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RAL 03- Podcasting memoirs — Military experiences in the war

This is episode 03 of RealAcademyOfLife.com – My Military life in the war — as part of my memoirs.

In this episode, I wish to publish my experiences in my real academy of life described by podcast episodes — they can do a better job of providing the content for memoirs that really is part of the podcast of REAL ACADEMY OF LIFE, as well as syndicating it to PODCAST REPORTER.


If I take a look at my life (currently without a bucket list), I would approach this from the perspective of my funeral services. You see, Ordinarily, I would have requested 5 photos to be put on display during my upcoming funeral services:

– Photo of myself with my wife and children (myself as a family man);

– Photo of myself in business attire (showing myself as a business man);

– Photo of myself in my charro attire (showing myself as a folklorico dancer and instructor);

– Photo of myself in my uniform in 1972 (showing myself as a military man and veteran of the war in Vietnam); and

– Photo of my wedding, with all the wedding party (showing myself surrounded by the friends and family who shared the happiest day of my life).


However, in this episode of THE REAL ACADEMY OF LIFE, we will focus on one of these eras in my life — just a part of my experiences in the military when I was a combat infantryman and paratrooper during the Vietnam War.

For the initial discussion points in my life, I would want to include a repurposed podcast episode that focused on combat and camaraderie — which is the title of the episode content that Mack Payne (podcaster with his show of VietnamVeteranNews.com) published in his show with my own thoughts of those two situations.

Then we would want to discuss how I dealt with the return from combat and assimilated myself back into THE WORLD after my tour in Vietnam.

To do this, we will first admit that I had a bad case of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) when I came back from the war). And then I had a 45-minute discussion in an interview with Mack Payne in the same podcast show (i.e., VietnamVeteranNews.com) in which we discussed my multiple ways of dealing with the PTSD situations after the war. The four main ways of my dealing with my post-war problems and complications were:

  1. Writing — both nonfiction stories and later podcast and blog content;
  2. College and graduate education (in a rather obsessive manner);
  3. Joining and participating in Veterans Service Organizations; and
  4. Podcasting and blogging.

However, I do wish to mention that there were another few minor experiences that I had while in the Army, especially when I was an instructor in the 82nd Airborne RECONDO school, as well as being a recruiter-canvasser for the 82nd Airborne Division in the West and Southeast of the USA, just before my participation in the deployment of the 82nd Airborne for entering the Yom Kippur war in October of 1973.

In addition, I will also discuss and describe my experiences with my treatment by the VA — the Veterans Affairs (earlier referred to as the Veterans’ Administration) — and the struggles to deal with my physical complications from the war as a disabled veteran.

However, we can deal with those in a later episode of this podcast series called THE REAL ACADEMY OF LIFE).

So, for this long episode, we will first include the 24-minute discussion of combat and camaraderie…and then follow it up with a 45-minute interview with Mack Payne about dealing with PTSD for VietnamVeternanNews.com.

I salute those veterans who fought in the infantry in the Vietnam war, and who experienced the combat and camaraderie.

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2022, Matrix Solutions Corporation and michaelandmike.com and vietnamveterannews.com and Mack Payne. All rights reserved.

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619- Podcast Guesting can help with non-fiction writers

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter show, we discuss the theme of podcast guest interviews being a great tool for the non-fiction author or writer. This is supplemented by a FREE RESOURCE from Tom Schwab, an entrepreneur who stresses the importance and the benefits of being a podcast guest. This resource is a FREE pdf document that is called “Non-Fiction authors can leverage Podcast Guesting.”

And you can go to the web site for Tom at InterviewValet.com to learn more about his training and free resources (and get yourself a copy of his PDF via download).


Now, I myself was a non-fiction author. It started back in 1974, and it has even today helped me in podcasting. I was a guest interviewee on a podcast show called VietnamVeteranNews.Com, where the host, Mack Payne, interviewed me about my situations in dealing with PTSD after returning from Vietnam as a combat infantryman (episode 2245 of the podcast show VietnamVeteranNews.com .) You can see the image, below, of the podcast episode and a photo of Mack Payne for that episode in which I was a guest interviewee. And so, even with decades separating the topic and the theme from the present day, the podcast guesting still helps to promote my podcast show and my following from the veterans who listen to that show.


As for Tom Schwab, he delivers some helpful hints on how to succeed with podcast guesting, if indeed you are an author or writer who creates and/or publishes works in the non-fiction genre.

This free PDF resource goes into the following details for the writer or author who may specialize in non-fiction:

  1. Reach An Engaged, Relevant Audience
  2. Some Reasons Non-Fiction Authors Should Go On Podcast Interviews
  3. Connect with Influencers
  4. Generate Real Leads
  5. Establish Authority As A Subject Matter Expert
  6. Generate Website Traffic
  7. Build SEO Value With Backlinks
  8. Increase Brand Trust Quickly
  9. Talking > Writing For Building Connections
  10. Repurpose Into Multi-Use Content, and
  11. Extend Your Reach

And Tom then spends time in the details of how you can leverage Podcast Guesting in this situation for your own purposes:

01 Drive Preorders
02 Launch a Consultancy Business
03 Book Tour Without The Travel
04 Promote Your Academic Work
05 Break Into New Geography
06 Launch A Powerful Brand
07 Land Paid Speaking Gigs
08 Get Translated Into Multiple Languages
09 Be The Category King/Queen
10 Get More Followers
11 Launch A Movie


Now, I have known Tom since 2014 when I did interview him as a guest on my podcast shows to understand why he would want to succeed in his business WITHOUT starting a podcast, but rather be a guest on different shows.

