As I've mentioned in the past couple of weeks I'm wrapping up the first official season of the Ice Cream for Everyone Podcast! To complete the season I thought it would be great to circle back with my good friends Adam Cohen, Lauren Giblin and James d'Souza some of you may remember I recorded the very first episode with.
We talked about the progress of the show over the past of the 30 episodes I recorded without them, update what they've been up to over the past 10 months or so since the last recording, how their podcast listening habits changed and everything about the Ice Cream for Everyone podcast. We talked about the choice of intro music, my intros, comments and feedback about the way I ask questions in interviews, the kind of guests I have on the show, the direction for the future of the show and of course we finished with a few ice cream related questions.
The episode is long enough as it is so I haven't added any intro / outro bits though of course and as usual please share the episode with friends if you've enjoyed it or even better please give the show a rating and a review on iTunes (or via your iPhone podcast app)!
I mention The Podcast Movement conference during the episode and I am attending! In fact, I'm writing this post with a beautiful view of Lake Michigan in Chicago where the conference takes place next week. I'm really looking forward to it! While I take a summer break and figure out the next season I'll be publishing shorter in between season sessions with a few thoughts of what's going on so stay tuned.
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Special collaboration guests on the podcast this week, I'm joined by my French friends of the tabletop roleplaying game podcast Les Voix d'Altaride: Julien, Sandra & Xavier (more of the Voices of Altaride couldn't join us this time unfortunately: Benoît, Morgan, Kalysto).
We learn more about the Voix d'Altaride podcast that I also contribute to on a regular basis, we talk about how we all got into tabletop roleplaying games, whether there is a tabletop roleplaying game "French Touch", the differences between "fluff" and "system" in tabletop RPGs and talk through several examples of French tabletop roleplaying games our English speaking listeners might not know about. Thanks to all of them for participating in English!
As usual, pretty much everything is accessible for people interested in learning more about tabletop RPGs as well as seasoned veterans. Enjoy!
As a side note, and this is mentioned in the intro, we're soon getting to the official end of the first season of the Ice Cream for Everyone Podcast. We'll have some kind of different or reduced activity over the summer. I'm also putting a call out to anyone who listens to the podcast on a regular basis and would be up for participating in a recording of the 2nd season of the podcast, please give me a shout!
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As I think I've quickly mentioned in the previous episode, we are soon arriving to the end of the official first season of the Ice Cream for Everyone Podcast, I'll be wrapping up a the end this month and I'm figuring out what I'll be doing exactly over the summer, maybe a few shorter episodes and summer specials, we'll see. I've just recorded the season finale which was brilliant, I'll keep that one under wraps for a couple more weeks.
We have an exceptional guest today, Mitch Joel is pretty much as the top of any best marketing podcast lists you can find, his podcast, 6 Pixels of Separation, has been going on for over 500 episodes and 10 years. Mitch previously worked in the music industry in Canada before joining a digital marketing agency as a co-founder called Twist Image. The agency was acquired by Mirum, in turn owned by global advertising communications agency J. Walter Thompson and a part of the WPP Group, the largest communication and media holding group in the world. Mitch regularly comments about the industry in his blog, his podcast and during events or conferences.
We had a brilliant conversation about trends in the digital and communications industry, his career in music, Groove - another podcast he hosts in which he has conversations with the best bass guitar players in the world, and much more. Enjoy!
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We go back to the realms of tabletop roleplaying games with two special guests in this episode: my good friend Julien of the French speaking podcast I regularly contribute to, Les Voix d’Altaride and Greg Stolze.
Greg is a game designer, writer and novelist - particularly known for his work on tabletop roleplaying games. I was looking forward to this conversation given he co-designed one of my favourite games: Unknown Armies. They recently went through a crowdfunding campaign for the 3rd edition of the game and raised over $250 thousand dollars to bring the project to life and I’m very much looking forward to it (if you're late to the party it's still possible to participate in the campaign to order the game in advance via Backerkit). I played a campaign of Unknown Armies 2nd edition with a group of friends in the South of France last year that was great fun.
We had a brilliant conversation and I’m glad to touched on themes that hadn’t been on the podcast so far, discussing different types of horror games, ethical and moral dilemmas and why it’s fun and/or interesting to include those in games. We also talk about ways to approach game rules and systems according to a setting. As usual, everything is very approachable and – at least I think – interesting for both people into roleplaying games and people who don’t know too much about it, so don’t feel left out if you’re not much of a tabletop player.
I should note, there are a few face off and distortions in speech towards the end – it’s all right, during our call I thought it was a actually worse than it is, and it’s really mostly in the last few minutes, I managed to get most of the conversation OK.
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I had the privilege of talking with Jim for the podcast and it was a blast. I discovered Gallup's Strengthsfinder back in 2006 on a friend's recommendation and thought the test was very useful. As I mention during the episode, it's something that helped shape and build my CV as I transitioning to work in marketing & brand strategy.
More recently, thanks to my friend Adam's recommendation I found out about the Gallup Strengths Webcast series Called to Coach and Theme Thursdays hosted by Jim from the Gallup Campus in Omaha, Nebraska. I enjoy listening to both regularly and reached out to Jim to find out if he'd be up for participating in a recording.
For those who don't really know, Gallup is an international research, performance and management consulting company. It was founded by George Gallup in 1935. Advertising legend David Ogilvy joined the company in 1938 and worked there for 10 years before opening his own advertising agency, Ogilvy & Mather, one of the largest advertising agencies in the world still to this day (Also where James Whatley works, recently featured on the podcast). Gallup were particularly known for their opinion polls in the US, and then the company was acquired by Positive Psychologist Don Clifton's company SRI in 1984.
Jim has also been interested in new technology gadgets for a long time, in particular home automation gadgets and home networks. He started a podcast network called The Average Guy, that now features several shows including their flagship Home Gadget Geeks, Cyber Frontiers, Home Tech Tips, Tech Reviews, and Ask The Podcast Coach.
We cover a lot of ground in the show including Jim's time in the U.S. Army, his skiing in Europe, growing up in the Silicon Valley, Gallup Strengths, The Omaha College Baseball World Series, home gadgets and more. Enjoy!
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