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Agile Digital Business

Glean applicable ideas from Agile Digital Business as your host, Vickie Maris, explores the topics of leadership, personal development, team development and team communications.
Vickie is a singer-songwriter, speaker, facilitator and author. In addition to her music and speaking at conferences, she facilitates sessions in staff retreats and workshops. She is a certified trainer of Everything DiSC and The Five Behaviors, as well as a certified facilitator. 
You will enjoy and benefit from the interviews with guests on the show who bring a variety of perspectives and applicable insights. Focus areas include change management, leadership, team dynamics, communications, entrepreneurship, and more.

Dec 23, 2019

Listen to insights about what voice means for your company in this conversation I held with Kane Simms, VUX World. He and I have a fun conversation about preparing for voice and designing for the voice platform with the customer in mind. This is Part 1 of a 2-part interview for Agile Digital Business.

Kane is not only the co-host of VUX World, but also co-founder of a consultancy and voice design studio.

0:00 Welcome and introduction of the episode by host, Vickie Maris

:30 Intro music; request that you subscribe to the show so that you don't miss Part 2.

:56 Scott Greeson provides intro; more music

1:07 Introduction of guest, Kane Simms, co-founder of VUX World; and reflection on theme that occurs in the conversation of "meeting customer needs."

2:07 Tweetable: "It is so important to start first with the customer." - Vickie Maris #agiledigitalbiz #VOC

3:04 Welcome of guest Kane Simms who has a voice design consultancy and design studio. His co-founder is Dustin Coates.

3:59 Kane responds to the podcast host; explanation of quiet voice because of baby sleeping downstairs

4:57 Kane Simms provides background of how he got started in his work in the voice platform; experience as a musician and study of marketing at

5:48 Tweetable: "Marketing is meeting and anticipating customer needs profitably." - Definition Kane Simms recalls from his time at university.

6:41 Audio production, writing and user experience design were skills that Kane brought together in the hosting of his podcast, VUX World.

7:27 Established a design and development studio that creates voice experiences for agencies and brands.

7:40 Vickie talks about why she shifted the focus of her podcast, Agile Digital Business, to the voice platform.

8:05 Kane and Vickie swap stories about experiences as musicians. Hip hop, rap, meets American singer/songwriter.

11:41 Vickie shares the example of how she and Scott Greeson utilize a production company for the digital distribution of music they create. 

12:20 Discussion about having or creating an Amazon Alexa Skill for the music (life as a music artist) or for the podcast.

14:20 Mention of the website,

16:41 Mid-roll request that you subscribe to the podcast, Agile Digital Business. Mention of how to reach out via social channels: https://instagram/vickiemaris

18:31 Kane discusses how his podcast led to the design consultancy. His searches about voice eventually led him to This Week in Voice podcast and Voicebot podcast in the USA. A few months later, he was asked to give talks. By the end of the first year, he was giving workshops with his co-founder. He's now working on a variety of projects through the consultancy.

21:25 Thank you to Kane for being a guest on the show.

21:56 Invitation to share your questions or comments about this episode via the social media channels and to subscribe to VUX World podcast.

22:40 Closing. Let's go out and "Teach. Inspire. Connect!"

Please listen to Part 2 of this episode for the rest of the story! - vjm


#voicefirst #agiledigitalbiz #teachinspireconnect