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How did PodChatLive get started?

How did PodChatLive get started?

PodChatLive is a monthly video livestream discussion for podiatrists and others involved in the subject which is broadcast live on Facebook and is available later as a replay on YouTube, the website and also the usual podcast sources including iTunes and Spotify for the audio version. In each episode both hosts have on one or more guests and examine a variety of topics of significance to podiatrists and the lower leg. Throughout the broadcast, queries are usually asked by those watching during real time and the hosts and guests respond to them. The livestream has gathered a wide following and is very popular among podiatrists.

The hosts of PodChatLive are Ian Griffiths and Craig Payne, both podiatrists. The livestream began one evening when Craig was visiting Ian and they went live from Ian’s kitchen to have a discussion live on Facebook about whatever came up. It was later on called PodChatLive because they realised that it worked and they were developing a following. Craig is based in Australia and he admins the discussion board, Podiatry Arena and runs the online courses for the Clinical Biomechanics Bootcamp. Ian is a sports podiatrist in London. The livestream did start out as a weekly livestream, but as it is not monetized, it was way too much work for the hosts to keep it up, so following the initial year it was changed to a monthly livestream.

Occasionally the PodChatLive livestream focusses on clinical topics such as injuries, other times it focusses on business topics like social media advertising. Other times the guest is someone famous within the podiatry profession and they focus on a variety of issues with the guest. Some topics are much more popular than the others and at times the hosts get amazed exactly how popular some shows are as they weren't necessarily anticipating that episode to be as popular as what it ended up being.