On September 8, 2014, The Simple Sophisticate podcast was launched, and since then has continued to evolve and broaden its audience and be downloaded more than 600,000 times. From the beginning, each Monday morning a new episode becomes available to listeners and continuing on Sunday January 3rd, the Au Courant Weekly will return and be available each Sunday morning as well. Two new episodes each week.
The journey of podcasting has been quite fascinating and enjoyable, and in many ways ignorance was the best gift. As I jumped in head-first, mistakes were made, adjustments have been tended to and I am certain there are more to come in the future. Since 2014 a better microphone and system have been purchased (the first episode with the new equipment can be heard here and you can see my office/studio below), and I continue to try to improve my presentation as I tend to repeat phrases for emphasis and speak too closely to the microphone (thank you for your patience). However, it has been a fascinating journey, and I am tickled that listeners, returning and new, continue to find the podcast inspiring, helpful and insightful. Ranking as high as #5 on iTunes Self-Help list when it debuted in 2014, it continues to rank very well each week.
I want to thank all of you who upon tuning in enjoyed the podcast and took the time to write a review on iTunes. The reviews make a tremendous difference in rankings and whether new listeners decide to tune in. I know I am bias, but TSLL readers and listeners continue to be some of the most loyal and involved audiences, which means a lot as I know you have busy and fulfilling lives of your own. I want to make sure you know how appreciative I am for your continued support and interest. The taking of your time means the world.
As mentioned on the last episode of 2015 (7 Reasons 2016 Will Be a Wonderful Year), this is the only week of the year (each year) that TSLL blog (top blog posts lists of 2015 will be shared this week) and podcast takes a holiday. However, I want to leave you with a requested list by many listeners of the Top 10 Episodes of All-Time on The Simple Sophisticate.
It did not go unnoticed that within the top 10 episodes, “Style” and “French-Themed” posts were quite popular, and I will take this observation with me into 2016 as I begin planning episodes for the new year. However, there were six episodes that were downloaded significantly more than the remaining episodes that while not reaching the top 10 deserve to be shared. I list them here first in the Honorable Mention category following (in reverse order) by the Top 10 Episodes of The Simple Sophisticate. Simply click on the link or image to be taken to the show notes where you will be able to listen, read or download as you welcome 2016. Thank you for tuning in! Tune in Sunday January 3rd for the first new episode of the new year!
12. 17 Habits to Become More Charismatic
Top 10 Episodes