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About-ish 3: About Dr. Z, Zachary Brooks, Phase 1 of Dr. Z

Dr. Z Zachary S Brooks

Who is Dr. Z, Zachary Brooks? In episode 3 of About-ish, I share what I have learned about running a podcast.



About-ish 3: About Dr. Z, Zachary Brooks, Phase 1 of Dr. Z

Every storm starts with one single, solitary drop. And so too did launching “Dr. Z Podcasts.” Throughout September and October 2018, I had been living in Cholula then Puebla, Mexico. I began formally writing my “6A” book that I had been informally working on, grousing about, and scribbling notes to wit. I also began another blog (somewhere in development) but creating “Dr. Z Podcasts” was not on my mind. What was on my mind was how to create and executive five days and 6 presentations worth of content for a series of presentations at UPAEP.

While negotiating with the language department on the details of the weeklong presentation, at some point I was asked to record my presentations. I don’t recall who said it or in which context. Working round the clock to finish the six presentations, thinking about the recording of the presentations slipped my mind so I simply clicked the red record button my iPhone when I began my first presentation.

After the presentation, I was happily surprised that I could hear myself clearly and the reactions to my presentation but I really couldn’t hear the questions about my presentation from the 40-person audience. When the week was finished, I thought it would be good to share the content from the week so I decided to begin re-recording and re-rendering the content for a new blog. I typed in combinations of “Dr. Z” in a whois lookup  and registered my name.

The audio captures in about 10 minutes Phase 1 of Dr. Z Podcasts, the first three months of this adventure/business/passion. What I can share is that doing your “own thing,” whatever that is can take time (I don’t say it’s a lot of “work”) and one of the reasons it can take so much time is that there are overlapping swirls of learning that take place. I must have changed processes 20 – 30 times during this first three months with all the phases of creating a podcast. Iterating is my favorite word when creating anything, in this case something new. And through multiple iterations, I have learned for me what the four main processes of creating a podcast, each with its own multitude of subprocesses.

  1. Talent recruitment, idea creation, talent Research, idea development
  2. Interview, recording
  3. Editing
  4. Creating posts for social media marketing

Now that I’m about to pass the 5,000 visitors threshold with around 50 unique podcasts (more than 100 episodes as I split longer podcasts into parts), I’m entering Phase 2 that include a deeper thought process and a more personal touch in the way I build this business: Dr. Z Podcasts. My current Phase 2 list includes over 20 times. Some of the items include “summarize phase 1,” “create preview videos,” “create graphics for 6As,” and start thinking of each of programs in terms of seasons. This last part is a very important organizing principle as it puts some sanity into the work as does creating a calendar for upcoming episodes. Whereas in Phase 1, I worked in multiple directions at once, now I wake up, look at my projects scheduled in four weeks and I work on those. As the creator, I’ve made myself an employee with defined roles and tasks. As the founder, I understand how task one relates to task 100.

And that’s how I see the development of podcasts. there about 100 processes, each of which are painfully easy to execute. However, when you put each process end-to-end, the painfully easy processes start to look like a snake coil in which the end of each process doesn’t appear to lead straight to the next process. Rather, each the end of each straight process leads to a curve. I have to learn to become a race care driver.

Here’s an example of the curve at the end of a process. While creating each podcast, I stitch sponsor’s copy into each track but then I have to jump to SEO-thinking to ensure that my production and marketing are aligned and fused: ProdMarketing.

I hope you enjoy the audio and I hope you enjoy Dr. Z Podcast shows as much as I love creating them.

As always, Happy Deciding.

About Dr. Z

Dr. Z Zachary S Brooks
Dr. Z Zachary S Brooks

Thanks for visiting my site. My name is Zachary Brooks, the “Z” behind “Dr. Z.” Enjoy the content and please send me questions and comments. Check out podcasts on Bilingual Decision Making, Organ Oracles, People Behind the PhDs, Win or Learn, and About-ish.

*I earned a doctorate in Second Language Acquisition with concentrations in cognitive science and management from the University of Arizona.

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About-ish 1: About Dr. Z, Zachary Brooks

Who is Dr. Z, Zachary Brooks? In episode 3 of About-ish, I share what I have learned about running a podcast.

About-ish 1: About Dr. Z, Zachary Brooks

Thanks for visiting my site. Enjoy the content. Donate if you’re able. And please send me questions and comments. Check out podcasts on Bilingual Decision Making, Organ Oracles, People Behind the PhDs, Win or Learn, and About-ish.

