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Where There's Smoke explores self-development through the filter of current events, pop culture, and experience. We surf the zeitgeist through an array of audio clips, quotes, concepts, and conversations. In the spirit of The Daily Show and This American Life, we throw everything into an audio centrifuge that separates “what” from “why”. You walk away with insights and actionable solutions to improve your business, relationships, and almost any area of your life.
 
Nick makes lots of podcasts for and with other people. He decided it was time to make a low stakes podcast that just allowed him to talk. Yes... about Star Wars. YIASWP is about Nick talking about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Force Awakens, the spinoffs, porgs... all the good stuff. Also, FYI, he doesn't know everything. Sometimes he'll talk to other people about it. That's it. That's the show. Come listen and yell at Nick as he mispronounces and then totally forgets character names.
 
Brett and Nick already know how to make a good podcast. They make a show called “Where There’s Smoke”. They don’t, however, know how to get people to hear it. “How Do We Do This?!” is a podcast all about trying to promote that OTHER podcast. Follow BRETT GAJDA and NICK JAWORSKI, hosts of “Where There’s Smoke”, as they learn the ins-and-outs of marketing a podcast. Topics include search engine optimization, social media engagement, project management, show design - basically whatever will hel ...
 
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Rate & Review Shame Rules! right now: https://smarturl.it/jjuoz0 New episodes of Where There's Smoke return on Friday, September 25! New episodes of Shame Rules! premiere on Friday, October 2. Wanna free Shame Rules! bag? If you want to get your very own Shame Rules! bag or help with the launch in other ways, then visit www.shamerules.com/launch. S…
 
“Change is the only constant in life.” Heraclitus said that back in 500 BCE. It was true then, and 2500 years later, it is still true. That said, there are times in life when it feels like we are in a more intense period of change. As we release this episode, it is June of the year Two Thousand and Twenty AD. We’ve got a pandemic that is still very…
 
This week, as the world continues to reckon with race and equality after the murder of George Floyd, we try to understand what an ally IS... and what it isn't.Brett and Nick both hold up a mirror to look at their own actions (or lack of them). And Nick has a conversation with Holliday Philips, who recently published the article ‘Performative Allysh…
 
Life moves pretty fast and, if you're not careful, it's easy to be swept away by it. (How's that for a mixed metaphor?) Anyway, today's episode asks several important questions: What would it mean to slow down? What does it mean to be mindful? Is it even possible anymore? What does any of this look like? To help us answer these questions, Brett tal…
 
This episode is a riddle, wrapped in an NBA championship, wrapped in a chance encounter, wrapped in privilege, wrapped in mashed potatoes, washed over by the ocean, and inside of a critical message for our world about humility. Our journey starts with a celebration and a question, and ends with a celebration and a question. In between we hear from …
 
It's our first new Where There's Smoke episode in two years! Pliny the Elder said, “The only certainty is that nothing is certain.” In a world where nothing is certain and so much is out of our control, what options do we really have? Should we fight? Do we give up? Or is there something else? In this episode we move from a tragic accident, through…
 
Author Frank Herbert once said, “There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.” In this final episode of Season 4, Brett & Nick take a look back and ask “What is the story of Season 4?”, “Was it a success?”, and - most importantly - “What’s next?”. Thanks for listening. We love you. We’ll see you next time. * * * Get our ne…
 
If you could tell the world just one thing, what would it be? And, what impact might it have? This week, Nick explores that idea through the music of The Beatles and shows that you reap what you sow. (Spoiler alert?) Also, Brett goes straight to the source for some wisdom that we all need to hear. Get our newsletter and updates by joining our maili…
 
This 48 Hour Challenge is going to be classic. Literally. But what is classic? How do we define it? Is there a Classic version of you? And if so, what can the Classic You teach the Current You? Once again, we gathered show topic suggestions from our audience, threw them into a word randomizer, and made a show in 48 hours. And we think the results a…
 
Integrity is defined as “a state of being whole and undivided”. It is a simple concept, and yet at times, living it can be some of the hardest work we will ever do. This week we hear from Matthew Schueller about an important journey in his life - it’s his journey to integrity. We know that it’s a story with themes that can resonate with everyone an…
 
Expression is the process of taking something from a spark of an idea through to existence. And, while there can be moments in that process that are truly amazing, it can also run us through the ringer - several times over. So, what is required of us to press our expression out into this world? Is want enough or does it require something more? This…
 
We’ve all had a time or two (... or three…) where we’ve shared a secret that wasn’t ours and it comes back to his us square in the face. Sometimes, before you even think about it, you’ve let something slip out of your mouth and immediately cringe - just wishing you could jump into a 15-second time machine so you can pull those words back into your …
 
