Give Me 15 Minutes and I’ll Give You Charlie Brown In A Terrible Podcast

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Catherine Hughes

Director of the 8 Women Dream Project at 8 Women Dream
Catherine’s dream is to make 8 Women Dream the premier online publication for women looking to pursue their dreams. She is a published author, a freelance writer, and a guide for those who want their dreams to come true online. Catherine would someday like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations about her 8WD project inviting women to take a chance on their dreams. Wine was required... Catherine posts on Sunday evenings and fills in dream stories as needed. If you aren't sure how to comment on this story, click here.

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Some weeks move us faster down the road of dreaming than others.  This was one of those fast moving weeks.  I forgot to wear a seat belt.

blog talk radioThe first part of this week was  spent putting out notices that we had openings on the 8 Women Dream project.  The response was overwhelming.  I am excited about the changes I see possible with the dreamers who  contacted us.

I wish I could help everyone achieve their dreams.  Responding to all the emails kept me up all night.  I didn’t plan on that part.

I’m kinda scary looking at 49 without sleep.

I only cleaned up one old post on A Week In The Life of A Redhead.  I am behind in writing anything current about my life raising a teenage boy.  Trust me there’s plenty of material.  The time just wasn’t there this week.  Some weeks are like this.

But I did take a small step towards showing up as a speaker in my life by registering at BlogTalkRadio.  Call me stupid brave but without knowing what I was doing I recorded a 15 minute radio show of me talking nonsense.

Dribble With a Speaker Problem should be the name of the show.  I sound like Charlie Brown in a wind tunnel.

Bad doesn’t even begin to describe this podcast, but like my old blog posts  from 5 years ago – when I started to write again – with centered text in purple, pink and red – everything gets better with practice.  We hope.

And boy do I need practice!

The podcast even comes with its own promotional button –

Listen to Catherine Hughes on Blog Talk RadiWow don’t I look official?  Until you listen to the podcast.  The funny part is that I thought with my ability to talk, it would be easy breezy to rattle off 15 minutes of information by talking.  HA!

It was hell.

The website is slow and the podcast can hang in buffering mode – probably because I am using their free service while I test the waters.

Think they will allow me back?

If you are interested in trying podcasting or your own radio show, check out BlogTalk radio at  The service is free.  You get a call in number to host your own show.  It is not an 800 number.  I use Skype, so the call doesn’t cost me anything.

The reason the quality is so bad is because I am using a hand-held microphone.  A headset microphone will work better with the mic away from the face so you don’t hear my breath.

Make sure you have an outline and some sort of script to follow.  Talking out into airspace is a lot harder than it looks.  But I will be trying it again.

Practice – practice.

Sidebar – when I was at the Barber shop begging my 14 year old son not to buzz all his hair off for football – making him look like an egghead on shoulders – I met a man who’s wife works at Agelint.

I told him that I have been trying to get someone from there to respond to me about their Toastmasters meetings.  He took my card and said he would pass it on to her.  Turns out he’s best friends with a guy I grew up with.

At least he wasn’t an ex boyfriend.

I will get my Toastmasters taken care of yet!  I need a lot of practice if I am ever going to be a TED speaker.

That’s where I’m at with this dream of mine. Where are you?

As always — keep on dreaming –


(This week Catherine worked on continuing to clean up her posts on A Week In The Life of A Redhead,  and walked her neighborhood every morning. Catherine’s dream is to be a motivator, motivational speaker and published writer. She is testing her theories on motivation with this blog and the seven other women who have volunteered to be a part of her dream project. Catherine also writes about her life as a mom at the blog A Week In The Life Of A Redhead. Someday, she would also like to be invited to speak at TED.  Catherine posts on Friday afternoons and writes the weekly motivation posts on Sunday evenings for the following week.)

  • Remy

    hey Cath. Not everyone is a famous DJ their first time out.
    You’ve got what it takes to do this…now just get the equipment and you are off and running! :) I am considering doing this as well, for my Business Builders Meetup Group – I will learn from you, Ms Trailblazer. thank you for being brave. Rem

  • JD

    I’ve worked in broadcasting and people think it is easy to talk over the air, but it is a lot harder than it looks. I think you discovered that by this post. You are a honest person to put this out there and tell your experience and I agree with the rest – you should try it again.

  • Jessica

    Hilarious. I think you should record again – and let everyone know ahead of time so we can call in and ask you questions!

  • Adria

    Very cute :-)))! I laughed through most of your broadcast and can’t believe you were brave enough to post it, which makes me like you more. You sound like such a nice person. I would come see you speak … if you had a better mic… you guys could do the 8 Women Dream tour.

  • Gail

    Now that’s funny. I am going to have to go check Blogcast radio and see what it is all about. You should do another one so we can begin to watch you get better over time.

  • David Edwards

    I wish we could hear you better. You definitely need a better mic. From what I could make out, it seems you have a nice voice, not a Charlie Brown one, although the title did make me laugh. There is a caring sound to your voice and you make some pretty funny statements. With practice, I think you could do quite well. I say try it again with a better mic!

  • Kaiton

    LOL!!!!!! Seriously. The things we do when trying to move along the game of life. That recording cracked me up! I think if you improve the speaker quality you would sound better. Some parts were actually very funny beyond the humor of not being able to hear you most of the time. I am impressed by your bravery.