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027 The Podcast Report – What Makes Podcasting Great

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PodcastReport-150 Erik Fisher and I are back with another episode of The Podcast Report, the podcast devoted to the Podcasting Track of New Media Expo.

In this episode, Erik and I are joined by Jason VanOrden and Jeremy Frandsen from the Internet Business Mastery podcast. We talk about why podcasting is great, the thought that you could be the next rising star, how Jason and Jeremy made people cry last year and insight into the type of information that they will be sharing in their monetization session.

 
 
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Announcing the 2013 Podcast Awards Finalists! (Plus, A Discount for All Nominees)

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Once again we are thrilled to be giving the 9th Annual Podcast Awards ceremony a home at New Media Expo in Las Vegas on Sunday Jan 5, 2014. It’s an exciting night to celebrate podcasting and podcasters, and we look forward to meeting the many nominees and finalists in person! We want to extend an invitation to all of them to join us at the awards ceremony on January 5th, 2014.

Since the people who nominated the shows are not required to provide the podcaster’s contact information, we’re unable to reach all 4,000 nominees directly. However, Podcast Connect has compiled a list of the finalists below and we would like to invite each of them to provide their contact information so we can correspond with them. Additionally, all 4,000 Podcast Award nominees  who confirm contact info will be given a special  discount to attend New Media Expo.

How do you know if you are a nominee? Well if you or any of your listeners nominated you then you can consider yourself a nominee and we are providing an extra incentive to get you to the show!

If you’re one of the nominees, we’re pleased to offer you a 30% on any NMX conference pass so you can attend our three-day event. A minimum purchase of an Exhibit Hall Only Pass is required to attend the 9th Annual Podcast Awards.

Nominees: Confirm your contact information here

If you’re one of the finalists below, we’d like to sweeten the deal and offer you a 50% discount on any NMX conference pass. Again, a minimum purchase of an Exhibit Hall Only Pass is required to attend the 9th Annual Podcast Awards.

Finalists: Confirm your contact information

We hope you’ll join your fellow podcasters and other content creators at the conference and come congratulate the Podcast Award winners in person!

Peoples Choice

Alohomora [url] [rss]
Beyond the To-Do List [url] [rss]
ESPN: Fantasy Focus Baseball [url] [rss]
Manager Tools [url] [rss]
No Agenda [url] [rss]
Satellite Sisters [url] [rss]
Simple Life Together [url] [rss]
Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast [url] [rss]
The Majority Report [url] [rss]
The Morning Stream [url] [rss]

Best Produced

Caustic Soda Podcast [url] [rss]
Destination WDW [url] [rss]
Gamertag Radio [url] [rss]
Hogwarts Radio [url] [rss]
Know How [url] [rss]
ONCE – Once Upon a Time podcast [url] [rss]
Priority One Podcast [url] [rss]
Radiolab [url] [rss]
Rob Has a Podcast [url] [rss]
The Walking Dead Cast [url] [rss]

Best Video Podcast

Film Riot [url] [rss]
Framerate [url] [rss]
Geek Beat TV [url] [rss]
iPad 365 [url] [rss]
iPad Today [url] [rss]
NSFW [url] [rss]
Rob Has a Podcast [url] [rss]
Rooster Teeth Podcast [url] [rss]
The Art of Photography [url] [rss]
The Young Turks [url] [rss]

Business

Beyond the To-Do List [url] [rss]
DH Unplugged [url] [rss]
Entrepreneur On Fire [url] [rss]
Income Press Podcast [url] [rss]
Livelihood Show [url] [rss]
Manager Tools [url] [rss]
NPR: Planet Money Podcast [url] [rss]
Smart Passive Income Podcast [url] [rss]
The Engaging Brand [url] [rss]
The Suitcase Entrepreneur [url] [rss]

Comedy

Comedy Button [url] [rss]
Comedy4Cast [url] [rss]
Humble and Fred Radio [url] [rss]
Janey Godleys Podcast [url] [rss]
Jim And Them [url] [rss]
The Adam Carolla Show [url] [rss]
The Bugle [url] [rss]
The Morning Stream [url] [rss]
The Ramen Noodle Comedy Podcast [url] [rss]
WTF with Marc Maron [url] [rss]

Cultural / Arts

Anime Addicts Anonymous Podcast [url] [rss]
Anime Pulse [url] [rss]
Major Spoilers [url] [rss]
NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour [url] [rss]
Stuff You Missed in History Class [url] [rss]
Sword & Laser [url] [rss]
The Combat Jack Show [url] [rss]
Theatre Geeks [url] [rss]
This American Life [url] [rss]
Veteran Empire Podcast [url] [rss]

Education

Caustic Soda Podcast [url] [rss]
Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips [url] [rss]
MuggleNet Academia [url] [rss]
School Sucks Project [url] [rss]
Simple Life Together [url] [rss]
Smart People Podcast [url] [rss]
The British History Podcast [url] [rss]
The History Chicks [url] [rss]
The Podcast History of Our World [url] [rss]
The Public Speaker [url] [rss]

Entertainment

A Podcast of Ice and Fire [url] [rss]
Alohomora! [url] [rss]
Firewall and Iceberg [url] [rss]
Hollywood Babble On [url] [rss]
Mission Log: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast [url] [rss]
SurvivorTalk with D&D [url] [rss]
Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast [url] [rss]
The Comic Book Cast [url] [rss]
Unoffical One Piece Podcast [url] [rss]
Walking Dead Cast [url] [rss]

