With over five hundred episodes across twenty-four seasons of Taking Control: The ADHD Podcast, it can be dizzying to figure out how to get started. That’s why we — Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright (your fair hosts) — recorded this episode. It’s for you, new listener, a brief guide that can help you get the most out of the podcast and the fantastic ADHD community that runs through everything we do. Thanks for joining us on this ride. We hope you find what you’re looking for!
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Pete Wright: Hello, everybody. And welcome to Taking Control: The ADHD Podcast on TruStory FM I’m Pete Wright, and I’m here with Nikki Kinzer.
Nikki Kinzer: Hello, everyone. Hello, Pete Wright.
Pete Wright: Oh hi, Nicki.
Nikki Kinzer: Hi.
Pete Wright: It’s great to see you here.
Nikki Kinzer: It’s great to see you here too.
Pete Wright: We’re doing something a little bit different this week and we’re doing it for new people. We decided, somewhere along the way, I think it might have been our community manager, Melissa, Discord Mom in Discord, who brought it up that we have a lot of episodes. And for new people to the podcast it might be challenging to figure out where to start. And so this episode is your map. Is that fair?
Nikki Kinzer: And a little bit about who we are too.
Pete Wright: Yeah.
Nikki Kinzer: Right, yeah.
Pete Wright: Right, right.
Nikki Kinzer: Absolutely.
Pete Wright: We’re very excited to do this show. We’re very excited to welcome all of you new listeners to the ADHD Podcast, and hopefully to our broader ADHD community. Before we get started, you can always find us over at takecontroladhd.com and get to know us a little bit better. You can listen to the show on the website, but it’s always preferable to jump into one of your favorite podcast apps and subscribe to the show, whether that’s Apple Podcasts or Spotify or Google Podcasts or Overcast or Pocket Casts. Anywhere you can find a podcast, you can probably find us. And if you can’t find us there, please let me know and I will make sure we are there.
Nikki Kinzer: That’s right. That’s right.
Pete Wright: I will put us there. Another great way to be notified about the podcast is to join our mailing list. Nikki puts together the mailing list every week and includes a link back to the podcast. Anytime a new episode is released, you’ll be notified via email. You can also connect with us via Facebook or Instagram or Pinterest @takecontrolsdhd. And if you’re new to the show and you go to Instagram it might look like we are new to Instagram, which we are.
Nikki Kinzer: We are.
Pete Wright: It’s very exciting.
Nikki Kinzer: We are so, so late to the game, but that’s okay.
Pete Wright: But it’s very exciting. It’s okay, it’s really okay. We’re learning, we’re learning. But to really connect with us, the very best place to go is to head over to the ADHD Discord community. It’s super easy to jump into the general community chat channel. You just visit takecontroladhd.com/discord and you will be whisked over to the General Invitation page, or Login if you already have a Discord account yourself. But if you’re looking for a little bit more, if you find, once you listen to some of these episodes, that you’d like to invest a little bit more in the community, particularly if you find the show touches you and helps you to understand your relationship with ADHD, you can support us over on Patreon at patreon.com/theadhdpodcast. It is our listener supported podcasting community for just a few dollars a month. You can help guarantee that we continue to grow the show to add new features, invest more heavily in the community. There are a number of different tiers over there that give you different access levels in the Discord community. We do a supplementary show called Placeholder just for our Patreons. And it’s really me talking about technology and-
Nikki Kinzer: And having lots of fun.
Pete Wright: And having lots of fun. And so there’s a lot that we have going on, so check that out. patreon.com/theadhdpodcast to learn more. All right, Nikki, where would you like to start?
Nikki Kinzer: Oh boy. Okay. Why did we decide to do a podcast in the first place? I really don’t know.
Pete Wright: I’ll tell you, it’s because I came out of broadcasting and started podcasting. And because I was in podcast mode-
Nikki Kinzer: Right.
Pete Wright: … and you and I were friends and I started helping you on some marketing stuff, every problem that I saw at that time could be fixed with a podcast.
Nikki Kinzer: Well, of course, why not? That’s right, that’s right. Well, and I do remember having the conversation of being a guest on a radio show, a weekly guest on a radio show. And you’re like, "No, no, no, no, no. We don’t want to do that. We want to do our own podcast." And at the time I had no idea what a podcast was. This was 10 years ago. Our first podcast was-
Pete Wright: More 12.
Nikki Kinzer: Yeah, 12 years ago. It was in 2012, or 2010 that we started.
Pete Wright: Yeah, I think so. Yeah, that’s when we started the very first, but it wasn’t an ADHD podcast.
