Podcast Goals Beyond the First 100 Episodes

June 19, 2019

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been curious about what people are actually doing to progress and succeed in their careers.

As we moved toward a faster and faster-changing world, my curiosity increased. I wanted to see how people are navigating the waters and thriving despite — or perhaps, because of — the changing times.

I launched the Second Breaks podcast in June 2017 as a means to share these stories that I’m discovering. My intention was for these career stories to serve as models of possibility and a source of inspiration and motivation for all of us.

Frankly, I didn’t have any long-term goals for the podcast when I started.

I had never done anything like this before. While the desire was there, the fact is I didn’t know whether it would be successful or what being a podcaster really was like – beyond what I imagined in my head!

Well, it’s been two years since the day I pulled the trigger and I’ve just released Episode 100.

It turns out, I actually liked being a podcaster. And although the learning curve was steep, I’ve come a long way from that very first episode when I was nervous as hell. Oh, who am I kidding! The nerves never really went away and I still feel it coming every time I sit behind the mic and hit record.

But I do want to pause here and reflect on the last two years. I also want to share my goals for the podcast with you. A way of being accountable, you know 🙂

Goals for the next chapter of Second Breaks

(1) Continue producing the show.

This is obvious but it’s probably best to state it anyway. The plan is to continue Second Breaks as a weekly show, with new episodes dropping on Thursdays.

(2) Increased focus on interesting career stories that show how people are navigating the 21st-century world of work.

The pace of technology-driven changes is unprecedented creating disruption across all industries and new market needs. These, in turn, create new types of careers and new opportunities for us. I want to shed more light on these new opportunities through guest stories.

The more we hear about what’s possible, the more ideas we generate. The more we see how others are taking action, the more we see ourselves being able to follow through our goals and plans. This I firmly believe.

(3) Explore themed series.

I’m looking to spend more time digging into specific topics with more diverse voices and in an organized manner. More examples, different lenses from various guests.

I’m thinking I’ll do this by grouping episodes by subject matter where there will be a series of related guests and conversations on a particular issue or subject.

If there’s a topic you’d like me to cover in-depth on the podcast, please let me know via the comments section below.

(4) Podcast growth.

It’s time to seriously work on expanding the listenership of the show, now that I’ve got the basics. 🙂 I’m encouraged by the iTunes reviews (like the ones below) and emails I get from listeners and I’d like to get Second Breaks in front of more people who would benefit the most.

You are so authentic and collaborative with your guests. It is very refreshing in our “too fake, looking good” world. Hearing you and your guests being vulnerable and sharing their stories helps me in my own path to create the career I want. Thank you and keep going, please. –iTunes Review

Through the stories shared in this podcast, we can see how others have successfully changed careers. These stories inspire and give hope to those of us who may be feeling stuck. I never miss an episode! It makes my Thursday commute less tedious. I am so glad I found it, and I highly recommend it. –iTunes Review

Improving the quality of the show is definitely one way to facilitate audience growth. I also plan to write articles that pull out the key points from the episodes. These articles should go a long way in increasing awareness by people who may not be actively listening to podcasts today.

I would also endeavor to ask for help more often. ☺️ Asking for help is one of those important things that I find challenging. But I continue to work on getting better at this.

On this note, I could use your help with this goal!

  • Subscribe to the podcast via your favorite podcast app. Click here if you’re not sure what app is available on your device.
  • Let your friends know about the podcast. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to spread the news!

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It has been a surprisingly wonderful two years of podcasting life. I want to thank all my guests who joined me and shared their experiences and insights on the show.

And I want to thank you for being a listener. At the end of the day, as much as I personally enjoy being a podcaster, I do this for you! And your continued support means the world to me.

I hope you join me as we move on beyond 100. Onward and forward.


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A former management consultant and IT leader, Lou Blaser is the editor of Briefing Notes and the host of the Second Breaks podcast. She is also the author of Break Free: The Courage to Reinvent Yourself and Your career. Lou’s work is focused on helping experienced professionals navigate an evolving work landscape so they can continue their impact and relevance in a changing world.

The world of work is changing.

Stay smart about it.

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