CI076: Shift your paradigm with Aya-Nikole Cook from Haji Healing Salon


“I just decided when I got the diagnosis that there must be some things that I don’t know about me so what can I do that will help me engage in a deeper self-study?”

Aya-Nikole Cook

What happens when you are an artist following your passion, building a name for yourself in your field, and doing work you love… and then suddenly a major health crisis comes out of the blue?

That’s what happened to Aya-Nikole Cook.

Read on for more…

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Aya-Nikole Cook is the founder and curator at Haji Healing Salon in Chicago. Yoga, acupuncture, Reiki, bodywork, herbal remedies… located in the south side of Chicago Chatham neighborhood, Haji is a sanctuary where “thriving is our resistance.”

I KNEW I needed to talk with Aya when I heard the origin story of Haji while editing a business interview for a client’s podcast. She had been working in the fashion industry until being diagnosed with fibroid tumors and undergoing surgery and subsequent recovery. That was the turning point when she decided to, not only engage in deeper self-study, but shift her creative talents toward facilitating healing space for her community.

Listen to the episode to get the full story, and whether you yourself have gone through or are going through recovery of your own, hear some words of wisdom for engaging in your own paradigm shift of taking better care of YOU.

Connect with Aya-Nikole

Haji Healing Salon

Celebrate Haji Healing Salon’s one-year anniversary month!

A Haji-Style REVIVAL

Spring yoga supper club event that offers folks a 3-Hour, multi-layered experience of restorative yoga with reiki and live vibraphone music + a vegan meal and dialogue about the intersections of culture, Faith and healing.

Friday, may 17
630-930pm at Haji Healing Salon
Tickets are $55.

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/hajirevival


We offer low-cost alternative healing practices in community, every Tuesday 4-8pm and Sunday 12-6pm.

Services include acupuncture ($25), Bodywork + reiki ($35), plus various other services each week. Reservations are made at hajihealingsalon.com


Instagram: @hajihealingsalon

Twitter: @hajihealing

Here are some ways I’d love to connect

  1. Send me an email and let me know what changes you have made in your life, work, and creative process as the result of a health or healing crisis. So no like formal survey or anything. Just email me. You can write it or record a voice memo on your phone and attach it to the email.
  2. Join my Facebook Community where we create social support for content creators with inspiring prompts, opportunities for you to share your work, talk about money and more.

My favorite hashtags #thecreativeimpostor #creativewomen #

Email or Voice (send me a question to answer on the show!)
Facebook Group The Creative Impostor
Facebook Page @andreaklunder.creative
Instagram: @andreaklunder

Oh HEY! I’m on LinkedIn now… dropping pro podcasting tips, insights, and stories. Connect with me there and let me know you’re a Creative Impostor listener.C

CI075: Intuitive Forecast & Meditation with Tina Conroy, The Intuitive Woman Podcast


This episode is a special treat for you (and for me!) I asked my friend and colleague Tina Conroy from The Intuitive Woman podcast to do a personal reading for me that I could share with YOU!

This is a forecast for the entire year of 2019 calling upon spirit guides, oracle cards, clairvoyance and intuition.

You may be thinking: well what does YOUR 2019 forecast have to do with ME?

Or you may be thinking: spirit guides and oracle cards? Big eye roll!

Read on for more…

Subscribe to The Creative Impostor (it’s free!)

Join me for Voice Training at Podfest

March 7-9, 2019, Orlando, FL

Tina is too! Tina’s mini-talk is during the Pecha Kucha Thursday and my Voice Training session is Friday at 5:25pm!

Get the conference details at https://podfestexpo.com/

Dreaming of Podcasting?

CURRENT PODCASTERS! I’m looking for you IF…

  • you are wanting to connect with other podcasters in a constructive, supportive way
  • you are happily podcasting along but feel like there’s something you’re missing
  • you want to grow your show in meaningful ways to make more of an impact

I’m developing an exclusive community circle of podcasters featuring monthly master classes, office hours with me, special guests and more! Founding members will have the opportunity to shape the program custom for you.

Launching April 2019.

PODCASTERS TO BE! I’m looking for you IF…

  • you are planning to launch your podcast in 2019
  • you want to shortcut your learning curve and get it out sooner than later
  • you value having your show sound and look professional from the beginning so you can grow from a solid foundation

Let’s launch your show together as part of an intimate group in the Podcast Envy Launch Pod — the hands on attention of my private 1×1 launch service for a fraction of the cost!

Article Continued

Tina breaks the woo woo down for you in this episode with practical ways to understand energy, spirit, and how to incorporate these tools into your daily routine. There’s also a lovely guided meditation at the end!

On a personal note, I booked this reading with Tina BEFORE I knew about my DCIS diagnosis and was hoping to be focused on creative work and life’s purpose and, you know, fun stuff! And not that this reading is all doom and gloom, but it definitely ended up being a lot more about health, self-care, rest, and balance.

Tina says that YOU can get so much benefit even from listening to my reading because there are often messages in someone else’s forecast that will ring true for you to — you’ll know when you hear them.

