►Tell us about you and your podcast
My name is Nora Ayala Delgado. I have been working in the field of Education for over 25 years, but a couple of years ago my health became compromised and I began to consider a career change. I became so sick that I thought I had a terminal illness. Although what I was dealing with was an autoimmune disease, being so sick became the catalyst to ask myself and God many questions about the reason I was here on earth. I began a personal journey that turned into a life transformation. I have a great desire to inspire, motivate, and encourage others to seek their God-given purpose. Today, I am a Certified Personal and Executive Coach, building my online coaching business and slowly transitioning out of the classroom. Teaching is another passion of mine, and whether I'm in a classroom or not, I will always teach, and learn, of course. Doing my podcast, Live with Purpose Devotional has become a passion of mine as well and through it, I hope to reach many with a message that has become so ingrained in me, and that is that, we are each unique, with a purpose only we can fulfill!
►Why & how did you start this podcast?
I started this podcast because I felt an urge to get my message out there. In all honesty, I wasn't ready to do video yet, and I felt that audio was just perfect. I saw it as a stepping stone to do video. I became a heavy consumer of podcasts when I began my journey of transformation; I knew their value. They are so convenient. I could listen to them when I'm getting ready in the morning, in the car, when I'm cooking. I never thought that I would fall in love with podcasting myself the way I have, though. I do not see myself stopping any time soon! I started my podcast in January of 2018. In fact, the first couple of episodes were audio live on Facebook. When I realized that I wanted to continue and make it more official, I decided to register my podcast officially and there rest is history. Originally Live with Purpose Devotional was a daily devotional that was published every weekday, but six months into it I realized that working full time, going to school at night to obtain my coaching certification and podcasting 5 days a week was not sustainable. I was then that I decided to switch to once a week. Although I think that in the future I will add one or two more episodes per week.
►How'd you find the time and funding to do this podcast?
I don't find the time. I make the time! That is how committed I am. There are many late nights researching, writing and producing the podcast, but I love it so much, that it doesn't matter. Once, I'm fully retired from teaching and I am coaching only, which I foresee in the near future, I will be able to dedicate it more time. I would love to add a Spanish podcast as well. I can't wait for that one! I do fund my own podcast; hosting and editing, and artwork are all on me. I have not advertised yet. The show is heard pretty much in each continent, which is amazing.
►What do you gain from podcasting?
I haven't made any financial gains yet. There are adds at the end of each episode, but it's all so minimal that I have not made money yet. (I have accumulated less than $40.00). I also had adds at the beginning of each episode, but I didn't feel comfortable with them. I prefer that if I am going to have adds, they should be related to the kind of podcast I produce. I guess that I have to look more into it. In the past month I had 4,340 downloads and 464 plays on demand. Podcasting benefits me in so many different ways. It all starts with my own self-growth, since I have to do my own research and learn in order to share the content I share in my show. The topics I talk about are related to self-development from a Biblical standpoint; from mindset, to self-love, to dealing with fear, and everything in between. It helps me in my own coaching practice as well, as I deal with clients, but it also allows potential clients to get a feel for what I'm about. I am trying to put quality content out there. The clients will come! In fact, my podcast is much more than a devotional. Perhaps, I should consider changing the name.
►How does your podcasting process look like?
I create my podcast through Spreaker.com. I use their desktop app to produce my podcast. I don't have an interview format. Mine is a solo podcast where I get to share what I have learned through research or my own experiences. To prepare each episode, I choose my topic and do my research. Then I write a script and then produce the show. I don't really edit.
►How do you market your show?
I share my episodes on my public Facebook page. Sometimes, also on Twitter and Instagram, but not enough. I do link my podcast on YouTube in the description section of each video. I'm still working on the marketing.
►What advice would you share with aspiring (new) podcasters?
My advice to new podcasters is the following: If you are really passionate about what you want to share through podcast, go for it. But be aware that you will have to put in the work. Podcasting requires an investment of time, effort, and money. Being passionate about it is key because you will find that the investment is all worth it! Two podcasts that I listened to at the beginning when I was trying to figure out how to do my own podcast are: The Podcast Planner and Shannon Hernandez. I got some good tips from them both.
►Where can we learn more about you & your podcasts?
My website is noraayaladelgado.com
I started to blog recently, so make sure to check it out.
Also, I love to hang out on my Facebook page, Live with Purpose @NoraAyalaDelgado
Follow me on Instagram @NoraAyalaDelgado
Updated: 11 days ago