Announcing Escape from Cubicle Nation Podcast Episode 1

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Podcast5Greetings everyone!

I am pleased to introduce my first, raw, unedited and low-techno version of the Escape from Cubicle Nation Podcast.  It runs about 7 1/2 minutes.

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I have been thinking about doing a podcast for a long time, not (just) because it is the hip thing to do, but because I love the idea of speaking directly into people’s ears about the type of things we discuss on this blog.  The kinds of topics I want to cover are:

  • How-to’s for things like choosing a business,  getting funding, making a marketing plan, creating a brand that reflects who you are, researching your market and dealing with the fear of change
  • Interviews of people who have made the transition from employee to entrepreneur successfully (or unsuccessfully – that would be interesting too) since I think there is a lot to be gained from real, live examples, not just theoretical concepts
  • Interviews with experts that have a unique perspective on entrepreneurship and are interesting to talk to.  What a great excuse to call up people whom I have always wanted to meet!

I would love to hear your suggestions for topics.

This first episode introduces me and the idea behind the podcast for those that have not been regular readers of the blog.  It is about 7 and 1/2 minutes long.  I will keep the episodes to 10 minutes or so, unless there is a really interesting interview that must go on longer.  From what I have been reading, anything longer than 20 minutes is too long.

This is my birthday present to myself since I am 40 years old today!  I can think of no better way to spend my time than to kick off something that has been on my "want to do list" for a long time. 

I will get a sound editor to clean and tighten things up a bit as I go down the road, as well as provide the RSS feed for regular subscriptions.  I hope you enjoy the ride as much as I do!

P.S.  I had to share the picture that my Mom sent to me for my birthday … taken by my Dad about 38 years ago.  I guess writing has been in my "master plans" for a long time!  (click on the photo to enlarge)
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23 Responses to “Announcing Escape from Cubicle Nation Podcast Episode 1”

  1. Escaping the Cubicle Nation in audio

    One of my new favourite blogs, Escape the Cubicle Nation, now has a podcast. Certainly the first episode is available for download from Audio Acrobat. What I am not sure about is whether the podcast is being published as a separate feed that I can su…

  2. Giang Nguyen says:

    Mrs. Pamela Slim,
    You continue to inspire me ever since the days at Oak Grove High School (2000-01)! You are a great role model for young people like me. Keep it going. By the way, tell your dad that photo was … just ahhhhhh beautiful!

  3. Astha says:

    Belated Happy Birthday Pam!

    I really enjoyed listening to the podcast…the thought: ‘starting is more important than perfecting’ has stayed with me. I hedge on a lot of things, trying to get them perfect at the first go. So, this is one thing I could learn.

    Best of luck! Its always great to see the enthusiasm and positive energy you get going here.

  4. Well done, Pam! Your podcast comes across very conversational and genuine. That alone will bring me back in two weeks.

    I love the picture of you that your father took 38 years ago.

    The difference between you and me at that age (other than the boy – girl thing) would be that I would have removed all the leaves from the dried flower arrangement and I would have been writing on the table rather than on paper.

    Actually, not much has changed over the years!

  5. Sylvia says:

    Great podcast, Pam! You sound like a pro. What a perfect birthday present for you. Your commitment is inspiring.

  6. Andrea says:

    40: the best age of all – the right amount of consciousness to support creativity and to steer life (both personal and professional) towards the desired directions.

    Happy Birthday, Pam!

  7. AJ says:

    Future idea for podcast or post: How to get your Website to the top of the Google search for various searches!

    Love the blog!!!

  8. Happy Birthday!

    Great job getting started. I think the quality of your podcast is definitely not newbie. Well done — clear, concise, well spoken. Give yourself a pat on the back & I look forward to listening to future episodes…..

    Would you be willing to share what technology you’re using for your podcasts?


    Hi Paula!

    To start, I used Audio Acrobat since I already had a subscription. But for the next edition, I am going to switch to the open source since many have told me it works well. I am still finding out about hosting options – I saw a list from about inexpensive podcast hosts. (Audio Acrobat charges additional fees for over 500 listens to the podcast. I fear (or eagerly anticipate!) that I will surpass that limit quickly and could be paying big bucks if my audience grows. I will check back when I find out more …)

    All the best,

  9. Sonya says:

    Happy Birthday PAM!!!!!!

    Great podcast! It fits you very much! I’m looking forward to the book too!

    Have a special day, have lots of fun and get some rest!!!!

    BTW:That picture is too cute!


  10. MG Winston says:

    Pam –

    Happy Birthday. Great blog and I loved your podcast. Keep up the great work. You’re a great inspiration to all of us who are trying to escape “The Cube.”

    MG Winston

  11. Aaron Nelson says:

    Hey Pamela,

    I really enjoy your blog. I’m an English teacher in Mexico City, and I’m trying to start my own mini company teaching English.

    Your blog is a fascinating resource for me… keep up the great work!

    And way to go on your podcast, I think it will be even better than your blog!

  12. Carla Golden says:

    Happy Birthday, Pam! I hope you take some time off to celebrate.
    Congratulations, too, on your first Pod Cast! And the picture is adorable….

  13. Happy Birthday Pamela,

    Great podcast, great blog and looking forward to your book.
    I share your 10 years ago escape from cubicle nation and find your blog and your energy and keepgoingness really inspiring.
    We nearly share a birthday too…mine’s tomorrow. Cheers!

  14. argos says:

    Happy Birhtday Pam!

    40 is the new 30! (or, as I recently overheard…”old is the new young.”)

  15. Erica says:

    Excellent, can’t wait for Episode 2.

  16. Happy birthday, Pamela – what a cute picture of you.

    Hope you had a great day!

    I haven’t listened to the podcast yet because I don’t have the software on this work PC but I’ve saved it so will listen soon.

  17. Great podcast, sis! Nice to hear the voice behind this awesome blog.

    Happy birthday and all the best!

  18. Pamela Slim says:

    Thanks so much for the great feedback and birthday wishes everyone! It has been a great day.

    I am going to eat another star-shaped cupcake and sit down for another session of writing.


  19. Joel says:


    You have a great pod voice and as always great content. Keep up the good work!

  20. Keith Handy says:

    It doesn’t sound so un-edited to me. Er, I mean, not that it sounds edited, but it doesn’t sound like there’s anything that *needs* to be edited. When I try to do podcasts, there are invariably a lot of “um’s” and stutters and re-thinking my sentences when they’re already halfway out of my mouth. You do a great job of not doing that!

    Possible topics? How about how to be completely legal from the get-go, as far as accounting, taxes, name of business and so on. That stuff intimidates me.

  21. Andrey Butov says:

    Happy birthday! I raise my glass (err…cup of coffee). May great things come to you and great success to your upcoming book.

  22. al_lea says:

    happy birthday 🙂

  23. Happy birthday Pamela! GREAT present to give yourself on your big 4-0 day!

    Very nice podcast. GREAT introduction. Here’s to your next 40 years, and your next 40 (or more) podcasts!