1 Lesson From One Year of Podcasting

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It’s hard to believe that one year ago the Second Chair Leadership Podcast came to life! If you’ve been with me from the beginning you know this story already, but for those who are new to the podcast you might be surprised to learn I didn’t set out to start a podcast. At the encouragement of a friend I entered a creativity contest with a very simple idea - to celebrate and champion the leader behind the leader who is getting stuff done and adding value to their organizations. 

In light of the one-year birthday of the podcast I thought I’d share one important lesson I’ve learned from my first year of podcasting.

We is better than me. Hosting a podcast is not about me. Hosting is not about me. Hosting is not about me. This is the mantra I live by. Launching the the Second Chair Leadership Podcast has always been centered around shining a bright spotlight on others who are leading creatively and courageously from the second chair. But, I’m not immune to the “I’ll do it myself” mentality, and so much of what happens behind-the-scenes to record, edit, publish, and promote episodes falls on me. This is one of my biggest struggles, so I’m learning to ask for more help.  

Will you help me out in 2019? There are four very BIG ways you can help add value to listeners’ live for another year:

  • Pray. Would you intentionally pray for me, for the future of the podcast, and for what it looks like to create a second chair community? I’m not a visionary leader. I’ve always considered myself more of a vision catcher than a vision caster, but I have some cool ideas about how to create more value to the second chair community, but I need some wisdom and clarity. I would be so appreciative if you would pray for these things. Thank you!

  • Post sharing. I say this all the time, and I truly mean it when I say it means the world to me when you share posts and comment on social media. Keep on sharing so more second chair leaders will find this community of leaders. You can use the hashtag #2ndchairpodcast when sharing!

  • Guest recommendations. I’m always looking for new guests to interview on the podcast. If you know a second chair leader I should consider for the show, let me know. I will reach out to them. I’ve learned people like to talk about themselves and the work they’re doing. I’d love to hear more guest suggestions from you!

  • Become a patron supporter. Since the podcast launched, hundreds of leaders are finding encouragement. With 21 episodes on hand we have over 3,000 downloads! The podcast is having a big impact on second chair leaders. 

For listeners who would like to support this podcast financially, a simple Paypal system has been set up to start receiving your donations. For as little as $1 a month you can ($12 a year) you can help turn this podcast into a genuinely listener supported show! Find out how by clicking the link below.

Bonus thought: This community is bigger than I realize! It’s weird the stories we tell ourselves. We say things to ourselves like: “Who will listen to this when I don’t have a big following?” “Who will pay attention can I when I don’t have product or a service to sell?” Podcasting is challenging. Creating community and a sense of belonging is hard work. It’s so easy to deceive ourselves believing the work we’re doing isn’t impacting the people we’re trying to reach. It’s easy to ascribe value to the number of downloads and shares each episode receives and lose sight of the original vision.

I’m reminded that it doesn’t matter if 5 or 5,000 people subscribe to the podcast. (I actually don’t know how many people subscribe. Podcast metrics are weird.) The people who matter most are those of you who are cheering me and the SCLP on! To those of you who listen, recommend, like, and share - thank you! I’m grateful for all your support over the past year! I couldn’t have made it this far without you!