Blogging Between Podcast Answer Man Podcast Episodes

Podcast Answer Man PodcastI started my first blog back in 1996 back when Angelfire.com launched and gave people the opportunity to create individual html pages. I started out by editing my index.html page on a daily basis until I felt the page was simply too long. I decided to break down my posts by month and calling each of those pages something like 1996-10.html. Each time I created an html page for a new month, I would manually add a link to it in a file called archive.html. When people would come to my index.html page, they would see the link, on the side of my site, linking them to the archives.

Back then, I was calling it an “online journal.” About a year later, I adopted the term “web log.” Before I knew it, people started calling them blogs and tools like “Blogger” came along and made all this stuff so much easier. Today, I am using WordPress as my blogging/site platform of choice.

BLOG RSS FEEDWhen I discovered podcasting, I fell in love with the concept of sharing my thoughts in audio form and have since created well over 3,300 episodes of audio podcast content. However, I still try to find time to occasionally blog between podcast episodes here on my Podcast Answer Man blog.

22 Tips For Better Podcast Interviews

by Cliff Ravenscraft on February 18, 2017


podintOne of the benefits of having a podcast is the ability to connect with people who you might not, otherwise, be able to connect with. By building a loyal audience around a particular niche focus, you have something of great value to offer to others. Exposure to your community.

Inviting leading industry experts, your favorite authors, etc. to be a guest on your podcast is a great way to build your personal and/or professional network. You also have the ability to gain a bit of credibility by association through the process.

However, if not done well, a podcast interview can harm a potential relationship and damage the credibility you have with your audience. Over the years, I have certainly made my fair share of mistakes when it comes to podcast interviews.

I devoted the second half of episode 315 of my podcast to providing a total of 22 tips to help improve your podcast interviews. I’ve taken the audio just from that portion of the episode, cleaned it up a bit with editing and embedded the audio file above.

I’m going to share the list of 22 tips below. However, if you listen to the audio, embedded above, you will hear me go into great detail about each of these tips. It’s worth a listen if you have the time.

22 Tips To Improve Your Podcast Interviews

1. When inviting a guest for an interview, be sure to clearly communicate the name of your show, the website address of your show, and what your show is about.

2. Explain why you would like to have this guest on your show.

3. Clearly communicate how long you are requesting for the interview to take place.

4. Be prepared by offering at least two to three time slots for the guest to choose from. Be flexible if those are not a good fit for their schedule.

5. Once you confirm a date and time with your guest, be certain to communicate how the interview will be conducted. Provide applicable information such as phone number or Skype contact ID, etc, and clearly communicate who is going to initiate the call.

6. If the interview is scheduled more than a week in advance, be sure to send a follow up reminder one week prior to the scheduled interview.

7. Regardless of when the interview is scheduled, send a follow up reminder the day before the interview. Be sure to communicate, again, how the interview will be conducted, the contact information, and who will be initiating the call.

8. Be sure to include the time and TIME ZONE when sending requests and any confirmations or follow ups related to the interview.

9. Consider sending an outline of questions that you will cover in advance of the interview.

10. If something comes up on your schedule, that would conflict with your scheduled interview, do not put this off, immediately contact your guest and let them know. Make sure to confirm that they received your message about the conflict.

11. Always mark off at least 30 minutes before your scheduled interview to prepare for the call.

12. Call your guest ON TIME! Seriously, be very respectful of their time.

13. Do not go over your time scheduled for the interview.

14. Follow up with a thank you note. This can be done via email, but it has more impact when you send a card (or gift) by mail.

15. Be prepared to give an introduction of your guest rather than asking them to introduce themselves.

16. When asking a question, don’t continue speaking and answering the question for them.

17. Don’t interrupt your guest when they are speaking.

18. Don’t give verbal agreements to every statement that they make.

19. Avoid questions that allow for simple one word answers.

20. Have an idea of the main points you desire to have come out within the interview, ask questions that get you to reach those goals and allow the conversation to flow.

21. Listen to your guest while they are speaking.

22. Make sure to learn how to pronounce your guests name correctly.

I hope that these tips will help you make you a great first impression with those you interview on your podcast.