Connect with Tina Conroy

The Intuitive Woman Podcast

Website: http://www.tinaconroy.com

Facebook Group (featuring my favorite Live at 5 on Fridays!): Theintuitivewomangroup

Instagram: @theintuitivewoman

Here are some ways I’d love to connect

  1. Email me. Send me an email and let me know why you listen to the show.So no like formal survey or anything. Just email me. Why do you listen to the show? What do you love most about it or what do you get out of it? So that I can make sure that my new content direction is aligned with what you love and what you want and with you.
  2. Join my Facebook Community where we create social support for content creators with inspiring prompts, opportunities for you to share your work, talk about money and more.
  3. If you are thinking of starting your own podcast, consider doing it together with me and a few friends in the Podcast Envy Launch Pod starting late April 2019.
  4. If you already HAVE a podcast and are ready to grow in a meaningful way and make connections, consider the VIP Circle.

My favorite hashtags #podcastenvy #podcastboss #podcastgratitude

Email or Voice (send me a question to answer on the show!)
Facebook Group The Creative Impostor
Facebook Page @andreaklunder.creative
Instagram: @andreaklunder

Oh HEY! I’m on LinkedIn now… dropping pro podcasting tips, insights, and stories. Connect with me there and let me know you’re a Creative Impostor listener.C

I haven’t ghosted you, a personal note


In Episode 034, I asked you, pleaded with you not to ghost your podcast listeners… and then this year, I disappeared for a while. Was I not following my own advice? Or did I have a legit reason? 

HINT: Sometimes you have to prioritize things over your own podcast.

Join me for Voice Training at Podfest in Orlando!

March 7-9, 2019

Get the conference details at https://podfestexpo.com/

Subscribe to Podcast Envy (it’s free!)

Featured Podcast Angels

Become a podcast angel and get support for your show in return!

VIP Circle mastermind group of podcasters growing influence, gaining momentum and defining success on our terms — I’ll be sending invitations in the first couple weeks of January to my VIP list first. Get on that list!

Launch Pod Envy intimate group of podcast newbies doing it together with my help! I’ve got 3 spots left — want to see if it’s a good fit for you?


Connect with Andrea

My favorite hashtags #podcastenvy #podcastboss

Email (send me a question to answer on the show either text or voice recording! andrea [at] thecreativeimpostor.com)
Facebook Group The Creative Impostor
Facebook Page @andreaklunder.creative
Instagram: @andreaklunder

LinkedIn… dropping pro podcasting tips, insights, and stories. Connect with me there and let me know you’re a Podcast Envy listener.

CI074: Imposter syndrome in a health crisis


What do you do when all of your creative entrepreneurial plans come to a screeching halt due to an unexpected health crisis? (Or any kind of emergency, for that matter!)

Do you have a contingency?

And how does shifting your priorities and relationship to work effect your self-identity? Not to mention the diagnosis itself???

Read on for more…

Subscribe to The Creative Impostor (it’s free!)

Join me for Voice Training at Podfest

March 7-9, 2019, Orlando, FL

Get the conference details at https://podfestexpo.com/

Dreaming of Podcasting?

CURRENT PODCASTERS! I’m looking for you IF…

  • you are wanting to connect with other podcasters in a constructive, supportive way
  • you are happily podcasting along but feel like there’s something you’re missing
  • you want to grow your show in meaningful ways to make more of an impact

I’m developing an exclusive community circle of podcasters featuring monthly master classes, office hours with me, special guests and more! Founding members will have the opportunity to shape the program custom for you.

Launching April 2019.

PODCASTERS TO BE! I’m looking for you IF…

  • you are planning to launch your podcast in 2019
  • you want to shortcut your learning curve and get it out sooner than later
  • you value having your show sound and look professional from the beginning so you can grow from a solid foundation

Let’s launch your show together as part of an intimate group in the Podcast Envy Launch Pod — the hands on attention of my private 1×1 launch service for a fraction of the cost!

Here are some ways I’d love to connect

  1. Email me. Send me an email and let me know why you listen to the show.So no like formal survey or anything. Just email me. Why do you listen to the show? What do you love most about it or what do you get out of it? So that I can make sure that my new content direction is aligned with what you love and what you want and with you.
  2. Join my Facebook Community where we create social support for content creators with inspiring prompts, opportunities for you to share your work, talk about money and more.
  3. If you are thinking of starting your own podcast, consider doing it together with me and a few friends in the Podcast Envy Launch Pod starting late April 2019.
  4. If you already HAVE a podcast and are ready to grow in a meaningful way and make connections, consider the VIP Circle.

My favorite hashtags #podcastenvy #podcastboss #podcastgratitude

Email or Voice (send me a question to answer on the show!)
Facebook Group The Creative Impostor
Facebook Page @andreaklunder.creative
Instagram: @andreaklunder

Oh HEY! I’m on LinkedIn now… dropping pro podcasting tips, insights, and stories. Connect with me there and let me know you’re a Creative Impostor listener.C

Endings, Beginnings, Gratitude and Podcasting


The end? The beginning?

The New Year can be a time of excitement, anxiety, FOMO and more. For ME… I decided several years ago to skip the usual holiday hoopla and focus on creating rituals for myself that mean something.

I’ll share one of those rituals below AND some voice gratitude from community members (both podcasters and listeners) but first… an announcement!

