Dan Speerin - Toronto Tomorrow

Welcome with Karim Kanji

14-03-2024 • 39 mins

Karim Karim and Dan Speerin engaged in a reflective conversation, sharing personal stories and memories from the past. They discussed the unexpected turns in their lives, including personal losses and the impact of the pandemic on their plans and experiences. The conversation also touched on their shared experiences, such as attending a concert together, and how their perspectives have evolved over time. Throughout the discussion, there was a sense of camaraderie and mutual understanding as they navigated the changes and challenges in their lives.


Dan Speerin reflected on his journey to Toronto Metropolitan University, recounting his early struggles and experiences in the Canadian entertainment industry. He emphasized the need for universities to play a role in supporting and incubating talent, drawing from his own experiences of navigating the industry without guidance. Speerin highlighted the value of mentorship and industry insights in incubator systems, and expressed his hope for such initiatives to spread across the country to provide support for aspiring creators and entrepreneurs, both within and outside of academic institutions.


The conversation delved into the significance of storytelling, using the case of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos to illustrate its power in shaping perceptions and behaviors. Dan Speerin and Karim Kanji emphasized the need to bridge generational divides to foster better understanding and communication, highlighting the challenges of ageism and the importance of listening to different perspectives. They also discussed the potential for improved global relations if people took the time to pause and listen to others, emphasizing the impact of effective communication in promoting harmony across different generations and cultures.


Dan Speerin and Karim Kanji engaged in a discussion about the complexities of monetizing podcasts, especially for passion projects, and the repercussions of the pandemic on events-based organizations. They also examined the difficulties in persuading local businesses to invest in podcast advertising and the potential for local podcasting networks to foster an ecosystem for local communities. Additionally, they touched on the impact of the decline of local radio stations and the need for retired salespersons to promote podcast advertising to local businesses.


Listen to Dan's podcast here -> https://globalnews.ca/national/program/toronto-tomorrow

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