This post is a part of my weekly podcast development email newsletter. Every week, I share the best tips, advice, tools, techniques and strategies related to podcasting. Register today at http://podcastanswerman.com/newsletter.

Thank you for being a part of my community.

Until next time, I encourage you to take everything you do to the next level!

Sincerely,

Cliff

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The Benefits of Audio Podcasting

by Cliff Ravenscraft on February 8, 2017

Coming Up With Content Ideas For Your Podcast

by Cliff Ravenscraft on January 5, 2017

Since December 2005, I’ve produced a total of 30 podcasts with more than 3,600 of my very own podcast episodes. One question that I’m asked quite often is… “How do you consistently come up with new content for your podcast(s)?”

I covered this topic in the middle of one of my podcast episodes a few years back. Rather than point you back to that old episode and have you forward to the spot where I talked about this topic, I went ahead and created the following audio file which contains just that portion of the episode. Have a listen.

I mentioned the following two resources:
– Workflowy – http://Workflowy.com
– Feedly – http://Feedly.com

 
Below is a list of the sources I mentioned
– Questions and comments from your community.
– News feeds from your niche.
– What struggle are you currently facing? Ask your community for help.
– What obstacle have you recently overcome? Share how you did it.
– What are people talking about in social media?
– Be on the lookout for stories in your every day life.
– Share the success of someone else.
– Invite a guest to come on your show for a “conversation.”
– Search the archives of others in your niche “for inspiration only.”

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12 Common Mistakes Made By Podcasters

by Cliff Ravenscraft on July 30, 2016

I hosted a free webinar via a Facebook Live stream where I shared 12 common mistakes that podcasters make. Whether you’re a seasoned podcaster or just getting ready to launch your first podcast, the following video replay will help you take your podcasting efforts to the next level.

Note: I did become aware that the video was mirrored about five minutes into presentation. After talking about artwork, I stopped referring to anything that might be odd to look at backwards.

Podcasting A to Z
Do you want to learn how to podcast but don’t know where to start? Podcasting A to Z is a four week online training course that walks you through each step in the process of setting up a podcast. You not only get step-by-step tutorials, but you also have the ability to get answers to all your questions during the four week session.

If you have been thinking about starting a podcast, this is the course for you. Just head over to http://PodcastingAtoZ.com for full details. I look forward to potentially working with you.

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Do You Want To Launch A Podcast? My next session of Podcasting A to Z starts May 23rd.

May 10, 2016

If you have been wanting to launch a podcast but have found it to be a bit of a challenge, please check out this video… My Podcasting A to Z group coaching program may be the ladder you need to reach the goal of successfully launching your podcast. Sign up today at PodcastingAtoZ.com

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My Current Thoughts On Social Media Platforms

April 6, 2016

This vlog contains my most recent thoughts as to where I am finding value in the available social media platforms. VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE TO THIS VIDEO: I don’t know how it happened, but when I was recording this vlog, I completely forgot to mention Youtube & Instagram. The following video is a new vlog that […]

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Yes, People Will Probably Criticize You!

March 30, 2016

Earlier today, I had one of my Podcasting A to Z students tell me that she now has cold feet about publishing her first podcast episode. She’s spent the past two weeks tweaking her equipment setup and figuring out the audio editing process. She’s produced a sample audio file that I gave a “PERFECT” rating. […]

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Is It Worth It For Me To Continue My Daily Vlog?

March 22, 2016

Is it worth it? I’ve been producing daily vlog posts for two months now. Even though I’m using Snapchat to create these posts, which is easy enough, it is actually a lot of work to turn them into video formats that work for my YouTube channel, my video podcast feed and even to upload them […]

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What Are All Those Screens Used For?

March 21, 2016

Many folks have been asking me why I have so many screens in my office. Do I use them for anything other than branding? I’m devoting today’s vlog post to answering these questions. While I share the primary purpose for each of the screens you see in my office, the reality is that they each […]

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Ask Me Anything About Launching A Podcast (Webinar Replay)

March 12, 2016

I recently hosted a free webinar, “Ask Me Anything About Launching A Podcast.” The purpose was to give people a taste of what my weekly group coaching calls are like during my, four week, Podcasting A to Z online coaching program. The video below is an edited replay of the webinar featuring the most relevant […]

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How I Can Track 80% of My Income Back To 10 to 11 People.

