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The People Teaching People Podcast is the place to talk about all things teaching and learning. Hosted by educator, course development consultant, lifelong learner, and mom of three, Tiana Fech, this podcast will dive into how education truly plays an important and integral role in all facets of our lives - how we work, do business, live, play, explore, and build relationships. Get curious and be inspired by personal reflections and conversations about the who, what, when, where, why, and how of teaching and learning in a world where there is always more to discover.



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The People Teaching People Podcast Tiana Fech

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The People Teaching People Podcast is the place to talk about all things teaching and learning. Hosted by educator, course development consultant, lifelong learner, and mom of three, Tiana Fech, this podcast will dive into how education truly plays an important and integral role in all facets of our lives - how we work, do business, live, play, explore, and build relationships. Get curious and be inspired by personal reflections and conversations about the who, what, when, where, why, and how of teaching and learning in a world where there is always more to discover.



Website: https://tianafech.com

​​LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tianafech/

Instagram: @tianafech https://www.instagram.com/tianafech/

Facebook: @tianafech https://www.facebook.com/tianafech

    037: Diverse Perspectives in Audio Storytelling with Meg Wilcox

    037: Diverse Perspectives in Audio Storytelling with Meg Wilcox

    In this episode of The People Teaching People Podcast, we are joined by Meg Wilcox. 

    Meg loves a great story. Her earliest audio memories are from when she was only 4 or 5 years old, listening to CBC Radio in her dad's art studio. While he painted big sweeping landscapes, she would divide her page into frames to make her own comic strip-like stories -- one frame just wasn't enough!

    In hindsight, it probably isn't too surprising that Meg ended up a journalist. She spent many years travelling the country as a radio host, producer and reporter with the CBC, CKUA, and the Banff Centre. Now, she teaches audio storytelling, podcasting, and media freelance in the Journalism and Digital Media program at Mount Royal University in Calgary. She is also co-director of the Community Podcast Initiative -- a place to encourage and explore storytelling and community connection while amplifying and supporting voices that are under-represented and misrepresented in traditional media.

    Meg is an award-winning podcaster, and in 2020 she was one of Avenue Magazine's Top 40 under 40. Her first book is called The New Journalist's Guide to Freelancing, and it's out now via Broadview Press.

     

    Listen in as we talk about:

    3:51 Meg’s journey in becoming a journalist

    8:49 Key learning experiences as a journalist

    11:05 The importance of being curious

    14:17 Creating a safe space for learning

    15:54 Developing and teaching a podcasting course

    21:19 Meg’s PhD studies with the University of Glasgow

    26:22 Meg’s collaboration with Inside Out Theatre

    29:44 The role of podcasting in education now and in the future

    38:17 Indigenous voices, knowledge, and expertise in podcasting 

    46:10 The Community Podcast Initiative

    49:42 Meg’s book: The New Journalist’s Guide to Freelancing

    55:28 Meg’s words of wisdom 

     

    Connect with Meg:



    Websites: 



    Meg Wilcox: http://www.megwilcox.com/

    The Community Podcast Initiative: https://thepodcaststudio.ca/





    Instagram:



    @meghw

    @communitypodyyc





    Twitter: @meghw

    Book: The New Journalist’s Guide to Freelancing: Building Your Career in the New Media Landscape 

    Podcast: Community Podcast Initiative (CPI) Podcast



     

    Connect with Tiana:



    Website: https://tianafech.com

    LinkedIn: Tiana Fech

    Instagram: @tianafech 

    Facebook: @tianafech 

    Book: Online Course Creation 101: A step-by-step guide to creating your first online course 



    Today’s episode is produced by VOLT Productions, a full-service podcast production agency helping creators and entrepreneurs launch, grow and monetize their shows. You can learn more about the agency’s founder Simona, their work and their team by going to www.voltproductions.co. 

     

    KEY LEARNING EXPERIENCES AS A JOURNALIST

    “Journalists have to be curious. Without curiosity and wanting to look at things from other people’s points of view, you can’t translate that to an audience.”

    Meg emphasizes the paramount importance of expertise, facts, and context within the realms of journalism, particularly in an era burgeoning with misinformation and disinformation. She highlights the shift in journalism towards acknowledging not just academic experts but also individuals with lived experiences, underlining the richness this diversity brings to understanding stories. Engaging with a broad spectrum of experts, Meg underscores the continuous learning and enriching encounters that journalism facilitates as well as the expertise required in crafting informed narratives.

