Welcome To The Podcast Answer Man Podcast!

Podcast Answer Man PodcastI (Cliff Ravenscraft) launched the Podcast Answer Man podcast back in December of 2006, one year after I started podcasting. I had been approached by several people, asking me to help them to launch a podcast. Technically, I was still podcasting as a hobby at that time and I had decided to start doing some paid consulting work on the side.

One thing led to another and less than a year, after launching the Podcast Answer Man podcast, I became convinced that I could actually make a living doing podcasting full-time as my career. In January of 2008, left my full-time career as an insurance agent, in a family run insurance agency, to do what I love for a living! If you want to hear the full story of how this happened, I would encourage you to see the video on my about page.

Podcast Answer Man is perfect for the brand new podcaster and seasoned podcasters alike. My goal is consistently encourage podcasters to dream big and to always think about how they can take their podcast to the next level.

If you like this podcast, you may also be interested to know that I produce an entire network of podcasts at the Generally Speaking Production Network..

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CliffAndRayGetting To The Next Level Involves Surrounding Yourself With People Who Are At The Level You Want To Achieve
I am excited to share a conversation that I recently had with my great friend, mentor and business adviser, Ray Edwards. (00:20:56)

As I was reviewing the conversation we had, I noted the insights that came up during our dialog. The following is just a few of the many insights that I believe you will pull from this encounter.

- You may feel intimidated by the level of success of others. However, you would be surprised by just how much value you have to offer them.

- The difference between earning your way into a circle of influence and buying your way in.

- You become the average of the five people that you INTENTIONALLY spend the most time with.

- There is no one right format for a podcast. Create a show that you have in your heart to create.

- Once you have decided that you have all the answers, you have decided that you are ready to stop growing.

- Getting to the next level involves surrounding yourself with people who are at the level that you wish to achieve.

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Building Relationships With Your Audience (00:06:14)
I recently had an exchange with one of my Podcasting A to Z students about the importance of staying focused on the two most important things, as it relates to their podcasting efforts. I explained that the two most important things were 1) Creating valuable content for your audience on a consistent basis and 2) Building relationships with those who listen to your show.

The student expressed that he thought his was great advice and asked me to recommend the best way to build that relationship. He asked if the best way as to ask for feedback via email, asking for voice mail feedback or creating a mailing list so that I can send email updates.

My response to this followup question is that the focus should not be focused on the tool used for building a relationship, but instead actually how to build the relationship itself.

In this episode, I share an example of how I’ve built genuine relationships with a few thousands people who have listened to the various podcasts that I have produced over the past eight years.

 
 
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My Backup Solution Explained (00:08:35)
server backup cloud computing conceptI have created a lot of audio, hi-res photo and HD video content over the past several years. I also run a sizable business which is 100% paperless. Having local and online backup of all my data is absolutely essential to protect my business.

In this episode I go into great detail to explain how I have managed my backup solutions over the past several years and what has changed in the past two weeks as the result of DropBox increasing their premium data storage amounts to a minimum of 1TB. This episode is a bit geekier and more technical than normal. However, in my group coaching calls for my Podcasting A to Z course, I’ve had this topic come up a number of times and I figured it was time to include this information in an episode of Podcast Answer Man. I mentioned BackBlaze and DropBox in this discussion.

 
 
Other Items Mentioned In This Episode
- iPhone 5 battery replacement (Link)
- Podcast Patent Lawsuit Update (EFF Article)
- New Media Expo With NAB April 13-16, 2015
- Social Media Success Summit (Affiliate Link)

 
 
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371 How Do I Balance My Business Life And My Faith?

by Cliff Ravenscraft on August 28, 2014

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How do you balance your business life and your faith?
I’m often complimented on how well I consistently share my faith through the content that I create for Podcast Answer Man without ever sounding “too strong” or “preachy.” These comments tend to take me by surprise as I feel that I rarely talk openly about my faith in the content that I am creating.

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How Do You Balance Your Business Life & Your Faith?

Recently, Jared sent me a message stating that he’s now entered the entrepreneurial world after having been employed in a traditional professional ministry position. He wanted to know how I was able to find a balance between my business life and my faith.

He went on to state that through his business endeavors, he now has a lot of new friends, acquaintances and business partners that he would like to share his faith with. However, he is concerned about potentially ruining those relationships by going in too strong and sounding too preachy.

