We had the good fortune of connecting with Lavelle Lemonier and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lavelle, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I have always loved being a story teller and starting a podcast was the perfect way to tell stories and interact with a wide audience. Being a business owner has been in my blood line. My father was a business owner way back in the 70’s and I guess the bug has been in my blood forever.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The DadCast Podcast focuses on a dad’s perspective on everything from A to Z. We cover all kinds of topics and we reach a wide audience which, as of the end of Season 2, covers 18 countries. We’ve also branched out into the world of YouTube with our new YouTube Channel where we post “how to” videos. The interesting thing about the DadCast Podcast is that we really try to provide thoughts from a dad’s perspective. Of course, it’s not easy and keeping up with relevant content is a challenge, but it’s rewarding and engaging.
Starting the podcast from scratch was a challenge. Understanding how to connect with people from all walks of life and being able to discuss trending and touchy subjects, often makes for a tight rope walk, but in the end, we love providing meaningful and entertaining content.
We have learned countless lessons through the first two seasons. One of those lessons is understanding what the audience wants. By analyzing data from each show, we are able to effectively tailor our episodes to our audience interests.
Our podcast wants to inspire, enlighten, motivate, inform, and entertain. That’s been our goal from the beginning and it’s how we plan to proceed in the future.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The outdoors activities in the Houston area are amazing. The fishing spots are great and I’d certainly show my visitors a nice time outdoors. The art scene and music scene in and around the city is also very appealing. So my visitors would certainly enjoy a nice evening out on the town, listening to live music and exploring the diversity of the area. Food! Houston is a city for the taste buds…any type of cuisine that my visitors might desire, is available somewhere in the greater Houston area. You never run out of things to do in America’s most diverse city!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have to give a BIG shoutout to my wife, Dr. Gabrielle Lemonier. She pushed and inspired me to start the podcast and she challenges me to reach my potential everyday. Her creativity and genuine nature is the best part of our story.