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My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, “Loving What You Do.”

Last week, I had an experience that inspired me. I want to share it in hopes that it might inspire your day the way it has mine.

I attended a conference in Fort Worth, Texas, called the Podcast Movement. I went with relatively low expectations – to meet a few people, and to learn something to help me with the career podcast I host. What I would learn, and who I would meet, I wasn’t quite sure.

The conference lineup was impressive. Keynote speakers included Aisha Tyler from “The View” and “Girl On Guy Podcast,” Marc Maron from “WTF Podcast,” and Sarah Koenig from “Serial.” Aisha shared her process for producing and editing her own show each week. Marc shared his interesting recent experience interviewing President Obama – and what it was like to have the Secret Service scan his home. Sarah shared the amazing process behind making the hit podcast “Serial.”

But, even more than the speakers, what truly inspired me was the group of attendees.

If your work has ever sent you to training or a conference, you know what it can be like. Attendees are often disinterested. They go because their boss told them to. They cut out on the workshops early to head to the bar, and by the last day of the conference, it’s a ghost town.

But at this conference, the attendees showed up early, stayed late and were completely engaged. Some of the workshops were packed with people in chairs, standing, sitting on the floor and even standing outside the room listening.

To read my entire column, and learn more about my Podcast Movement experience, visit the Memphis Daily News website here.


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