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Lessons Learnt From 100 Episodes of A Psychology Podcast

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This great episode marks the 100th episode of The Psychology World Podcast. So I want to take a look back at the podcast and tell you about some lessons I’ve learnt across the way. Then I apply the lessons to you as well. This should be fun!

Lessons Learnt From 100 Episode of A Psychology Podcast

If Something isn’t Working, Change It

So this is a great first lesson that I originally learnt at around the Episode 30 mark because originally this podcast was designed to be direct marketing for my psychology books. But it got to around episode 30 and I was growing bored of the podcast. And to be honest, I was honestly considering quitting.

However, then I realised that I have this amazing psychology podcast for was starting to grow and get a community. Leading me to realise that I shouldn’y just read and talk about extracts from my own book. I should instead do a psychology article each week and talk about it.

Meaning that this podcast became a great way for me to develop my understanding of psychology and it made sure that I kept learning about psychology.

And I’m so glad I made the change because I honestly love the podcast and I look forward each week to the podcast and learning more amazing stuff about human behaviour.

As a result, the takeaway here for you is if you’re doing something. Whether it’s a psychology module, a job or anything else. Try and change it so you’re enjoying it and loving your life.

Podcasting is Community Building

Moving onto a lesson, I learnt about the Episode 50 mark, I started to realise that podcasting is an amazing way to talk to people. Since it was around this time that you wonderful podcast listens started to reach out more often to talk to me.

Personally, I love when this happens. I love talking to other people interested in psychology and I’ve gotten to know some of you very well. Thank you!

So not only is podcasting a great way to build a psychology community but it’s a great way to get people to talk to you. Because if you say to someone Can I talk to you about your work for half an hour?

Let’s be honest, they’re going to say no.

However, if you say can I have you on my podcast of X people and talk about your work?

Then they would say yes most probably.

Note: I do get some bad podcast pitches for me to go on other podcasts and I’m sorry but the main reason I don’t respond to them is because they don’t include the audience size.

Therefore, it was this realisation that was further reinforced when I got the amazing author J. F Penn on the Podcast in Episode 61.

In the future, I do want to have more guests on but there’s a slight lack of self-confidence.

If we apply this lesson to you then podcasting is a great way to build a reputation and make yourself known. Of course, I’m not saying start a psychology because it’s a lot of work but pitch psychology podcasts and become guests.

If you want to pitch me to come on the podcast, try it. I’ll probably say yes if your pitch is good. Just use the Contact form on the website.

Do What You Love, Even if It’s Unpopular

As we know, there are so many great topics within all the different subfields of psychology from clinical psychology, cognitive psychology to everything else.

Making it perfectly normal for there to be a topic or subarea that one person loves but a lot of people don’t.

For me that’s Artificial Intelligence and Clinical Psychology. Whenever I see an article on it, I love to do podcast episodes on AI in Clinical Psychology. For the sole reason that I love it, I find it interesting and it's the future.

So far I’ve done two episodes on it. Episode 49 and Episode 80.

Nonetheless, it turns out lots of people in psychology don’t like this topic because there are dramatic differences between my AI episodes and my normal episodes.

Yet I know if I’m going to be podcasting for the long term, I have to episodes that I love and passionate for. Meaning I need to find a balance between episodes my wonderful podcast audience (you) will find interesting. And psychology articles that are mainly for my benefit.

In terms of you, you might have a subfield of psychology that you absolutely love and are obsessed with. But it’s a small area of psychology that not too many people are interested.

The overall lesson for you is if you love that little subfield, research it, love it, work in that subfield as a job. Just because it’s unpopular or at the outskirts of mainstream psychology.

Doesn’t make it less worthy or not worth your time.

If You Love A Psychology Topic And Others Do, Drill Down On It

Then on the other end of the spectrum if there’s a psychology topic that both my audience and I love. Then I’m going to drill down and focus on it because there’s where the focus is and it means I can keep learning about the topic.

This is why I mainly focus on clinical psychology on the podcast because I love it but so do my listeners.

As well as this drilling down can actually have great benefits because if my wonderful podcast audience didn’t enjoy Cult Psychology episode so much. I never would have thought about doing a Cult Psychology book. Which I need to start researching.

I’ll apply this lesson to you in the next section.

Lessons Learnt From 100 Episode of A Psychology Podcast: Conclusion

Overall, as we reach the end of the 100th episode of The Psychology World Podcast, I need to say a massive thank you to all of my wonderful listeners and readers of the blog and podcast.

Without you I wouldn’t have got so far with this podcast.

Thank you so much for spending time with me each week and I really hope you’re learnt a lot through the podcast. And I will keep doing the podcast for as long as I can.

Personally, I can’t not see myself getting to episode 200th so I really look forward to seeing you then!

However, the overall lesson or lessons from today’s episode has been. We need to love what we do. We all need to do what we love. Whether there’s exploring an area of psychology, reading about a strange subfield or going to work in an area we love.

If you don’t love what you do, then you can’t do it for the long term and you will hate your life over time.

I don’t want anyone to hate their life. (Talking from past personal experience here)

So please, have fun, enjoy life and keep learning.

Have a great day everyone!

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