Millennial Podcast

Megan Tan

Host of Millennial Podcast

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON October 12, 2015

Discussion

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Millennial Podcast@hearmillennial · Host/Producer, Millennial Podcast
Hi Folks! I'm Megan Tan the host/producer/everything woman of the Millennial podcast, a show about maneuvering your 20s captured in real time. I launched the show from the closet of my home in Maine, where the show is still currently made, back in January. It has been one of the hardest yet most satisfying things I've ever done and I'm happy to be here to answer any questions you have. So let's begin. I'm all ears! Ask me anything!
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Welcome, Megan! What topic have you covered (or plan to cover) that you're most nervous to share or talk about on the show?
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Millennial Podcast@hearmillennial · Host/Producer, Millennial Podcast
@rrhoover haha. What a great question! So recently Ben and I had this really awkward conversation about marriage because all of our friends are getting married or have gotten married -- and it was just such a funny, weird, uncomfortable conversation. I think it sets the tone for how millennials who don't want to get married feel. I'm not sure when I'm going to launch that but that's a sneak peak.
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@hearmillennial haha, love it. 😊
Teresa Hammerl
Teresa Hammerl@colazionearoma · Socialmediapreneur
@hearmillennial Hi Megan, how did you keep yourself motivated when launching your own show?
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Millennial Podcast@hearmillennial · Host/Producer, Millennial Podcast
Hi @colazionearoma! I have hard deadlines that I've made for myself. And really try to stick to them. But to be honest -- sometimes when I'm feeling less motivated Ben often gives me a certain look and I'm like, "Oh yeah, I need to get my ass into gear." So it helps when you have a support system.
Andrew Ettinger
Andrew Ettinger@andrewett · 👟 @wearAtoms // ex @Twitter @ProductHunt
@gravicle posted a photo in our team slack this AM with proposals for the next generation's name. Which is your favorite? a. TwoKays (or 2K's) b. Conflict Generation c. Generation i (or iGens) d. @ generation e. swipe generation f. tweenials g. screeners h. Dear God - please none of the above.
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Millennial Podcast@hearmillennial · Host/Producer, Millennial Podcast
@andrewmettinger I just laughed out loud when I read "Tweenials." iGens is interesting. Because I definitely didn't grow up with an iPhone but I think the next generation has. I recently read that there are kids going up to magazines and trying to "swipe" them because that's how they're been conditioned to act with publications. So that's fitting.
Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez@aroduribe
What are great resources/websites if you want to start your own podcast?
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Millennial Podcast@hearmillennial · Host/Producer, Millennial Podcast
@aroduribe So it depends. If you want to make narrative-driven stories then I always use: http://transom.org/ and http://www.thisamericanlife.org/.... Right now I'm reading "Out On The Wire" by Jessica Abel. http://www.amazon.com/Out-Wire-S...
Erik Torenberg
Erik Torenberg@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
Hey Megan! What's your favorite interview question?
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Millennial Podcast@hearmillennial · Host/Producer, Millennial Podcast
@eriktorenberg Hmmmm... I'm not sure. I think when people ask about how I transitioned from photo to audio.
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Operations @ Product Hunt
Hey Megan! What has been the most memorable / surprising moment on the Millennial Podcast so far?
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Millennial Podcast@hearmillennial · Host/Producer, Millennial Podcast
Hey @ems_hodge ! Oh man. I think one of the most memorable moments for me, creating the podcast, has been the reaction from my mother. Like when I was making Episode 5 about Men, Moms and Money -- before I released the episode I remember calling her up and telling her about everything I was going to say -- about her relationship with money and my father and asking her if that was all accurate and if it was ok to say on the podcast -- and she supported me.
Russ Frushtick
Russ Frushtick@russfrushtick
@hearmillennial What other podcasts do you listen to/love?
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Millennial Podcast@hearmillennial · Host/Producer, Millennial Podcast
@russfrushtick I love StartUp, Radiolab, This American Life, Mystery Show, Reply All, Tape, Radio Ambulante, Longest Shortest Time, Another Round...
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Millennial Podcast@hearmillennial · Host/Producer, Millennial Podcast
