneRaphael.mp3
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Keith Tomasek is the host of The Inadequate Life and a professor at. He’s a great guy and super fan of the show, having worn the Podcast Junkies t-shirt on Day 1 of his podcasting class. He’s also a masterful interviewer and gives us some great insights in to how make your guest shine! He shares the challenges of living with Crohn’s Disease. A really insightful gem for podcasters.

  • 11:15 - Keith’s family history and their t-shirt biz experience
  • 13:20 - How did Keith’s podcasting class go?
  • 16:00 - My experience teaching a class at General Assembly
  • 19:30 - Podcasters’ obsession with landing a sponsor
  • 24:00 - How best to position yourself to a sponsor
  • 27:35 - Origins of The Inadequate Life podcast
  • 29:35 - Tips on getting the most out of your show’s name and author field
  • 32:10 - What drove Keith to start a podcast, and his connection to Marc Maron
  • 35:00 - How the podcast grew a relationship with Chilina Kennedy
  • 37:50 - Keith’s performing background
  • 45:10 - How has Keith improved as a host?
  • 47:00 - The challenges of consistency
  • 53:00 - The moment when Keith got a bit emotional
  • 56:10 - A story from his father that really resonated with Keith
  • 01:01:05 - What is the most misunderstood thing about Keith

 Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/keith-tomasek-interview/

Direct download: PJ120-KeithTomasek.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:32am EST

119 Shawn and Richard | A Whole Lot More Than 2 Guys In A Basement

Richard and Shawn are the comedic hosts of The Language of Bromance, a podcast where they laugh about things they go through, stories in the news and even getting serious discussing issues like net neutrality. Every so often their friendship turns to a bitter reality with their nerdiest creation, the draft episodes, an original take on a “Best Of” or a “Top 10” list. In this episode, you will discover the nature of why they started the podcast, why they’re continuing and how it’s actually helped them forge a fantastic friendship.

  • 09:03 - How did Shawn & Richard come up with the name of his podcast?
  • 10:40 - Inspired by Kevin Smith of SMODCAST to do a podcast --which turned out to be a great way to catch up with your best friend
  • 14:40 - “Audio voyeurism” at its finest
  • 17:45 - From horror movies to D&D to podcasting: the origin of their friendship
  • 24:20 - How their friendships have changed over the years
  • 27:45 - Making it a priority of pruning friendships - only if you think it’s worth it
  • 32:00 - Importance of family support along the podcasting journey
  • 35:11 - The guys recount the response they received while explaining the concept of their show at Podcast Movement.
  • 38:38 - Being lovingly referred to as “The Bromance Guys”
  • 41:50 - Inspiring others to go and share your unique story
  • 46:25 - What has the feedback been like of the show?
  • 50:35 - Have they come across anything in the course of the episodes that they didn’t know about one another?
  • 51:12 - What does the future of the show look like?
  • 56:20 - What has Richard changed his mind about recently?
  • 58:00 - What is the one misunderstood thing about Shawn?
  • 59:19 - What has recently gotten the both of them excited about?

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/shawn-and-richard-interview/

Direct download: PJ119-ShawnAndRichard.mp3
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118 Gary Jenkins |Investigator of Organized Crime Tells All

Gary Jenkins is the host of the true crime podcast, Gangland Wire, which recounts his stories of true organized crime true as a Kansas City Police Detective. With twenty-five years on the police force, Gary has a lot of stories to tell! His enthusiasm for learning new technologies and passion for actively participating on these platforms enable him to genuinely connect with his listeners. Gary and I dive into some stories on the police force and we discuss the origins of the podcast.