In forming his question to me, he also stated that he has invested in these relationships and now wants to know how he can leverage these relationships so that he can introduce his faith through his personal witnessing, in an effort to share the gospel with them.

A majority of this episode is devoted to my response to Jared’s request for advice in this area. The topic starts at 16 minutes and 43 seconds. (00:16:43)

 
 
Other Items Mentioned In This Episode
- Using Instagram Hashtags for Greater Exposure (00:03:30)
- My Live Q&A Call From Last Week (00:55:45)
- Why I purchased the Canon HF-G30 andy why I love it. (00:56:09)

 
 
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My Closing Keynote for Podcast Movement 2014 (00:06:25)
In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share the audio recording of the closing keynote address that I gave to those who attended the Podcast Movement conference on Sunday, August 16th and 17th, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.

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Podcast Movement 2014 | Closing Keynote
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In my talk, I explained that if you have a clear message that people can grasp on to, if you genuinely care about other people, if you are intentional about creating environments of community and you are willing to just be yourself, you will have a powerful and positive impact in the lives of those who listen to your show. (Photo Credit: giovanni gallucci)

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369 Twitter Analytics And Many New Media News Updates

August 7, 2014

Twitter Analytics (00:25:51) It’s been several months since we’ve had a social media segment with my great friend, Erik Fisher. Today, Erik joins me to discuss Twitter Analytics. This service allows you to review how many views your tweets are getting on Twitter’s service and how much engagement each tweet is getting. We also briefly […]

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368 Six Tips For Dealing With Email Overwhelm & Shocking Podcasting Patent Lawsuit Update

July 31, 2014

Shocking Podcasting Patent Lawsuit Update (00:16:25) In this week’s episode, I share the story published by ArsTechnica that Personal Audio, LLC had attempted to drop the lawsuit against Adam Carolla, but Adam refused to drop his defence of the lawsuit. It seems that Personal Audio LLC, had dropped the other lawsuits that they had filed […]

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367 What do you do when you know that what is needed to take your podcast to the next level is just outside your financial reach? And So Much More!

July 24, 2014

Next Level One Day Mastermind Event I’m very excited to announce my very first one day LIVE EVENT. I will be hosting the first Next Level One Day Mastermind event on Friday, August 15th in Dallas TX in the Galveston Room at the Westin Galleria. (pictured below) I describe this event in great detail starting […]

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366 How Much Should I Charge My Sponsor?

July 17, 2014

How Much Should I Charge My Sponsor? Some recently posted this question… “I’ve been approached by an ad agency about advertising in my podcast. They have a client that’s very targeted for my audience. So they’re asking me for rate information. I have no idea what to quote them, as I’ve yet to have a […]

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365 Growing Your Mailing List – Thoughts On Live Streaming & Video In General – And Much More!

July 10, 2014

Working Out The Kinks With My Live Stream (00:04:14) Some of you know that I have been broadcasting a live stream of the recording of my podcasts since 2006. Until recently, I never really talked about this a great deal. However, in the past few episodes, I’ve mentioned that I’ve been looking to take my […]

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363 Permission To Relaunch Your Podcast And Much More!

June 26, 2014

Permission To Relaunch Your Podcast During my current session of Podcasting A to Z, I had shared the story how I once did a complete relaunch of my Help I Got A Mac podcast by deleting the first ten episodes that I had published and restarting the show with a brand new first episode. One […]

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362 Podcasting App To Be UnRemovable in iOS 8? Three Ways To Read All Written Reviews of Your Podcast. Can You Fanscribe Your Podcast? And Much Much More!

June 19, 2014

Permanent Podcasting App in iOS 8? Special thanks to Troy Heinritz for alerting me to a Mac Rumors article noting that the Podcasts App, from Apple, is pre-installed in the new iOS8 beta 2 version of the software. If this remains in iOS8, it means that every iOS 8 user will have the podcasts app […]

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361 The Next Level Studio

June 14, 2014

I’m In My New Studio! I know that I’ve been talking about getting ready to move into my new studio for a very long time. We started the building process, of our new home, a full year ago. I’ve been dreaming of the day that I would actually have all this extra space for all […]

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360 Does Listening Via Stitcher Really Support Content Producers?

