The theme of this week’s radio show turns out to be the future of this podcast itself, of our own show. After 156 episodes should we kill it or keep it?

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In the Show…

Judith’s out and about this week, to her brother’s for Sunday lunch, to her best friends’ for dinner and networking by bringing together two colleagues who work in similar industries.

Nicola’s new sci-fi trilogy is coming on in leaps and bounds, she’s enjoying research and even taking photographs now that she has this energised focus of her book.

  • What’s Fuelled Their Fire?

Judith is fired up by NaNoWriMo, though not participating. She’s using it to encourage herself to create some daily content on her Facebook Page. And she’s cheered by three unsolicited pieces of feedback from clients this week and emboldened by coming through last week’s fall relatively unscathed.

Nicola’s been talking to her son, Nelson, about giving up his first awful job in cubicle nation and finding a purposeful direction with his music, encouraging his interest in property by suggesting a short stint as an estate agent.

  • Focus of the Week

Since N&J struggle to find a client challenge of the week every week, after 156 shows, they decide to rename this section Focus of the Week so that they have permission to discuss anything which has been central to their own businesses and lives. And also they debate what to do with this podcast, keep it or kill it off? Nicola is a bit dispirited by download numbers after three years, the failure of the “hockey stick” to appear, and comparisonitis. Judith thinks they are still way ahead of the general curve when it comes to podcasting and recommends calling it a radio show just as often as using the word podcast and encouraging people to listen at the website so they can see how easy it is without their having to get their head around iTunes necessarily. And to do away with the Facebook Page in favour of the Group.

  • Words of the Week

Nicola picks Research and Judith chooses Whispernet.

  • Project Updates

Nicola’s Gatwick workshop between Xmas and New Year is filling up well and Judith has nothing to report on book progress for a couple of weeks, waiting on the foreword scheduled for w/c 8th November.

  • Who or What’s Impressed?

Nicola is impressed by her ex-husband Irving and his attitude to their children finding stimulating work, and Judith by self-employed parents and their juggling act at half-term.

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