Podcasting learnings from the first 60 episodes of Talk About Talk!

Read the top ten communication insights to-date:   

  • Some of these insights are things that I’d read or heard before, but never experienced directly
  • Others are completely new learnings for me. 
  • ALL of them are things that will help us be better communicators!

Let’s do this!

 ? Podcasting Learnings



  • Crutch words are unnecessary words that we use repeatedly, like “umm” or “so”…Crutch words are distracting and annoying.
  • Determine what your crutch word is by listening to yourself or by asking others. Then make a conscious effort to stop using it!
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What’s YOUR crutch word? 




  • We don’t just mirror body language.  We also mirror other’s tone and words.
  • It’s flattering to be mirrored! If you want someone to know you are aligned with them, consciously copy not just their body language, but also their tone and their words.
podcasting learnings include mirroring - monkey see, monkey do, monkey say!
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Monkey see, monkey do, monkey say!




  • We use contractions for speaking and full words for writing.
  • Using only full words (no contractions) in verbal, spoken communication is an indication that someone’s reading a written script.  If you’re writing a speech, use contractions!
 podcasting learnings include using scripts for verbal communication
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Now you’ll know if they’re reading a script!




  • Of course it’s rude to talk over someone.  If you need to interject, use body language to let them know.
  • This works well when conducting interviews or participating in video-conference (Zoom) calls.


 podcasting learnings include interrupting by raising your hand
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I think she wants us to stop talking! 



  • These are the unnecessary comments we hear in interviews, such as “how are you?” or  “that’s a great question.”
  • As interviewers, we can re-direct the filler question, “how are you?” with: “I’m great thanks, and I’m curious to hear your take on [[interview topic]].”


 podcasting learnings include avoiding filler content -No waste!
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Just say NO to filler…




  • Take a breath before you answer a question in an interview. This will give you time to think about your answer.  It will also make your voice sound better!
  • Project with your voice on the exhale.


 podcasting learnings include breathing - even with a mask
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Take a deep breath… (or at least try!)



  • People are generally more willing to share their expertise with you than you might think.
  • Almost 100% of the talented and busy people I invited to be guests on the Talk About Talk podcast enthusiastically said yes.  So just ask!  
 podcasting learnings include people love to talk. Pick their brains.
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Can I pick your brain? 




  • Of course network effects are impactful.  This is clearly illustrated in terms of downloads for podcast episodes that are shared beyond the “Talk About Talk” network.
  • The global network of podcasters is incredibly supportive (and appreciated)!  


 podcasting learnings from my network
Some of my favourite podcasters from around the world, including David Nebinski (NYC), Dr. Nadine Kelly (Boston), and André Carneiro (Brazil).




  • Audiences and readers appreciate a logical flow, particularly a structure that includes a concluding summary – as in:  “tell ‘em what you’re gonna tell ‘em, tell ‘em, then tell ‘em what you told them.”
  • Don’t worry about being repetitive. (I learned this the hard way!)


 directions - podcasting learnings include the flow of the episode
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People like to know where they’re headed and where they’ve been.



  • Listening to or watching yourself is probably the most efficient and effective way to improve your communication skills.
  • Record yourself in a meeting, an interview, or a presentation and then listen to or watch yourself later. 
  • No, it’s not fun! But it’s worth it.
 podcasting learnings include listening to or watching yourself.
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WOW – Did I really say that? 


That’s 10 Podcasting Learnings!

I hope you learned something from my summary of the 10 PODCASTING LEARNINGS from 60 episodes (so far!).  And I hope you’ll listen to the ?podcast, where you’ll also hear how I learned some of these lessons the hard way….

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Talk soon,

Dr. Andrea Wojnicki - headshotDr. Andrea Wojnicki
Chief Talker & Communication Coach

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