Rockin’ Libsyn Podcasts: Deep Listening

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Q & A with Oscar from Deep Listening


When did you start podcasting?

We spend a minimum of 55% of our day listening, yet only 2% of us have had any training in how to listen.

We can listen at 400 words per minute but most people can only speak around 125 words per minute. So what do you do in the gap – that’s where people need to be trained, in how to listen during the gap.

My name is Oscar Trimboli and I spend all my workday listening to others.

I have been blogging about the topic of Listening and specifically Deep Listening since May 2016, I have written a book and a series of playing cards on the topic.

I started recording for my podcast series in June 2017 and published my first podcast on August 2017 which was an interview with Jennifer MacLaughlin – a deaf language interpreter.

Why did you start podcasting?

By 2030, there will be 10 million Deep Listeners in the world and this podcast is a way to reach them.

One of my mentors asked me a simple question in May 2017, “What is the ideal platform to help people connect with the topic of ”Deep Listening” Oscar?

It was obvious that I should be creating a podcast if the topic is listening rather than blogging or emailing newsletters.

Equally it played to my super hero powers – The Cloak of Invisibility”. I have always prided myself on making others successful, podcasting helped do both well.

My podcast is a great place to make an impact while being invisible.

What’s your show about?

Deep Listening – Impact beyond words is a podcast series to help the audience improve their listening.

We spend a minimum of 55% of our day listening, yet only 2% of us have had any training in how to listen. Yet without any training in listening, intuitively we know when others aren’t listening to you.

This podcast is about providing very practical and simple hacks, tips, techniques about how to become better listener.

I interview professional listeners from organizational and personal environments. Personal listeners range from musical conductors, funeral directors, deaf interpreters, foreign language interpreters, mediators, doctors, suicide counselors, accent coaches, voice coaches and death counselors and many others.

Organizational listeners range from acoustic engineers, air traffic controllers, corporate anthropologists, cross cultural consultants, educators, journalists, judges, market researchers, software designers, visual scribes and many others.

Diverse by design – we want to make the topic as accessible to as many people as possible.

I select who is interviewed based on the following criteria – half of the people I interview are older than me and half younger, half overseas and half local, half organizational in their work and half personal, half female and male. Finally, half where English isn’t their first language and half with English as their first language.

Simple tips such as knowing the 125/400 rule – we speak at 125 words per minute, yet we can listen up to 400 words per minute.

Our brains are wired to be distracted whilst listening. The podcast provides tips on what to do in the gap between speaking and listening.

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

I want to focus all my time on listening during the podcast interviews, therefore I use the amazing podcast studio at Filtered Media.

As a result, it means I can turn up sit in the chair and start interviewing. I know not everyone can do this, my topic demands that I need to be completely concentrating on who I am interviewing rather than worrying about software and sound levels.

Equally if your podcast is on Deep Listening – the sound quality better be amazing.

How have you promoted your podcast?

I use my newsletters and social media to spread the word.

I speak on the topic of Deep Listening at public events and to companies.

When people buy the Deep Listening Book, I promote the podcast there.

Going forward, the best way to promote the podcast is to be interviewed on other aligned podcasts.

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

I wish I would have started podcasting 12 months earlier when I started writing my book, blog and playing cards.

There are a lot of courses and materials on the internet about how to start a podcast and they place too much emphasis on equipment, recording and technology.

I wish I wouldn’t have spent so much time researching these tutorials and thought about building a content strategy first rather than getting stuck on technology.

Spend 80% of your time thinking about before and after the podcast recording

Now I spend 50% of my time thinking about content and 50% distribution – make sure you are clear on what you want to say and equally as clear on how you will spread the word


Are you passionate about listening? Would you like to be a better listener? This podcast is for you! Subscribe!

You can also connect with Oscar on LinkedIn.

In case you happen to be a professional listener such as Anthropologists, Conductors , Journalists, Judges, Life Line Counsellors, Meditators, Negotiators, Submarine Sonar Operators, Sound Engineers, Stenographers, Teachers, Triple Zero and 911 Operators, Visual Scribes, Wildlife Landscape Listeners, Oscar would love to interview you for the show!


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