The 48 Hour Challenge is back! We gathered show topic suggestions from our audience, threw them into a word randomizer, and ended up with “self-acceptance”. From there, our challenge was to research, write, and record a brand new episode in 48 hours straight (including sleep). Did we do it? Well, give it a listen and find out. Along the way we talk…
 
Congratulations for making it to the bottom of the Star Wars stack! In our inaugural episode, Nick rants forever about Han Solo, The Last Jedi, and perhaps THE most controversial moment in all of Star Wars. You will definitely not want to miss that. If this episode hits 50 downloads, then there will be another one of these and this show will last f…
 
Jim Cuddy has been making music with Greg Keilor for 40 years. For the last 34 of those years, they have made up the songwriting duo for one of Canada’s most beloved and best-selling bands, Blue Rodeo. Brett sits down with Jim to talk about that partnership along with the challenges and benefits of a long standing collaboration. We explore what col…
 
In the 1976 movie Network, upon being prompted by news anchor Howard Beale, people in cities all over the USA get up, open their windows, and yell, “I’m mad as hell as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”. It is now 2018 and people still seem mad as hell - only now, instead of yelling out our windows, we have the internet to amplify our rage…
 
What would it take for this to be your best year ever? That said, what is a year? Is it the days between January 1st and December 31st? Or is it any 12 month span of time? And does it even matter? Are cassette tapes coming back? Could Nick rock Steve Harvey’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve outfit? And why is it essential to recognize the difference between…
 
What does it mean to explore in a world where everything’s been found? That’s the question posed to Brett by Bassam Tarazi - author, entrepreneur, adventurer, and friend of the show. Bassam participated in The Mongol Rally which is plugged as “the greatest motoring adventure on the planet” - a 10,000 mile intercontinental car rally, from London Eng…
 
We’ve heard it countless times before: “Beautiful minds inspire others,” “Time to inspire,”, “Get out there and inspire people”, or simply “Be inspiring.” But, despite all of what the people and posters hanging on office walls say about inpiring others, rarely does anyone tell you how to do that. How do you inspire others? Communication is a linchp…
 
We are getting tragically hip this week with a story about a band, a country (Canada), and all the people in it. But, this episode is really about everyone, everywhere. So, regardless of who you are, where you live, and what listen to - there is a message here for you. Just listen and see. Plus a #WTSbumps. And the announcement of WTS contest - wit…
 
Halloween is coming up and that means Halloween movies and TV specials! To celebrate, Nick explores one of the earliest and most famous Halloween specials - It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. An often overlooked element in that show is the fact that Linus must be sincere in order for the Great Pumpkin to arrive. But, what does it mean to be sin…
 
Have you ever heard of The Golden Rule? If you have, you may realize that while it sounds nice, it has a pretty significant flaw in it. In this episode, we expose that flaw and go on an exploration to try and fix it. We are joined in this journey by author, speaker, and fellow podcaster Gretchen Rubin. Her new book, The Four Tendencies, provides us…
 
It’s easy to see that the world has a lot of problems right now. But as the saying goes, slightly paraphrased, ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing’. And we don’t feel that anyone who listens to this show is interested in doing nothing. So, in our first show of Season 4, we decided to tackle that little…
 
Where There’s Smoke is coming back in September for their Fourth Season! In this episode you will hear all the details - launch date, frequency, etc. But first, Brett and Nick seem to have slightly different views on how exactly to launch this new season. It is not a problem unique to them. Often we can find ourselves struggling in decisions and bo…
 
Brett calls Nick while Nick paces around the streets of Nashville. They talk about the upcoming launch of season 4, managing a team of amazing supporters, and what's next for HDWDT. * * * ALSO, make sure to check out our new Anchor station! We're doing daily updates! Download the app in your app store OR click this link here: https://anchor.fm/s/a2…
 
Nick calls Brett on the phone and the world discovers that Brett has very strong feelings about taxis. Then, Brett talks about the status of the WTS Sponsorship Proposal. Lastly, Nick talks a little bit about the value of interviews to their process. Oh, and there's some weird asides, but that's not unusual. * * * ALSO, make sure to check out our n…
 
Join Brett, Nick, and WTS Community Architect Em Piro for a hanger-motivated discussion about the social media audit she performed for the show. Then, Em leaves. Lastly, Brett and Nick stay behind to pick up the pieces. * * * ALSO, make sure to check out our new Anchor station! We're doing daily updates! Download the app in your app store OR click …
 
