When I started this podcast on January 18th, 2011, I had no idea what 100 episodes would look like.
And now I’m 300 episodes in. It has been an interesting journey.
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Inside this episode, I share ten lessons I learned through the process of recording 300 episodes.
Side note: I’m intentionally leaving out a lot of the details from this written post because I think you should listen to the episode to get the most value from this one.
Lesson 1: It’s important to get started.
When I started this podcast, I didn’t even have a name. I had not figured everything out. But I got started.
My show wasn’t perfect, but it was my show. And just the act of getting started put me in a position to learn so much.
And by doing so, I got better. If you’ve been thinking about starting something, just do it!
Lesson 2: There’s value in helping others.
This one seems very obvious, but it’s so basic that I think a lot of people miss it. When you create content that helps others, you’re doing something valuable.
You can build a business around that.
Lesson 3: You get better over time.
We’ve all heard the saying that “Practice makes perfect”.
Well, it’s true. In the episode, I share clips of my first interview for you to hear how BAD it was.
But I kept doing it, and I got better.
Lesson 4: Consistency is key!
If you’re creating content, it’s important to be consistent. You want people to be able to put you into their schedules.
Whenever I stop posting episodes for a little while, my listens go down.
Lesson 5: Don’t be afraid to reach out to “big” names.
On the day I recorded this episode, I got an email from someone asking this question: “How did you manage to interview famous People?”
My answer was simple – ASK.
You’d be surprised at who would say yes. I remember reaching out to Guy Kawasaki and getting a Yes within an hour.
My mind was blown. So don’t be afraid. Reach out. The worse that can happen is that you hear no, and then you’re exactly where you were before.
Lesson 6: Connect with people in a real way.
It always amazes me when I attend an event and someone comes up to me because they recognized my voice from my podcast.
After connecting in person, it becomes audience that there was a connection that happened before that in-person meeting.
That comes with simply being “real” in your podcast. Don’t try to be someone else. Be yourself.
Lesson 7: It’s ok to make mistakes.
I don’t edit my podcast episodes. Why? Because I don’t feel the need to. Do I make mistakes? Absolutely.
But doesn’t everyone else?
Making mistakes make you appear normal (real). People identify with real people.
Lesson 8: Ignore the haters.
Ok, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is that you’re going to have haters.
The good news is that it doesn’t matter.
Ignore them and focus on serving the people who actually care about your stuff.
Lesson 9: If you have a vision for helping people and do it consistently, you WILL have an impact.
Why do you do what you do? What’s your underlying reason?
As bloggers, it’s important for us to acknowledge that “why” and then use it as a driving force to help us move forward.
If we focus on that and continue pushing ahead, you will have an impact.
Lesson 10: Don’t get too caught up in the numbers.
My download numbers don’t compare to MANY of my friends. And that’s ok.
Because when I actually meet the people who listen to my podcast, they aren’t just numbers. They are people.
People whose lives are impacted because of the content I create.
If you have 50 or 100 people that listen to you, that’s 50 to 100 PEOPLE.
Starting this podcast was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’m 300 in, and looking forward to the first 1,000.
Thanks for listening. Thanks for joining me on this journey. Thanks for taking me on the journey with you.
I would not be here without you, so THANK YOU!