I strongly recommend that you download this free pdf and evaluate the situation where you can leverage being a guest on a podcast and how this can be a major benefit to you and your audience. And also, I would recommend that you scan his site for other resources and training materials that may enhance your situation either as a guest or a podcast host in the near future and drive your business to success.

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2022, Matrix Solutions Corporation and michaelandmike.com. All rights reserved.

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611- BONUS episode — Vietnam Veterans Podcast interview 2022

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter, we deliver to you the interview that was published on 8 February 2022 by Mack Payne in his podcast show, VietnamVeteranNews.com.


Here is the audio player for the entire unedited podcast episode which contains the audio interview with Mack Payne posted on 8 February 2022 from VietnamVeteranNews.com: (it follows the web site image)

and here is the 44 minutes of audio in the interview with Mack Payne from his show:


So, in this episode, we deliver the interview which we talked about in episode 566 of this show, Podcast Reporter. We also deliver this audio interview for a bonus episode in the podcast show being created called The Real Academy of Life.

Hope you enjoy this, as it was a very stressful struggle for me to give an account of my experiences in Vietnam with another Vietnam veteran.

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2022, Matrix Solutions Corporation and michaelandmike.com and Mack Payne of VietnamVeteranNews.com. All rights reserved.

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566- True history stories in Podcasting — content with flashbacks

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter, we discuss one type of content for podcasters (especially senior or older podcasters) — that is, the stories of historical value and truth that we remember and are faced with daily from our own past, and which may cause flashbacks (and sometimes bring on an episode of PTSD).

 

I am referring to a photo that was taken over 50 years ago, while I was a combat infantrymen in the jungles of Vietnam during the war. This was a photo of which I clearly remembered the situation once I had seen it in a summer, 2021, issue of Vietnam Veterans of America magazine.

That’s right…the photo is of yours truly on a patrol in the mountains and jungles of Vietnam over 50 years ago. The articles surrounding this photo tells the story of 3 combat troops who were killed in action during that time. The photo below is the reminder for the story.

US troops of the 23rd (Americal) Infantry Division ford a river about 11 miles west of Chu Lai in South Vietnam (then the Republic of Vietnam, or RVN), 15th August 1971. The GIs, members of Bravo Company, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry, are among the last U. S. combat troops still operating in the field. US B-52 aircraft bombed suspected communist troop concentrations near the demilitarized zone, on August 15th, following more shelling and ground assaults earlier on August 15th. More than 750 rounds of mortar and artillery fire have been directed at South Vietnamese outposts along the demilitarized zone August 14-15th.

The reason that this story is important for this podcast show is that memories like this can cause us to try to create and send a message out to willing audiences in the form of podcast shows and episodes.

Such was my case when, in 2008, I created a podcast show called the Combat Infantrymen’s podcast. It was going strong in 2017, when I had to podfade the show, due to health complications that I was suffering, as well as operations and hospitalization (mainly from complications due to Agent Orange exposure). In looking back (without going to my saved archives), I think I must have had between over 50 to 100 episodes in that show.

The creation of the podcast show and its episodes allowed me to send my message out to fellow combat infantrymen — not only during the Vietnam War, but also from WWII and Korea, etc. It also allowed me to purge some of the PTSD demons that haunted me, and it did give me (at times) some form of closure during the years of creating, producing, posting and publishing my podcast show. Also, I had grown closer to many brothers of mine who served in the War (many of whom were in the same Division and unit in which I was in), especially when I promoted the association that I was publishing this podcast show for. This was for the Combat Infantrymen’s Association — not only for the soldiers who fought in the war, but for their families and the relatives of those who did not make it home. We honored them.

For the Association was the main conduit of my stories, my interviews, my history and my content for all the episodes that I had published.

So, sometimes your own past history and stories can create good content for a welcomed audience that would appreciate your show and be appreciative of the content and the closure that you can provide, depending upon the stories.

So, from the stories that I had told about World War II paratroopers who earned the CIB (combat infantryman’s badge) when it was first issued in 1943 — and especially one paratrooper (D. G. Harris, RIP) who crossed the Waal River at the Nijmegen bridge in Holland during Operation Market Garden, as well as make 2 more combat jumps in Salerno and Sicily — to the tales of combat veterans during the Vietnam War, this podcast show delivered a unique VALUE to those veterans who consumed podcasts. However, today, there are several Vietnam Veteran podcast shows, including the Vietnam Veteran News with Mack Payne. Now, although Mack delivers a consistent stream of episodes, I tried to reach out to him to provide him with great stories from a combat infantrymen of myself in the 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)… — all I wanted to do was to thank him for his show and respect to Vietnam Veterans and offer him some free content of interviews that I had done….

So, from this podcaster, I wish to tell you podcasters that some of the stories and history that you may have in your life may be great content to provide value to some of the audiences that you may not even realize may be hungry for your stories and interviews.

We hope that you, also, can find a way to get your own personal stories (when it makes sense to do so and when you are mentally and psychologically ready to share them) out to your new audiences. In this way, we hope you make your podcasting careers more successful.

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2021, Matrix Solutions Corporation and michaelandmike.com and Mack Payne. Photo image licensed from getty images. All rights reserved.