Nikki Kinzer: No, it was an organizing podcast because at that point I was a professional organizer.
Pete Wright: Right.
Nikki Kinzer: And so I won’t bore you with those details because we might be here for a while.
Pete Wright: But you should know that we podcasted for a long time-
Nikki Kinzer: We did.
Pete Wright: … before we pivoted.
Nikki Kinzer: We pivoted, we pivoted to ADHD because I changed my business from being a professional organizer to being an ADHD coach. And with that big change in my business, we had to change the podcast. And so episode 163 is us talking about that change and that transition and how we came to that. So that is a good place for you to listen if you want to see, or listen or hear … What am I trying to say?
Pete Wright: Listens good.
Nikki Kinzer: Hear more. Yeah. About that transition.
Pete Wright: I think you could call that our first start-here episode.
Nikki Kinzer: Yeah, yeah.
Pete Wright: That was really where we send people. And just in terms of the mechanics of the site, if you hear us refer to an episode number, in those early days, episode 163, if you want to jump straight to a page on the website it’s organized in such a way that you can type in take controladhd.com/podcast/, and then that episode number, so 163. And you’ll jump straight to that episode. You can search for it in your podcast app of choice, or you can find it on the website if you want to jump back and look at that. Any of our episodes are numbered. We did change our number scheme to seasonal some years ago, so our season numbers now are season and episode. Right now this is season 24, episode 16, so 2416. And that helps us understand.
Nikki Kinzer: I have a little bit of trivia for you.
Pete Wright: Yes, go ahead.
Nikki Kinzer: It is the episode after 460 is when we go into seasons.
Pete Wright: Oh.
Nikki Kinzer: Thank you, Melissa. Our community manager who put this into our notes.
Pete Wright: So handy. So handy that she thought of that.
Nikki Kinzer: Yes.
Pete Wright: I just thought of it on the fly. I didn’t realize she planned that. Yeah, that’s right.
Nikki Kinzer: She planned it and put it in here for us to talk about. So yes, you’ll have episode 11. Oh my gosh, that’s so sad. Well, it’s not sad. It’s just so weird-
Pete Wright: It’s very different.
Nikki Kinzer: … because one of the things I do have to say, it is different and I did not know what a podcast was. And so when Pete’s like, "Yeah, let’s do a podcast." I thought, "Great idea. It will go on my website, just like a blog post," having no idea that actually people all over the world listen to podcasts. And back in 2010, that wasn’t a thing, that was pretty new. And so I still feel that way sometimes, where we are just talking and having a conversation, and I forget that this podcast goes out all over the world.
Pete Wright: Yeah.
Nikki Kinzer: It is a really interesting platform to talk and have these great conversations around ADHD. And then you get wonderful feedback from people. And then all of a sudden you’re like, "Oh, so someone’s actually listening."
Pete Wright: Yeah, right.
Nikki Kinzer: That’s fantastic.
Pete Wright: Someone’s listening to what we’re doing. And I do remember the first time we talked about somebody listening who is not from the United States.
Nikki Kinzer: Right, right.
Pete Wright: It sounds crazy, global, small world, getting smaller every day. But the fact that when I look at our top five countries, I’ll say top 10, United States, Canada and Australia are our top three, which … And actually the UK, and it’s classified as United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Nikki Kinzer: Ah, right.
Pete Wright: That encompasses our top four, but then Federal Republic of Germany, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Kingdom of Sweden, Kingdom of Norway. All of the kingdoms, we’re big in the kingdoms.
Nikki Kinzer: That’s awesome.
Pete Wright: Mexico and New Zealand. The delight that I get in realizing that, I hope, in those countries and beyond that are hearing some of these bits of guidance and these wonderful guests and getting something out of them, is just really warms my heart. So welcome from wherever you are.
Nikki Kinzer: Well, and that’s one of the things that I think makes our show really special is Pete has ADHD so he’s coming from that perspective. I’m an ADHD coach, I’m coming from that perspective. We’re able to have conversations around ADHD. We’re able to talk to experts about ADHD. There’s a lot of how-tos here, but there’s also just a lot of conversation around what this is and what does it mean. And hopefully what we want to be doing is creating an ADHD community where people feel heard and supported and understood. And that’s part of why I think Patreon became such a big part of what we do with this show, is to really build that ADHD community. And that’s what we hope to continue to do.
