Posts Tagged "podcast"

On maximizing the value of an invitation to Podcasters Paradise Cruise – or any other industry conference for that matter.

On maximizing the value of an invitation to Podcasters Paradise Cruise – or any other industry conference for that matter.

Just had an amazing call with THE John Lee Dumas to interview for the Podcaster’s Paradise Cruise in November, and it sparked this brainstorm. You have to Begin with the End in mind, as Stephen Covey put it.  With that in mind, here is my 10 list for today. 10 ways to make the Podcast Paradise Cruise  as meaningful as possible (don’t miss the boat): Get into the VIP Group – this could change your life.  See this video post from Nick Unsworth on why paying for ACCESS was one of the most critical steps he took in his career. He also had a post about being at a dinner during the Genius network weekend, and they did something like dinner tab roullete (involves one person picking up the check), and how that really changed his perspective and increased his gratitude.  Couldn’t find the link…maybe Nick will post it in the comments. 😉   Really understand why you’re there – what’s your WHY.  If you don’t have this piece figured out, chances are you didn’t make it past the interviews, but needless to say, the Why of your attendance will be critical when you’re tasked with deciding exactly how and with whom you spend your time during that week.  My answer to JLD on the #1 reason I want to go?  I want it to be a celebration of my breaking through my Podcastination and creating my freedom business this year.  No more waiting.  I’m grateful for the webinar this week that planted the seed, regardless of the cruise, b/c I’m more committed than ever to make this a reality.   Along with knowing what you want to get out of it, be clear (with yourself and anybody else who listens) about what you can bring to it!  In my interview with John, I told him I’d been thinking about their (very thoughtful) interveiw questions, in particular this one.  And, while at first I was self-deprecating (in my head – I beat myself up more than any bully ever tried to), I realized that, Hey, I haven’t paid to attend a conference (in my industry) in 3+ yrs!  Why?  Because I’ve been able to hustle my way into being a PRESENTER.  Presenters don’t pay to attend, AND you establish immediate credibility with the audience (which generally means, in my case, more leads at the conference).  So, in terms of what I can bring to the Cruise, I am very clear on how I can help others be better networkers, presenters, and hustlers (especially in this niche topic) in the world of offline selling – of yourself, your product, your vision.   Get to Miami/FLL early and hang out with...

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0003: Sharpen the Saw

0003: Sharpen the Saw

Despite missing 2 days, I feel as creative and idea-laden as ever.  I was encouraged listening to the Wolf Den [podcast] interview this morning with James Altucher when he said that part of this exercise is to get out the bad ideas, and that most of the ideas he writes daily are bad.  Phew, gone are the shackles of perfectionism and guilded pride that may otherwise bridle my fingers and make me think this needs to be an hour or even 30 min. endeavor.  Maybe I should strip back all pretense and forego an intro, even.  Just Lists.   Today is random, I’ve been up since 3 am, and should have already done the list.  Now I’ll “invest time” on this task to help me get my mind focused on my day job.  Like Stephen covey says, you gotta find ways daily to sharpen the saw. Sell a package of motivational desktop background images – I spent a couple of hours compiling a bunch that are on auto-rotate to inspire me.  Maybe there are other maniacs like me who would happily pay $0.99 (or more) to download them instead of investing an hr to look around Shoe slippers that can easily go over bottom of your dress/work shoes to prevent the oh-so-annoying squeeking sound that happens when you walk on a clean tile floor (most often in an office) with compound rubber soles. Set a daily reminder to drink at least 1 liter of water first thing in the morning, and track your a) hydration b) alertness c)weight and other metrics to see what it improves over 30 days An app that allows people to leave private messages/videos for one person or a group of people as a legacy, training, or memory – would work for communication between a military parent and a child who is not easily reachable when the parent has an idea they want to share – could allow for time-delayed delivery (like, on your 16th birthday) Put a button on this website that allows readers to “like” and/or Upvote a specific idea – to come up with popular ideas by tracking reader feedback Put links into each daily list that highlight interesting podcast(s) I like lately or which are influencing my ideas/thoughts. Start a daily video-cast of the rundown of my ideas – host on Youtube or Vimeo – backlink to site, and find a way to have video comments also be embedded on that day’s list on the site.  over time, you should be able to see if it’s complimentary, or if it’s even a better medium for posts Create a simplified visual image of the daily list and post to instagram Condense daily...

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0002: New Year for New Media – The dawning of the Podcast Revolution

0002: New Year for New Media – The dawning of the Podcast Revolution

Lately I’ve been thinking alot about the revolution of podcasting.  For years (unfortunately that’s not hyperbole), i’ve been saying I was going to start a podcast, and now this year (technically last year, 2014), there’s been a verifiable boom in podcasting.  Everyone who’s anyone is taking a foray into podcasting.  T-Pain has a popular podcast, podcasters are becoming millionaires (John Lee Dumas for ex), and popular mainstream traditional radio and media are moving to podcast as a new form of expression.  That last point is evidenced by the popularity of 2 NPR spawned podcasts formerly tied with the perennial favorite “This American Life” – Serial, and The Startup. So, today, as my first Idea Muscle excercise for 10List, I thought I’d come up with my ideas specifically around podcasting, the evolution (or death) of radio, and what new business platforms might take advantage of this new paradigm. Start a podcast about a topic you are already have domain expertise.  Solar Power, Spanish and business in Latin America, Fatherhood (i’m at least a player here), running, travel, travel gear, traveling father/business man… Start a podcast about something I’m very interested in learning to do, and chronicle the process of learning and (hopefully) improving: kitesurfing has been the meme for this specirfic idea for me for a number of years.  Vegan diet or Gluten Free could be another.  Perhaps even making hammocks – tried to learn this when I was a Peace Corps Volunteer, but got bored halfway through the project (it’s very time-intensive). Be a producer of podcasts – this is an idea I actually came up with myself a year or so ago, then discovered that it’s already being done by a number of folks, and is a decent way to create time-leverage (not all content requires ME doing the podcasting), and it allows me to become an expert in the platform without needing to have a “starring role” in any one podcast. Develop a program (ala stitcher) that creates value building on the podcasting explosion – should be a) unique b) positions to a niche (which is large enough to support the app from premiums), c) can b e promoted by others, d) allows for others to also leverage it as a platform for either brand exposure, advertising, other value creation. Develop the “winamp” for car radio that bridges the gap between the connected car being a mere portal to the internet and a connected car offering streaming media that is easy, free (to the user) and fast to curate/find.  How can we make the connected car digital audio experience feel as easy and customizeable as the current radio does for broadcast?  An in-dash app (thus the winamp reference)...

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