Ossa Featured Podcaster: Chelsi Bennett, Host of Chats With Chelsi
Chelsi Bennett is the host of the Chats with Chelsi podcast. Her show aims to inspire listeners to find their purpose, live with integrity, and feel empowered on their path – no matter where they are. After overcoming difficult life circumstances herself, she wanted to inspire others to live their lives to the fullest.
In addition to her podcast, Chelsi is an attorney, public health lobbyist, pastor’s wife, Bible teacher, and former elected official. She was the youngest elected female official in her hometown of Jacksonville, FL. Chelsi is also the founder of her non-profit organization, Life with Chelsi, and a prayer ministry.
Read on for more from Chelsi Bennett, and listen to her show at the links below (leave a review, too!):
Tell us what your podcast is about in 3 sentences or less!
Chats with Chelsi is a weekly podcast empowering women to live purposeful lives.
Glen Allen, Virginia
What’s a quote or piece of advice that you try to live by?
Too whom much is given, much is required.
One thing on your bucket list:
Revisit Capri, Italy!
Last text message you sent:
What was your first job?
Cashier in family convenient store
Any unusual hobbies?
I enjoy strategizing and planning content.
Biggest Pet Peeve?
Asking for information that I previously emailed you.
What inspired you to start your podcast?
I wanted to empower women to find purpose, live out their purpose, and know they are not alone when they face challenges.
Tell us more about your work/life outside of your podcast.
Full-time, I am a government relations director for a public health organization. I podcast, blog, and provide writing and coaching services as well. By training, I am an attorney and a former elected official.
What is your show’s USP?
Me, a former elected official, pastor’s wife, and attorney, born to two teenagers. In each interview, I am able to connect with my guest and reach several demographics.
What is one of the greatest challenges you have personally faced with your podcast?
Scaling – I have SOOO many ideas, yet I had to realize I am one person. In the future, either as a full-time podcaster or when my team grows, I will be able to do more. My vision now inspires me to stay consistent and true to who I am.
What was one of your favorite episodes you’ve ever done? Why does it stand out?
When another Chelsea interviewed me so I could share my story with the CWC community! Find that here.
What is one thing you have accomplished with your podcast thus far that you are most proud of?
I am most proud of my growth – learning the planning, recording, and editing process of leading a podcast.
What is one major milestone that you would like to accomplish through your podcast in the next year?
I would like to secure several paid sponsors.
What is a trend or development in the podcast industry that you foresee happening in the next few years?
Video podcasts growing in viewership!
What is one of the best pieces of podcast-related advice you’ve ever received & why?
Keep going!! When I started I was so focused on numbers that I did not place enough focus on impact. I wanted to grow wider before I went deeper with current followers.
What are some of your favorite women-hosted podcasts?
Can you tell us about a time when you took a huge risk/did something you were scared to do, and it totally paid off?
When I was 21 years old I ran for local elected office. I did not have a recognized name or money or knowledge on how to run a campaign, yet I won and became the youngest elected female in Jacksonville, Florida.
Are there any great podcast-related resources you love that you would like to share?
Is there a charity or cause you care about that you would like to share?
Yes, the Life with Chelsi Foundation. We support new and expecting mamas facing difficulties with baby essentials.
How do you feel you’re making a positive impact and generating change through your podcast?
Each interview educates, inspires, and challenges women to live out their God-given purpose.