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Bonus Episode 2: Apps, Beehives, and Bobbleheads

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In this bonus episode of the Health Hats podcast, I reflect on my writing, recording, and producing journey. I share the challenge of extemporaneous speaking and my efforts to improve video editing. With a focus on growth, I discuss enlisting professional help for my business plan and social media integration. The joy of working with my grandsons and engaging with a diverse community of podcasters adds vibrancy. At the same time, personal updates on music endeavors, something about bobbleheads, and health challenges remind us of life's dynamic nature. (Summary created in ChatGPT with modifications)

Journey in adlibbed speaking, video editing, business growth strategies, & the ups/downs of personal life, including music & health challenges. Bobbleheads, too

About the Show

Welcome to Health Hats, learning on the journey toward best health. I am Danny van Leeuwen, a two-legged, old, cisgender, white man with privilege, living in a food oasis, who can afford many hats and knows a little about a lot of healthcare and a lot about very little. Most people wear hats one at a time, but I wear them all at once.  I’m the Rosetta Stone of Healthcare. We will listen and learn about what it takes to adjust to life’s realities in the awesome circus of healthcare.  Let’s make some sense of all this.

We respect Listeners, Watchers, and Readers. Show Notes at the end.

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The same content as the podcast, but not a verbatim transcript. Could be a book chapter with images. download the printable transcript here



Podcast intro

Welcome to Health Hats, the Podcast. I’m Danny van Leeuwen, a two-legged cisgender old white man of privilege who knows a little bit about a lot of healthcare and a lot about very little. We will listen and learn about what it takes to adjust to life’s realities in the awesome circus of healthcare. Let’s make some sense of all of this.


Welcome to this second bonus episode for Health Hats, the Podcast subscribers and patrons. These on-mic bonus episodes reflect on my writing, recording, and producing adventures. On-mic means just me extemporaneously.  On-mic is challenging for me as I prefer to write and read a script, but then it looks like I’m reading. I’ve gotten anti-glare glasses, so my glasses don’t reflect. I’m trying out a new feature today with this bonus episode where the app rejiggers my eyes, so it looks like I’m looking at the camera.  How does it look?

Seeking consultation

Lately, I have focused on improving my video editing skills, like transitions between scenes, use of images when I don’t have or don’t want to use video, and settling on the fewest possible video editing apps. A couple of months ago, I used six apps, Zoom (to record the call), Descript (for transcription), Shotcut and DaVinci Resolve (for video editing), and Audacity and Auphonic (for audio editing). Steve Heatherington, of The Alpaca Tribe Podcast fame, counsels me on efficient audio and video editing workflow. Last episode, I used three, Descript, Audacity, and Auphonic.  Progress.

I just engaged Julia Higgins, a freelance marketing professional, to help me integrate my business plan, website, and use of social media. I’ll put a copy of my business in the show notes. I’ve never really cared about how many followers I have, but now I want to grow my paid subscribers and patrons to build my production team. Also, my wife retired, so I’d like the podcast to be more self-supporting. Reviewing my mission, vision, and audience periodically helps me stay fresh, engaged, and relevant.

I can’t overstate the joy of working with my grandsons on this podcast. One coaches me in video editing; the other takes the first pass at editing audio transcripts into newsletters. We have several years of mutual warm criticism that greases the process considerably.

Mastermind communities

I still participate in a weekly Sunday call with other podcasters. We’ve Zoomed since 2018 as a team at Seth Godin and Alex DePalma’s second Podcasting course. Steve Heatherington teaches that course now. I host a couple of mastermind groups. Reckoning with various podcasts with different subjects (Alpacas, Hansel, and Gretel fairytale, secondary education, environmental educator, single life, conflict management). And 4Ms with other solo entrepreneurs with various businesses (mass marketing, public speaking, teaching Mandarin, all things coffee, digital design, and home building). I love the rich and diverse perspectives to learn from.


Bee on Blue background

Created in DALL.E

I’m hosting a table in a Beehive at a conference in November. My pitch was:

I will host conversations about creating cascadingly complex usable information that can be shared through word of mouth and social media. I will entertain chats striving to hardwire listening to audiences. I will share mechanisms for audiences to more easily fulfill asks: teach, learn, fund, collaborate, and partner. How can participants take one more step in their dissemination and connection journeys?

Bees flying around swarm

Created on DALL.E

What a hoot that’s going to be! This Beehive gig caused me to bring true to the fib I’ve been telling finally. I tell a story that I have bobbleheads on a shelf in front of me so I can focus on who I’m writing for, speaking to. The first two of five bobbleheads arrived today. I’ll bring them to the conference and design an episode about audiences and bobbleheads.

Music, of course

I’m playing my Bari sax almost daily and learning to play an EWI5000 wind synthesizer—link in the show notes. Soon I’ll bring more of my music to the podcast.

Double vision

Double visionOn a more sober note, after five months of heaven with no double vision after eye muscle surgery, my double vision returned full force in a week. I’m crushed, getting fitted with new glasses with prisms again, and I will follow up with my neuro-optometrist as soon as I can.

Life is not dull. Be well.

Episode Notes

Please comment and ask questions

Production Team

Web and Social Media Coach, Dissemination Kayla Nelson @lifeoflesion

Leon van Leeuwen edits the article-grade transcript. 

Music on intro and outro by permission from Joey van Leeuwen, Drummer, Composer, and Arranger including Moe’s Blues for Proem and Reflection

Other Credits


Vulture Couple by Rich Rieger used with permission

Woman and clown by Diana Feil on Unsplash

Three DALL.E images of Beehive in Space

Bobblehead photo by Danny vL

Double vision image  from Seeing Two: Double Vision – Low Vision and Neuro-rehabilitation Optometrist: Dr. Ho (


The views and opinions presented in this podcast and publication are solely my responsibility and do not necessarily represent the views of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute®  (PCORI®), its Board of Governors, or Methodology Committee. Danny van Leeuwen (Health Hats)

Sponsored by Abridge

Inspired by and grateful to Heidi Frei, Jane Bendell, Tania Marien, Curtis Cates, Matt Neil, Dafna Gold Melchior, Jeff Horner, Steve Heatherington, Amanda Blodgett, Ellen Bloom, Fred Guttierez, Jen Stone, Ame Sanders, Kathy Cocks, Mark Hochgesang, Eric Kettering, Rodney Elliott


Steve Heatherington’s  Alpaca Tribe podcast

The Podcasting Workshop

Hansel and Gretal Code

Good Humans podcast,


Single Soul Circle,

Crafting Solutions to Conflict).

Let’s Clarify It,

Miss Panda Chinese,

Coffee Explorer,

Ellen Bloom Digital Design,

and Homeowner’s Institute).

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