448 – Getting Past Episode 007 And A Conversation With Joel Comm Regarding The Value of Snapchat

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Getting Past Episode 007
An overwhelming majority of podcast that are created never make it past their seventh episode. In this episode, I attempt to encourage Susan B from the I Can't Stop Spending podcast, to avoid contributing to this statistic.

You see, Susan was a student in my March Podcasting A to Z coaching program. Even before she launched her podcast, she was already experiencing “cold feet.”

She had already done the hard work of setting up and tweaking her recording equipment setup and and figuring out the audio editing process. She had already produced a sample audio file that I gave a “PERFECT” rating. (And most of you know just how much of an audio snob I am.)

During the first week of the coaching program, I asked her why she wanted to launch her podcast. She wrote… “My life’s mission, and the purpose of my podcast, is to share my experience, strength, and hope around recovery from compulsive spending, to help others who feel powerless over the obsession to buy, shop, and spend…

However, on March 30th, while other students were submitting their first episodes to the various podcast directories, she wrote to me saying… “So I’m having an identity crisis, Cliff….. I’m not sure I should be doing this particular podcast now. I know you cannot make the decision, but I’d like your feedback about my concerns.

She went on to write about about how a few of her friends in recovery have cautioned her about some of the things that she was considering with her platform.

She then wrote… “I’m worried that people will get upset with me for sharing my experience, strength, and hope this way.

And she told me that she had an idea for a different podcast that she might pursue instead.

This interaction inspired the following vlog post!

BTW. After receiving my feedback, Susan sent me the following message.

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Cliff, I cannot thank you enough for this amazing motivational response. I will be using it in the podcast, if you don’t mind. Your transformation is astounding. I read the FB post and comments, and was so struck by this exchange you had with someone:

THEY SAID: I know you won’t call out the hater who mocked you, but I hope he sees this and the profound support you so deservedly have received. Well done! Keep up the good work!

And YOU SAID: Yeah, funny thing is that guy made it into the most recent Keynote that I did. I used it as an example of how you can’t allow others, who don’t understand your vision, keep you from moving toward your goal as a result of their negative feedback.

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Wow.

Moving forward. Thanks to you.

–End Quote–

I was so happy to see Susan publish her first episode, on April 3rd. As I saw her publish a new episode every week for the next four weeks, I thought she was on course for beating that “7th Episode Statistic.”

However, earlier this week, I received a new email from Susan. She wrote the following.

–Begin Quote–

Hi Cliff,

I'm going to stop the podcast for now. 🙁

I asked someone (not in my target audience) to listen. His response was that it was boring (it is) and I talk too much about myself (I do, but that is because that's how we do it in recovery), and not entertaining (ugh). He suggested using a script (sooooo time-consuming).

There is nothing worse to me. Searched your website for “boring,” but found nothing.

The one thing I've never been accused of being is boring. I've done five episodes. And I thought I was quite passionate and had some humor in it.

I just wondered if you have ever done a podcast on the topic of being entertaining vs. boring. If not, it would be great if you did one.

Since I steadily have around 75 listeners to each episode, I'm going to do a hiatus episode and explain and ask for feedback.

This is so hard and time-consuming as it is, but if I stink at it, I just don't see any point of continuing until I figure something else out. Probably interviewing would be the only option. And I really didn't want to do that.

Thanks,
Susan

–End Quote–

I asked Susan for permission to read her email in this week's podcast episode and to share my responses with her in the podcast. She gave me her blessing to do so and that's what you'll hear during the first 27 minutes of this episode.

 
 
A Conversation With Joel Comm Regarding The Value of Snapchat
ConsultPhotoOriginally, this week's episode was going to feature a full-length conversation that I had with my friend, Joel Comm regarding the value of Snapchat. We had originally talked for approximately 52 minutes. However, I felt that I must share my response to Susan's email, mentioned above, in this episode as well.

As a result, I went to work editing the recording of my conversation with Joel. I ended up removing about 23 minutes of audio. However, I'm very excited about what came out as a result of this editing. I trust that you'll find some valuable insight into the value of Snapchat by listening in on our conversation. (Starts at 00:26:51).

By the way, you can Joel on Snapchat. His username is @JoelComm.

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394 How Ijeoma Eleazu Found Her Voice In The World of Podcasting

Ijeoma-Eleazu-e1402893612382The Inspiring Podcast Journey of Ijeoma Eleazu
In this week's episode, I share the story of how Ijeoma Eleazu came to find her voice in the podcasting world. Ijeoma is a clinical pharmacist who had gone through the May 2013 session of my Podcasting A to Z training course.

Like many students, Ijeoma was not exactly sure what type of podcast that she wanted to create. She had just recently discovered podcasting, at the time, and felt confident that she should start one of her own.

During the course, she had worked to launch a podcast that would draw from her experience and education in the area of medicine. This podcast never made it past the second episode. However, it's here where her story starts to really get interesting.

I hope that you are inspired by Ijeoma's journey of finding her voice in the podcasting world. If you know anyone who has an Etsy store, please encourage them to check out the Etsy Conversations Podcast. Also, be sure to check out the article from the official Etsy blog where Ijeoma's podcast is listed as the #1 podcast to help your Etsy business thrive.

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328 Finding Your Voice – Knowing What You Want To Share With The World

snfyvThree Ideas For Finding Your Voice
In this episode, I invite Joel Boggess and Dr. Pei Kang back to Podcast Answer Man. Joel and Pei were featured as guests back on episode 226 where we discussed how you can make yourself newsworthy.

Joel is coming out with a new book titled “Finding Your voice – sort through the clutter and discover clarity, confidence and direction” that is being published by SoundWisdom. The book is scheduled for release on November 5th. However, you can pre-order the book by clicking here. If you do end up pre-ordering the book, you can get your book bonuses by clicking here.

In my conversation with Joel and Pei, we discussed three ideas to help you discover the message that you have to share with the world.

1. Finding your voice in the “past” – your past leaves clues.
2. Finding your voice in the “questions” others have for you.
3. Finding your voice in the “struggles”

 
 
YouTube Audio Library
YouTube recently launched their Free Audio Library with 150 Royalty-Free audio tracks that you can download and use in any of your creative productions.

YouTube already offered more than 150,000 audio tracks on its site previously. However, those tracks were not able to be downloaded or edited in any way. Also, those tracks were only licensed for use in YouTube videos.

These new tracks are available as 320 Kbps MP3 files and YouTube says that they can be used for “any creative purpose” even outside of YouTube. In this social media segment, Erik Fisher and I discuss when you may or may not want to use these audio tracks.

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