Back when I first got the brilliant idea to start a podcast, I was super excited about it. But I’m a person that gets super excited about pretty basic stuff. Like 56 degree weather & that moment when the UPS guy delivers the Amazon order you forgot you had placed.
So, basically, I am not to be trusted whilst excited about new things.
ANYway, to combat that, I made a goal for myself. Because the one thing that does calm me down is a good goal. So instead of focusing on numbers & responses, I decided the safest, best thing to do was simply make the goal of doing 10 episodes to try it out. I’m doing the 10th episode tomorrow & since that means I’m about to reach my first goal – it’s a good time to sit back & review what I’ve learned:
Ten Things I Learned Doing My First Ten Podcast Episodes
1. “Just Trying” new things is SCARY: I know everyone knows this? But let’s be real about it – it’s legit scary. You put yourself out there & then…eeks!! My whole podcast is on trying new things – so it means while I’m discussing trying new things, I’m also personally trying new things. It makes it real. But I will always encourage you to try new things – put yourself out there, be brave, go try! (And then come back & tell me what you tried & how it went! I love hearing those stories!!) It is also just plain hard work – put in the time. Pay attention to details (or get someone to do that for you) & try, try again.
2. Listening to Yourself is Weird: How many of us like hearing ourselves talk? How many of us like hearing ourselves talk to others… you know, people you admire? AND IT’S RECORDED!!!
In fact, episode 9 is with a friend of ours who is on the radio DAILY. I was like, uh… um… so… yeah… uh…. hey guy…. Okay, so it wasn’t that bad. But trust me, it takes some getting used to listening to yourself – in fact, it makes me want to apologize… like, I am so sorry you have to hear this voice! Ick!
3. Encouragement is Encouraging: The super sweet, cool thing is that I have had such encouragement from people I admire & love & that really meant a lot. A couple people took the time to write specifically what they found encouraging, a friend took the time to mention she had been listening & two of my guests took the time after they had recorded to offer encouragement & kind advice. If you listened to episode 7, you met Pastor Brian Coffey. Brian is someone I do not know that well, but someone I admire, respect & like as a person – he took the time to offer very kind words of support & wisdom based on our conversation of competition. Those words helped me so much coming from someone that I respected. Take the time to encourage others around you – & when encouraged, accept it!
4. Listen: As a host, I have to listen to what my guest is saying & respond! This has taught me to be a better listener in some ways, because it has made me super aware of when I am doing REAL listening & when I am just doing the “church nod” – the church nod is the nod you give with that fake smile, like, “uh-huh, yep, uh-huh…” & you’re just waiting to get past them to the coffee…
5. Numbers Matter: Yes, getting a response to something you’re putting out there totally matters. It’s okay to track it, watch it, pay attention to it, because from a marketing or business standpoint, you learn when the response is higher & more active. This helps as you build your base.
6. Numbers Don’t Matter: When you love something & enjoy doing what you’re doing, numbers don’t (& can’t) matter. Listen, I don’t know where this podcast is going, but I do know that I totally love it & have had so much fun with it. I have tried to build in a healthy detachment from it once I release it “into the wild.” Let it go & enjoy the process – cliche, but true!!
7. If It Interests You, Someone Else Might Be Interested: Some of my topics may not reach or inspire everyone (or anyone, for that matter!), but if it interests me, that’s enough to carry through on it & do it. Two of my episodes were with my brother, Jeff. I love processing the subject of sin, guilt & spiritual disciplines with him – totally loved doing those episodes.
8. I Start Almost Every Sentence With “Soooo….” & I Say “Mm-Hm” A Lot: Oh my word. Critiquing yourself is the worst. But do it! It helps you grow as a speaker (or writer or whatever it is you’re pursuing…). Having a trusted friend or mentor critique you is just as helpful – painful? yes. But helpful. (Again, this has to do with working hard to improve – put in the grunt work & the time of dedication to it & then trust the process!)
9. Surround Yourself With People Who Are Better Than You: My husband is a radio producer, so he knows recording sound & editing – super helpful in this arena. A couple of my guests are professional speakers – very interesting to analyze them & learn from them. Using my husband’s talents to balance my own shortcomings makes me a better person! It’s not a threat that he’s better than I am, it’s a help! Surround yourself with people that can help (and pay them if it’s a professional “help”!) Go Team!
10. I Know Amazing People: Mostly, what this has done is made me stop & pay attention to who I have been blessed to know in my life. Even my brother. 🙂 I am so thankful for those surrounding me that motivate, inspire, challenge & encourage me. Thank you for those who have listened & thank you to my guests for coming on board! Who is it in your life that does the same for you? Go tell them thanks!
Thanks for listening!!