Pete Wright: And I think, just to pile on that point, and I think the value, I don’t want to speak too much for you here, but for me, and broadly for us, what we discovered pretty quickly is the incredible value that comes from the community, and what we learn every day from just bearing witness to what the folks are talking about in our Discord community, in the Patreon community. It’s an incredibly eye-opening experience to feel like … We talk about how incredible it is to hear that people are listening to the show, but to actually see them talk about the challenges that they’re living through and finding creative, incredibly creative solutions to live their lives more effectively with ADHD, in partnership with ADHD, is so valuable to me. Living with ADHD, but also doing the show.
Nikki Kinzer: Absolutely. What do we talk about? All kinds of stuff.
Pete Wright: We do, and I think that’s really an important thing. We jump kind of all over the place. Sometimes the shows that we do are in a series or in a theme. And so you’ll hear sometimes a whole month of episodes is going to be on some specific topic. And we’ll have a number of guests that we’ll talk to, but it’s all related to a theme. And when we do a theme like that, most of the time we’ll do a summary episode at the end. Right now we still call it Nikki and Pete’s Summary Fun. So you’ll see a Summary Fun episode crop up where we’re just trying to internalize lessons that we’ve learned and hopefully help you jog some memories of some past episodes. But largely you can pick up an episode from anywhere. You don’t have to listen in order. You really can jump around. And many people use our show as sort of a library episode or library of content. You can go up to the podcast shelf, pick out an episode that you feel like is going to trigger some good things for you and listen away. It doesn’t matter where you start. You don’t ever have to feel like you are catching up. If you don’t want to, you can just skip episodes if you want. It’s really fine.
Nikki Kinzer: And we’re always wanting to hear about what you guys want to listen to. What do you want to know about too? If you have a particular show idea, or you want us to research something more that maybe you don’t know a lot about or you’re not finding a lot of information on, let us know. We’ll do our best to find someone that we can talk to, if we don’t know enough about it to talk about it ourselves. But yeah, we definitely want to hear back from you guys on what you want to hear and what matters most to you.
Pete Wright: Yeah. We do have some pretty broad categories. If you’re interested in categorizing the shows that we talk about, generally they’ll fall into one of the following. Communication, family issues, emotions, emotional regulation, ADHD at work, topics around work, money, organizing, productivity, students, generally adult students with ADHD. We have symptoms, but generally ADHD symptoms will probably be paired with some other category, so you’ll catch those.
Nikki Kinzer: Right.
Pete Wright: Technology, time, and wellness. Wellness and I’d say mindfulness, are those big … Those are the big buckets of categories that we talk about.
Nikki Kinzer: Absolutely.
Pete Wright: Do you have favorite episodes, Nikki?
Nikki Kinzer: Oh gosh, no. I don’t.I love all of them.
Pete Wright: They’re all your favorite children? Yeah.
Nikki Kinzer: I love all of them because there’s always something to take away. There’s always some little nugget that we either learn or some aha moment or reflection. Now that I say that I have to say, I do love hearing from our people, from the people that are listening. We have done some shows where our listeners have actually come and done little soundbites of different things that they have learned and things that are working for them. I do love those shows. I love them all, Pete. I really do. Because I love listening to experts and asking questions about their topic, because it’s so interesting. Especially other coaches. I love talking to other coaches and doctors, even though sometimes it’s … Oh, when we had Dr. Hollowell, I was like star-gazed. Oh, my God.
Pete Wright: Yeah, that was rough.
Nikki Kinzer: O my gosh, it’s him, it’s him. He’s here.
Pete Wright: Yeah. There is an ADHD fandom and he’s at the top, right?
Nikki Kinzer: Yeah, absolutely.
Pete Wright: But Bill Dodson.
Nikki Kinzer: Yeah, oh.
Pete Wright: I mean, when we had the opportunity to introduce to ourselves and our community the whole concept of rejection sensitive dysphoria, that was episode 405. And it is one of our most popular episodes. And it was the biggest eye-opener I think for us and the community, to just have words to describe a feeling that we’ve all experienced.
Nikki Kinzer: Yes.
Pete Wright: It was incredible. We’ve done a number of episodes with Bill. His episode on myths and ADHD medication was very popular.
Nikki Kinzer: Yes.
Pete Wright: So many lessons learned out of that episode. Taking on a Leadership Role with ADHD, very popular. Breaking Free of Burnout Blues, Casey Dixon, pretty recent. That’s another popular one. And The Great Journaling and Planning Systems Review, that was another one that’s kind of at the top.
Nikki Kinzer: Which is really funny because ironic, that is a popular episode. It’s back from episode 257. That is something that we need to revisit because we know, as you know in Placeholder, we are always looking for something a little different or what is the next best thing. And so it’d be interesting to go back and listen to that and do a more recent one and say, "Hey, this is what’s changed," because with planning systems, they change.