Brett abruptly starts the episode and the countdown to the world exploding has begun. Then, for no clear reason, Nick explains his theory on "Yellow Submarine". After that, Nick inserts some post-production sounds to celebrate a big moment. Lastly, with an eye on the next set of WTS episodes, there's probably too much conversation about the product…
 
First, Brett calls Nick "Nicholas". It's weird and nobody says anything about it. Then, they talk about their WONDERFUL call with their fellow passengers on the proverbial "Bus", and lastly, Em Piro talks about what she's done and what happens next. If you have any creative or organization skills and you want to help us on this journey, please emai…
 
Brett and Nick are back and talking about all of the things that are due by this Friday according to "THE GREAT TO DO". Also, Brett time travels and Nick clears his throat. Special thanks to Victor Jimenez for speaking with Brett about podcast sponsorships. You can learn more about him and his podcasts at http://victorjimenez.co/. * * * If you have…
 
Nick calls Brett and starts the show without warning. Then, they talk about choosing a project management system, their upcoming staffing deadline, and Nick's desire to to make a new Where There's Smoke episode. Also, Brett talks about a handful of '80s TV shows that Nick has barely heard of. If you have any creative or organization skills and you …
 
Brett & Nick talk about the WTS job search - including an additional call for a web/graphic designer. Additionally, they talk about the phone calls they've had with various potential partners, their new meeting schedule, and all of the little things that need to happen, like, yesterday. WTS YouTube Channel: https://goo.gl/Ql20Uj Freelancer who did …
 
As the proverbial WTS bus leaves the station, Brett and Nick sit down and talk about the power of delegating. They also discuss the perils of perfectionism. (While not discussed in the episode, I think we can all agree on the awesomeness of alliteration.) * * * If you have any creative or organization skills and you want to help us on this journey,…
 
Brett is in Mexico City and chats with Nick about his two big ideas to help promote the show over the next couple of weeks. (Hint: It includes best-of lists and TED Talks.) Nick finds a way to share very little, but is very passionate about a new website (finally!). They also talk about whether or not Where There's Smoke is an "artisanal podcast". …
 
After meeting up in Kansas City and Brett's birthday week, Brett and Nick talk about all of the little things that are about to happen in the next few weeks. Last week, Nick and Brett asked their listeners for help promoting the show ("Who wants on the bus?"). This week, they chat with Theresa Ward about how to structure this next step of organizat…
 
After far too long, Brett and Nick finally come to the realization that they need help - professional help. No! Not like that... although, maybe... Anyway, if you have any creative or organization skills and you want to help us on this journey, please email us at connect@wheretheressmoke.co. ALSO, make sure to check out our new Anchor station! We'r…
 
After a few weeks of "What should we do next?", Brett and Nick decide on two communities where they will plant their flags. Plus: they hear from listeners about where they hangout (both online and IRL) and one of those listeners may or may not be a cat with a podcast. And Nick asks about bots. Check out the WTS Anchor station! https://anchor.fm/s/a…
 
Since about five months into the run of Where There's Smoke, Brett and Nick have dreamed of finding a corporate sponsor who could support the show and allow them to clear their schedules and focus time on the show. This week, Brett spoke to some people who know how that happens and he reports back to Nick. Make sure to rate and review the show to h…
 
As Laozi said (we think), "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." In this first episode, Brett and Nick talk about some of the challenges they have faced in trying to promote Where There's Smoke. From the changing podcast landscape to a general lack of time or knowledge, the two lay out what's been in the way and then identify fi…
 
Brett and Nick already know how to make a good podcast. They make a show called Where There’s Smoke. They don’t, however, know how to get people to hear it. “How Do We Do This?!” is a podcast all about trying to promote that OTHER podcast. Follow Bret Gajda and Nick Jaworski, hosts of Where There’s Smoke, as they learn the ins-and-outs of marketing…
 
Succeeding at something isn’t just about having a good idea. That’s part of it, but there’s so much more. This week, we are talking about strategy - and breakfast - but mostly strategy. How do you take the idea you have in your brain and turn it into a successful endeavor in the real world? And when we say “business” we mean any kind of endeavor - …
 
Two holiday vignettes make up this week’s episode: First, Brett peels back the veneer of the joyful and festive holiday season, to acknowledge that sometimes … Christmas sucks. But, what if that’s actually be a good thing? If you are feeling a bit blue this Christmas, or know someone who is, then this segment is for you. Then, Nick chimes in with a…
 
How much of who we are is influenced by where we are? And what do we do if we feel our environment is draining us, instead of charging us? A year and a half ago, Brett moved from San Francisco to the suburbs of Toronto, and lately he’s wondering - well, actually he’s worried - if his new environment may be having a negative effect on him. So he set…
 
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