    Furthermore, Meg reflects on the unique allure of live radio broadcasts, stressing the irreplaceable experience of real-time conversations and the organic, compelling nature of such interactions. She underscores the significance of collaboration and the human element i...

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    036: Empowering and Connecting the Podcast Community with Tim Truax

    036: Empowering and Connecting the Podcast Community with Tim Truax

    In this episode of The People Teaching People Podcast, we are joined by Tim Truax, a geologist and CEO of PodSummit, a Canadian company focusing on podcast events. 

    Tim discusses the inception of PodSummit and its aim to bring together the Canadian podcast community for collaboration and learning. The podcast touches on the importance of curiosity, continuous learning, and balancing various life roles, including being a parent, professional, and entrepreneur. Tim highlights the significance of storytelling in podcasting, his listening habits, and the mentors who've influenced his journey.

    Tim is a career Geologist and has been working in the oil & gas industry for over 15 years. He is a family man with a wonderfully supportive wife and two beautiful kids. As part of a journey to get more out of his passion for podcasting, Tim recently became the CEO at PodSummit, a new Canadian company that is focused on delivering unparalleled podcast events in Canada. PodSummit will launch their first event on September 20-21, 2024 with PodSummit YYC, hosted in Calgary, Alberta. This event will bring together the entire Canadian podcast community & industry to celebrate the art of storytelling and to create a collaborative focal point where podcast communities and industry can come together to exchange ideas, interact, and learn from one another.

     

    Listen in as we talk about:

    03:13 Tim’s journey in becoming a geologist

    07:48 Tim’s podcast: The Nerd Room Podcast

    11:40 The unexpected personal benefits and joys of podcasting

    17:12 The story behind PodSummit

    23:37 What to expect from the PodSummit experience

    29:17 The mindset of ‘success and learning’ versus ‘success and failure’

    31:04 The pillars of connection, collaboration, and creation

    35:46 Juggling all the hats - husband, dad, geologist, podcast host, and entrepreneur 

    40:47 Teaching and learning in podcasting

    46:17 Tim’s favorite teachers

    49:17 What Tim is most proud of 

    54:46 Tim’s words of wisdom 

     

    Connect with Tim:



    Website: https://www.podsummit.com/

    Instagram:



    @podsummit 

    @thenerdrm 





    Facebook: @PodSummit

    Podcasts: 



    The Podcast Experience

    The Nerd Room Podcast







    Connect with Tiana:



    Website: https://tianafech.com

    LinkedIn: Tiana Fech

    Instagram: @tianafech 

    Facebook: @tianafech 

    Book: Online Course Creation 101: A step-by-step guide to creating your first online course 



    Today’s episode is produced by VOLT Productions, a full-service podcast production agency helping creators and entrepreneurs launch, grow and monetize their shows. You can learn more about the agency’s founder Simona, their work and their team by going to www.voltproductions.co. 

     

    THE UNEXPECTED PERSONAL BENEFITS AND JOYS OF PODCASTING

    Tim stresses the importance of parents, especially those with young children, maintaining their personal interests and identities beyond their roles as mothers or fathers. He shares his own experience, describing how easy it is to lose oneself in the all-consuming nature of parenting, emphasizing how it led him to a period of self-discovery once his children reached a certain age. He reflects on the significance of remembering who you were before children and highlights how engaging in personal hobbies, like podcasting, has aided in rediscovering his identity beyond just being a husband and father. This rediscovery is crucial for personal fulfillment and maintaining a sense of self amidst the busyness of parental life.

    Moreover, Tim touches upon the impact of parents embracing their individual passions on their children. He discusses creating a space for his own interests, like a room filled with nostalgic collectibles, which serves as an example for his children to find and embrace what they love.

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    035: Making Music and Community Connections with Lusiana Lukman & Wanda Bussiere

    035: Making Music and Community Connections with Lusiana Lukman & Wanda Bussiere

    In this episode of The People Teaching People Podcast, we are joined by Lusiana Lukman and Wanda Bussiere, co-directors of the Classical Music Conservatory (CMC) in Toronto. They share their individual journeys in music and education, and how these paths led them to create a nurturing and supportive music community.