Pete Wright: Yeah. They change.
Nikki Kinzer: For sure.
Pete Wright: They sure do, they sure do.
Nikki Kinzer: Yeah.
Pete Wright: Although I have to give a shout-out to the livestream. This is one of the Patreon benefits. If you become a Patreon you can join us for the ADHD livestream. And sometimes things happen in that livestream that are worth remembering. And for me that would be the ADHD livestream in which I introduced to you the Shocktato, which isn’t …
Nikki Kinzer: Yes.
Pete Wright: I mention it only as sort of a podcast Easter egg. If you become a Patreon and you want to go back and find the Shocktato episode, it’s out there.
Nikki Kinzer: It’s good.
Pete Wright: It was horrible. And it still, to this day, makes me laugh.
Nikki Kinzer: I still laugh.
Pete Wright: I know.
Nikki Kinzer: I still laugh.
Pete Wright: It was one of the funniest moments I think between us that we’ve had, where I got the crap shocked out of me by this stupid children’s toy that is clearly not regulated for human use.
Nikki Kinzer: It is not appropriate for children.
Pete Wright: It’s way too much power.
Nikki Kinzer: Or for adults.
Pete Wright: Yeah. [inaudible 00:16:24].
Nikki Kinzer: It’s just not okay, it’s scary. Yeah.
Pete Wright: Sometimes those things are fun and we like doing the livestream. And the livestream in general, you get the pre and post show. You get us talking about things. We do a Q&A with our guests whenever we have guests on and it’s appropriate, so you can ask questions to the guest that isn’t included in the main show. And so it’s just another way for us to further help our guests invest in our community. It’s another benefit. You don’t have to have it, but if you are a member, you can go back and surf through those livestreams through history.
Nikki Kinzer: I know you already mentioned this before, but I think it’s important. If you want to reach out, you want to contact us, of course the website. You can find our episodes at takecontroladhd. On Patreon you can find us @takecontroladhd. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, @takecontroladhd. We’ve made this really easy and fun, which is huge. And joining the community, so how do they do that if they do at some point say, "Hey, I want to be a part of this." They jump to Patreon.
Pete Wright: Jumping to Patreon is the easiest way. And we do have, the general chat channel in our Discord is open to anybody. And a lot of folks see that this is an ADHD community and they jump on, having never heard of the podcast. We have one general chat channel that we leave open to the public as part of our broader community. But you’ll notice, if you start with Patreon and connect your Discord account to your Patreon account when you sign up, you get to see dozens of other channels that come by tier of your investment in the community. And there are a lot of people in there who are talking and waving and sharing gifts and all kinds of wonderful things all the livelong day. And so that would be a great place to start. We’ve got almost 600 people in the community right now. And it is a really fun and healthy bespoke community. And we’re at a period of great turmoil in social media right now. And so if you are a person who is on Facebook but you really value the Facebook groups, that’s why we moved it to Discord. It’s the only thing that you find in Discord are people who are looking for support and fun living with their ADHD. And that’s what ties us together. It’s a bespoke community for you.
Nikki Kinzer: And we love what we do.
Pete Wright: Truly.
Nikki Kinzer: We love podcasting. I love doing it with you, Pete. Can’t imagine having a different partner. I think every show we bring everything that we have to it to hopefully have that listener go away with something, whether it’s hope, inspiration, a tip, whatever it might be, but we’re doing this for you. We love it, and thank you. Thank you so much-
Pete Wright: Thank you. Truly, everybody.
Nikki Kinzer: … for letting us be a part of your ADHD journey.
Pete Wright: We appreciate-
Nikki Kinzer: We hope you enjoy the show.
Pete Wright: Oh yeah. Yeah, that most of all.
Nikki Kinzer: Enjoy it.
Pete Wright: Come hang out, listen to the show, and see if you learn something.
Nikki Kinzer: Yeah.
Pete Wright: If you’re starting here, welcome. If you’re an old hat, maybe you learned something new. You probably didn’t listen to this if you’re an old hat, just move on to the next one.
Nikki Kinzer: That’s right. They’re like, "Oh, there they are."
Pete Wright: That’s fine. It’s fine. Thank you everybody. We appreciate you downloading and listening to the show. Thank you for your time and your attention. We’ve talked about all the different ways you can come find us. Follow those ways, I won’t belabor that point. But I will say, on behalf of Nikki Kinzer, I’m Pete Wright, and we will see you right back here next week on Taking Control: The ADHD Podcast.