March 7, 2016

In episode 42 of my vlog, I mentioned that I could track 80% of my income, over the past eight years, back to 10 to 11 people that are within my community. One person commented… “Ok, so 80% of your sales stem from 10 to 11 of your business network referrals – not organic sales […]

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Who Is Cliff Ravenscraft? [VLOG]

March 7, 2016

I recently had a significant number of new folks start following me on Snapchat recently and I decided to introduce myself. It was pretty interesting trying to come up with a way to explain who I am given that I’m in the midst of a transitional season of life. This is what I came up […]

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Did I Just Screw Up By Rebranding My Podcast? – [VLOG]

March 6, 2016

In today’s vlog, I share my thoughts about why I’m confident that I made the right decision about rebranding my podcast. Unfortunately, I had to re-record my thoughts due to a technical glitch that happened today. What I shared the second time around is nowhere close to the awesome insights that came out the first […]

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My SnapChat Tutorial

January 31, 2016

I have recently fallen in love with the stories functionality of SnapChat. I’ve been using it to record a daily vlog. I encourage you to follow me on SnapChat. Username = cliffeotc. If you are on your mobile phone, you can click here to add me. The SnapChat App Is Confusing: This was my first […]

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Periscope Tip: How to bring in audio from your mixer into your iPhone or iPad

August 22, 2015

I am so excited to announce that I have found a solution for bringing audio from my mixer into my iPhone or iPad so that that I can stream live on Periscope using my Heil microphones while also being able to include sound clips and jingles. To do this, I am using the iRig 2 […]

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405 – Crossing The Finish Line

May 20, 2015

The only official show notes for this episode is the following image. It will make perfect sense once you listen to the full episode.

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The Past Six Months Are Just The Beginning!

May 14, 2015

It has been exactly six months since I announced to the world that I was going to make a few lifelong commitments that would change my life forever. If you haven’t been following my journey, you can hear that announcement in episode 583 of my Pursuing A Balanced Life podcast. The images below show only […]

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402 – Apple Watch Review From A Fitness Tracking Perspective

April 29, 2015

In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I give my full review of the Apple Watch after having it for nearly one full week. Find out what I am absolutely in love with this device. Keep in mind, I purchased the Apple watch as a fitness tracking device first and foremost. I used to be […]

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Las Vegas – Podcast Answer Man Community Meetup

April 12, 2015

I’m hosting a private, meetup for members of the Podcast Answer Man community who will be attending New Media Expo 2015. Who is invited to attend this event? Those who have listened to any of the podcasts that I have produced over the years. Those who have gone through any of the free tutorials on my […]

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A New iTunes Description for Podcast Answer Man

November 25, 2014

Today, I spent sometime updating the iTunes description of the Podcast Answer Man podcast. The old description used to start off with “This is THE PODCAST about Podcasting! Helping you take your show to the “next level.” However, this no longer accurately describes what each podcast episode is focused on. For this reason, I’ve changed […]

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Creating The Content That You Feel Called To Create

November 24, 2014

I recently came across one of quote on the internet that says… “Some people will only love you as long as you fit into their box.  Don’t be afraid to disappoint.” As a content creator, you simply cannot expect to make everyone happy. I have come to the place where I believe it is detrimental […]

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“Quick Question” I get emails with this subject line or that have this in the first sentence of at least 30 to 40 emails per day…

November 21, 2014

It’s Friday morning and I have about three really important things that I want to accomplish today. Things that I feel are really important and that I feel “called to do.” I’m talking about the types of things that if I were to ask myself at the end of the day, “Did I do, today, […]

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Do You Want To Create A Top Ranked Podcast That Generates Big Cash For You? If so….