Thank you for being a loyal listener of Podcast Envy — I LOVE making this show for you and when I started it last year, it was with the intention of growing my podcast production, consulting and coaching business, The Creative Impostor Studios, and that has happened! Wow! 

I can barely keep up and that is while I’ll be dropping back to publishing episodes every other week, rather than weekly. However, there is ONE way you can still get weekly content from me and that is by becoming a Podcast Angel!

Podcast Angels directly support this show and the content that I offer for FREE on this podcast and now YOU can become one, dear podcaster,  with the Podcast Envy VIP Circle…

Scroll down for my favorite New Year’s Eve ritual & resources from this episode…

Subscribe to Podcast Envy (it’s free!)

Featured Podcast Angels

Become a podcast angel and get support for your show in return!

VIP Circle mastermind group of podcasters growing influence, gaining momentum and defining success on our terms — I’ll be sending invitations in the first couple weeks of January to my VIP list first. Get on that list!

Launch Pod Envy intimate group of podcast newbies doing it together with my help! I’ve got 3 spots left — want to see if it’s a good fit for you?



Voice Training for Podcasters 
at Podfest Multimedia Expo, Orlando, March 7-9!

Get your tickets for Podfest here.


FREE class in Chicago: Is My Business Ready for a Podcast?

Join me at Next Door Chicago Thursday January 29th!

Whether you are a solo entrepreneur, a small business leader, or a team member in a bigger organization, podcasting is a  popular trend for making connections, developing brand loyalty, and influencing social impact. You have a golden opportunity to influence listeners and get your message heard through one of the most powerfully intimate forms of media that exists today. But how do you know whether a podcast is right for you and your company?  What will it take to stand out from the thousands of shows that already exist? What do you need to be ready to start?

6:30-8:00pm @ Next Door Chicago

In this episode…

I’m sharing my favorite New Year’s Eve ritual.

Take out a piece of paper and number it from 1-108 (you can make 2 columns, use front & back, multiple sheets, or a REALLY big piece of paper.)

Now write down 108 things from the year that is ending for which you are grateful! It can be people, places, things, experiences, lessons learned, moments in time… anything goes!

Top of MY gratitude list this year — PODCASTING!

I invited our community to weigh in on WHY they are grateful for podcasts and you’ll hear what they have to say from both a listening perspective and a producing perspective!

I’ll give you some hints…

Learning, fresh perspectives, community, self-expression, fulfilling childhood dreams, sharing experiences, confidence, self-identify, and more.

Personally, I started podcasting because I HAD to.

It was never something I imagined I’d be doing — I didn’t even know what it WAS until maybe 2012, but it came to me at a time in my life when I was LOW. I had to close my first business, I was bankrupt, depressed, didn’t want to go back to a full-time job, had no resources to start a new business and didn’t even know who I was anymore.

But podcasting helped me rediscover all of that and more.

So here I am now, with a business I love, building community with you, expressing myself in a super rewarding way with a ton of autonomy and creativity. So thank YOU, for being part of that!

Gratitude to Our Guests

Dina Ranade

Podcast: An Herbal Diary
Website: The Herbal Bake Shoppe

Vivian Sakellariou 

Website: Viv-Id Healing

John Thompson

Website: Passionerdly Podcasts

Home to Dice Voyeurs, Pattern Recognition, Tome Travelers, and The Wooden Dojo

Ashley Lana Scott

Facebook: Ashley Lana Scott – Visual Artist, Creative Coach, Mental Health Advocate

Connect with Andrea

My favorite hashtags #podcastenvy #podcastboss

Email (send me a question to answer on the show either text or voice recording! andrea [at] thecreativeimpostor.com)
Facebook Group The Creative Impostor
Facebook Page @andreaklunder.creative
Instagram: @andreaklunder

LinkedIn… dropping pro podcasting tips, insights, and stories. Connect with me there and let me know you’re a Podcast Envy listener.

Social Impact & Podcasting with Elsie Escobar, She Podcasts & Libysn’s The Feed

It’s entirely possible that I wouldn’t be here, doing this, at least not in this specific way, if not for today’s guest, Elsie Escobar.

This episode is for you if you have ever wondered whether, why and how your show matters despite stats and downloads.

Elsie has been immersed in the field of podcasting since 2006, when she first began with Elsie’s Yoga Class, which has been downloaded over 4 million times. She currently co-hosts She Podcasts, both a podcast and the largest online community for women podcasters, as well as produces and co-hosts The Feed, Libsyn’s official podcast (Libsyn = the podcasting host I always use and recommend.) 

Most recently, Elsie created a mentoring program called the E-League for impact driven podcasters around the central question…

HOW ARE WE OFFERING CONTENT THAT BUILDS A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF OUR WORLD?

Elsie Escobar, The E-League

I could not imagine a series on Podcasting & Social Impact without including Elsie’s voice & expertise. This episode is JAM-PACKED so you’ll want to make a good cup of tea, grab a cozy blanked, a pen and a notebook and listen in to see what thoughts and ideas come to your mind.

Scroll down for links & resources from this episode…

Subscribe to Podcast Envy (it’s free!)

