The Inspired Guide Podcast



The Inspired Guide Podcast (previously Inspired Entrepreneur's Guide) is based on one simple motto - stop dreaming and start doing. The podcast aims to support women on their quest to follow a path that feels right and makes them feel whole, without regret, and inspires them to stand proud as the person they are or working to become. The format will be one half interview series and one half anecdotes or experiences from my own life.


  • 046: My Gratitude to You

    046: My Gratitude to You

    28/11/2019 Duration: 03min

    To all of my American listeners, Happy Thanksgiving! In honor of this day, I have a short episode on gratitude. Have a listen. Mentioned in this episode:  The Joy Junkie Your Kick-Ass Life Why So Serious Le vital corps Salon The Divorce Survival Guide

  • 045: Do you need a podcast in order to be a podcast service provider?

    045: Do you need a podcast in order to be a podcast service provider?

    26/11/2019 Duration: 06min

    I'm baaack! After a mid-month break, I am back with new episodes. Today, I answer the question, "Hey Darlene, do I need a podcast in order to be a podcast service provider? For example, if you are web designer, you should have a well designed website. Or if you offer social media services, you should have an active social media presence. What about podcasting?"    

  • 044: My Trader Joes Obsession

    044: My Trader Joe's Obsession

    17/11/2019 Duration: 04min

    It's the weekend, therefore I am taking a break from the, "Let's Talk About Podcasting" Series. All business and no fun, makes for a pretty boring podcast. At least in my opinion. Today, I have a confession to share - I am obsessed with Trader Joe's!  You'll find out why I became obsessed and how often I went to the store this past week.  The podcasting Q&A series will return with the final question, tomorrow!     

  • 043: My Two Podcasting Pet Peeves

    043: My Two Podcasting Pet Peeves

    16/11/2019 Duration: 03min

    Today I am answering the question, "What is your biggest podcasting pet peeve?" And, I actually have two of them. Tune in to find out! 

  • 042: Pros and Cons of Interview-Based Podcasts + Best Practices for Recording Interviews

    042: Pros and Cons of Interview-Based Podcasts + Best Practices for Recording Interviews

    15/11/2019 Duration: 17min

    Today I answer the podcasting question, "Hey Darlene, is there a best time to evolve your podcast to including guest interviews and how do I ensure a quality recording for that? Are there platforms you'd recommend? For example, I use Zoom for client sessions but I'm not sure how the quality would be for a podcast. Thanks so much!" In this episode, I will: Share the pros and cons of having guests on your podcast Introduce the double-ender, for best audio quality Offer best practices for conducting remote podcast interviews Resources from this episode: Online SchedulersAcuity Calendly Doodle Remote Interview Web-Apps Zoom Zencastr Squadcast Setting up Zoom for Individual Track Recording (Video Coming Soon!)

  • 041: Doubt and Overwhelm Be Gone - Start That Podcast!

    041: Doubt and Overwhelm Be Gone - Start That Podcast!

    12/11/2019 Duration: 07min

    Today I am answering a two-part question on having the confidence to start a podcast! The question I received was:  What would you say to someone who wants to start a podcast but doesn't really have an audience? Or someone who wants to start a podcast but we know it's not going to be perfect and they're rather stuck in the overthinking or brainstorming around the podcast but not taking the leap to put it out into the world? Tune in to hear my answers. They might (or might not) surprise you. Resources mentioned in this episode: Promoting Your Podcast Tip Sheet    

  • 040: What Are Podcast Apps and How to Listen

    040: What Are Podcast Apps and How to Listen

    11/11/2019 Duration: 13min

    Welcome to Podcast Week on the Inspired Guide. This week I am answering all of your burning podcast creation and listening questions.  Today I am answering two questions. One comes from the podcaster perspective and the other from the perspective of a potential podcast listener: First up, "What are podcast directories and do I need one?" And then, "If I’m a newbie to podcast listening, which is the best way in? I hear on the radio things like, 'Listen to us on Stitcher, SoundCloud or wherever you get your podcasts.' Is one better than the others?" For podcasters: My answers include the difference between podcast directories and podcast apps. As well as, which podcast apps podcasters should be submitting their show.  For podcast listeners: I share my thoughts on the best way to start listening to podcasts, which apps to use and more. If you are ready to start listening to podcasts or want to educate your listeners on how to find your show - tune in!  Resources from this episode: What Every Podcast Should Have

