Affectionately known as “The Bow Tie Guy” in many caregiving circles, the story of Chris MacLellan and his partner, Richard Schiffer was chronicled in a 2015 Pulitzer Prize nominated story “In Sickness and In Health: A Couple’s Final Journey” about their journey of caregiving. The story told of the challenges that LGBT partners have in dealing with the medical and legal system, but it also told of the love and joy that Richard’s last years had on their relationship.
Out of this experience Chris has written a powerful and compelling book “What’s The Deal With Caregiving” that informs caregivers about how to deal with the challenges that they will encounter, regardless of sexual orientation, family situation or age. Chris’ soothing style is conveyed through his caregiving blog: "The Purple Jacket", and Podcast: "Healing Ties", where he connects with caregivers across the globe with story sharing and timely tips for family caregivers.
Chris’ Master's Degree thesis entitled, “Spiral of Silence: Caregiving, Stress and its Impact in the Workplace” was accepted by the faculty at Gonzaga University, where Chris earned a Master’s degree in Leadership and Communication in 2016. Chris is the founder of the Whole Care Network and presents regularly on topics that impact family caregivers.
I first started to podcast in 2012 after my partner was diagnosed with cancer. After being on a couple of podcasts myself, I noticed that I had a knack for podcasting and just went and signed up for an account on Blog Talk Radio. One of the podcasters I followed early on was John Lee Dumas and the fellows at Rainmaker FM.
I incorporated my podcast into my day job. I started out once a week and grew from there. I think I have almost 200 podcasts in the bank now. I fund the podcast myself and am now starting to look for sponsors for my show.
I am open to taking sponsorships, but the sponsors have to be specific to caregiving. The great thing about podcasting is that I have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world who otherwise I would not have the opportunity to meet. Podcasting was not only an outlet for both my partner and me, it was a way for us to share information with other caregivers across the world.
Finding guests is the easiest part of podcasting, especially when the topic is related to caregiving. Many of my guests come from social media contacts or simply referrals from previous guests.
The majority of my marketing is through social media. I am currently looking for another avenue to market the podcast.
One of the things I have learned along the way is that your natual talent will come to the forefront when chatting with a guest. If you have the desire to podcast, JUST DO IT!