We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiara Burns and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiara, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
As the pandemic altered the way we work and how our life flows, so has my work life balance changed drastically. Before lockdown, balancing work with my life involved hobbies that include being around people as well as travel. However, the coronavirus pandemic has positioned me to work differently and to move about my life with a new cadence. Today I incorporate balance and breaks into my every day life. The most effective method I have been using lately is the Pomodoro technique. Essentially, I work 25 minutes then follow with 5 minute breaks. The brakes allow my brain to relax. My five minute breaks or sometimes feel with snacks or browsing social media or meditation. I’ve been worked out in five minutes!
When my business day is over, I am ready to relax and spend time (often virtually or by phone) with my most cherished ones.
The pandemic has allowed me to fully engage in meditation and grounding activities such as planting or being in nature. Before, I so my work and studies as marathon sessions. And as I have been taught to do so, my time and existence was a commodity that had to be paid for in the value of costs in production. Today, I am focusing on being present in my work and being present with my body and relationships. No portion of my life is ignored nor neglected. Just balanced out.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I began with one podcast last year and through data that I collected from my episodes I felt there were some topics that were deserving of longform attention. New podcast names and topics continue to flow into my thoughts. Instead of continuing to seek a seat at someone else’s table, I have set to build my own table and invite others to dine. While attending the podcast movement conference, share of ear was born. Share of ear is a measurement that measures how people listen to audio content. Women have become the third largest growing group of listeners of audio. With the podcast Industry growing rapidly and the space feeling very crowded, I feel it is time to claim a share of ear for authentic, unique, and relatable storytelling. The voices of women are important and should be heard in a way that is unique. Apart from other networks, we focus on marginal voices and unique experiences. We know that current topics are important however, we aim to create podcast that are relevant at any time, past present or future I think that would keeps our listeners coming back to our podcast is the consistency and very specific shows that we have developed. .
During this time, I have been seeking a full-time role in the podcasting industry. Which is even more competitive than podcasting. The immediate hurdles that I countered was simply numbers. I’ve had challenges in consistently and perfectionism. Winston Churchill has said “Perfectionism is the enemy of progress”. Instead of aiming for perfection I have aim to move forward and progressing. I may not get it right the first time but I get it done. Not being perfect has show me humility and made me grateful for correction.
I am most proud that my podcasts are consistently heard in 20 countries. This information has allowed me to be considerate in the topics that I bring to the heirs of my listeners. I have also been able to bring on an intern and I’m looking for more people who are wanting to start a podcast or join a network.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many great places in Dallas. If I were giving someone a full list of things to see in Dallas, I would include the Dallas Museum of art, Klyde Warren Park, Tejas for Cocktails, Cedar Ridge Preserve for Nature, Pressed Roots for a Great Blowout, CakeBar for incredible cakes, Has of Vintage Dallas for unique fashion finds, Bam’s Vegan for good vegan food and White Rock Lake for paddle boarding.
Honestly I could go on for days about the great things to see in Dallas. The truth is, this wonderful city is expanding rapidly and has a promising future. There is truly something here for everyone.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have been podcasting for years. However, since I’ve brought on my content specialist, my podcast has been taken to another level. She is patient with me and understands my sometimes cryptic directions. I am Meyer her dedication to the constant in the message that we try to convey. I’m so proud of the work that we do together. Her name is Althalia Branch. Social media can be an intimidating field for an introvert who is also creative. Having someone to balance and encourage me has been so important in my work.
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