190 The One Where I Celebrate Four Years Of Hosting This Amazing Podcast


The first time I heard a podcast, I was hooked. I fell in love with a free platform where you could learn as you drove to client’s businesses, while mowing the lawn, or simply taking a walk around the block.  

One of my core beliefs is that you should constantly be learning and helping others learn, so in April of 2017, after a great deal of support and coaching, I decided to start a podcast ‘by water treaters for water treaters.’ I opened Episode 1 with the following line: “The goal of this podcast is to bring you topics that will expand your general water treatment knowledge, inform you about the industry, and simply have fun around the industry we have chosen to be in.”  

After four years of hosting this podcast, I’ve learned so much, created a great team, and met people I never dreamed I’d get the chance to meet, let alone interview. I am humbled and grateful you choose to listen to this podcast each week.  

This can be a lonely industry. This can be a hard industry. We want you to get it right. We at Scaling UP H2O are here to equip you with the knowledge you need to succeed and build a community of water treatment professionals. 

Thank you, Scaling UP Nation! We wouldn’t have the show without YOU! I’m humbled and honored to be your roadside friend as you travel from client to client. 

-Trace 

 

Timestamps:  

How the podcast started and the people who help make it happen [0:20]  What are your top four Successes, Challenges, Opportunities, and Lessons Learned from the podcast? [15:05] 

If you knew then, what you know now, would you have started the podcast? [33:49] 

If my Dad were still alive today, would he listen to the Scaling UP H2O Podcast? [35:05] 

Why do you release the podcast on Fridays? [36:50] 

Would you ever consider doing a daily podcast? [38:29] 

James’ Challenge: “Learn how a chemical dosing pump works.” [41:09] 

Why do you think the podcast is so successful? [43:10] 

Quotes: 

“The goal of this podcast is to bring you topics that will expand your general water treatment knowledge, inform you about the industry, and simply have fun around the industry we have chosen to be in.” -Trace Blackmore, Episode 1 of Scaling UP H2O 

“The biggest challenge is: You don’t know what you don’t know.” -Trace Blackmore 

“When you decide you want to start a podcast and keep your day job, it’s a challenge, but over the last four years we have never missed an air date.” – Trace Blackmore 

“My mission statement: have the podcast be the catalyst to raise the bar in the water treatment industry.” – Trace Blackmore 

“Don’t be afraid to start something new.” -Trace Blackmore 

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help.” -Trace Blackmore 

“I now have a team helping me get further faster.” -Trace Blackmore 

“The number one reason why this podcast is so successful: You, You, You, You!” -Trace Blackmore 

“I’m so humbled that we have so many listeners week after week.” -Trace Blackmore 

“This can be a lonely industry. This can be a hard industry. We want you to get it right. We’re here to equip you with the knowledge you need to succeed and to build a community of water treatment professionals.” – Trace Blackmore 

 

Links Mentioned: 

Episode 1  

Episode 4 with Charlie Cichetti  

Episode 8 with Conor Parrish 

Episode 186 with Conor Parrish 

Episode 187 with Conor Parrish 

Episode 176 with Mike Standish 

AWT (Association of Water Technologies) 

Episode 182 with Sean Dooley and Lauren VonFeldt  

Ray Baum Memorial Water Technologist of the Year Award 

Rising Tide Mastermind   

 

 

Water Treatment education

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