June 6, 2014

Why I Found Stitcher’s Last Email To Be Misleading! (00:34:32) Recently, the CEO of Sticher Radio, Noah Shanok, sent an email, to those who use their app, to apologize for “instances where their ad system performed in unexpected and sometimes suboptimal ways, for example by delivering ads at less than ideal times, serving repetitive ads, […]

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359 Should I Rebrand & Relaunch My Show To Take Advantage of New & Noteworthy?

May 29, 2014

Immediately after recording this episode, I announced to those who were watching live, in the chat room, that I would personally rate this episode about a 6 out of 10 on a quality scale. Going into the episode, I was pretty excited about the content that I had planned for the show. However, I ended […]

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358 Should I Use SoundCloud? Setting Boundaries With Your Audience? Co-Hosting Advice & More

May 22, 2014

Why Every Entrepreneur Should Become An Expert At Saying No! Recently, I received an email, from Gloria, that said… “I Just spent the day listening to your podcast! So valuable and I feel so blessed to have found it! In episode 321, you mentioned a talk you gave about four reasons entrepreneurs should say no. […]

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357 How Do I Get More Feedback From My Audience? And Much More!

May 15, 2014

    Catching Up On Voice Messages In this week’s episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share my latest thoughts as I continue to daydream about what life will be like when I am in my new studio space once our new home construction is complete. Also, in this episode, I answer six questions that […]

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356 The Response To Last Week’s Episode & An Interview With Dane Sanders

May 9, 2014

Response To Last Week’s Episode Last week’s episode of Podcast Answer Man prompted a large amount of feedback related to three items. First, I had made a point to produce the entire episode without a single audio clip included. Second, episode 355 was the longest episode, of Podcast Answer Man, that I have ever published, […]

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355 Why You Should NOT Start A Podcast – My Thoughts Regarding Spencer Haw’s Blog Post On This Topic.

May 1, 2014

This week’s podcast episode is unique in several ways. First, I made the intentional decision to not use any audio clips within the podcast from beginning to end. I did this as a means of motivation for brand new podcasters who may be struggling to find the right music or audio branding for their podcast. […]

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354 The New New Twitter – Book Recommendations – And Much More

April 24, 2014

The New New Twitter Is Getting Close It’s been a few years since Twitter had a major overhaul of their web user interface. Twitter recently rolled out a redesign of their User Profiles. The change to the new design will eventually happen for all users. However, you can click here to get the new design […]

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353 Can I Make Money If My Podcast Is Not A Business? How Long Can I Still Answer Every Email? Why Do I Not Recommend Using Your Media Host’s RSS Feed? And How To Avoid Interrupting Your Co-Host

April 17, 2014

Why Do I Not Recommend Using Your Media Host’s RSS Feed? Several people have been emailing me, recently, telling me that they have been getting a lot of conflicting advice regarding which rss feed they should use. Specifically, there have been many folks that have been told that the best option for new podcasters, who […]

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352 Twitter Photos – Photo Tagging – Skype TX – Patreon – Naming New Studio And More!

April 10, 2014

Twitter Photos & Tag Spam In this week’s social media segment, Erik Fisher joins me to discuss Twitter’s new ability to upload four pictures to a single tweet using their mobile application. We also talk about the ability to tag people in the photos you upload form the mobile Twitter app. This led us into […]

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351 On Air Signs – Shark Tank Podcast – And So Much More

April 3, 2014

Remote Controlled On Air Sign I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner. However, it recently occurred to me that I could use one of those WeMo switches by Belkin to operate a plugged in On Air Light/Sign that I could place just outside my studio. In fact, I may place a second […]

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350 Ten Common Mistakes That New Podcasters Make And What To Do If You’ve Made Them – & Much Much More

March 20, 2014

Ten Common Mistakes That New Podcasters Make In this episode, of Podcast Answer Man, I share ten of the most common mistakes that I have seen thousands of brand new podcasters make. I not only share my thoughts on why these are mistakes, I also give suggestions of what you can do if you have […]

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349 Dealing With Negative Feedback – How To Come Back From A Podfade – DropCam Pro Review

