It all started with a competition to host a radio show. I was the runner up, but it gave me a taste and whetted my appetite for more. At the time, I decided that perhaps a podcast was in my future.
Fast forward two years, and I am finally taking the plunge. What took me so long?
I could usher up all sorts of reasons, but if I dig deep, it was fear.
Fear of all the technology.
Fear of making a fool of myself.
And fear of failure.
So what changed? In many ways COVID-19 changed it for me as I have had to truly embrace technology this past six months, with taking all my programs online, even my conference.
Also I have time. Now that I don’t have to travel to all my events, but just stay home and work from my office, I have a new window of opportunity. This coupled with the fact that I was ready to embrace something new.
Carol Schulte’s brave workshop was the final push that I needed. She threw out a thirty-day challenge, almost a double dare and I was off. Just watch me go.
What have I learned so far? It’s a lot of work.
Just as well I have a lighter schedule so I can fit in taping the interviews. And it’s not just choosing who to interview – that’s actually not a problem for me as I know so many people – it’s choosing a name for your podcast, writing your script, picking music, getting a cover designed, buying the gear and more.
To be honest, coming up with a name for the podcast wasn’t that hard. I just borrowed a title from one of my previous books – Day by Day – Stories of business, life and everything in between. I felt that gave me a broad scope as I didn’t want to be boxed into just talking about business. As women, we are so much more than that, plus it makes it way more interesting to explore topics beyond work.
But those initial steps are behind me and I have sketched out my program for the next six months. And so far… it’s fun. I love interviewing people, always have since my early career days in human resources, and later with interviewing to write articles.
What’s my lesson from all this? When the time is right, everything falls in place just as it is meant to and you meet the people who are meant to be there for you.
Company of Women
I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.