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Social Geek Radio Guests and Co-Hosts

Wow, 100 Social Geek Radio shows/podcasts under our belt!

Over the last two years Social Geek Radio has aired every Thursday night 6pm PT/8pm CT/9pm ET. We have interviewed great authors, social media gurus, business experts, educators, franchise leaders and geeks! Our shows have been informative, educational and entertaining. We  plan and lay out objectives for each episode but in the world of social technology we have learned to expect the unexpected and just roll with it.

Our podcast platform is BlogTalkRadio. “BlogTalkRadio allows anyone, anywhere the ability to host a live talk radio show online, simply by using a telephone and a computer. BlogTalkRadio’s unique platform, powered by Cinchcast, empowers citizen broadcasters to create and share their original content, their voices and their opinions in a worldwide public forum”. Our shows are archived on the site to listen later as well as published to iTunes.

Last night we unveiled our new music produced by Skyler Fox. He did an awesome job putting together a short 30 second geeky tune that we can use for our opening and our Geek It Out segment. Listen here

What is the value of podcasting?

Social Geek Radio allows us to share with our audience what is new in social technology in various industries. For example, last week we learned how social media marketing is used in the non-profit industry. Our guest, Ashley Rudolph shared the benefits of a non-profit being active on social media, shared blogs to follow, what type of content to post and a full hour of great information! Authors we have interviewed shared  how to create an irresistible and likable brand, (Dave Kerpen)  how to tap the power of location-based marketing (Aaron Strout) or how to tweet an hour a day (Hollis Thomases).

With each podcast we want to provide valuable takeaways for our audience and it never fails that I walk away with new information and tactics I hadn’t considered before. In the Geek It Out segment at the end, AK Stout shares Websites, apps, and great tips to help us become more efficient with our use of social media or sites just to have some fun with. The links are posted on my Social Geek Radio Pinterest board.

Keep It Fun

One of the best things about Social Geek Radio is interacting with our listeners. Whether we are having silly conversations in the chat room or actually live on the air, I enjoy myself. We have set an environment of fun and it’s exactly why I have made the commitment to Thursday nights week after week. Last night we had as many as 16 in the chat room, several on the phone lines, a few in Google Hangout with BJ Emerson and I’m not sure yet how many were listening live via the internet. Each live listener will be sent our very first Social Geek Radio koozie designed by Dana Lopez of Mango Tree Brands!

Social Geek Radio Koozie

To podcast or not to podcast is a personal decision. In my opinion, if you can commit the time, share your own expertise, be willing to promote the show and your guests, ensure there is something of value for the audience, be willing to deal with technology issues and ultimately work hard to have fun….then go for it!

If you need any help, let me know. I’m not an expert but I do have 100 shows done and I certainly have learned a thing or two that I am willing to share.

I am an extrovert!

That statement is not a surprise to those that know me and understand that I am energized when I am around other people. Part of my DNA (Deb Needs Attention) is to engage in conversation rather than holed up in an office working quietly alone. I totally enjoy social situations and would choose a large network gathering over a small intimate one-on-one meeting.

When I made the decision to start Deb Evans Consulting, LLC I did so knowing what my strengths and weaknesses are and the challenges I would have working alone.

Strengths or Weaknesses

  • outgoing
  • hard charging
  • risk-taker
  • task-oriented
  •  results-oriented
  •  will make quick, emotional, instinctual, or gut-based decisions
  •  most often speaks pointedly and directly, telling it like it is
  • possess strong opinions and  often closed to any new facts and information

In my opinion the above describes my personality perfectly and the DISC personality test I took confirms it.  I scored as a high “D” (drive) and high “I” (independence) when I took the test.  I believe that all of the above are my strengths but I’m sure there are some that will argue that a few of my personality traits are a weakness.  Joe Mathews, Founder of Franchise Performance Group describes this personality as an “Action Hero” in our book Developing Peak Performing Franchisees. I don’t see myself as Wonder Woman but I can’t deny that I have the traits listed above.

Interact With The World

To compensate for working alone I interact with the world and technology allows me to do that! I can socially interact and have great conversations via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.  I use Skype to work with  Joe several times a week  to edit our book and we often use Video Skype when we need to meet face-to-face. Earlier this month I met with franchise friends Kate Groom of Smart Franchise in Australia and Nick Strong from Services Direct in the UK face-to-face via Video Skype to discuss the differences of social media in our countries.

Google Hangout is another favorite technology tool. This week I reached out to Robin Scott, Computer Explorers franchise owner in North Carolina to help me test one of the hangout features. It wasn’t my intention to test the effects  and wear silly hats but we did and it was fun.

One of my weekly tasks is to leave the computer and meet individuals in the community. Earlier in the week I met with a Houston/Dallas Franchise Area Developer of a large franchise chain to discuss franchising, the IFA annual convention and other ways to get him more involved in the association. I LOVE mentoring and I am pleased that since our meeting he is well on his way to becoming a strong IFA member has enrolled in the Certified Franchise Executive program!

Shiny social technology tools will continue to distract me and because of that I won’t become bored working home alone.

Are you an extrovert or introvert and how do you successfully work from home? I’m open to new ideas and suggestions.