    Lusiana, originally from Jakarta and a third-generation teacher, delves into her early musical experiences and the establishment of CMC during her graduate studies. Wanda, transitioning from a career as a nurse in cardiology, discusses her passion for music and how it led her to partner with Lusiana in expanding the conservatory. Together, they talk about the evolution of CMC and its role in fostering a sense of community, support, and musical growth among students, parents, and teachers.

    They also reflect on the challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of adaptability, and the continued significance of music as a source of healing and connection. The discussion extends to the transformative impact of music education on personal growth, confidence, and emotional well-being, coupled with their advice for aspiring musicians and educators.

    Lusiana and Wanda, both integral to the Toronto Roncesvalles neighbourhood, have cultivated a space where music education thrives alongside community spirit. Their work exemplifies the power of music to connect, teach, and inspire, reinforcing the importance of personalized teaching and community engagement in the arts.

     

    Listen in as we talk about:

    3:15 The role music has played in Lusiana and Wanda’s lives and the story of CMC

    8:55 What CMC looks like today

    12:49 The importance of music and how music enriches our lives

    19:07 Supporting each student with their personal musical learning journey

    24:27 The value of music lessons vs. learning from YouTube 

    28:38 How music has played a role in Lusiana and Wanda’s families

    32:07 Key considerations when looking for a music teacher and music lessons

    36:22 Why there isn’t one perfect age for children to start music lessons

    40:39 Lusiana and Wanda talk about their favourite teachers

    43:37 What Lusiana and Wanda are most proud of

    46:18 Lusiana and Wanda answer some rapid-fire questions

     

    Connect with Juliane:



    Website: https://www.cmccanada.com

    Instagram: @cmccanada97

    Facebook: @cmccanada97



     

    Connect with Tiana:



    Website: https://tianafech.com

    LinkedIn: Tiana Fech

    Instagram: @tianafech 

    Facebook: @tianafech 

    Book: Online Course Creation 101: A step-by-step guide to creating your first online course 



    Today’s episode is produced by VOLT Productions, a full-service podcast production agency helping creators and entrepreneurs launch, grow and monetize their shows. You can learn more about the agency’s founder Simona, their work and their team by going to www.voltproductions.co. 

     



    HOW MUSIC ENRICHES OUR LIVES

    In discussing the profound impact of music, Wanda and Lusiana highlight the multifaceted ways in which music enriches lives. They emphasize music's intrinsic value in today's society, particularly noting its power to heal and provide solace in times of widespread anxiety and depression, such as those experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. They recall personal experiences, such as turning to the piano to navigate teenage emotions, to illustrate how music serves as a powerful outlet for expressing feelings and fostering emotional and spiritual well-being. Moreover, they stress that music acts as a universal language, transcending words and connecting individuals across various dimensions of humanity.

    Both Lusiana and Wanda delve into the educational benefits of music, pointing out its role in enhancing self-confidence, discipline, cognitive development, and memory,

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    034: Joy & Human Connection Through Music with Juliane Gallant

    034: Joy & Human Connection Through Music with Juliane Gallant

    In this episode of The People Teaching People Podcast, Juliane Gallant shares her journey from starting as a pianist to her current role as a conductor. She talks about the significance of music and the role of a conductor in an orchestra, explaining how music can unite people and provoke powerful connections. 

    She highlights her work in education and her enthusiasm for community outreach programs including interactive opera workshops and concerts. Julianne expresses her commitment to fostering equality on the podium by broadening the scope of what leadership is. She also talks about the power of being open to new opportunities.

    New Brunswick-born Juliane Gallant is the Resident Conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. She is one of two conductors chosen for the inaugural cohort of the Tapestry Opera Women in Musical Leadership Fellowship. Since relocating to Canada during the pandemic after a decade in the UK, she has appeared as a guest conductor with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, Kingston Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, and Symphony New Brunswick.

    A passionate collaborator, Juliane first trained as a pianist and vocal coach and began her conducting career in opera. She has led productions throughout the UK for a number of companies. She made her Royal Opera House conducting debut in 2021 in collaboration with Pegasus Opera. 

    A strong believer in music as a vehicle for joy and human connection, a large component of Juliane's portfolio career in the UK was in the community outreach and education sectors. She led interactive opera workshops in schools in underserved London boroughs, with communities of refugees, and with people living with physical and mental disabilities. She has also extensively worked with Lost Chord, a charity that brings live music to people living with dementia.

