How to use personal experience to make a podcast

Updated: Sep 14, 2021

When you're starting a podcast one of the questions you need to ask yourself is what is my purpose? For many podcasters the answer is to provide a platform to share their story and create connection.

In the latest episode of 'I Can't Make Bread so I Made a Podcast' I sat down with therapist, Ali Psiuk to talk about her memoir 'Breakdown A Therapists Journey of losing it & Finding It.' A candid and often harrowing account of her life growing up an elite gymnast, to a circus performer, her struggle with eating disorders, struggling with sexuality, psychiatric hospitals and finding hope and healing.

The elements of powerful storytelling are similar to what makes a good podcast; authenticity, clarity in message and engaging content. Ali discussed how she used old journals to piece together elements of her life to use in her memoir. As a therapist it was important to her that she allowed herself to be vulnerable in her writing. She points out being vulnerable allows others to recognise their own experiences and normalises mental health challenges.

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