When I started podcasting, I thought it would pretty much be a solo venture. I imagined myself with my mic and laptop in a corner of my house, surrounded by pillows or soundproofing foam, with only coffee (or maybe my cat) for companionship. I planned on producing, editing, and promoting the show on my own. I expected to learn all of the in’s and out’s of podcasting from online video tutorials and books.
I’ve got one word for this: SO WRONG! (Okay, I know that’s two words, but I needed the “so” for emphasis.) So very, very, very wrong! Podcasting is much more of a team sport than I ever realized! Video tutorials and books are limited. I needed flesh and blood people to walk with me—to instruct, encourage, empathize, and inspire me as I honed my newfound craft.
Last week, I participated in an Escape Room challenge with some of my pod friends. (It’s a “live” puzzle, where you have to figure out how to get out of a locked room within a certain time frame.) Had I been shut in the room alone, I can tell you unequivocally that I would be there still today…and maybe for the rest of my days. Instead, I had friends with me and we worked together, sharing ideas, and puzzling over clues. It was more fun than if I had been alone certainly, but also much more fruitful, for sure!
In the same way, pod friends help you become un-stuck, are sounding boards, idea generators, and more! So here’s my list of pod peeps (with shout-outs to their shows, as well) that have been that community, that village for me. They have played a critical role in the success of my show and in my growth as an entrepreneur and leader. I share it with you so that it can spark ideas for you, so that you, too, can find and build your own podcast team!
Alex Vidales – “Stuck In The Waiting Room” – One of the Founders of DC PodFest, who went out of his way to teach me how to use mixlr for live audio shows
DC Podcaster Community – A Facebook group for local podcasters
Jay Vilar – “Listen To Your Mother” – a DC podcasting friend who invited me to be a guest on his show
Bethesda Podcasting Meetup – arranged by Charlie Birney – “Practically Social: the Jeff & Charlie Show” – A wonderful occasion to meet podcasters at all levels (and Charlie is on the top tier, of course)
Margarita Rozenfeld – “Leadership Insights” – a friend I met at said meetup who has become a rock of encouragement for me
She Podcasts – FB group run by Jessica Kupferman and Elsie Escobar of “She Podcasts” –a safe place, for women podcasters only, where we offer each other moral support and concrete tips
Hilda Labrada Gore lives in Adams Morgan with her daughters and husband, and her cat Mia (which means “mine” in Spanish). She recently returned from Kenya and Zimbabwe where she was speaking and interviewing folks for her nutrition podcast! The show is called Wise Traditions and can be found on iTunes, Stitcher, and at westonaprice.org.