Sometimes when hosting the Jon of All Trades Podcast, I’ll approach a potential guest and tell them I want to feature their work on the show. And sometimes they turn me down. This is always vexing to me, especially if it’s someone who doesn’t have the media banging down their door day after day.
It’s an opportunity! A gift! Someone thinks enough of your work to invite you to feature in a venue where previously you had no access! Amazing!
Suffice to say, when I was approached to participate in two recent panels, I jumped at the chance.
Last month as part of Seattle Fish Company’s 100-Year Anniversary called “The 100 Years More: Sustainability and Thought Leadership Symposium,” I was asked to moderate a panel called “The Sustainable Message: Communicating Between Consumers, Restaurants, Suppliers, and Distributors.” The talent on this panel was unbelievable, featuring Gin Walker, a sustainability copywriter; Oliver Luckett and Thor Gestsson of Niceland Seafood (Oliver also brand managed Pixar for a number of years); Derek Figueroa, CEO of Seattle Fish Co.; and John Imbergano, Founder of The Imbergano Group.
It’s a murderers’ row of talent, and there was little old me keeping the conversation moving, offering prompts for the panelists to respond to, and keeping them on their toes with references to Koko the Gorilla (the one who learned sign language) and other off-kilter nonsense I’m noted for. The event was tremendous, it was a thrill meeting this exceptional talent, and I’m grateful to Ginna Santy for asking me to do this.
Last Saturday I was invited by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association to be a panelist and talk about the hows and whys of being a guest on a podcast. I’ve had authors on my show, but since I cover so many different types of jobs, I knew my insight would be a bit different than from my fellow panelists.
I was joined by Jerry Fabyanic, who hosts a podcast called Writers Talk that also appears on KYGT fm in Idaho Springs, and Analisa Parent, who hosts The Writing Gym Podcast. The questions were lively from the attendees, my fellow panelists had terrific insight, and it was a fun way to spend a Saturday. Big thanks to Jen Kolic for the invitation!
Sorry that photo is cropped weird, but the event took place at the Church of Scientology downtown, and they don’t allow you to post photos of the emblem (which would be above and left) nor the bust of L. Ron Hubbard (to the right) for whatever reason. Who knew Scientology could be weird, arbitrary and secretive?
If you’d like me to participate on a panel, just hit me up at jon [at] deftcom (dot) us.