Ossa Featured Podcaster: Rhonda Evans, Host of Shift the Plan
Ossa podcaster Rhonda Evans is the host of the Shift The Plan podcast and the co-founder of Shift Makers CLT. Shift Makers’ mission is to cultivate strategic partnerships and make an impact through organic and diverse community growth.
Rhonda’s podcast shines a light on savvy business owners who know when to pivot. Each episode highlights a game-changer who has made smart, strategic shifts in business and life. The inspirational weekly conversations provide listeners with a sense of motivation and encouragement to keep chasing their dreams, even when things don’t go as planned.
Read on to learn more about Rhonda’s journey, and listen to her show below (leave a review, too!):
Tell us what your podcast is about in 3 sentences or less!
Interviews with female business owners who have successfully navigated through life’s shifts.
What’s a quote or piece of advice that you try to live by?
To whom much is given, much will be required.
My laugh. Something as simple as a good laugh can completely change someone’s day from bad to good.
One thing on your bucket list:
To get back on an airplane!
Personal Anthem (a song that really speaks to you):
“Good As Hell” by Lizzo
Last text message you sent:
“The two of them it’s cute and funny at the same time”
What was your first job?
Concession at the Dollar Movie Theatre
Any unusual hobbies?
Eating gummy bears. I’m obsessed and I admit it. It’s like a sport!
Biggest Pet Peeve
What inspired you to start your podcast?
All of the ups and downs I’ve had in entrepreneurship. I figure I couldn’t be the only one, and these interviews would inspire someone else.
Tell us more about your work/life outside of your podcast.
I’m currently a full time business owner. I do website design and brand strategy which gives me flexibility to dedicate time to the podcast.
What is your show’s USP?
Everything goes! I don’t do prep questions and I allow my guests to be as free and open as they want.
What is one of the greatest challenges you have personally faced with your podcast?
Not recording in a real setup. I’ve gone from recording in my closet to my office, but I would love to have a real studio setup.
What was one of your favorite episodes you’ve ever done? Why does it stand out?
My interview with LaKeshia Orr. It was so inspiring on so many levels. She could’ve given up and accepted her diagnosis, but instead she changed the narrative and started a business.
What is one thing you have accomplished with your podcast thus far that you are most proud of?
I’m so proud that I’ve touched so many people. It’s still a little strange when people see me in public and know who I am. It lets me know that all the work I put into it is worth it.
What is one major milestone that you would like to accomplish through your podcast in the next year?
To host a live show!
What is a trend or development in the podcast industry that you foresee happening in the next few years?
More women podcasters. We’re really booming right now and certain we’re taking over.
What is one of the best pieces of podcast-related advice you’ve ever received & why?
Just start. Stop trying to make everything perfect and just start.
What is one of the worst pieces of podcast-related advice you have ever received & why?
That I needed to purchase expensive equipment to start.
What are some of your favorite women-hosted podcasts?
Side hustle pro, I don’t do budgets, Jesus and jollof.
Let’s close out with some inspiration! 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?
Left my job (well kind of). My role was outsourced and I decided to bet on myself. I had the highest sales ever in my business.
Are there any great podcast-related resources you love that you would like to share?
Anchor for those scared to start and just want to start. You can always evolve.
Is there a charity or cause you care about that you would like to share?
How do you feel you’re making a positive impact and generating change through your podcast?
I’m inspiring business owners who may be in the stage of shifting in their business and want to give up. My show lets them know they will get through it and triumph in the end.