March 13, 2014

Dealing With Negative Feedback It’s been a long time since I last covered the topic of dealing with negative feedback. Earlier this week, I was listening to the Jillian Michaels Show and she had an episode titled Haters Are Gonna Hate. In this episode, I shared about seven and a half minutes from Jillian’s show […]

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348 The Episode I Almost Deleted

March 6, 2014

It’s been a long time since I recorded an episode of Podcast Answer Man that I actually deleted. I have had a few episodes where I went back and re-recorded a section or two. There have even been a few episodes that I had to do some heavy editing on to turn them into something […]

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347 Appear.In Free Peer to Peer Video Conferencing & The Podcast Movement Conference

February 27, 2014

Keynoting At The Podcast Movement In this episode, I talk with Jared Easley and Gary Leland who, together with Dan Franks and Mitch Todd, are putting together the new Podcast Movement National Podcasting Conference. During my conversation with Gary and Jared, I ask why they made the decision to start this conference. We also talked […]

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346 Should We Stop Using The Term Podcast?

February 20, 2014

Why I Still Defend The Term PODCAST Matt Lovell is one of thirty students who are currnetly going through the 15th session of my Podcasting A to Z training course. Matt started a conversation inspired by something that he heard on Dan Miller’s podcast. Dan had stated that, starting in 2014, he was no longer […]

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345 Podcast Patent Update – A Talk With Michael Stelzner About Social Media Marketing World – Paper App by Facebook – The Whiteification of Twitter – Flappy Bird – And More!

February 13, 2014

Social Media Marketing World In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I talk with Michael Stelzner from Social Media Examiner. The main focus of our conversation is to discuss what the Social Media Marketing World Conference is about and who, specifically, should consider attending. (Starts at 00:38:57)     Podcasting Patent Update Special thanks to […]

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344 Why I’m Shutting Down The Podcast Mastermind, Even Though It Generated Over $57,000 In 2013

February 6, 2014

In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share one of the top five most difficult decisions that I’ve had to make in my business. February 2014 marks the second anniversary of The Podcast Mastermind. In spite of the fact that it was responsible for generating over $57,000 in profit for my business in 2013, […]

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343 Five Tips for Reducing or Eliminating Mouth Noises From Your Podcast

January 30, 2014

Reducing or Eliminating Mouth Noises Over the past eight years, I’ve had the privilege of working with thousands of people on the launch of their podcast. On average, about one out of ten individuals have experienced a significant issue with mouth noises. In this episode, I invited Renee Chambliss, professional audio book narrator, to share […]

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342 – Five Tips For A Relational Approach To Twitter & A Conversation With Scott Stratten

January 23, 2014

Five Tips For A Relational Approach To Twitter In several recent episodes of Podcast Answer Man, Erik Fisher and I have discussed our desire to get back to using Twitter the way that we did in the old days. The main problem, however, has been that it is increasingly difficult to use twitter in this […]

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341 Music For Your Podcast – How Can I Play Licensed Music In My Podcast? – Royalty Free Music – Independent Music – Podsafe Music – Jingles – Custom Music & More

January 16, 2014

Can I Play Music In My Podcast? One of the top five things that I am most often asked about is whether or not you can play music in your podcast. I created this extended edition of Podcast Answer Man to serve as a resource that I can point folks to as questions related to […]

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340 New Media Expo 2014 Review

January 9, 2014

New Media Expo 2014 Review I just returned from New Media Expo and the reality is that I should have taken this week off. I had such an amazing time at the event. However, the lack of sleep and the long days did wear me down quite a bit. With that, I originally recorded episode […]

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339 The Value of Grind-It-Out, Slow & Steady Podcasting – You Don’t Have To Be Another Podcasting Rock Star!

December 26, 2013

Tom Adams Shares The Value of A Small Narrow Niche Audience Podcasting to a small, niche audience is an often overlooked opportunity by many potential podcasters. Tom Adams has discovered just how valuable they can be. Tom is a consultant, executive coach and author, as well as the President of a boutique web marketing agency […]

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338 Evergreen Content & Thoughts Behind A New Opening Script

December 19, 2013

Creating Evergreen Content (00:38:45) In this episode, I talk about the value in intentionally creating evergreen content. In my weekly podcast, I may discuss topics that are extremely relevant today but may not be applicable months or years down the road. However, I will often create a segment of an episode or even full episodes […]

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