Podcasts have become HUGE in the past few years. Formerly the medium of slightly nerdy hobbyists, they have hugely grown in popularity, and I’m pretty sure the pandemic didn’t exactly hurt. In fact, as this article shows, “an estimated 100 million people listened to a podcast each month in 2020, and it’s expected to reach 125 million in 2022”. That is wild.
I started properly listening to podcasts back in 2016 – I’d heard of incredibly popular podcasts like Serial, of course, but didn’t really engage with them until I started a new job and had to commute longer distances. I tend to steer towards comedy, historical and true crime as my podcast genres of choice (my favourite podcasts include All Killa No Filla, You’re Wrong About, My Dad Wrote a Porno, and The History Chicks), but to be honest I’ll listen to anything vaguely entertaining – as an extrovert with a love for people, there’s nothing I enjoy more than listening to people chatter on, especially if it’s something they’re passionate about.
Which is where the opportunity to appear on a podcast myself came in!
The podcast I featured on is related to my work, which is corporate sales enablement – I was approached by a podcast host in this space after a mutual contact had mentioned me in conversation to him, so it was very circumstantial. I don’t know if I would have gotten the opportunity if it wasn’t for that mutual contact, so if Crystal is reading this, thank you! As someone who is fairly new to the field (well, I’ve been doing it for about 2.5 years), I was asked to talk about beginning a career in sales enablement and tips to get started in the space. I had some notes and answers for questions that were sent to me beforehand, but most of it was a chatty conversation (as you’ll hear!).
The biggest thing that surprised me about the experience was the software that was used, honestly. Without going too geeky, I was really impressed at how slick the recording session was, and how everything seemed to run so smoothly. It was as easy as the host clicking a button and telling me I was being recorded. I was SO nervous in case I flubbed answers, or spoke too quickly/loudly, but knowing that the clips would be edited really helped me feel a little more at ease (although I don’t think these could ever be considered natural conversations?!).
Without further ado, I present: my podcast episode!
#76 – Appear on a Podcast = TICK!
Stay tuned for my next bucket list ticks… which may or may not be a bumper post!