     

    Listen in as we talk about:

    4:32 Starting a journey in music

    7:08 Shifting from musician to conductor

    11:40 Being a conductor and resident conductor

    16:05 Challenges and observations as a female conductor

    21:00 People-centered leadership

    26:43 The profound impact of music 

    28:41 Education and community outreach as a conductor

    32:28 The current relevance of symphonic concerts

    36:16 Music's capacity to unite, move and challenge people

    40:57 Juliane’s favorite teacher and favorite learning experience

    43:33 Something that Juliane is most proud of

    45:02 Juliane answers some rapid-fire questions

     

    Connect with Juliane:



    Websites:



    https://www.julianegallant.com

    https://calgaryphil.com





    Instagram:



    @julianegallant

    @calgaryphil 





    Facebook:



    @julianegallant

    @calgaryphil 





    Twitter:



    @JulianeGallant

    @CalgaryPhil





    TikTok: @calgaryphil 

    LinkedIn: Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra 



     

    Connect with Tiana:



    Website: https://tianafech.com

    LinkedIn: Tiana Fech

    Instagram: @tianafech 

    Facebook: @tianafech 

    Book: Online Course Creation 101: A step-by-step guide to creating your first online course 



    Today’s episode is produced by VOLT Productions, a full-service podcast production agency helping creators and entrepreneurs launch, grow and monetize their shows. You can learn more about the agency’s founder Simona, their work and their team by going to www.voltproductions.co. 

     

     

    BEING A CONDUCTOR

    Juliane shares insights into the multifaceted role of a conductor, emphasizing that it extends far beyond merely keeping time or waving arms. She clarifies that her primary responsibility is ensuring that the orchestra starts together, navigating tempo variations and guiding the musicians through the emotional and dynamic nuances of the music.

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    033: Growing, Learning, and Giving with Susan and Brian Plesuk, My Parents!

    033: Growing, Learning, and Giving with Susan and Brian Plesuk, My Parents!

    In this special episode of The People Teaching People Podcast, we celebrate a significant milestone—four years of podcasting—by welcoming two extraordinary guests, my parents, Susan and Brian Plesuk.

    Initially hesitant, with my mom doubting what insight she could possibly contribute and my dad concerned about memorizing lines, they eventually agreed to be on my podcast! I am grateful to my mom and dad not only for being exceptional parents but also for being lifelong teachers of kindness, generosity, community engagement, and the importance of nurturing relationships. These qualities have made them role models and my favourite educators outside of a traditional classroom setting, even though I might not have always seen it that way, especially during my teenage years.

    My mom, a retired social worker with an impressive career dedicated to domestic violence issues and community service, and my dad, with a background in community development and public relations, have led lives focused on making a difference. My mom’s work has included various roles at the YWCA and consultancy for the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, alongside volunteering efforts that support causes like the Stephen Lewis Foundation. My dad, after a career in community development and public relations, including significant contributions to the oil and gas industry, now enjoys retirement by travelling, volunteering, and spending time with family. 

    Their stories and wisdom are not only a reflection of their professional achievements but also of their personal commitment to family and community, making them the perfect guests for my podcast's celebration of four years of storytelling and learning.

     

    Listen in as we talk about:

    [6:19] Pivotal moments and influences that led my parents to their respective careers

    [10:25] The motivation for and the impact of pursuing a university education 

    [12:02] The importance of mentorship

    [16:49] Key insights learned from parenthood and grandparenthood 

    [20:00] Core values and life lessons to pass on to children and grandchildren

    [23:53] The challenges and joys of retirement

    [29:50] Staying curious and always learning

    [32:33] My parents’ favourite teachers

    [35:14] What my parents are most proud of

    [40:35] My parents answer some rapid-fire questions

    [45:17] Words of wisdom from my mom and dad

     

    Connect with My Mom - Susan Plesuk:





    Instagram: @susanplesuk 





    Facebook: @susan.plesuk 

    LinkedIn: Susan Plesuk 





     

    Connect with Tiana:



    Website: https://tianafech.com

    LinkedIn: Tiana Fech

    Instagram: @tianafech 

    Facebook: @tianafech 

    Book: Online Course Creation 101: A step-by-step guide to creating your first online course 



     

    THEIR MOTIVATION FOR AND THE IMPACT OF PURSUING UNIVERSITY EDUCATION

    When my mom embarked on her university journey, she initially enrolled in sciences due to a late application before discovering her passion for recreation and therapeutic recreation through a high school acquaintance. This pivot was driven by her realization that higher education was crucial for her aspiration to work with people, highlighting a desire for personal and professional growth. My dad’s path to university was shaped by a divergence from family tradition. He was the first in his extended family to attend university. With his family rooted in trades like plumbing and welding, my dad lacked those skills and saw academia as his only alternative. 