  • 08:35 – The podcast’s focus on the west side mafia and serial killers.
  • 11:40 – How did Gary come up with the name of his podcast?
  • 13:25 – The AHA moment when Gary realized through podcasting he could share his crime stories in an innovative way.
  • 17:25 – His co-host, Aaron, is an interesting guy!
  • 21:30 – A checkered past living in Kansas City didn’t stop Gary from getting a job as a cop.
  • 24:45 – Bringing together your neighbors, thanks to crime and Facebook.
  • 29:20 – An incident made Gary realize he didn’t have the police “edge” anymore,
  • 35:00 – Gary is proud of his documentary film.
  • 40:15 – Channeling Jerry Lewis with a fundraiser episode.
  • 43:25 – Gary clears up the myth -- does an undercover police officer have to admit they are a cop if asked?
  • 44:00 – Other countries are fascinated with the glorification of organized crime.
  • 46:30 – Harry and Gary share sound advice for fellow podcasters.
  • 49:00 – What is the one most misunderstood thing about Gary?
  • 50:00 – How the Buddhist practice has helped Gary control his negative thoughts.
  • 52:00 – What has changed Gary’s mind recently?

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/gary-jenkins-interview/

Direct download: PJ118-GaryJenkins.mp3
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117 Mike Murphy | Brand Yourself & Show Up for the Camera

Mike Murphy is a one man band and the host of Mike Murphy Unplugged. He is a podcast helper, tutorial maker, and each of his podcast episodes follows a very specific theme or topic. Mike has been podcasting consistently for the last three years, but who is the man behind the mic? Find out on this week’s show!

  • 03:15 - Why did Mike decide to podcast about podcasts?
  • 04:55 - Mike talks about his recording gear!
  • 09:25 - When you become a podcaster, consuming podcasts starts to decrease.
  • 14:35 - Why did Mike decide to have a theme for every single one of his episodes?
  • 16:40 - Mike knows his topics will begin to repeat soon, and he doesn’t know how he’ll deal with it just yet.
  • 18:45 - What kind of feedback has Mike gotten from his listeners?
  • 20:55 - Mike sometimes isn’t sure if what he’s saying is really resonating with his audience.
  • 23:00 - Mike talks about his love for yoga.
  • 27:30 - Mike started small, when it came to his social media presence, but now he has increased his exposure to other platforms, because he wants others to know that he’s out there!
  • 29:35 - Instagram has been Mike’s favorite choice so far.
  • 31:20 - You have to put yourself out there, especially when it comes to your brand.
  • 32:30 - What kinds of activities does Mike do to keep himself ‘sane’ and ‘well-rounded’?
  • 38:45 - Will Mike be at any of the podcast conferences this upcoming year?
  • 43:20 - Is anybody in Mike’s family surprised about Mike’s podcasting hobby?
  • 47:00 - Podcasting is so great, because it shows introverts a new low-pressure way to interact with others.
  • 51:50 - What is Podcaster Toolkit about?
  • 57:10 - This year Mike has been focusing on trying to simplify things.

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/mike-murphy-interview/

Direct download: PJ117-MikeMurphy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:32pm EST

116 Katie Krimitsos | Getting In Touch with Your Higher Self

Katie Krimitsos is the ever-so-passionate host of Biz Women Rock! Katie and I talk about our spirituality, and putting the right energy out in the world. If that’s too much woo-woo, then bear with us. We do also dive into what really drives Katie, what to do when people have these ‘should’ expectations towards you and your business, and how to not get caught up in the competition.

  • 05:50 - Where does Katie’s drive to help others come from?
  • 07:55 - Did Katie have a mentor while she was in corporate America?
  • 09:45 - What does family mean to Katie?
  • 14:00 - Katie thanks her parents for winning at parenting.
  • 16:30 - Birthdays are such a big deal for mothers.
  • 20:15 - These days you can find me signing emails with hearts, and giving people good vibes!
  • 22:30 - Be who you are. You attract the best people that way!
  • 30:20 - This convo might be getting a bit too woo-woo!
  • 33:35 - Katie is vegan...ish.
  • 36:45 - Has Katie noticed her podcast changing, as she grows as a person?
  • 41:25 - There are a lot of people who are close to Katie, who believe she ‘should be’ doing x task or thing in her business.
  • 42:00 - But at the end of the day, Katie is the only one who knows what’s right for her and her community.
  • 43:35 - There’s always competition out there. Don’t get caught in that.
  • 45:15 - What’s the most misunderstood thing about Katie?
  • 47:55 - What has Katie changed her mind about recently?

Full Show Notes: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/katie-krimitsos-interview/

Direct download: PJ116-KatieKrimitsos.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:17pm EST

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