Featured Podcast Angels

Let ME be YOUR angel…

Whether you want to launch, grow, or get some support with your show in 2019, I have something for you.

Launch Pod Envy (intimate group of podcast newbies doing it together with my help!)

VIP Circle (mastermind group of podcasters growing influence, gaining momentum and defining success on our terms)

Editing & Production Services from The Creative Impostor Studios



Get a FREE MONTH of podcast hosting with my FAVE host: Libsyn!

Once you have a few episodes ready to go and want to submit to Apple, Spotify, Google, Stitcher… set up your account at Libsyn.com an enter promo code: envy to get a free month and inspire them to send me a little thank you check to help support Podcast Envy!

Be sure to check out their free Quick Start webinar the first Wednesday of the month!


Elsie’s E-League — totally not a sponsor but totally worth your attention! Learn more about the program and get on Elsie’s radar to be the first to know when 2019 dates and applications are announced!

Holiday BONUS for Email Subscribers

Don’t get left out! Get on the list (and get a free podcast strategy mini-guide): http://www.thecreativeimpostor.com/5questions

In this episode…

Elsie mentions an art exhibit about a book and a brick wall. I’ve become fascinated with the artist, Jorge Mendez Blake. Here’s the piece.

The piece is Chapter VI – The Castle. Here’s some good commentary on his work.

Elsie also gives a DEEP DIVE case study analysis of the strategic success of a show called Pantsuit Politics. Check it out here.

And she mentions that YOU can email me anytime with feedback, suggestions, resources, ideas, questions. That the best of podcasts have an easy way to engage with listeners. It’s true! Here’s my email andrea [at] thecreativeimpostor.com.

Connect with Our Guest

Elsie Escobar

ElsieEscobar.com
The E-League

She Podcasts Website
She Podcasts Facebook Group
Libsyn’s The Feed Podcast
Elsie’s Instagram @theelsieescobar
Elsie’s Twitter @theelsieescobar
Elsie’s Facebook Page @elsieescobarofficial

Connect with Andrea

My favorite hashtags #podcastenvy #podcastboss

Email or Voice (send me a question to answer on the show!)
Facebook Group The Creative Impostor
Facebook Page @andreaklunder.creative
Instagram: @andreaklunder

Oh HEY! I’m on LinkedIn now… dropping pro podcasting tips, insights, and stories. Connect with me there and let me know you’re a Podcast Envy listener.

Podcasting for Mamas featuring Moms With Dreams, Plus Mommy, Tilt Parenting, Joyful Courage

 


If you’re on the fence and thinking about creating a podcast, that means  there’s a message in your belly, there’s something that you have to say and believe me the world needs to hear you. They need to hear your message. They need to hear your voice. You matter and so does your message and I encourage you to do it, no matter what. Don’t talk yourself out of it. 

Erica Blocker, Moms With Dreams
 

Today I have an incredible wisdom-packed episode for you and, no, that wisdom is not coming from me. That wisdom is coming from four dynamic, super smart, successful women leaders who have created podcasts in the niche of parenting and podcasts for moms.

Now wait! If you are not a mom or you are not podcasting about parenting or being a mom that does not mean you should not listen to this episode.

You should totally listen because I am not either of those two things and I learned so much from what these women have to share about marketing, niching around purpose, and positioning with their shows, and about something that they pretty much have to be masters of — TIME MANAGEMENT!

Featuring:

Erica Blocker from Moms with Dreams

Jen McLellan from Plus Mommy

Debbie Reber from TiLT Parenting

and Casey O’Roarty of Joyful Courage Parenting

Listen in and read on for more…

Subscribe to Podcast Envy (it’s free!)

Get featured on Podcast Envy

You’re invited to be part of a year-end gratitude experiment!

If you feel grateful for podcasts or podcasting, I would love for you to be a part of my upcoming December episode. Send me a short audio clip (3min or less) with a story and/or post on Instagram about how you appreciate making or listening to podcasts using #podcastgratitude. Be sure to tag me @andreaklunder so I see it!

To share the audio clip, message me directly andrea [at] thecreativeimpostor.com by December 15th and I’ll give you instructions.

Featured Podcast Angel

Let ME be YOUR angel…

Whether you want to launch, grow, or get some support with your show in 2019, I have something for you.

Launch Pod Envy (intimate group of podcast newbies doing it together with my help!)

VIP Circle (mastermind group of podcasters growing influence, gaining momentum and defining success on our terms)

Editing & Production Services from The Creative Impostor Studios


HELP ME WITH MY PODCAST!

Tired of doing it alone?

Click here to schedule a call with me to find out how we can work together (and whether it’s a match made in Podcast Heaven!) Nov 2018 – Dec 2018 only!



Get a FREE MONTH of podcast hosting with my FAVE host: Libsyn!

Once you have a few episodes ready to go and want to submit to Apple, Spotify, Google, Stitcher… set up your account at Libsyn.com an enter promo code: envy to get a free month and inspire them to send me a little thank you check to help support Podcast Envy!