@russfrushtick Pitch, Radio Diaries, 99% Invisible, Criminal, Planet Money... the list is really so so so long for me. In order to listen to them all I have to have a lot of dishes to clean or laundry​ to do.
Melissa Joy Kong
Melissa Joy Kong@melissajoykong · Content, Product Hunt
Hi Megan!! What interview has had the greatest impact on you personally?
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Millennial Podcast@hearmillennial · Host/Producer, Millennial Podcast
Hi @melissajoykong! What do you mean? What episode has had the greatest impact? Or what interview that I have participated in has had the greatest impact?
Melissa Joy Kong
Melissa Joy Kong@melissajoykong · Content, Product Hunt
@hearmillennial We'll simplify the question and say, "What person has had the greatest impact on you?"
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Melissa Joy Kong@melissajoykong · Content, Product Hunt
What are the 2-3 biggest things you think millennials should do/learn in their 20s that would best prep them for life in the 20s and beyond?
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Millennial Podcast@hearmillennial · Host/Producer, Millennial Podcast
@melissajoykong that's so hard to answer. Mostly because I still feel like I'm learning the 2-3 biggest things that other millennials should know. But the things that I'm learning is 1) Taking control of my money situation. I use to be afraid of money -- like I just thought dealing with money felt gross in every kind of sense, but now I just try to ask people straight forward questions about how they manage money, how much do they make, how do they save, etc. 2) Listening to your heart (I know this is super cliche) but in episode 2 -- when I decided not to take that internship with the LA Times -- it's still one of the best decisions I think I've made because had I done that I would have been miserable and I would have never made Millennial.
Alex Carter
Alex Carter@alexcartaz · Operations @ 60dB. Ex-PH Podcasts 😻
Hi Megan, thanks for joining us today! I've really enjoyed Millennial, I'm excited to see what you're doing with the new website dedicated to the listeners, and I can't wait to see if you got the Kroc fellowship. What is the most important thing you've learned since creating Millennial?
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Millennial Podcast@hearmillennial · Host/Producer, Millennial Podcast
I'm learned so much @alexcartaz! I've learned how to be my own boss, how to hold myself accountable, how to mix audio, gather tape, organize a story structure. I've learned how to approach my mentors and ask them for help. I've learned and am still learning how to market yourself. Long story short -- I think I've learned how to through myself into the deep end and that the deep end isn't all that scary. And that trait, I realize I'll be able to take anywhere.
Alex Carter
Alex Carter@alexcartaz · Operations @ 60dB. Ex-PH Podcasts 😻
@hearmillennial I think the startup lingo for this is "taking the plunge" =). that's exciting!
Daniel Sexton
Daniel Sexton@depsexton
@hearmillennial What's the key to a good cover letter?
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Millennial Podcast@hearmillennial · Host/Producer, Millennial Podcast
@depsexton I would hate to tell you something from a place of authority but I try to be honest. Don't make a cover letter that doesn't best represent you. And throw yourself into it. Don't make a plug-and-chug cover letter. Make something that if your close friends read they would be able to hear your voice through the words. And make something that you're proud of. So you're not just writing it for the job -- you're writing it for yourself. I hope that helps.
Alex Carter
Alex Carter@alexcartaz · Operations @ 60dB. Ex-PH Podcasts 😻
@hearmillennial in your mind, what is the biggest distinction between radio and podcasts? how do you think NPR can strive to be relevant with, well Millennials =), and more broadly to everyone, as the shift in listening seems to be from terrestrial radio to podcasts on a smart phone?
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Millennial Podcast@hearmillennial · Host/Producer, Millennial Podcast
@alexcartaz That's a good question. So I've recently learned that radio has all of these rules. Like they have to fill a clock, they have to make a show that will fill an hour. But with podcasting there are not rules. People can curse, people can be themselves, people can talk about whatever they want, however they want, for however long they want. I feel like as a young person who loves audio -- the thing that I love about it is it feels like the person I'm listening to is across the table from me and they're being themselves. I tend to shy away for the podcasts that aren't like that. Because it feels fake. But I also think -- if you make good content that moves people in a visceral or emotional way it'll rise to the top.
Jeffrey Baird
Jeffrey Baird@jeffrey_baird · Software Developer
@hearmillennial without giving us any spoilers, if you get a job with NPR or somewhere else how do you think it will affect being able to produce this podcast?
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Millennial Podcast@hearmillennial · Host/Producer, Millennial Podcast
