Tribal Knowledge Careers Podcast

Listen to leaders, managers, and employees discuss various roles at Tribal Knowledge Podcasting and what it's like to work for such an awesome company!

Episosde 1: Podcast producer role w/ Jeremy Shere
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Jen: Welcome to the Tribal Knowledgecareers podcast. I'm your host, Jen Richler. And today we're talking with Tribal Knowledgefounder and CEO, Jeremy Shere, about working with Tribal Knowledge as a producer. Hey Jeremy.

Jeremy: Hey there, Jen.

Jen: what exactly does a podcast producer do?

Jeremy: So a podcast producer does a lot of different things, at Tribal Knowledge, that means working both with the actual audio and editing and sweetening and processing and all that stuff.

But it also means working directly with clients because most of our clients, when they start with us, have zero experience with podcasting, and that's why they reach out to us. They want to try a podcast, but they just have no idea how it works or even where to begin. So there's a lot of handholding involved, and I don't mean that in a bad way. I just mean that there's a lot of training and coaching involved on even the most basic things when it comes to podcasting. And so the producer needs to be someone who's not just good technically with microphones and editing and stuff like that, but also good with people. And especially people in corporate roles--they might be a director of marketing or content marketing, or director of sales enablement, or somebody like that. These are smart, accomplished people, but they need some guidance when it comes to starting up a podcast.

Jen: what would you say is the most challenging part of the job?

Jeremy: Well, I think one of the most challenging parts of the job can be working with people. I think it's also one of the most rewarding parts, but I think anytime you're in a service business and you're working with people, you're dealing with all kinds of different people who have all kinds of different demand,. and so that can be challenging, but not in a bad way. It can be challenging in a good way.

And then of course there are the more technical challenges that you might run into as a producer. we really try hard to make sure that our clients get good audio, which is why we equip them with microphones and headsets. But sometimes you're working with audio that is not necessarily recorded in an optimal way. It might be someone who used the built-in mic on their computer. As a producer to deal with that challenge, to take a piece of audio that's recorded, however it is, and make it as good as it can be. And that's a kind of challenge you'd run into with any kind of audio production job, but that exists here at Tribal Knowledge, too.

Jen: And you already said working with people can be one of the more rewarding things, but anything else about being a producer that you would say is particularly rewarding?

Jeremy: Working with people I find is really great. Again, these are often smart, accomplished people who are trying something new in podcasting, and so they're often really enthusiastic about it and have fun, as part of the process.

So it’s fun to be a part of that. And there's also a real feeling of satisfaction when you get a new podcast up and running. When you actually launch it, there's a lot of excitement usually on the part of the client. And it's exciting for us too. And also I think there's real satisfaction in working with audio and making it sound as good as it can, using all of your skills and techniques and all of the technology to take whatever piece of audio you have, remove that background noise, deal with the echo, and make it sound as close to broadcast ready as it can be.

That can be really rewarding.

Jen: What are you looking for in a candidate for a producer?

Jeremy: Yeah. Good question. So I'm looking for a couple of things. As I've mentioned before, someone who's good with people, you have to be able to work with people, and that means being a good communicator. It means that you actually like talking with people and that you have enough of an outgoing personality to be able to do that.  I'm also looking for people who are good at coaching and training, good at working with clients to show them how to do things.

And of course you need to be really good at working with audio. I really don't care where you went to college. I don't care if you studied audio production or anything like that. I just care that you can do it. Frankly, I'm looking for people who are better than I am at it. I'm self-taught and self-trained, I know how to do some stuff. But ideally I'm looking for producers who know more than I do and who can do an even better job than I can.

So you need to have some experience doing this. Bu. I don't really care what that experience is exactly. As long as you can demonstrate to me, Yeah, I can do this. I know how to do podcast production. I know what it's supposed to sound like. I can work with different with audio recorded in different formats and that kind of thing.

Jen:  Any final thoughts before we go?

Jeremy: We’re a small but fast growing company, and we are always looking for good people. So if you’re a wiz at audio production and you're really into podcasting and you're looking for a place where your skills will really be appreciated and put to good use, then I hope you apply.

Jen: If you're interested in this position, you can apply at tribknowledge.com/careers, and be sure to check out other podcast episodes to learn about other career opportunities with Tribal Knowledge.

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