Holiday BONUS for Email Subscribers

Don’t get left out! Get on the list (and get a free podcast strategy mini-guide): http://www.thecreativeimpostor.com/5questions

Connect with Our Guests

Erica Blocker, Moms With Dreams

Website
Podcast
Instagram @ericablocker4
Facebook Page @momswithdreamsu

Jen McLellan, Plus Mommy

Website
Podcast
Facebook Page @plusmommyblog
Instagram @plusmommy

Debbie Reber, TiLT Parenting

Website
Podcast
Facebook Page @tiltparenting
Instagram @tiltparenting

Casey O’Roarty, Joyful Courage

Website
Podcast
Facebook Group Live and Love with Joyful Courage
Facebook Group Joyful Courage for Parents of Teens
Facebook Page @joyfulcourage
Instagram @joyful_courage

Connect with Andrea

My favorite hashtags #podcastenvy #podcastboss

Email or Voice (send me a question to answer on the show!)
Facebook Group The Creative Impostor
Facebook Page @andreaklunder.creative
Instagram: @andreaklunder

Oh HEY! I’m on LinkedIn now… dropping pro podcasting tips, insights, and stories. Connect with me there and let me know you’re a Podcast Envy listener.

How do I know whether I (or my organization) is ready for a podcast?

Whether you are building a business, a brand, and organization or a personal following, podcasting is a super popular trend amongst companies, nonprofits, and, well, people in general.

It sounds so cool and on trend to say you have your own podcast, to imagine your voice being heard by thousands of people around the WORLD, and to know that you have a golden opportunity to influence those listeners through one of the most powerfully intimate forms of media that exists today.

There’s definitely a wave to ride and you’re right on the edge, waiting to catch it!

But how do you know whether you are ready?

It seems easy enough — you just record your voice and somehow publish it to the internet and voila! Right?

I mean I KNOW you don’t think it’s quite that simple — or you wouldn’t be here, listening to this right now.

So I have created a checklist of 6 questions to ask yourself (or your organization) before you dive into your podcasting adventure.

Listen in and read on for more… 

Subscribe to Podcast Envy (it’s free!)

Get featured on Podcast Envy

You’re invited to be part of a year-end gratitude experiment!

If you feel grateful for podcasts or podcasting, I would love for you to be a part of my upcoming December episode. Send me a short audio clip (3min or less) with a story and/or post on Instagram about how you appreciate making or listening to podcasts using #podcastgratitude. Be sure to tag me @andreaklunder so I see it!

To share the audio clip, message me directly andrea [at] thecreativeimpostor.com and I’ll give you instructions.

Featured Podcast Angel

Let ME be YOUR angel…

Whether you want to launch, grow, or get some support with your show in 2019, I have something for you.

Launch Pod Envy (intimate group of podcast newbies doing it together with my help!)

VIP Circle (mastermind group of podcasters growing influence, gaining momentum and defining success on our terms)

Editing & Production Services from The Creative Impostor Studios


HELP ME WITH MY PODCAST!


Click here to schedule a call with me to find out how we can work together (and whether it’s a match made in Podcast Heaven!) Nov 2018 – Dec 2018 only!



Get a FREE MONTH of podcast hosting with my FAVE host: Libsyn!

Once you have a few episodes ready to go and want to submit to Apple, Spotify, Google, Stitcher… set up your account at Libsyn.com an enter promo code: envy to get a free month and inspire them to send me a little thank you check to help support Podcast Envy!

Holiday BONUS for Email Subscribers

Don’t get left out! Get on the list (and get a free podcast strategy mini-guide): http://www.thecreativeimpostor.com/5questions

Article Continued

Alright here are 6 questions to ask yourself to see whether you are ready to start your own podcast!

1) Do you have a clearly defined purpose?


What is your “why?” This questions feels so played out in the entrepreneurial digital marketing space but it’s KEY to success. And I’m going to ask you to go beyond, to build more awareness, market my business, get more clients, make more money. There are a million ways to do these things and some may be easier and cheaper and faster than a podcast. Listen , I’m not trying to talk you out of podcasting. Obvi it’s my FAVE way to do some of these things — so let me give you some examples…   speaking career, innovative way to document a process, grant fulfilment, create short easily digestible highly compelling anecdotal evidence for policy makers, expand beyond your brick & mortar local demographic for your potential business clientele, proof of concept – to test new product and service offering ideas for your client base, give back to your community, add another touch point for know like trust, idea leadership, re-purposeable audio content to build into a library, etc. 

2) Do you know what your show is about?

Can you make a list of 10-15 episode topics or ideas… 50? 100? Have you tested it on other people (especially your ideal listeners?) 

3) Do you know who your podcast is for?

And how you will find them? It’s not enough to say your podcast is for everyone.

“If it’s for everyone, then it’s for no one.”

Seth Godin

4) Have you decided when and where you will be recording?

This is kind of a 2-for-1 question — but you are definitely going to have to allocate time and create space for it.

This will help you more easily find the answers to common questions like: equipment, software, workflow, team and cost. If you want to record in a professional studio, that will cost you more, but you will cut your learning curve and won’t have to buy gear. If you want to DIY you are going to have to invest in some gear learn how to create your own sound dampening and add time to your process to learn how to use everything optimally. Also let’s not forget editing — the most time consuming part!

5) Do you have a budget and is it enough for what you want to create?

