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Twenty Years Of Compelling Conversations

Believe it or not, podcasting has now been around for two decades. Dan Sullivan and Gord Vickman delve into the history and share their personal stories of how each of them first got involved. You’ll hear where podcasting is headed and learn the art of having compelling conversations that make people laugh, think, question, cry, and always come back for more.

In This Episode:

  • The first podcast was published in 2003 via RSS, marking the beginning of the era.
  •  Podcasting allows for a more intimate connection with listeners, creating a loyal and supportive audience.
  • The greatest compliment you can pay anyone in broadcasting is, “I feel like I know you.”
  •  Podcasting is a relationship-building medium. You don’t have to sell anything if you don’t want to.
  •  AI-powered capabilities are only going to increase and expand, making the medium more accessible to everyone.
  • Podcast listeners count on two things: they want to learn something new, and they want to be entertained.
  • Giving away free content in podcasts can inspire listeners to investigate your company and write a check.
  • Even a 20-year-old podcast is new to someone coming across it for the first time.
  • With podcasting, everyone who’s listening to you made the choice to listen to you. They’re there because they want to be.


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Episode Transcript:
Dan Sullivan: Hi everybody, it's Dan Sullivan here, and this is Podcast Payoffs. This is Gord Vickman. And he reminded me before we went on to the podcast today that we're now at the 20th anniversary of the entire new thing that was created called podcasting, and he was in the radio world at that time. So when it first came along, Gord, since you're conscious of this and I'm not, what'd you think of this?
Gord Vickman: I started in radio in 2004, so this would've been one year before. So the first podcast was published via RSS, RSS, Real Simple Syndication. So just for a little five-second background, RSS is a little piece of software that basically crawls around and finds the things that you tell it to find. That's how people get podcasts. So if you're listening to this on Apple or Spotify or Overcast or Stitcher, wherever, you have instructed the podcast player to go and find this podcast if you follow us and this show and the other ones as well.