Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Linke and Misty Stinnett.
Just under a year ago, Misty called Lisa and asked if she liked self-help books and would she want to do a podcast together. “I hate them,” Lisa said. “But if you want a balanced view with your co-host, I’d love to do it.” And like that, Go Help Yourself Podcast was born!
Together they brainstormed the format, focus and tone of the episodes, came up with artwork and decided to release two episodes per week: one full book review released every Friday, and a minisode (lovingly referred to as the “Weekly Beef”) on Tuesdays. The minisode is where they catch up on homework assigned to each other from the previous book review, and then something fun: listener emails, self-help trivia, special guests, anything goes!
They released a teaser trailer at the end of 2018 and the first episode went live on January 4, 2019. With no advertising, just word-of-mouth and Instagram posts, they’ve had over 25 thousand unique downloads in seven months! They have released almost sixty episodes, read over 30 books and have a 5-star average rating on iTunes. Fans have even made art about the show and posted it on Instagram!
One major blessing on this journey was finding their amazing producer Matt Sav at Fairfax Village Studios. They absolutely love recording there and the working relationship is wonderful. It’s made the production part of this journey much easier. Misty and Lisa are self-financing this venture, and have had to learn all production aspects along the way – from hosting to uploading – it’s been a real education.
As co-creators, co-producers and co-hosts, they have a great working relationship, and this podcast has given them more time to deepen their friendship. They love the conversations surrounding the self-help genre, how they apply it to their own lives and the dearth of inclusivity in most of the books they cover.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It hasn’t always been smooth – but it has been a wonderful learning experience.
Misty and Lisa have had to learn how to make a production process streamlined for efficiency in time and expenses, but now it feels like a well-oiled machine. They’ve figured out how to divide labor, and are honest about timelines. When one of is getting too ambitious with deadlines, the other one is there to keep it realistic.
Earlier this year, they had an entire minisode about the toll of self-help, because the podcast requires them to devour these books at a rate that most people would not. It takes a mental toll! By now, they’ve figured out how to build in some time and space for themselves as well.
A big milestone for was nabbing their first author interview. Gemma Hartley, who wrote the viral article in 2017 Harper’s Bazaar “Women Aren’t Nags-We’re Just Fed Up’ came out with her first book about emotional labor, titled Fed Up. She was the guest on the most recent episode! Both Lisa and Misty were thrilled to have her on the podcast.
Now that there is a steady, growing listenership, they’re interested in expanding and seeing where they can take the podcast next.
Go Help Yourself: A Comedy Self-Help Podcast To Make Life Suck Less – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
What makes Go Help Yourself podcast great is the hosts are funny, with great chemistry and familiarity with one another. They challenge each other to remain open, to be honest, and the vulnerability that comes through to the listeners is unlike any other book review podcast out there.
Listeners say they love being challenged in their way of thinking, of having a voice echo concerns or disagreements feel connected when the hosts share their personal insights and laugh out loud when these friends have a conversation about a popular self-help book.
If after hearing the episode, you’re interested in learning more, you can always go buy the book. The average episode is just around an hour – they can’t cover everything in the book. On the other hand, if you feel what you’re hearing doesn’t jibe with you, that’s fine! They’ve just saved you time and money – and you can still glean the perspective-altering self-help advice that listeners are craving.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Misty and Lisa did a minisode on this very topic!
Lisa said “I used to come from a background of perfectionism, and it was really hard for me…I never really felt I achieved success because I could always go back and see how I could have done it better.” Now she defines success by setting measurable goals for things and also did it just get done. Done is better than perfect.
Misty said success is “being comfortable in the skin I’m in and not feeling I have to change for any room I walk into.”
They also covered some famous people’s definition of success. Take a listen! It’s minisode 08 from 2.26.19.
As for the podcast overall, continual growth is the success. Of course, they have numeric goals they would like to hit by certain timelines, and ideas for collaborations down the road.
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