by Susan Sherayko
Do you like to try new things? Have you got a message to send out to the world, but haven’t known how to get it out there? That’s where I found myself 30 days ago before I decided to take the 30-Day Podcasting Challenge.
Podcasts have a great deal to offer. They are easily accessible at the time and place of our choosing – in the car, on headsets while running and even curled up in our beds. However, up until now, the technology surrounding podcasts has made them appear daunting to produce for ourselves.
So when D’vorah Lansky told me that she and Doug Foresta were going to lead a 30-Day Podcasting Challenge, I was intrigued. Could they really make it so simple that even I could overcome my reticence? I was game. I signed on board for the roller coaster ride. Together, D’vorah and Doug crafted short audio and video instructions with simple action steps to complete each day, coupled with the very supportive Facebook interchanges.
The first exhilarating moment came when my microphone arrived. Was I really that excited about a microphone? Yes. It’s one of the few pieces of physical equipment that are part of doing podcasts.
Like any roller coaster, climbing uphill can seem slow. I ran into a snag early on over the title for my podcast series. I was set on a title when Doug mentioned that you should always check on the availability of your title. By doing a quick search on Google and iTunes, I learned that my idea was already taken. I had to go back to the drawing board.
Doug emphasized that if your listeners have no idea why a technique will benefit them, their ears will not perk up when they hear it. As we began a little word crafting for a title, I became aware that too broad a title does not capture the hearts and minds of listeners. Although it took a couple days for me to hit on the right title, doing so helped me to hone in on the exact people who would want to listen to my podcasts. What lesson did I learn? When people glance over or hear your title, you only have a few seconds to communicate the exact problem and desired results to them.
The new title? “Rebuilding Your Life: Moving from Disaster to Prosperity.” In fact, you can now check it out on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/rebuilding-your-life-moving/id975055547
It’s specific and expresses my point of view that you can get past great loss. You can rebuild your life and go on to do much more. I am passionate about it because I lived my way through it after the landslide.
Once I felt comfortable with my podcast title, it was easy to move through the next steps. I was on a roll. With Doug and D’vorah stepping out the process, it was easy to design an audio Intro and Outro, find royalty-free music and reasonable voiceover talent to pull them together for the series. I enjoyed the creativity of it all. It took a bit of work to get the podcast written, recorded and stitched together on a hosting platform. Not being an editor (video or audio), it was a bit challenging to feel my way through the steps even with a written guide before me, but our entire Facebook community, filled with people who actively engage and support each other, was standing beside me.
And I did it!!! This week I posted my first finished podcast onto our Facebook group.
Stage fright be gone! I realized that this is going to be lots of fun. I felt exactly like Peter Pan flying. As I made that post, I had this curious sense of flying! It was as if I had been taxiing around the runway for some time and then, in the blink of an eye, I was airborne.
I am now in the air somewhere between where I was and where I want to be. What am I feeling as I anticipate all of this? On track and on purpose. I feel as if I could do make podcasts forever!
It is exhilarating and liberating to get off the runway, lifting off to experience my dreams in process. Whatever happens, wherever this takes me, I can do this. I am so grateful for where I am right now.
I’m looking forward to sharing the first episode with everyone, however, the challenge is teaching us more than just how to make a podcast. It is also talking about how to market and promote, line up guests and monetize podcasts. With the recommendation that we wait until we have three full podcasts before submitting to the two major podcast sources, iTunes and Stitcher, I will have to be a little patient.
I’ve already lined up the next two guests – Noah St. John (author, Afformations) and Sandra Daly (author, Pop Your Paradigms and Successfully Mid-Air). My sense of anticipation is high. We’ve been exchanging thoughts for content and I’ve been doing my due diligence to read their materials to draw upon for the conversations. This is fun!
As you work through the challenges, expect to find a few places where there is an uphill climb. I want to reassure you that there is a wonderful team available to talk you through the rough patches. If I could do this, you can too. My recommendation is that you keep taking small leaps of faith and you will soon find yourself flying alongside me.
Enjoy listening in to my new podcast series. I hope you find it inspiring and helpful. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/rebuilding-your-life-moving/id975055547
And if you’d like to learn how to produce your own podcast series – join me and an amazing group of authors and entrepreneurs – in the 30-Day Podcast Challenge.
Wishing you great success in this,