Here is a summary of my interview with Marc Miller talking about podcasts on January 19,2017
Marc Miller is the owner of CareerPivot providing support and resources for Boomers in transition. Marc and I chatted last summer and he turned me on to listening to podcasts. Since then he has started his own podcast giving advice to Boomers looking for a change and interviewing experts in the career field to help Boomers reinvent themselves.
The two times Marc and I have video-conferenced it has been a real pleasure talking with him and found myself learning so much from his advice but also simply enjoying our chat.
For people new to podcasts, why do you like podcasts?
Marc: It educates me at times that I would not get educated. I can listen to one on my daily walk to the coffee shop and back and I can also listen when I’m driving somewhere. Now, these are times when I learn. I get a morning walk, a coffee, and a couple podcasts which also helps me clear my mind.
One thing Marc mentioned that the biggest difference with podcasts is that you hear the person and get to know them at a different level, a more personal level. I agree with this as after listening to Darren on Problogger, I really do feel like I know this guy now. His advice is always practical. Could I get this by reading his blog? Sure, but like Marc, I will plug into a podcast on a walk and it gives me a chance to get away from the computer.
Marc says that a couple reasons podcasts have really taken off is the growth of the smartphone being in nearly everyone’s pocket and that cars now have Bluetooth capability. Even though my car currently does not have Bluetooth I have still listened to podcasts by listening on my phone on my drive to Portland once a week. Instead of listening to music…I learn something new.
Podcasts come in all different lengths of time but Marc and I both prefer the ones in the 30-minute window. There are lots under a half hour which is perfect for most of our drive time, walk and workout time blocks. You can find podcasts that go for an hour or more. Personally, this is too much of a time commitment for me.
What are your favorite podcasts?
EO Fire by John Lee Dumas (Entrepreneur On Fire) and ProBlogger by Darren Rowse are ones Marc enjoys and also are two he mentioned to me this summer and I have been listening ever since. I can’t say I listen to every episode but I did listen in to Probloggers 30 day challenge which gives a tip on how to blog every day for 30 days. I found this extremely helpful for my blogging.
Other favorites of Marc’s are; Mark Anthony Dyson’s “The Voice of Job Seekers”; Money Matters radio show on Saturday mornings which also releases as a podcast; and Roger Whitney and the Retirement Answer Man Show. He has a number of other ones he listens to and you can see his list at his blog on favorite boomer podcasts. (Marc’s favorite podcasts)
A couple of my favorites are The school of Greatness – Lewis Howes; The Tim Ferris Show; Meditation Oasis; and The $100 MBA show.
What is your podcast, Repurpose Your Career, about?
I want to show career changes in the second half of life and that changing is possible and people are doing it. It is a combination of four styles. One is me sharing information with my listeners. Then interviewing an expert in the field. The third style is interviews with people who have had a career change in the 2nd half of life and can talk about how they did it and then I alternate with experts in the career field”.
I use a different show format for all of the 4 episode types. (Airs on Monday’s but you can listen whenever you want)
Expert show – I mostly tailor questions around the expert.
Career change interview – I use the format you described.
Sharing a chapter from my book, Repurpose Your Career – I read the chapter and then ask questions to ponder
Answering listener questions – Elizabeth Rabaey (one of his staff) reads a listener’s question, I answer and then we discuss.
Note: I just listened to Marc’s most recent podcast interviewing Taylor Pearson who wrote the book, The End of Jobs, talking about how jobs are so different now and the opportunity to be an entrepreneur so great. Very interesting indeed.
How do you find Podcasts?
On Macintosh / Apple products you just go to your I-Tunes store and search for actual titles of podcast, like Repurpose Your Career, or by topics.
Not an Apple product person? Find podcasts on Stitcher and Google Play
Thank you so much, Marc, for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk about how Podcasts can help people grow professionally and learn from thought leaders in our field.
Marc Miller is the founder of Career Pivot which helps Baby Boomers design careers they can grow into for the next 30 years. Marc authored the book Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers published in January 2013. He also authored the book Personal Branding for Baby Boomers: What it is, How to Manage It and Why It’s No Longer Optional in September 2015. He has been featured on Forbes.com, US News and World Report, CBS Money-Watch and PBS’ Next Avenue. Career Pivot was selected for the Forbes Top 100 Websites for your Career. Marc has made six career pivots himself, serving in several positions at IBM in addition to working at two successful Austin, Texas startups, teaching math in an inner-city high school and working for a local non-profit. Learn more about Marc and Career Pivot by visiting the Career Pivot Blog or follow Marc on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn
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