Piloting Your Life: In-Flight Entertainment (Podcasting is Hard) (June 19, 2018)
Welcome Back My Human Passengers:
As I write this, I am struggling not to panic about my impending trip to Europe. I am really excited about it but I have a lot to do before I leave. And it’s not just me who is leaving. The kids are going to be off to camp for two weeks and I’ve been trying to get them to start packing or at least think about it so we aren’t scrambling on Saturday to get any missing items at the last minute. My producer Jacqueline will be staying at the house to take care of our menagerie (Violet the dog, Zuko and Felix the cats, the four chickens, Rachel’s snake, Jackie, and our neighbor’s fish). Fortunately, Zeke is dealing with preparing Jacqueline and the house and I am keeping my fingers crossed that all details are effectively dealt with. If something goes awry, I am reachable by text, email, and Facebook and Jacqueline is pretty resourceful.
Speaking of resourceful, on Friday we recorded this week’s PYL episode with Christine Tao and while we were on the call Christine kept saying that my sound quality was not good and that I was cutting in and out. Jacqueline was listening in and didn’t have the same experience. Well, we should have listened to Christine because Jacqueline went to do the post-production editing and Christine’s sound quality was great and mine was absolutely terrible. We so didn’t need this since we are trying to get the episodes for the next three weeks edited this week so that I don’t have to do anything while I am out of the country. Fortunately, Jacqueline was able to save the day and had me re-record my portions of the interview (that was pretty sucky by the way) and then splice it in with Christine’s portion. Hopefully it doesn’t sound too odd because it’s impossible to say exactly the same thing with the right conversational intonations. We are always learning.
After that interview, we zipped up to foggy San Francisco (from sunny Redwood City) to do two recordings with Anne Cocquyt of The Guild that will be released next week. It was quite fun to be in the same room doing the interview and we may look for more opportunities to do so.
Tyler Lynch (episode 2) was in town from Philadelphia with his boyfriend Jeff so we got together for cocktail hour at Anne’s house after the recordings (how did we not take any pictures?). Not only was it great to see them, but Tyler loved what Anne is doing with The Guild and bought two memberships to share with women with financial hardship. And he made an intro to someone who I hope to interview in the coming weeks.
It seemed to be Piloting Your Life-Lynch reunion weekend because I saw Martin Lynch (episode 18 and no relation to Tyler) Saturday night at a mutual friend’s birthday party. I love to be able to continue to connect with the amazing Piloting Your Life guests.
Tuesday Interview: This week’s guest, Christine Tao of Sounding Board, and I bonded over our shared experience as kids in family businesses when we first talked a few months ago. Christine and I both appreciate the opportunities we had working in family businesses but both had a tough time of it. Christine shares how that experience influenced her professionally and how she now
appreciates some of the lessons she learned from her dad as the founder of her own startup. As she says in the interview, it’s like having a child, until you have one of your own, you can’t truly appreciate what it’s like. Same seems to be true for owning your own business.