Building From The Ground Up
Hello, and welcome to the Skylark Collective! If you’re into podcasts, and you want to see the voices of women in podcasting elevated to new heights, then you’re in the right place.
I know that podcasting can be an isolating business, sitting in front of your microphone and waiting for the downloads to come in. As podcasters we care deeply and passionately about the subject we’re talking about, and we want others to feel that passion too, to hear the care we’ve taken in conducting a brilliant interview, or the time we’ve put into researching a particular topic. There is so much untapped potential out there, so many women like you with amazing stories, incredible talents and fantastic podcasts, all waiting to hit the big time.
But hitting the big time is difficult. I’ve built three podcasts from scratch, very much employing the “fake it ‘til you make it” school of thought in the first few months back in 2018 when I started Smashing The Ceiling. Back then, I thought that once I hit ‘Publish’ on my first episode that I’d be churning in thousands of downloads overnight. Needless to say, that didn’t happen, and from time to time I lost heart pursuing my goals after realising my own naïvety. Steve Jobs once said that “If you really look closely, most overnight success stories took a really long time”, but nobody likes the waiting part do they? We live in a fast-paced world where people want success now, and even if we’ve rationalised that it might take a little longer, we all want to feel that the time and energy we’re putting into our podcasts is worth it, that it MEANS something.
And that’s where we can help you. Some podcasters come to it from an existing base of hard-earned success in another field, some have large social media followings and some just wake up one day and think “Yes, I’d like to start a podcast with no existing audience.” Whoever you are, and however you got started, our aim at Skylark is to help you get where you’re going faster in a meaningful way. It doesn’t matter what your goal is, we want to help you achieve it, embracing all the joys and challenges that podcasting can bring. This community is a sisterhood of women who just LOVE podcasts, and want to encourage and support one another.
In order to succeed, we have to build. Some of us are digging the foundations, and some are close putting the roof on, but we are all building, little by little, day by day. And to build, we need to develop connections, improve our skills, constantly be learning, growing and lifting one another up along the way. As a member of Skylark, you’ll have access to monthly networking sessions with like-minded women, monthly Q&A’s with me to have all your podcasting questions answered, access to all our previous training sessions, and first dibs on interviews with some of the biggest names in podcasting to inspire you on to achieve your potential. If you need a little more bespoke help, we offer personalised one-to-one mentoring, so do drop me a line if you’d like to discuss this further.
In the meantime, if there’s anything you love to see us providing as part of the membership please do let me know – we are all about the feedback and improving what we offer for members!