The Story of the GDA Podcast

Gail Davis, 02 May 2017

In the 18 years since the founding of GDA Speakers, one of the many benefits of the speaking industry I've come to appreciate is the constant exposure to those that inspire others. Whether it be for business or personal improvement, common business phrases and buzzwords often shared are:

  • Grow or Die
  • Innovation
  • Disruption
  • Value-add
  • Culture 
  • Intentionality
  • Surround yourself with people smarter than you.


I'm lucky always to be inspired by the speakers we book and the team we've created.  Last year, my son Kyle moved back to Dallas after having spent several years working in the tech hubs of San Francisco and New York.  At one point in the fall, I was utilizing his interests to help vet new speakers.  He enjoyed the conversations and was able to provide our sales team the information they needed and that our clients require. However, he always left the conversations wishing he had recorded them so they could be shared.

As an avid podcast listener, Kyle had aided the team several times when we had a difficult speaker requests and searches. I would call him, and he would suggest speakers that he had heard on various podcasts.  Thus, the idea was born to create the GDA Podcast. GDA Podcast allows us - Kyle and me - to bring our different perspectives, interests, and experiences to create interesting conversations that showcase the best keynote speakers, thought leaders, educators, and motivators on the speaking circuit today.  

Kyle suggested we co-host and riff off of our different perspectives.  Let’s just say he is 29 and I am not! Now approaching the 50th episode, I look back and can see there have been many benefits of recording these podcast.  I have enjoyed diving into speakers content,  listening to speakers and connecting with them.  I guess you could say I'm "re-engaging."  

Also, GDA Podcast has proved to be valuable training for my entire team.  Of course, sharing this info with our clients provides added value. I also have an altruistic motive.  As a small town girl, I've pinched myself over the years at the number of people I have had the pleasure of meeting, working with, and being in their audiences.  I know many people never get the chance to be in an audience or hear these speakers. Thus I hope the GDA Podcast inspires and helps those listeners.

 For those of you new to the podcast scene, you can listen while you drive, exercise or at work through your phone or computer. There is something for everyone.  We welcome your comments and suggestions. Listen and Enjoy!

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Please listen and enjoy.