     



    THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTORSHIP

    “There are people out there who can teach us things and touch our lives regardless of their age, social status or education. Being open to that is really, really important.” - Brian Plesuk

    My mom's journey into mentorship stemmed from her supervisory role within an organization dealing with domesti...

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    032: Sipping, Learning, and Writing with the Sangria Sisters

    032: Sipping, Learning, and Writing with the Sangria Sisters

    On this episode of the People Teaching People podcast, I sit down with the Sangria Sisters, Val MacLean and Lori McGillivray. 

    After following their journey for several years on social media, I recently got to meet Val and Lori in real life at a YYC Fempreneurs event in Calgary! I have always enjoyed their fun content and positive energy and admired their commitment to giving back. A memorable online interaction that I had with them was when my Instagram account got hacked and the hacker was sending messages to my followers to try and hack their accounts - there really are some terrible people in the world! Val and Lori knew that the hacker wasn’t me because the messages were curt and there were no heart emojis! 

    If there’s one word to describe the sisters, it’s fun. Val MacLean and Lori McGillivray share how life isn’t always rosé behind the white picket fence in their hilarious humour blog “Sangria Sisters.” Relatable and real, they tackle titillating topics with trucker mouth care. The Sisters use their platform to champion women and causes close to their hearts. Their goal is to spread kindness and joy every damn day. 

     

    Listen in as we talk about:

    [2:41] How the Sangria Sisters’ journey began

    [4:34] Deciding what to write about

    [6:09] Something that has surprised Val and Lori in their journeys

    [12:16] Val and Lori’s favourite blog posts

    [15:46] How has teaching and learning been a part of their blogging journey

    [20:25] Feedback from their readers

    [25:27] Advice for creators wanting to start a blog

    [29:54] What led them to co-author three books

    [37:08] The motherhood advice they would give to their past selves

    [43:42] Why giving back is so important 

    [46:51] Val and Lori’s favourite teachers

    [50:18] Val and Lori answer some rapid-fire questions

     

    Connect with the Sangria Sisters:



    Website: https://www.sangriasisters.ca

    Instagram: @sangriasistersblog

    Facebook: @SangriaSisters 

    Twitter: @sangria_sisters 

    TikTok: @sangriasistersblog 

    LinkedIn: 



    Lori McGillivray 

    Val MacLean







     

    Connect with Tiana:



    Website: https://tianafech.com

    LinkedIn: Tiana Fech

    Instagram: @tianafech 

    Facebook: @tianafech 

    Book: Online Course Creation 101: A step-by-step guide to creating your first online course 



     



    DECIDING WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT

    Val and Lori discuss their creative process for deciding what to write about. They begin with brainstorming sessions, where they throw out various ideas and refer to a list of topics they've compiled over the years. This process helps them identify subjects that resonate more strongly. When they find a topic that sparks their interest, the ideas start flowing naturally. They focus on elements like humour and entertainment, quickly developing content around the chosen theme. However, some ideas are set aside for later or may never be revisited, but this doesn't worry them.

    Lori emphasizes that in their seven years of working together, they have never run out of content or ideas. This is attributed to the relatability of their life experiences and the inspiration they draw from their audience and friends. They find that there is always something happening in their lives or around them that provides the necessary inspiration and "fodder" for their writing. This continuous influx of ideas and experiences ensures a steady stream of inspiration for their work.

     



     

    TEACHING AND LEARNING IN BLOGGING

    “Face your fears. If they hold you back, you're not learning, you're not expanding, you're not growing.”

    Lori and Val describe their blogging journey as a continuous process of teaching and learning, particularly regarding technology. They admit to not being very tech-savvy,

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Wonderful conversations!

Tiana is such an insightful conversationalist, and she brings in such an interesting array of guests! There’s always something new to learn when listening to this podcast.

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Always learning

I always learn something from Tiana and her guests that I can take forward in my work and life. I’m from Calgary and I especially appreciate being introduced to thought leaders in my community. Tiana‘a podcast is on my ‘must not miss’ list every month.

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