About-ish …1

Hello Hello This is Dr. Z of Dr. Z’s podcasts and I thought since I’m doing a podcast, I might as well make an “about” section with a Podcast.

I call it “About-ish” in which I will share a few things about me to the 747 visitors to from 34 countries … as of December 2018.

Let’s start with the name …

A picture of a man in a white dress shirt. The picture is cut off. You can see the arm of a man around Dr. Z's shoulder but you can't see the man.

This is a picture of Dr. Z.

Dr. Z

I am a doctor, but not a medical doctor

I earned an academic doctorate, or PhD, hence Dr. + my first name = Dr. Z

My first name is Zach or Zachary comes from the Bible which means “to remember” and it is the name of a prophet in the Bible, Zechariah, and according to Wikipedia Zechariah was a person in the Hebrew Bible and traditionally considered the author of the Book of Zechariah, the eleventh of the Twelve Minor Prophets. In other words, he was second to last.

Painting of "Zechariah".
Painting of “Zechariah”.

But Zachary also has an origin in Greek. Záchari means sugar. Think saccharine then say Zach.

Hear the relation?

A picture of sugar
záchari (sugar)

Anyway …

What’s a PhD?

It means Doctor of Philosophy which sounds pretty cool.

Who doesn’t like to think about fundamental problems such as existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language?

Just open Instagram and you’ll find people posting photos with taglines about their life or why their life is a certain way, why other people behave the way they do, love, broken hearts …

The top ten hashtags on Instagram are

#love #instagood #photooftheday #fashion #beautiful #happy #cute #tbt (Throw Back Thursday)

Apologies for the social media digression … back to PhD …

Why don’t we use D.P. or D.o.P. as in dope, like idiot, or dope like rad?

One could argue that every PhD is a little idiotic and a little rad.

If it means Doctor of Philosophy, why can’t doctors get the correct acronym? They are called doctors after all and they can’t even get their title correct?

Well as many things in life, the PhD acronym comes from Latin.

Those Romans are still influencing us. I mean they gave us laws, language, aqueducts, and ideas for movies …

In Latin, it’s Philosophiae Doctor so they took the first two letters of Philosophiae and added the first letter of Doctor to get PhD.

But let’s set aside the doctor of philosophy talk for a second because, I’ve conceived the Dr. Z Podcasts to cover a range of issues which I summarize as the 6As.


What about Athletics?

We will talk about that. It’s one of my favorite topics especially in the Organ Oracles series that covers inspirational stories of people who have had organ transplants and their athletic achievements since their transplant.

What about Adventure?

We will talk about that, too in the Win or Learn program.  Not accomplishing goals is a big part of life which creates opportunities for learning. In Win or Learn, we interview the people given an opportunity to learn after not achieving a goal.

What about Academics?

Obviously, I love learning and just as importantly I love to share what I learn. In People Behind the PhDs, I interview people with PhDs about how they got into their field because their answers may surprise you.

What about Art?

As a former B-Level Hollywood actor (that’s above C, but well below A), I love all things art and the effort to try to create something in our world to make meaning out of the chaos that constantly wants to envelop us. In Social Slice, Dr. Z, that’s me, along with a special guest, Kate C., tease out the subtle truths hidden beneath the surface of social life on planet earth.

What about Advocacy?

In Anecdotes of Advocacy, I interview some of the most curious people on the planet. The people who help others and the beautiful inspiration and joy people get by looking around and asking, “How can I help?”

Finally …

I explore the Human Algorithm …

If you wonder about life and your part on it and your purpose on our rotating ball of grass, water, rock, and dirt, then these programs are for you …

If you wonder about your ability to change the world positively, don’t wonder. You can make a difference. It is a two-step process.

Take the first step. And keep walking.

Think of anyone you admire. That person is human. They looked at themselves and found a way to help the world through sport, journey, learning, creativity, and encouragement.

Their movement, their algorithm, their human algorithm changed the world for the better.

You can, too J

Thanks for checking out the first episode of About-Ish.

Check out as I upload episodes frequently.

In the meantime, Happy deciding.

Descriptions of a sign for a hotel sign that has been stripped of its lights.
The future will be amazing. The future is now. The future wasn’t what it seemed.

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