About the Host – Janice Sutherland
Janice Sutherland is a native and a resident of Antigua & Barbuda. When podcasting isn’t on her mind, she’s an Executive and Leadership Development Coach. Her passion for podcasting is to network as a means to share the leadership and business success stories fo Caribbean women.
About the Show
The This Woman Can (TWC) Podcast drops an episode every Friday (when not on a break).
Why did you choose this name, what’s the significance?
There are no limitations as to who or what a woman can be. We don’t need to wait to be empowered when we already have the power –– our self belief.
What is the show about?
This show is about interviews with both Caribbean and Diaspora women who share their career and leadership journeys –– personal and career development advice.
Why did you choose this topic and format?
It’s a great way to demonstrate that we’re not unique in our individual experiences. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel when we can learn from others who have faced similar scenarios/challenges.
What has been the reception since you’ve launched the show?
I’ve been podcasting since 2017 and have recorded almost 200 episode. Listener numbers continue to increase, so I guess I’m doing something right.
Now that you’ve launched your show, what are you hoping to accomplish?
My goal is that whoever listens to an episode, finds one takeaway that resonates and makes a difference to their mindset.
Who is your dream guest for the podcast?
Mia Amor Mottley – Prime Minister of Barbados
What’s one tip you learned before you started podcasting that was really helpful?
What’s one thing you wish you knew before starting your podcast –– one resource you wish you had before launching?
How time consuming it would be to consistently attract guests that would be of interest to my audience. Hence the decision to adopt an alternate weekly interview-solo structure.
What’s one thing you’ve learned about yourself or your audience since you started?
I’ve learned that I’m a woman whisperer –– I relax my interviewees so much that they tell me more than they planned lol!
Describe your experience podcasting. What resources are available?
I try to keep it simple –– laptop, mic, audacity and podbean. An editor might be useful, but I find that I discover so much more re-listening to an interview when I self edit. I often take the title of each episode from something that was said by the interviewee.
What impact has podcasting had on your personal brand or business?
It has granted me more awareness of my brand and solidifying my expertise as a woman’s leadership expert.
What has influenced you the most to start a podcast?
When I started, there were fewer women who looked like me in my career, and I wanted to show other women what could be achieved irrespective of your background.
What’s the first podcast you ever listened to?
Wow, that’s a toughie, but I started off with audiobooks many years ago which led onto podcasts.
Other than your show, what are some of your favorite podcasts?
It varies on my mood and what I’m doing:
- The Breakfast Club – on my morning walk
- Epic Gardening and others – when I’m gardening –– duh!
- Bossed Up/Classy Career Girl/Woman’s Hour/BizChix
- Stuff You Missed In History – I’d love there to be more Caribbean historical content
What do you enjoy most about podcasting?
Speaking with so many inspiring Caribbean women –– every so often you come across one that you know will achieve greatness and it’s fabulous to be a part of their journey. I’ve made some real friendships and have had the opportunity to meet some of the women when I’ve been in their region.
What do you enjoy least about podcasting?
Having to be camera ready now that I have the YouTube channel –– somedays I’m inspired by a topic and just want to talk about it spontaneously.
What advice would you give to other Aspiring Podcasters in the region or generally?
Just be you –– authenticity wins every time. Be genuinely passionate about your topic –– it shows each time you hit the mic. Don’t worry about the numbers –– this is long form content, not social media – be consistent and your numbers will rise.
What is the one thing from Caribbean Culture that you cannot do without?
The food –– hands down, there are similarities but differences in the dishes across the islands, but the main thing is we know how to season food!
Share a Fun Fact about Yourself
I once won a trip to Jamaica for my knowledge of New Jack Swing on a BBC TV show (Millennials and younger look up to New Jack Swing lol)
Where do you see yourself in the next 3 – 6 months?
Increasing the speed of TWC –– it’s now more than a podcast –– it had grown into the This Woman Can online community –– a place where women can share their challenges and gain support. Also diversifying the topics to highlight women in traditionally male dominated arenas.
Where can the listeners find you? Website, contact info, social media etc.
Join the This Woman Can Community