I love the idea of a podcast that has some rituals and structures around it. It gives people a set of expectations. Wendy Dailey and Jon Thurmond, hosts of Social HR Half Hour, are a perfect example of humans producing a podcast rooted in ritual and driven by the community.
One of the things I love about their show is that they often have HR guests who are in the trenches, doing the intentional work, and willing to talk about it.
Another thing I love is their unique way of weaving pop culture into their work. The community activities they’ve created work to bring the HR community together.
One of the beautiful things that emerge from having a podcast is not only building a community, but how the community sees you.
As a podcast host, you go through things in your life, like starting a new job, writing a book, or having children. And you often talk about your work on the show. Engaging with the community in this way is insightful and rewarding.
It is a little bit of art when it comes to creating a podcast; it’s a little bit of science too, and it is a lot of hard work. I’ve learned many lessons during my time as a podcast host. Wendy and Jon have too, which they shared during our time together.
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it takes to host a podcast about Human Resources or a podcast about any topic, our conversation might be of interest.
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