@jeffrey_baird I love making this podcast. Really I do. So I think the only thing that will be affected is how much time I sleep, how much time I spend in front of a computer vs. going outside, how much time I will be able to spend with friends, etc.
r c
r c@rswc90 · Curious observer
As a millennial, how might you appreciate the previous generation(s) ?
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Millennial Podcast@hearmillennial · Host/Producer, Millennial Podcast
Why hello @rswc90! I love the previous generations. I love picking the brains of people who have lived life longer than I have. It doesn't make sense to not ask them questions. I also think that even though we are the "Millennial" generation and we're in the spotlight right now -- coming of age and going through your 20s is a universal experience. And I know that the people who are older can always shed some light and relate to what we're experiencing now.
Austin Price
Austin Price@austinwprice · Partner / Lead Designer at Krit
@hearmillennial Is each episode as hard for you to produce as the first one, or do you find that they become easier as you go?
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Millennial Podcast@hearmillennial · Host/Producer, Millennial Podcast
@austinwprice Hahaha. Oh man, I wish. I think that some episodes are easier to produce than others. I'm constantly trying to change and re-work my workflow so that I'm getting better as a producer -- but for instance Episode 7 where I tell everyone about the sponsors -- that was one of the hardest episodes I've had to make. Because the idea kept changing and then time kept running out and then everything became really stressful. So there's that. But that's always going to be a part of the creative process. You're gonna love it and hate it.
Mark Thorne
Mark Thorne@kronatherm
@hearmillennial When did you work out what you wanted to do in life? I'm 23 and I still have no idea.
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Millennial Podcast@hearmillennial · Host/Producer, Millennial Podcast
@kronatherm I had a friend once tell me to listen to your engagements. Listen to the things that make you instantaneously happy and ask yourself why. And dig deep. So I guess figuring out what you want to do will always be evolving and it'll probably never stop -- but I think if you're in tune to what you like -- that certainly helps. Keep a journal and jot down the things that you're attracted to. I definitely did that.
Alex Carter
Alex Carter@alexcartaz · Operations @ 60dB. Ex-PH Podcasts 😻
@hearmillennial for being selected as a finalist for the Kroc fellowship (and possibly getting it??), how important do you think it was that you went out on your own and made something (Millennial)? Do you think that ultimately, creating something can be more impactful than having a good position at a prestigious organization/company? Was this something that set you apart from any of the other candidates? I guess what I'm getting at is, I wonder if it's sound advice to Millennials to create your own path around your passions if an obvious, traditional path doesn't seem available.
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Millennial Podcast@hearmillennial · Host/Producer, Millennial Podcast
@alexcartaz Yes! For sure! All of those things! I definitely think that creating Millennial has taught me things that I would never have learned working at a big company. Because you have to wear so many more hats, you have to hold yourself accountable, and you're in charge of everything. Like force yourself to learn code because you have to make a website, or watch lots of Lynda.com tutorials because you have to mix layers of audio. I'm not sure if it set me apart from other candidates but I definitely know that it's given me a certain kind of confidence that I don't think I could have gotten anywhere else.
Corley
Corley@corleyh · COO @ Product Hunt
@hearmillennial what do you think are the biggest generational differences? And how do you embrace them?
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Millennial Podcast@hearmillennial · Host/Producer, Millennial Podcast
@corleyh I think Millennials are learning to create things from the ground up or to approach life untraditionally and I think other generations can just support them. And they can learn from each other.
Niv Dror
Niv Dror@nivo0o0 · VC at Shrug Capital
@hearmillennial hey Megan! Is there a particular way that you like to interact with listeners of Millennial Podcast? (Twitter, email, Facebook) What have you found to be most effective?
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Millennial Podcast@hearmillennial · Host/Producer, Millennial Podcast
@nivo0o0 I like Twitter. I also like it when people send me emails. I try to respond back to every single one. As a listener, what way do you think is the easiest?
Niv Dror
Niv Dror@nivo0o0 · VC at Shrug Capital
@hearmillennial Twitter works best, then moving over to DM, and from there email if it's more of a longer interaction. But yes, definitely Twitter :)