Podcasting: Removing Roadblocks at Boise Code Camp

This page is the session page for my Podcasting: Removing Roadblocks talk I’m presenting at Boise State University on Saturday, March 21st 2015 from 4:30 pm to 5:45pm. I’m part of the awesome Boise Code Camp 2015.


Thank you to those who attended. I really appreciated your input and questions. This was my first time presenting at Boise Code Camp. I feel like the section on creating a podcast could have been clearer. Would you give me some quick feedback?
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Quick Summary

1. Record your amazing ideas. Save it as an mp3. (Don’t forget your ID3 tags)  and image! We discussed using Logic Pro X, GarageBand, Audacity to record.

2. Put your file online. Options: LibSyn, SimpleCast.fm, BluBrry, or your own blog (this is how I share my podcast mp3 files).

3. Tell your friends and podcast directories (like iTunes).

4. Record more episodes and put them online (perhaps use your blog / hosting service’s scheduling service)

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Public speaking about podcasting

Below are notes for a talk titled Podcasting: Removing Roadblocks that I gaveSaturday, March 21st 4:30 pm to 5:45pm. This is part of the awesome Boise Code Camp 2015. It is my goal to give people an awesome exposure to creating podcasts.

Find Me

The tentative location is the Ah Fong room in the Boise State University SUB (Student Union). Map

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I Won’t Bore you

I love connecting with people and I love sharing interesting stuff, so public speaking is a great combination for me. I’m always looking to improve my public speaking. Here is the problem:

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I don’t want to meet him in an alley Photo Credit: andronicusmax via Compfight cc

The image above is the problem. I don’t want to talk to this guy. I’m nervous. He’s angry and I think I am going to stop talking now.

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I still don’t want to meet him in an alley Photo Credit: andronicusmax via Compfight cc


Same guy! In his head he is thinking:

homigosh podcasts totally work as a wonderful content delivery system I’m definitely going to use this stuff dear speaker pleaseoplease keep talking about this amazing stuff

How do I know? Because I have a bitchy conference talk resting face. Or a church sermon jerky resting face. Really. So, I commit to not boring the people I’ll be giving a talk to. Or the one person who is signed up to attend. Le Sigh.

Get More Awesome-r

I think I do a great job at public speaking. I’m funny, witty, handsome and have great hand movements. Move them to the left, move them to the right… With so much media in front of us, public speakers have to be on their game to impress. With the widespread interested in TED Talks, the expectation is that normal, geeky people should be able to present their ideas in a very understandable way. I’ve really enjoyed Zach Holman’s fresh approach to technical speaking. Most of his suggestions are pretty standard (make an outline, practice) but I’ve enjoyed the nonstandard tips:

  • talk about something you know really well
  • focus on a very specific topic
  • use massive fonts

I took his advice. Here is a slide that has way too much text on it:

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I’m getting tired reading all this text.


How can I expect people to focus on me and my words if I’ve just puked a bunch up unto the projector? Here, please read this paragraph and I’ll talk and walk around at the same time and move my hands to the left and to the right and..

oh, what’s that? You had trouble focusing on one thing? Here is my revised slide:

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Quick to read. Simple. Photo Credit: estherase via Compfight cc


I’m excited to focus on speaking versus showing people a bunch of bullet points. This is the same as conversation, right? Conversation starts and stops- it is a two-way street. If I present bullets to you, it isn’t conversational and thus isn’t easy to remember. If I show you three words and tell you a story about it, this is more like a conversation. Your mind gets a couple milliseconds to absorb the words on the screen and think how they relate to the ones coming out of my mouth.

More Speaking Resources

I found a great TED article about how to present an amazing talk from Aaron Weyenberg, a UX Architect. Aaron suggest people keep things simple, with images that group your ideas together.  Here is his slide deck:

Chris Anderson shares tips, and Donna suggests not to start with “I have too much to share, so I’m going to go through this quick”.


Encouraging listener feedback – Beginner Podcast Mistakes BPM002

As Podcast producers, we create content for others to hear. So, we love to hear hear what people’s comments about what we create, but we need to make it easy for listeners to get in touch! Be specific why YOU want your listeners to share their ideas with you and others. Do you want someone to stroke your ego, or are you looking for your listeners to engage and enhance what you are sharing?

In this podcast, I interview Yannis Vatis from The Crossroads Podcast to talk about their struggle to engage listeners and we brainstorm ways to get their audience talking, such as:

  • Participating in online forums that reference their niche
  • Create a Google Hangout Live (although this would be hard in the Beijing time zone)
  • Join a life-hacking podcast directory website (or, as Yannis said- make one!) (11:04)
  • Display a “contact us” form right on the main page (12:11)
  • Tackle a controversial topic  (13:50)

Before the interview, I browsed through the past 32 episodes they have completed. This podcast has a very wide range of topics- they discuss what we can learn about Anime to extreme retirement savings and even share their tips on traveling. They even discuss how to overcome writer’s block and become someone who is known as a DOer of life. Here is my plug- if you like a productive life and want to hear a solid hour of people discussing it, subscribe to The Crossroads Podcast in iTunes,  visit their site TXRpodcast.com or get in touch @TXRpodcast.

Intro music by Cosmic Analog Ensemble