This can range from $300 all in (if you are DIYing a LOT) for a straightforward simply formatted show to upwards of $40K for a high concept professional produced show to EVEN MORE! The trade off is time — I always think of this triangle I saw once — Cost/Speed/Quality, or cheap/fast/good — you can have 2 but not all 3!

6) Have you assembled your team?

,It might be a team of 1 and that’s okay, but if you are a one-woman or one-man show and you have a whole other job to do within your organization, or your business to run, or a whole OTHER job and this is a side hustle — you will burn out fast if you don’t have the proper support.

Team members to consider…. host (if not you), co-host, guests, producer, editor, audio engineer, social media, show notes, VA, cheerleaders, evangelists, coach, mentor.

Every team will look different depending on the answers to questions 1-5!

Okay… how’d you do? 

Let’s tally it up… how many “yes” answers do you have?

5-6 YES — You are READY! If you’re at 5, consider that last one for a bit and then what are you waiting for — let’s get that show launched!

3-4 — ALMOST — you’re so close!  

1-2 — You’re off to a solid start — there’s still a bit of homework for you to do but if you’re committed, it won’t be long til you’re up on that surfboard.

0  — don’t worry — all is not lost! Spend some time with these questions, do a little research  — once you have 1, 2, and 3 solid on paper, 4-6 will come more easily.

And no matter WHERE you are, don’t forget, I can help!

Connect with Andrea

My favorite hashtags #podcastenvy #podcastboss

Email or Voice (send me a question to answer on the show!)
Facebook Group The Creative Impostor
Facebook Page @andreaklunder.creative
Instagram: @andreaklunder

Oh HEY! I’m on LinkedIn now… dropping pro podcasting tips, insights, and stories. Connect with me there and let me know you’re a Podcast Envy listener.

CI073: Where Have I been? Updates & Invitations



I just sort of went into this existential crisis of — What is The Creative Impostor? Why do I need this show?

It has been a while since I have released an episode here for you. My last episode was this past summer with the fabulous Matt Marr. It was a really good one.

And now… I have to tell you something really strange has happened or is happening, which is that I did not plan to take a hiatus with this show.

In fact over on my other podcast, Podcast Envy, all about how to craft a show that matters, I have recently advised podcasters that if they are going to take a hiatus from their show, they should tell their listeners. They should announce it. They should set some expectations so that you’re not just leaving your listeners hanging and I did NOT do that myself.

Truth be told, I have been feeling guilty about it ever since I dispensed that oh so sage advice so I decided to come here just to check in and say hi. I haven’t forgotten you. I haven’t abandoned you. And I’m so so so happy and grateful that you have not abandoned me either and I know this because for some reason even though I have not released a new episode since summer, I have over a thousand downloads of The Creative Impostor per month since then — amazing!!!

Read on for more…

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You’re invited to be part of a year-end gratitude experiment!

If you feel grateful for podcasts or podcasting, I would love for you to be a part of my upcoming December episode. Send me a short audio clip (3min or less) with a story and/or post on Instagram about how you appreciate making or listening to podcasts using #podcastgratitude. Be sure to tag me @andreaklunder so I see it!

To share the audio clip, message me directly andrea [at] thecreativeimpostor.com by November 25th and I’ll give you instructions.

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So where HAVE I been and why the hiatus and what can you do if you miss me?

I’m here. I haven’t disappeared.

I’m producing Podcast Envy. If you are interested in the topic of podcasting specifically, there’s some really good stuff happening over on that show and you should definitely subscribe. I’m also over at Power Your Story and while it’s not me, it’s my high school student mentees who are producing that show and we have a ton of new content in the pipeline.

And I’ve been over at Key Change: Creating Opera For All Voices with the Santa Fe Opera. This is an integrated podcasting-opera-storytelling experience all about an initiative through the community outreach and education department at the Santa Fe Opera called Opera For All Voices, which is all about commissioning new works centered around diversity and inclusion and having the conversation about what diversity and inclusion means in the opera world and just in the arts world in the United States in general.

What does American Opera mean?

What does contemporary opera mean?

What does it look like?

What does it sound like?

What kinds of stories are we telling?

Who is telling those stories?

The first season is out now and where are in the depths of editing season 2, which will be coming out this spring. So there’s been a lot of work going on at The Creative Impostor STUDIOS and that is the primary reason for the hiatus on The Creative Impostor PODCAST.

The other reason became clear to me when I went on hiatus unexpectedly was that I am getting bored. 

I mean not with the idea of The Creative Impostor, nor the brand, nor podcasting in general, but just the format. I mean, I’ve been doing it for a few years. I have some great interviews. I love doing interviews. I love doing the solo episodes. But now that I’m doing interviews over on Podcast Envy, it kind of feels like why do I have two shows? And in fact, I’ve been working with a business coach who is Robyn Conley Downs of the Feel Good Effect podcast (one of the podcasts that I edit.)

And Robyn actually said to me in a coaching, “Why do you have two shows? Do you need to have two shows? Maybe you should just focus on one.”

At first I was like, “NO! I can’t I can’t only have one. I can’t let go The Creative Impostor. That’s my baby. That’s my first show. I love that show and I have more listeners on that show!”

