26: Knowing Too Much will Prevent You From Moving Forward w/ Dennis Worden

dennis wordenDennis Worden is a member of the Coeur d’ Alene Tribe. He is also the host of the NextGen Native podcast, which features the best and brightest in Indian Country that are taking action today to make tomorrow a better place. He shares their personal journey to inspire others to take action.

Dennis has built a strong reputation in Indian Country as a young advocate and policy expert in Washington, DC. His work was recognized in 2011 when he received recognition as one of the 40 Under 40 in Indian Country by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.

What don’t most people know about you?

  • Member of the Coeur d’ Alene Tribe, which has its own government and is currently at 2,300 members!

What do you have going on right now?

  • Beyond his passion for the native community and tribal policy, Dennis used the story-telling process he learned from his Tribe to discover his niche and how he would structure his podcast.
  • Dennis’ true passion is to share positivity and what’s going well in the native communities to educate others.

How’d you get started with podcasting?

  • Started listening to podcasts and loved the idea of doing one himself!
  • He was blogging at the time but it just didn’t feel right – there was something missing.
  • His process for getting started: Launch, learn, improve.

Lessons learned in podcasting

  • Dennis loves to connect with people; he follows up with people who are commenting on his episodes and content via social media and asks them questions about what they liked, what they feel was missing, and this helps him to understand exactly what encouraged/helped them in his content.
  • His podcast has helped him start taking more decisive action, and he loves that.
  • After joining Podcasters’ Paradise he was able to connect with another member who also launched a podcast about Tribes and they were able to create a mastermind together. Since, he’s learned so much from that connection and relationship.

What struggles have you faced in getting started?

  • Has struggled with numbers / downloads and has found himself wondering, “Is this worth it?” from time to time. Listen in to hear how Dennis has grown his audience slowly over time and why he keeps on going despite not being 100% sure about what he’s doing all the time.
  • Continuing to create content on the blog and the podcast consistently. Cold showers?… great convo from Bryan and Dennis here 😉

Favorite thing about podcasting?

Loves the community in Paradise and is grateful for the support and access he has through the private Facebook group.

“Knowing too much will prevent you from moving forward…”

Dennis talks about there being a balance between learning and actually putting the knowledge you have to work and TAKING ACTION.

Dennis’ Website: nextgennative.com
Facebook Community: nextgennative
NextGen Native Twitter: @nextgennative
Dennis’ Twitter: @dfworden

Thanks to our Host, @IAmTheRealBrian for another amazing Podcasters’ Paradise Interview!

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