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146 Jim Collison | Playing to Your Strengths

By Harry Duran

Jim Collison is the host of the Home Gadget Geeks podcast where he helps people navigate through all of the consumer technology that is out there today. He is also the creator of the Average Guy Network, a channel the “average guy” can visit to get all the information they need to help inform and educate themselves with all the different facets of technology. Jim recently celebrated 10 years working at Gallup where he was instrumental in the development of a college and high school technical internship program in Omaha, Nebraska and in launching a podcast based around what Gallup is known for - their Strengths Finder Assessments. Gallup now has four podcasts which he helps produce and host. We talk all about it here. 06:10 - The best time to be a podcaster 07:25 - When listeners of your show provide you feedback 09:34 - Jim’s healthy Twitter community and his wildly popular weather tweets 12:07 - The challenges of responding to your community and how Jim manages it 15:26 - The first time he heard of podcasts and the first ones he was listening to 18:24 - His job at Gallup and how he was instrumental in implementing a podcast there 23:01 - How Jim sold the idea to Gallup to start a podcast 25:48 - The importance of having structure on your show 28:28 - Practice makes perfect 30:15 - How being a podcaster has prepared him to be an MC 33:22 - Jim explains the reason he started his network, Average Guy TV 35:48 - Whether or not he consolidates his RSS feeds and other tech questions 38:41 - The story of how he first met Dave Jackson 42:37 - How long Ask the Podcast Coach has been running and interesting moments 45:46 - What Gallup is known for 47:24 - The Gallup Strengths Finder Assessment and what it said about Jim 52:35 - His wife and children’s strengths 53:40 - The challenges of balancing his professional and personal life 57:25 - What he’s changed his mind about recently 59:49 - The one most misunderstood thing about him Full Show Notes:

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