Podcasters Can Change The World!

by Cliff Ravenscraft on 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 the lives of other people around the world.

I hope this doesn’t seem arrogant. However, I have a strong desire to live a life in such a way that after my time has passed, I want the world to be a better place because I was in it.

I believe that every podcaster has the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of others through their podcasting efforts. This will be the focus of my closing keynote address for the Podcast Movement conference.

Please watch the video below to see how you can help me take this message to the next level.

The Three Types of Stories I Am Looking For

1. Has your life been positively impacted because of a community environment created by a podcaster? This could be a live, in person meetup, an online forum, a facebook group, a live show chat room, etc. I’m looking for stories of people whose lives had been changed after meeting other people who shared their passions, who they would not have ever met had that community environment never been set up by the podcaster.

2. Do you have a story about how your life has been positively changed as the result of podcaster who took the time to interact with you personally, one-on-one? I’m looking for stories that emphasize the importance of genuinely caring about each individual listener rather than always being so focused on the number of people downloading their shows.

3. Do you have a story where your life has been positively changed as the result of a podcaster who authentically and transparently shared their own struggles, their own weaknesses, etc?

These are the types of stories that I am looking for. If you would be willing to share these stories in the comments section below, I would be honored to hear about them. I may share some of these stories in my Podcast Answer Man podcast and I will certainly consider incorporating some of these stories into my closing keynote.

Note: If you think your story will take up more than two paragraphs, I suggest writing it in a text editor where you can save your writing progress and then copy and paste it into the comment box below.

Thank you, in advance, for sharing your story!

Update July 29, 2014 10:36 AM: I had posted a link to this on Facebook and in response, Christina Canters asked “Apart from you, Cliff?” Below is how I responded…

Obviously, I’d be honored to hear stories of how I’ve personally helped people. I imagine that there are many that I am not aware of.

However, I’m looking for any stories related to any podcaster’s podcasting efforts that has helped make someone’s life better.

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  • DarcySabatino

    Cliff,
    Podcasting saved me from a life of mediocrity. About a year ago, I began listening to them regularly to help make my work commute more tolerable. Ironically, they made my commute LESS tolerable – because they made me realize that I HAD to do something else with my life; something more meaningful. I always had the mindset that you just have to go to school, get a steady job, work hard, buy a house, pay it off, and retire; and only THEN are you allowed to have “fun” with your life. But by tuning in to hear exactly the messages that resonated with me, I felt more connected with a different world, an inspired world that was hovering within my reach but beyond my immediate influences.
    Among many of the podcasts I explored, EntrepreneurOnFire was probably the one that started a chain reaction for me; and because of it, I began subscribing to more and more self-improvement and entrepreneurial podcasts. The daily format of EOFire kept me hooked, and I explored other podcasts since I really needed a few hours a day of great content.
    The Overwhelmed Brain, with Paul Colaianni is another one that I listen to week-after-week. It’s dubbed, “The Personal Growth Show for the Critical Thinker”. Paul keeps it as an audio blog, and shares his experiences in a very authentic way. From listening to shows like his, I developed the confidence that I could start my own podcast – not because of anything he did or said specifically, but because I felt I could relate to the way he created his show. I thought to myself, “Wow, this guy is great, and all he does is get behind a mic and deliver inspirational thoughts, in an entertaining and intriguing way, once a week.”
    Back in February 2014, I joined Podcaster’s Paradise, which has full video tutorials for podcasting. But I didn’t join for those. More importantly, for me, I knew what it would BECOME – which is a thriving community of podcasters, and I wanted to be part of that community.
    As I explored other entrepreneurial podcasts, in March 2014 I discovered Podcast Answer Man. And after listening to several episodes and browsing your website, Cliff, I knew that you’d deliver the course I needed. You delivered the technical content (which I expected), but your life-coaching skills ACTUALLY PUSHED ME to put something out to the world. My show will officially launch “Episode 1” of Modern Business Guru on August 15, just 1 day before the Podcast Movement conference! I really have you to thank for that significant step in my journey, and for the podcasters that led me to you.
    Cliff, I don’t “hate” my job. But I do hate that it keeps me from spending more time with my family, doing more things that we love, and experiencing the world together. I did not have the mindset that I could change this before I began listening to podcasts; before becoming inspired by all the episodes, all the interviews, and all of the interactions that I have gained by becoming part of the community. Huge thanks to you Cliff, John Lee Dumas and Kate Erickson, Paul Colaianni, Pat Flynn, Lewis Howes, Jaime Tardy, Daniel Lewis, Michael Hyatt, and SO MANY others – including the Fizzlers – Chase, Corbett, and Caleb – for instilling the proper mindset in me, to know that I could pull myself out of the 9-5 corporate rut. I have made it my mission to inspire and do the same for others.
    I always knew I was capable of doing anything I wanted with my life. I just didn’t know what I wanted to be capable of.
    THANK YOU, Podcasters. Thank you for podcasting, and for accepting me into your community.
    Most sincerely,
    Darcy Sabatino

  • DarcySabatino Thank you so much for sharing this story Darcy!!!!   I am very excited about your upcoming launch!  Soon, people will be writing their story about how you have had a positive influence in their lives!

  • DarcySabatino

    @Cliff Ravenscraft I am honoured to share my story and so grateful for the relationships that I have built in the past few months. Thank you for your kind words!

  • DennisFreitas Dennis, I really appreciate you sharing your story!!!!

  • perrylawrence Perry, I am sorry that it’s taken me this long to see this comment.  It got caught in one of my spam filters due to the link.  Anyway.  Thank you so much for sharing this and for your encouraging words brother.

    I love that you have an audio podcast!!!!!    “Taking a break out of your day and sticking some video in your ear.”  I LOVE IT!!!

  • GetSocialHealth jkennedy93 Janet. Thank you so much for sharing your story here.  I’m not sure how this got caught in my spam filter.  However, I just found it and approved the comment to appear on my site.
    So sorry about that.  I agree.. The podcasting community is very warm and generous.

  • JennyHamson Jenny, you are amazing.  It’s been such an honor to have you in our community all these years.  

    Just a note: This comment got lost in my spam filter.  I just found it and added it to the site.  So sorry about that.

    Just know that I really value you and our friendship!!!

  • This is another interesting topic that you’ve shared among podcasters. I see how you inspired different people with your God’s given generosity and talent. You’re an angel to everybody. what you posted is really a life-changing.

  • Wow. Thank you so much for the encouraging feedback Stephanie. I wish for you to have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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