Podcasts and Audio Archive of Jon Dao
Back when I was in Japan, movies took forever to come to theaters. Whatever was released in America, aside from Spider-man (because the Japanese love that Spidey), took at least 9 months to reach me. Two years in the worst case.
The best I could do was read reviews and spoil myself with wikipedia entries. One day I was looking on YouTube to see what people were saying about Taken. I found a video review by Spill.com, which is now defunct. The review itself wasn’t amazing , but what stood out to me the most was the rapport the reviewers had with each other. No formal scripted stuff, and instead just genuine conversation among friends. It’s the exact same way I talk about movies with my friends.
So I checked out more of their shows, and all that banter really helped me cope with homesickness. And the more I listened to this stuff, the more I thought I could do it.
I gave it a shot, and boy were those early entries rough. They didn’t really take off either, but the lacks of hits didn’t bother me because I wasn’t focused on an audience. I did those shows for me. I wasn’t listening to other people laughing and having a good time anymore, I was actually chalking it up with my best friend. Those conversations are now for keeps– audio mementos, if you will.
For anyone who’s felt my shows have lacked a little focus, now you have more insight. I never want to sacrifice authentic human interaction for a “perfect” interview question and answer, even if it does get a little awkward from time to time.
Along the way, I’ve been able to sharpen up my speaking. I’ve had the best crash-course on working social media. And the biggest caveat? I’ve actually been able to connect with people. I learn a lot from my guests, and slowly my listeners have gotten more vocal about how the shows impacted them too. And after working so many years of teaching, I think this medium is one of the best ways to learn.
Tune in to what you can. Take what you want. Share what vibes with you.
Thanks for tuning in!