But from a business perspective, the show doesn’t really make that much sense anymore because my business has become specifically about supporting other podcasters and organizations and individuals who WANT to podcast.

And so I just sort of went into this existential crisis of what is The Creative Impostor? Why do I have it? Why do I need this show? What is different about it than Podcast Envy?

And I also have been thinking for a long time now that I’ve done a lot of interviews and I feel really comfortable and confident in this format and most podcasts that we listen to our either solo produced shows co-hosted shows or interview shows…

I keep thinking what else is possible with the medium of podcasting.

What else is possible in audio? I mean, yeah, we also have. Narrative fiction podcasts like Gimlet’s Homecoming and narrative nonfiction podcasts like Serial, but there has to be something else — some kind of experimental immersive audio experience.

I don’t know exactly what it is yet, but I want to do something really different.

I want to be more creative to be honest. So that’s where I’m going with this. More is coming. But I don’t know what and I don’t know. 

In the meantime, here are a few ways that I would love to connect with you:

  1. Email me. Send me an email and let me know why you listen to the show. So no like formal survey or anything. Just email me. Why do you listen to the show? What do you love most about it or what do you get out of it? So that I can make sure that my new content direction is aligned with what you love and what you want and with you.
  2. Join my Facebook Community where we create social support for content creators with inspiring prompts, opportunities for you to share your work, talk about money and more.
  3. If you are thinking of starting your own podcast, consider doing it together with me and a few friends in the Podcast Envy Launch Pod starting January 2019.
  4. If you already HAVE a podcast and are ready to grow in a meaningful way and make connections, consider the VIP Circle.

Happy birthday to me this week Wednesday! I hope to hear from you ASAP for #podcastgratitude.  I’d love to see you for real, for real via Zoom meeting in either the Launch Pod or the VIP Circle in January of 2019.

Connect with Andrea

My favorite hashtags #podcastenvy #podcastboss #podcastgratitude

Email or Voice (send me a question to answer on the show!)
Facebook Group The Creative Impostor
Facebook Page @andreaklunder.creative
Instagram: @andreaklunder

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Should I take a break? What to do with your podcast over the holidays

Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year’s… oh my!

The holidays. They are here. As a self-employed entrepreneur, I have noticed that typically around this time of year, people drop off the face of the earth.

Business gets really slow.
Nobody’s responding so much on social media.
Everyone’s running around all distracted.

It’s getting cold in the Midwest and sometimes snowy and I don’t really like that kind of weather. I just want to hole up in my house and do nothing except… well… good thing I make podcasts because I can do that from here.

In any case the question inevitably comes up for podcasters (usually accompanied by mild distress to pure panic):

What do I do with my show over the holidays?

Should I take a break? Should I publish old episodes? Am I going to lose listeners if I disappear for a few weeks?

The answer is right here in this episode for you. Want to know what it is?

Read on for more…

Subscribe to Podcast Envy (it’s free!)

Get featured on Podcast Envy

You’re invited to be part of a year-end gratitude experiment!

If you feel grateful for podcasts or podcasting, I would love for you to be a part of my upcoming December episode. Send me a short audio clip (3min or less) with a story and/or post on Instagram about how you appreciate making or listening to podcasts using #podcastgratitude. Be sure to tag me @andreaklunder so I see it!

To share the audio clip, message me directly andrea [at] thecreativeimpostor.com and I’ll give you instructions.

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CURRENT PODCASTERS! I’m looking for you IF…

  • you are wanting to connect with other podcasters in a constructive, supportive way
  • you are happily podcasting along but feel like there’s something you’re missing
  • you want to grow your show in meaningful ways to make more of an impact

I’m developing an exclusive community circle of podcasters featuring monthly master classes, office hours with me, special guests and more! Founding members will have the opportunity to shape the program custom for you.

Launching January 2019. Sign up by December 21, 2018.

PODCASTERS TO BE! I’m looking for you IF…

  • you are planning to launch your podcast in 2019
  • you want to shortcut your learning curve and get it out sooner than later
  • you value having your show sound and look professional from the beginning so you can grow from a solid foundation

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Okay, holiday time podcasts — what to do with your show? Here is the answer that you have been waiting for…

Do whatever you want. It’s your show.

There are two schools of thought around this:

  1. People are super busy and distracted around the holidays and nobody’s listening to podcasts and your numbers for the episodes that you release in this time period are going to be lower than normal.
  2. A lot of people have time off. They’re traveling in cars and planes and trains and they have so much time to listen to podcasts. Since a bunch of podcasters are not producing new content at this time, yours has a greater opportunity to stand out. People will be looking for new shows to listen to because their queue won’t be as full as normal with their usual shows.

Both are true.

I’m in camp #2 — always always sad that it seems like there is no good new content around the holiday time. I’m always looking for something and I end up discovering a bunch of new shows at that time.

So I would say it’s completely up to you. 

A few ideas to consider:

  1. You could stick with your original plan — keep publishing. If you do this, I would encourage you to maybe think about some solo episodes that you can release if you typically do interviews. Your interview guests may or may not have as much time to promote and share the episode during the holidays, or they might be taking a social media break or whatever, but they may not be able to promote it as fresh out of the gate as you would normally like for your podcast guests to do.

