Two Year Anniversary

It is the two-year Anniversary of the beginning of this podcast, which is kind of amazing for me to wrap my head around. I remember being introduced to the idea of doing a podcast, pre-pandemic, when I was in a study group on marketing with Dimensional Fund Advisors. I was kind of the old guy of the group, and at the time I wasn’t sure what to think about the whole idea of podcasts. Yet I was in awe over what some of the others in the group were doing. Given how new financial therapy was at the time and how little information was available about it, they urged me to take the opportunity to be a pioneer with one of the first podcasts about financial therapy.

My first response was that this would be way too much work to add to my already busy schedule. At that time, in addition to working with financial clients, I was traveling one to two weeks a month. Even when the pandemic brought my travel to an abrupt stop, I filled that time with online workshops as well as starting a financial therapy practice.

Yet the idea of a podcast was still intriguing in spite of all my concerns about the time that writing, recording, and editing would take. I fell back on two decision-making tools I learned early in my career and that I use with clients. One is to ask the question, “If you had a magic wand and could wave it, what would you do?” And the other is to say, “Tell me what you will do, not what you won’t do.”

Answering those questions helped me see that I would like to do a podcast if I could do unscripted content based on the weekly columns I already wrote and recorded as YouTube videos, if I could minimize editing, and if I could work with a reliable recording and hosting company.

So I began. I started by talking about topics I had written columns about, expanding them with a focus on the emotional aspects. I committed to recording in one take, without editing out ums and ahs or worrying about the occasional interruption from a kitten jumping up behind me.

I mention the podcast when I give a presentation or when someone asks about financial therapy resources. Otherwise, I do little promotion. The number of listeners varies from topic to topic; the first episode, “What Is Financial Therapy?” has had over 600 downloads. I have done some interviews with guests in various areas of financial therapy, with the same informal, one-take approach.

I tend to want to teach and inform. My long-time weekly columns, the books I have co-authored, and the class I teach at Golden Gate University all meet that need. So do these podcasts. I also find that talking about these topics can take me to a deeper place where I uncover ideas and beliefs I’ve never thought about. What’s next? I’m not sure. I do know that I appreciate the feedback and support I’ve received from you, the listeners, and I have enjoyed this labor of love to bring awareness of financial therapy to a little slice of the world.

Check out The Financial Therapy Podcast by Rick Kahler concerning this topic.

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