August 31, 2014

Do you want to learn how to create a podcast that will instantly rise to the top of the iTunes ranking for your category? Do you want to learn how you can generate, thousands, tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars from your podcasting efforts? If so…. Podcasting A to Z IS […]

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Live Q&A Broadcast for August 21, 2014

August 21, 2014

This week, I decided to release the audio recording of my closing keynote as my episode for Podcast Answer Man. I knew that I would still have a live audience that would come to my live show Thursday chat room. For this reason, I decided to have an impromptu Q&A show targeted specifically for the […]

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Podcasters Can Change The World!

July 29, 2014

When I left my career in insurance to pursue podcasting full-time, my decision was not fueled by how much money I could earn or how much popularity I could generate. I decided to devote my life to podcasting because I realized that this was the best opportunity for me to make a positive difference in […]

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Media Coverage For Podcasting – KUSI TV’s Good Morning San Diego

March 27, 2014

Most of you know that I flew to San Diego this week to speak at Social Media Marketing World. I had the incredible honor of being invited to promote my talk on KUSI TV’s Good Morning San Diego new show. The following is the video recording of that segment.

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VLOG – New Home Construction Update March 2014

March 24, 2014

Every day, I thank God for the opportunity to create a business that serves others, makes a positive difference in the lives of people all over the world and that brings a great deal of personal satisfaction and fulfillment into my own life. I am incredibly blessed. On my ABOUT PAGE, there is a video […]

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Why You Should Create An Audio Podcast Within 90 Days!

November 7, 2013

Are you seeking clarity on which channel you should choose to launch your online efforts? Do you already have a loyal online following and seek clarity on what you can do to take your online efforts to the next level? In this video, I will make it crystal clear that the single greatest investment you […]

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Free Informational Podcasting A to Z Conference Call

September 12, 2013

Many online marketers will create a webinar that they offer for free in an effort to get you fully engaged with them and their brand so that they may make a huge sales pitch at the end of the call with some sort of manufactured deadline that you must accept their offer by. If you […]

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What Is Triberr And How Can It Benefit You?

August 24, 2013

Each month, I host a webinar for the members of the Podcast Mastermind. In this month’s webinar, I interviewed Dino Dogan, co-founder of Triberr.com. I was very impressed with what I have learned about Triberr and felt compelled to go ahead and share this 1 hour 25 minute webinar publicly here on my blog. If […]

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A Proven Podcast Workflow

July 18, 2013

Many of you know that I teach a four week Podcasting A to Z course where I have helped hundreds of folks launch extremely successful podcasts. I wanted to share a quick video tutorial that I created for my Podcasting A to Z students. In this video, I show you my step-by-step podcasting workflow. When […]

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VLOG – Live Show Thursday!

May 30, 2013

For the past few years, I’ve been doing “Live Show Thursday.” Basically I turn on a live streaming camera in my studio at 9am Eastern Time and keep it on until about 2pm Eastern Time at http://gspn.tv/live. I have done this to give folks a peak inside the studio to see how I produce my […]

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VLOG – In front of the computer all day

May 28, 2013

This is my first “official” vlog post! I have recently been inspired by Fr. Roderick Vonhogen’s Vlog posts. I figured that I would give this a shot to see folks from my community had any interest in short video clips that show what happens when I’m not behind a microphone. If you like my vlog […]

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4 Reasons Why Podcasting Is The Single Best Investment For Taking Your Platform To The Next Level!

May 17, 2013

Do you have a message that you want to get out to the world? Do you want to take your brand exposure to the next level? In this short video, I share four reasons why creating an audio podcast is the best investment you can make to stand out in our online world! This video […]

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How To Market Your Business With A Podcast Without Directly Selling Anything!

May 13, 2013

As a member of the Podcast Mastermind I have had the privilege of watching, first hand, as Cesar Abeid effectively integrates the marketing of his business within the Construction Industry Podcast. What I love most about Cesar’s approach to integrated marketing is that he has not turned his niche podcast into full out commercial for […]

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How I Became A Confident Public Speaker!

May 11, 2013

Over the past two years, I have made a decision to put a great deal of focus on getting more involved in public speaking. In a short amount of time, I have made it to the place where I am being paid to speak at events. I have already given my first Keynote address, where […]

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