want to discuss your work question on an Ask a Manager podcast?

I’m looking for questions to feature on a new Ask a Manager podcast.

If you have a question that you’d like to discuss with me on the podcast — meaning we’d be able to have some back and forth as opposed to the straight Q&A of the format here — please send it to me at podcast@askamanager.org.

Some notes:

  • I’m going to pick questions in the next few days, so please send your question in soon if you want it to be considered for the first batch of shows.
  • If you submitted a question to me for the website in the past and I haven’t answered it, feel free to resubmit it for the podcast. (That includes even very recently-submitted questions.)
  • If I don’t use your question on the podcast, I may use it for the blog — so if you’re only interested in being on the podcast, please note that in your email.

Thank you!

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  1. AmyKins*

    Fortunately I have no current need to ask a question, but OMG AM I EXCITED FOR THIS PODCAST. I want to subscribe, like, yesterday.

    1. CJ Record*

      I actually saw the title of the post and was reaching for my podcast app to subscribe! I’m right there with you, waiting in anticipation!

    1. Ask a Manager* Post author

      No names, like always, but it’s up to you if you want to do something to disguise your voice. I think the podcast audience will be significantly smaller than the blog audience, so I think the chances of your voice being recognized are fairly low, but that is up to you!

  2. Tea Time*

    I’m SO glad you are doing a podcast!! I love your segments on Marketplace Weekend. Can’t wait to listen!

  3. Christmas Carol*

    Dear Alison,

    Today I was on my cell phone in the Ladies Room recording a question with the Ask A Manager podcast. My GrandBoss came in and insisted on using the facilities for the purpose for which they were intended, making many un-tasteful noises in the process. How Rude! She even flushed! I just know that podcast listeners now associate my distinctive voice with toilet sounds, ruining my business reputation forever. Can’t I report her to HR for creating a hostile environment? How can I get her fired, and force the company into promoting me into her job as recompense for this abuse. I solemnly promise that if I am given this position of authority, I will terminate the guy in accounting who disallows extra guacamole on travel expense reports

  4. Beep*

    Not so much a question, but a concept – How to see through the bullshit of job postings and career events.

    Watching my friends job search after college was painful, and made me realize how naive I had been when going through the same thing. Just little things like –

    1. If they are posting job listings in cities other than your own, make sure the salary is livable in the city.
    (In OKC $30k can get you A LOT, in San Francisco you will live in a box)

    2. Similar to number one, I heard a nationwide insurance company tell a class of students “One of our sales reps made 60K her very first year!!” but wouldn’t say where this person was from and if that was even livable in their city

    3. READ THE CONTRACTS a company may have you sign – friend went to work for commission at a company – left after six months – then received an invoice from the company for several thousand dollars for “use of cubicle space, break room materials, phone use”

    4. Pros and Cons of commissioned based sales. (I saw so many people try and fail, because they really did not get that there was no other salary, and you may or may not even be paid for the 8 weeks of training they make you go through in order to sell the product.

    In short, schools do not prepare young people for corporate world. Yeah, they will teach you how to do a resume and cover letter, and practice you interview skills, but they don’t teach students how to read between the lines of what a company is telling them. Or they don’t understand that job listings are basically marketing tools – there to make the job sound like once in a lifetime.

    1. SL #2*

      I lived in SF on $33k for 7 months. It was tough, but I wouldn’t have been able to do it if I wasn’t only paying $800 a month for my own room and living with a bunch of college freshmen near SF State (I kid you not).

    1. Snark*

      I’m flattered by the suggestion and I’d totally do it, but there’s a few others probably way better than me.

  5. Bob*

    This is exciting as I’m not aware of any really good HR or manager-related podcasts. There are specific industry-related podcasts but nothing for the general workplace (that I’m aware of). AAM has been solid in her Marketplace segments so I’m sure the podcast will be great too.

    1. Ask a Manager* Post author

      It’ll be available through iTunes in the Apple Store, Google Play, and beyond that I’m not 100% sure yet. But I will have many more details once it’s further along!

    2. Anonymous Educator*

      It will be available everywhere. Podcasts are basically just MP3 files that are catalogued in XML files (text files formatted a particular way). Once published, the XML feed can be read by anything that can read XML feeds (i.e., every podcasting app).

      1. Snark*

        Yep. When people say their podcast is on iTunes, Stitcher, and whatever, generally that just means that app or service has their podcast available in search, but every podcast app lets you manually add a URL for any podcast, even if it’s not catalogued by their search function.

  6. Candi*

    Definitely going to try and pop in.

    Maybe Alison could open with a a classic? Dark magic, Hanukkah balls, and Wakeen all have their appeal. Just a suggestion. :)

  7. Steve Lacey*

    Oh, I am *so* in for an AAM podcast! Partly because I’d like to hear the inevitable ‘WTF’ tone in Alison’s voice at some of the more astonishing stuff, partly because I’d love to experience some of these situations in the form of a discussion/interview/back-and-forth that the blog doesn’t easily facilitate.

  8. Catabodua*

    I have a question but I know I’ll sound like a horrible person asking. Will you be kind to us not nice people in your responses? :)

      1. Catabodua*

        Good to know!

        And, actually, a more practical question – how much detail do you want emailed to you in advance? A similar level to what you’d normally get? Or an outline that allows you to suss out more information during the conversation?

        1. Ask a Manager* Post author

          Similar to what you’d normally send is ideal. Gives me a better sense of how much there will be to talk about and what direction we might go in. (I’ve had a few people send in two-sentence questions and those are really hard to select for this because there’s not much info.)

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