  • 039: Self-Compassion and Confidence with Jackie Gartman

    039: Self-Compassion and Confidence with Jackie Gartman

    10/11/2019 Duration: 56min

    In this episode we are talking with Master Certified Confidence Coach, Jackie Gartman.  We cover perfectionism, confidence vs. competence, and teaching our children self-compassion through the example we set. We also discussed: Calming the negative voices in our head (lizard brain) Self-promotion as women business owners Jackie's Confidence Quiz Join us as Jackie shares her tips and strategies for blocking limiting beliefs and boosting our personal and professional confidence.  Want to learn more?  You can find Jackie on her website.

  • 038: The Interrupter

    038: The Interrupter

    09/11/2019 Duration: 01min

    Today's episode was inspired by one of my clients who will post jokes or other content meant to interrupt the status quo. Usually these interrupters are funny in nature. In fact, oftentimes, they are a bad joke meant to put a smile on your face. She's a communication and public speaking coach - so you can also think of them as a great ice breaker or nerve buster. So in my homage to my client, I bring to my my best kept secret. And this one, friends, is all in the delivery. Did I nail it or should I keep practicing (I suspect the latter)? Happy weekend!  Resources from this episode: SpeakWells on Instagram

  • 037: 30 Day Challenge Check-in + Whats to Come

    037: 30 Day Challenge Check-in + What's to Come

    09/11/2019 Duration: 05min

    Today I have a little check-in about the first week of my 30 Day podcast episode challenge. And then I share what the upcoming weeks' themes are going to be. Tune in to find out what you can expect from The Inspired Guide podcast over the next 3 weeks.   

  • 036: My Self-Care Practice - Running!

    036: My Self-Care Practice - Running!

    06/11/2019 Duration: 09min

    Today I answer the question, "How did I get started with running and races? And how has it impacted my life."  

  • 035: Four Benefits of Podcasting, Plus Who Should Start a Podcast

    035: Four Benefits of Podcasting, Plus Who Should Start a Podcast

    05/11/2019 Duration: 06min

    Are you looking to start a podcast or wondering what the benefits of starting one happen to be? In today's episode I share four benefits f podcasting, plus who should start a podcast. You'll hear me talk about versatility of consumption, creating connection, establishing expertise and more.  And, yep, I'll be back again tomorrow with another episode of The Inspired Guide. Until then, stay inspired!

  • 034: Are You Living Your Dream?

    034: Are You Living Your Dream?

    04/11/2019 Duration: 11min

    Today I answer the question, "What would you be doing if you weren't a podcast producer, consultant, and writer?" I also share a story of how one of my besties decided to follow her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher, 25 years after graduating high school. Plus, I turn the tables and ask you to ponder this question, "Are YOU living your dream?"  Resources from this episode: Jeremiah and the Big Bright Orb Lab TechnologistChild Life Specialist

  • 033: What Inspired Me To Start Podcasting

    033: What Inspired Me To Start Podcasting

    03/11/2019 Duration: 08min

    In this episode I talk about inspired action as the underlying theme for the month long roll out of episodes. Plus, I share what inspired me to start podcasting (waaay back in May 2008).  Resources from this episode: The original home of my first podcast (FYI: the links to audio are all dead now - but stay tuned for future episodes of The Inspired Guide, as I will be sharing them as part of a special Legacy Series). 

  • 032: Lets Get Reacquainted!

    032: Let's Get Reacquainted!

    02/11/2019 Duration: 13min

    Another day, another episode to share in my month long challenge of posting one new podcast episode a day. Since it's been a minute since I last produced a podcast episode, I thought this episode would be a good one to get reacquainted. My client, Andrea over at, sent me a bunch of questions that I thought lent themselves nicely to an AMA style episode.  Today, you'll hear me answer questions like: What is your favorite holiday?  Are you afraid of clowns?  What is your favorite podcast? And, you'll finally get the answer to the burning question, "Do you wash your body first or your hair first when you shower?" This episode is a mixed bag of all things Darlene. Buckle up and enjoy!