Rockin’ Libsyn Podcasts: The Productive Woman Podcast

The productive woman podcast

This series is all about showcasing Libsyn podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!

Q & A with Laura from the Productive Woman Podcast

When did you start podcasting?

I launched The Productive Woman on July 1, 2014.

Why did you start podcasting?

I enjoyed listening to podcasts and had experienced how the podcasts I listen to affect my life for the better. I wanted the opportunity to do the same for others.

What’s your show about?

The Productive Woman is a podcast about productivity for busy women. It’s mostly a solo show, in which I talk about various aspects of what it takes to accomplish the things we care about and make a life that matters.

I have a guest on the show about once a month.

My guests are women from various stages and walks of life, who talk about how they manage their own busy lives and share some of the tips and tools that work for them.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

I record using a Shure SM7B microphone in a Heil PL2T boom stand, run through a Mackie 1402 VLZ Pro mixer and a Voice Channel mic pre-amp channel strip into a Roland R05 digital recorder.

When I have guests (about once a month), we connect via Skype on my 27″ iMac retina, and I run their audio through a Soundblaster audio card into the mixer (set up for mix minus).

For my solo episodes, I do minor editing (and add the intro/outro music, provided by my musician husband) in Garage Band, then use Garage Band to convert it to mp3.

I tag it using ID3 Editor, then upload the final tagged mp3 to LibSyn.

My episodes with guests are sent to John Bukenas for editing and tagging.

My website is a customized self-hosted WordPress site created by Daniel J. Lewis, the director of, the network The Productive Woman is part of.

I create my show notes in the site’s dashboard, pull the direct download link from Libsyn, and hit publish. I get a photo for each episode from Dollar Photo Club.

How have you promoted your podcast?

I post each episode to Twitter, the show’s Facebook page, my personal Facebook profile, Pinterest, Google+, and LinkedIn.

That’s about it.

I have a busy day job–I’m a lawyer at a large Dallas law firm–so I don’t have as much time as I might like to spend on social media and other promotional-type activities.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I wish I’d known how much richness hosting this show would bring to my life.

I don’t mean money, but the relationships. The people I’ve had the chance to get to know have just made my life so much better.

The podcasting community is unlike any I’ve been a part of before–so supportive and generous and welcoming. And to have the privilege of being a small part of the listeners’ lives … wow.

The whole thing has just been an amazing journey, far more than I could’ve imagined.

If you want more productivity in your life, or simply have intelligent conversations around how to make your life more efficient and enjoyable, you must subscribe to the Productive Woman.

Laura has made it so easy to be part of the community in a variety of different ways. Check out these awesome favorite apps or a super awesome downloadable mini project management template. Of course, there is also a way to connect via Twitter or Facebook!

Do you love podcasts because they help you live your life better? Then why don’t you do the same! Maybe you have something to say that will help people in ways you didn’t even know you could.

We’d love to host your podcast so that you can do your thing.




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