It’s our 100th episode! We’re celebrating with a look behind the scenes. And beer!
Hi everybody this is Dr. Anne Marie Liebel and this is 10 Minutes to Better Patient Communication from Health Communication Partners. And it’s our 100th episode! So we’re doing things a little bit differently today. I’m here with my brother Joe, who you know helps me produce the show. Hey Joe!
Hey Anne Marie! Good to be with you and celebrate this together.
Totally. And because it’s the 100th episode really what’s most important is that we thank you the listeners. Without you, literally we wouldn’t be here. Thank you for being with us for all of these hundred episodes. Thank you for writing, thank you for being in touch, thank you for listening and sharing and downloading.
We wouldn’t have gone to 100 episodes and 50000 plus downloads had it not been for the wonderful audience that has embraced the show.
Absolutely and I think we’re at 54,000 something now. Not only are the downloads happening more, but they’re happening faster. So thank you so much. I also want to thank our family and friends. Back when we were just starting this show, you know you subscribed and you reviewed and you told everyone you knew to subscribe and review, too. And thank you all for the encouragement you’ve been to us. I also want to thank our guests. Our guests are very brave for reflecting about their practice and sharing that reflection with you. So thank you very much to the many guests who have been on the show. We also want to thank our friends at Maven Roth Group. We have a long history with them. They made the HCP logo, they’re responsible for a lot of the gorgeous site redesign you just saw. We’ve collaborated on various projects over the years and we’re thrilled to have them as a sponsor. So be sure to visit mavenroth.com and see how they can help your messaging. So we thought at this 100th episode we would kind of do some behind-the-scenes work, y’know. And start with the story of, y’know, starting this. Because, I mean we don’t do this because we have to, we kind of do it for fun. So how about a beer, Joe?
Wonderful idea! This milestone calls for a celebratory beverage
Absolutely! It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon in the spring and if you’re, you know, if you can, join us in a refreshing beverage of your choice. But we’re going to–oh that sounds good! So cheers man! Here’s to 100 episodes.
So this show gives us a chance to collaborate as siblings, which we have never done before. And so that, that is really what got this this kicked off, right. Because it gives us a chance–we each have different disciplines, right, we come from different professional backgrounds. But this gives us a chance to represent our respective areas of knowledge together in making the show.
Right and it’s a great opportunity for our careers to intersect, or our skill sets to intersect in something we can collaborate on.
I remember when I first asked you, I asked if you wanted to do this and I remember saying “I have an idea for what I want the tone of the show to be about.” because I’m an educator I want this to be a hopeful show. I feel like to teach is to, is to have hope. And I wanted people to feel hopeful about the really difficult issues that the show was going to be about. And I remember asking you like because of your background in music and audio, do you think that you could do something that was hopeful for the sound of the show?
On the music part, yeah. the guidance that you were providing, it made for an interesting challenge. Something that was uplifting and concise.
I’ve been reading a biography or autobiography by one of my musical heroes Richard Thompson. And he said something in it that really resonated with me in the backdrop of the experience here in the show. And that was, in his early experiences, hearing people who influenced him and whose sound he really wanted to capture. But something special happens when you hear someone and you don’t quite understand how to copy them, but you want to capture that sound. That can lead you to experiment and arrive somewhere that’s different and and original. As much as I wanted to make show music like BJ Leiderman or one of the pros, given what I know about music, and the limited tools at my disposal–the guitar, ukulele–combine that with the vision you gave me, and I believe we arrived at something different but hopefully something that also has merit.
Oh totally! It’s the sonic signature of the show. And I think it absolutely does underline it and reflect it and and uplift it as well. So it’s been a long time making the show. I mean you don’t get to 100 episodes just overnight. And I remember in the beginning wondering, like–and you even articulated it like, “Are we gonna be able to make a series off the intersection of what I know from language literacy and education, and what’s happening in the health sector?” And obviously the answer is yes! Right? We got to 100 episodes. But I think that’s largely because I’m not just coming up with topics for the show. The topics from the show are generated by what’s happening in the field. And I think for me the biggest challenge of the show isn’t finding the topics to write about and podcast about. It’s taking an appropriate size chunk to, to deal with in a 10 minute series. Because these are really complicated, multi-layered, intersectional problems that we talk about.
From day one, I was an advocate of your idea of a ten minute podcast. Not one that rambles, not one that meanders, but one that is succinct, and it gives you the listener hopefully actionable things to take away from it. I know from my career in pharmaceutical IT, especially focused in the commercial space, that you don’t have a lot of time with healthcare professionals when you message them or when you’re in front of them. So every minute, every second, every word choice counts.
Oh totally! And this is a podcast series about communication. So one of the things that makes sense for us to work together, is that you have such high standards for the audio production. Like you handle the words well. And I think that’s, that just underscores what the series is trying to do, is to get people to stop and think about the words that they’re using. So it’s great that we are able to work together! so people don’t know so much about us. You know a little bit more about me because I’ve had to talk about what I do in the show but maybe Joe, can you tell us a little bit about you?
Sure I graduated Drexel University in an IT program and like I said I worked in in pharmaceutical IT in different capacities my entire career. Where did the recording and music stuff come from?Always had an interest in the Performing Arts and theater, did a little voice over and music as a hobbyist, going back to having a radio show in college. So that’s where that interest grew, and continues to be something that is a great source of pleasure. And it’s great to be able to leverage those skills on this podcast.
Right. And I think the hobbyist is a fun thing to kind of keep in mind. But we also take this incredibly seriously.
Because of like these are serious professional commitments. I think one of the things we have in common is that shared level of care. And staying true to our professional commitments.
Agreed. And I take our audience seriously. I think there could very well be significant overlap with the types of clients that I work with in my career, and the people who are potentially listening to this podcast. So respecting them, their time, and their intelligence.
There’s something also about being on a show that’s working! Like the momentum now, the excitement now, a hundred episodes!
Yeah, that’s great! Right and people know at this point that neither you or I run a studio, and we were not broadcasters prior to this. So this was a new thing for us to try.
I mean when we first started it was like, you know we’re new podcasters, and we’re just kind of broadcasting out there. Voices into the void! We were a brand new show. I mean, but we know you’re here! You’re here now, you’re walking alongside us, and that’s exciting! Again thank you. Thank you for helping us get to 100 episodes. Now if this show has been helpful to you, help us make the next 100! This is a self-sustaining show, so support this series and your own learning with our digital educational products. Available right now on HealthCommunicationPartners.com. This has been the 100th episode of 10 Minutes to Better Patient Communication.
Woo! I’m Dr. Anne Marie Liebel and audio production and music by Joe Liebel.
Nice job man,
Let’s finish these beers.
Joe and Anne Marie at a party in the before times, w/beer