323 Invest In Conferences And Yourself – And So Much More!

by Cliff Ravenscraft on August 30, 2013

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I have been interviewed hundreds of times and I am often asked if I would change anything if I had the chance to go back and do things differently. My response to this has often been “nothing.” I’ve stated that I am who I am today because of all the things that have happened in my journey, including any stupid mistakes I made along the way.

However, if there is one thing I wish I would have done in the early days of my business, it would be to invest in attending more conferences right from the beginning. In this episode, I share my thoughts on the importance of attending conferences and why I actually consider them to be an investment rather than an expense. For even more great reasons for why you should invest in conferences, check out episode 74 of The Ray Edwards Show.

Here’s the conferences that I listed in this episode.
- Podcamp Dallas – http://PodcampDallas.com
- Social Media Success Summit (ONLINE) – http://gspn.tv/smss
- Platform Conference (Promo Code CLIFF) – http://PlatformConference.tv
- New Media Expo (Promo Code CLIFF20) – http://nmxlive.com
- Social Media Marketing World – http://gspn.tv/socialmedia

 
 
Other Questions Covered In This Episode
- What format options do I have for my podcast? (00:04:25)
- Why do you prefer stereo over mono for your podcast? (00:13:07)
- Do you record you and your co-host on separate tracks? (00:18:38)
- How long does it take for reviews to post to iTunes? (00:55:56)


 
 
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Upcoming Event Schedule
220calOne of my favorite things about traveling to, and speaking at conferences, is meeting members of my community. I always make it a point to host a community meetup wherever I travel.

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Platform Conference
November 3-5 – Dallas, TX
Conference Link – http://PlatformConference.tv
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January 4-6, 2014 – Las Vegas, NV
Conference Link – http://NewMediaExpo.com

 
 
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  • http://writingriches.com/ RayEdwards

    Cliff,
    What a pleasant surprise to hear my show mentioned in this episode. As you know, I’m a huge fan of Podcast Answer Man… and you made my day with your comments about my show.
    Additionally, I’d like to say how much I enjoyed your thoughts on attending conferences and investing in yourself. Your insights into the expense versus the reward were profound, and I urge everyone to go back and read listen to this section of the podcast. I built my business by attending seminars… and I still do.

  • jdgaby

    GSPN first, thanks for answering my question today. Second, sorry so rambly…

  • NancyNMX

    GSPN And Thank You for being a Speaker at the NMX Vegas event. Welcome!

  • DerekCOlsen

    Cliff-
    I spent the money to attend https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=867790&c=ib&aff=222525&cl=150056 even though money was tight at the time. (Affiliate Link)
    I didn’t even know that you were going to be there when I saw you at the event. The 15-minute conversation that you and I had about podcasting has directly turned into 4 – $5,000 a month in income for my wife and I. My wife and I are now both hosting http://tvtalk.com/ shows and I am also a producer for TV Talk.
    My point is this, you never know who you might meet. You never know what totally unexpected results might come as a result. Keep your eyes and ears open while you are at an event for opportunities that have nothing to do with the focus of the event itself.
    Thanks again.
    -Derek

  • http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/ Cliff Ravenscraft

    RayEdwards Thanks so much Ray.  I look forward to seeing you in Dallas at the Platform conference.

  • serafinmusic

    Clif, just found your podcast. I’ll be busy for a while catching up on some old episodes. Thank you for all of this great content, brilliant stuff!! New to podcasting but have been in audio for a while. Recently figured out how to record multiple Skype guests at once on separate tracks in my DAW. Have you ever needed to do this?

  • http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/ Cliff Ravenscraft

    serafinmusic I haven’t ever needed to do this. I see the value in it, but I have had amazing success with recording the episode in a way that could allow me to immediately publish without needing to mix the tracks in post.

  • serafinmusic

    Cliff Ravenscraft serafinmusic Ahh I see, that makes sense. Thanks for the quick reply Cliff. Will keep you updated with progress applying things I learn from your site :)

  • http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/ Cliff Ravenscraft

    serafinmusic You bet.  Please know that I do see knowing how to record in separate tracks as a valuable skill and will likely save you in many situations.   
    So glad you are enjoying the show.  I do recommend listening to episodes in reverse order.  This way you will know when I have provided updated info on older topics. ;)
    So thrilled to have you in the community!

  • http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/ Cliff Ravenscraft

    DerekCOlsen Derek, would you be willing to call this in as audio feedback for the show?  This is exactly what I was talking about!!!!

  • http://modernpublishingpodcast.com/ Blaine Moore

    I queued this episode to start right at the point where the question about conferences started and then played it during a recent drive with my wife. I’d mentioned wanting to go to NMX a few weeks ago already so it was “her” idea that I should go after we listened to the episode.  I am now registered and will be looking forward to meeting you in person in January, Cliff! (Used your discount code to register as well.)

  • http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/ Cliff Ravenscraft

    Blaine Moore That is so awesome Blaine!  I can not wait to meet you face to face!  See you in Vegas.

  • DerekCOlsen

    Cliff Ravenscraft DerekCOlsen Done.

  • MeGiantInc

    Great episode Cliff and I look forward to seeing you at #NMX14 :)

  • http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/ Cliff Ravenscraft

    MeGiantInc Thank you so much.  See you in Vegas!

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