    So if you have some really juicy interviews, unless they are timely and relevant to the season, you may want to push those to 2019 when there is so much time to promote things.

  2. Think of some short form content that you could release if your episodes tend to be a little bit longer. Are there any relevant seasonal topics that you could discuss that could still be evergreen? For example, gratitude is always evergreen even though we only think of it this time of year.

    Ask yourself how you can title those episodes in such a way that people might specifically be looking for those kinds of things at the end of the year? I’m thinking not necessarily of your regular podcast listeners and subscribers, but new people who are in that Oh-my-gosh-My-favorite-podcasts-have-no-new-content-Whatever-will-I-listen-to phase and they’re searching around by keywords to find new shows. 

  3. Consider your release schedule. So you may continue to release a weekly show if that’s your publishing schedule, but if you typically release on Thursdays and Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, maybe you release on Wednesday, or maybe you release something special for Black Friday, or if you typically release on whatever day Christmas Falls this year or New Year’s Day, maybe you want to shift that or maybe not maybe it’s totally fine to release on the actual holiday. There are no rules except…

  4. If you have not launched your show yet and you would like to launch, let’s say, January 1st 2019… Please be advised that the good folks at your hosting company (i.e. Libsyn) probably take a holiday break. So if you have any tech issues or troubleshooting issues, there may be a delay in addressing them.

    Also keep in mind that the good folks at Apple Podcasts definitely take a holiday break. And in fact, they’ve already emailed all of their current podcast producers about their holiday breaks. They usually send us deadlines like if you want your show to go live the first week of January, you must submit it for approval by such and such date. They didn’t do that this year. They just simply gave us the dates where nobody is going to be doing any work or responding to anything which is basically the second half of December.

    So if you want something to go live in early January, I would recommend that you are submitting your new show for approval by the first week of December or NOW!

  5. You could definitely take a break for the holidays and no one would blame you if you are going to take a break (and you probably won’t lose any subscribers.)

    You could tell your listeners that you’re going to take a break and when they can expect a new episode and what it’s going to be to get them excited. So they have something to look forward to in January when you come back.

    I saw somebody who recommended other shows to check out for their audience:

    Hey, I’m going to take a break from this time to this time some other shows that I’ve been listening to that I think that you would really love. 

    Then shout out some shows for them to check out, which is a really cool community building and value adding way to make sure that your listeners don’t forget about you because then when they do go check out that show, they will think about you and be grateful to you when they discover and love that new show that you recommended. Think of it as filling your karmic bank account!

  6. Some people like to pull episodes from the archive to republish over the weeks ahead so that there’s something new in the feed.

    I have mixed feelings about this. I have done it ONE time on my other show, The Creative Impostor, and it was fine. I kind of get annoyed mildly annoyed, however, when other shows post archival episodes unless they’re super old and I haven’t heard them.

    If it’s a rebroadcast of something that was in the current 12-month period, I just delete them.

    I’m super annoyed if it’s not obvious that I’ve already listened to it or that it’s a repeat and I start listening to it and I have that weird Deja Vu feeling like I feel like I’ve heard this before this sounds really familiar and then five minutes have gone by and I’m like, oh, this is… huh… Yep. Okay. I already heard this episode. Delete.

    So if you are republishing something, just be sure that it’s clear and make sure that it makes sense to republish it content-wise and maybe don’t republish something that was super recent.

  7. Take the holiday time to do some community building on social media elsewhere besides your podcast. Maybe you can encourage your listeners to connect with you over social media instead of relying on the podcast, so they don’t lose that connection while they’re waiting for new content. In fact, maybe you even have time to produce a little bit of Premium content that is only available to your email subscribers or to your Facebook group members or to your Patreon supporters — a little holiday bonus.

    Oh, I just gave myself that idea! I think I’m going to do that. (Okay holiday bonus for Podcast Envy email subscribers note to self.) Make sure you’re on my list here so you don’t miss out!

So don’t let the holiday time stress you out. Don’t let it send you into a panic or an existential crisis your show still matters. If your numbers go down during the holidays, don’t worry. It’s totally fine.

Save your juicy interviews for the new year perhaps or release on those weeks in between Thanksgiving and Christmas think consciously about what you want your first episode of the year to be don’t overthink, but think consciously about it.

Be creative with the energy that’s available to you in this holiday time. Think about your own self care. Don’t push to do something realistic for you.

You are Your Own Boss (even though I’m your Podcast Boss.) You’re still Your Own Boss.

Happy birthday to me this week Wednesday. I hope to hear from you ASAP for #podcastgratitude. I hope to see you on the Podcast Envy email list so I can send you a bonus and I’d love to see you for real, for real via Zoom meeting in either the Launch Pod or the VIP Circle in January of 2019.

Connect with Andrea

My favorite hashtags #podcastenvy #podcastboss

Email or Voice (send me a question to answer on the show!)
Facebook Group The Creative Impostor
Facebook Page @andreaklunder.creative
Instagram: @andreaklunder

Oh HEY! I’m on LinkedIn now… dropping pro podcasting tips, insights, and stories. Connect with me there and let me know you’re a Podcast Envy listener.