Food and Drink

Alcohollywood [url] [rss]
Dining with Doug and Karen [url] [rss]
Mike and Tom Eat Snacks [url] [rss]
Mommy’s Cocktail Hour [url] [rss]
Nutrition Diva [url] [rss]
Our Hen House [url] [rss]
Should I Drink That [url] [rss]
The Beerists Podcast [url] [rss]
The Splendid Table [url] [rss]
Wine for Normal People [url] [rss]

Gaming

Gamertag Radio [url] [rss]
Giant Bombcast [url] [rss]
PolyCast [url] [rss]
Priority One Podcast [url] [rss]
Rooster Teeth Podcast [url] [rss]
The Final Score [url] [rss]
The Independent Characters [url] [rss]
The Instance [url] [rss]
The Shaft [url] [rss]
Trinity Force [url] [rss]

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General

Airline Pilot Guy [url] [rss]
Greetings from Nowhere [url] [rss]
Internet Box [url] [rss]
Manic Mommies [url] [rss]
Podquiz [url] [rss]
Pretty Good Podcast [url] [rss]
Reality Check [url] [rss]
Satellite Sisters [url] [rss]
School of Podcasting [url] [rss]
Success Freaks [url] [rss]

GLBT

Bend Over and Take It! [url] [rss]
Cocktails and Creampuffs [url] [rss]
Feast of Fun [url] [rss]
Flaming Freedom [url] [rss]
Gay Ambition Podcast [url] [rss]
Homoground [url] [rss]
PNS Explosion [url] [rss]
ScreamQueenz Horror Podcast [url] [rss]
This Show is So Gay [url] [rss]
Throwing Shade [url] [rss]

Health / Fitness

Diet Science [url] [rss]
Elsie’s Yoga Class [url] [rss]
Get-Fit Guy [url] [rss]
JournalTalk [url] [rss]
Magical Medical Tour [url] [rss]
Mighty Cast [url] [rss]
Runner Academy [url] [rss]
The Angriest Trainer [url] [rss]
The Extra Mile Podcast [url] [rss]
The Fat Burning Man [url] [rss]

Mature

Dating Skills Review [url] [rss]
Distorted View [url] [rss]
Drunkcast [url] [rss]
Polyamory Weekly [url] [rss]
Risk Show [url] [rss]
Savage LoveCast [url] [rss]
Sex Nerd Sandra [url] [rss]
Sex With Emily [url] [rss]
Sick and Wrong [url] [rss]
Swingercast [url] [rss]

Movies / Films

Animation Addicts Podcast [url] [rss]
Doug Loves Movies [url] [rss]
Film Sack [url] [rss]
How Did This Get Made? [url] [rss]
Is it a bicycle? [url] [rss]
Movie Spoilers [url] [rss]
The Daily Spill [url] [rss]
The Flop House [url] [rss]
The Hollywood Outsider [url] [rss]
We Hate Movies [url] [rss]

PodSafe Music

All Songs Considered [url] [rss]
Americana Music Show [url] [rss]
Coverville [url] [rss]
Friday Night Dance Party [url] [rss]
Hardstyle Team Podcast [url] [rss]
Irish and Celtic Music [url] [rss]
Jonah Raydio [url] [rss]
Live Wire! Podcast Radio [url] [rss]
The Americana Rock Mix [url] [rss]
The Bugcast [url] [rss]

Politics / News

American Conservative University [url] [rss]
Common Sense with Dan Carlin [url] [rss]
Congressional Dish [url] [rss]
Democracy Now [url] [rss]
Electric Politics [url] [rss]
Free Talk Live [url] [rss]
Freedomain Radio [url] [rss]
No Agenda [url] [rss]
Slate Political Gabfest [url] [rss]
The Majority Report [url] [rss]

Religion Inspiration

A Survival Guide 4 Christian Men [url] [rss]
Are You Just Watching? [url] [rss]
Catholic Vitamins [url] [rss]
Feeding My Faith [url] [rss]
Inappropriate Conversations [url] [rss]
More than One Lesson [url] [rss]
Mormon Fair-Cast [url] [rss]
The Break with Father Roderick [url] [rss]
The Sci-fi Christian [url] [rss]
Zencast [url] [rss]

Science

Blame It On Outer Space [url] [rss]
Everyday Einstein [url] [rss]
Quirks and Quarks [url] [rss]
Radiolab [url] [rss]
Science Friday [url] [rss]
StarTalk [url] [rss]
The Brain Science Podcast [url] [rss]
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe [url] [rss]
This Week in Science [url] [rss]
WeatherBrains [url] [rss]

Sports

Americarnage [url] [rss]
Bang Radio Hour [url] [rss]
CBSSports.com Fantasy Football Today Podcast [url] [rss]
Dear Mr. Fantasy Baseball Podcast [url] [rss]
ESPN: Fantasy Focus Baseball [url] [rss]
Hang Up and Listen [url] [rss]
Ivy Envy [url] [rss]
Puck Podcast [url] [rss]
Sports & Torts [url] [rss]
Who-Dey Weekly [url] [rss]

Technology

Nerdzilla [url] [rss]
Security Now! [url] [rss]
Stolendroids [url] [rss]
Tech News Today [url] [rss]
The Audacity to Podcast [url] [rss]
The Computer Tutor Podcast [url] [rss]
The MacCast [url] [rss]
The Vergecast [url] [rss]
The Waves of Tech [url] [rss]
This Week In Tech [url] [rss]

Travel

Amateur Traveler [url] [rss]
Destination WDW [url] [rss]
Living the RV Dream [url] [rss]
Mouse Chat [url] [rss]
Mousetalgia [url] [rss]
The Be Our Guest Podcast [url] [rss]
The Bowery Boys [url] [rss]
The DISunplugged [url] [rss]
WDW Radio [url] [rss]
WEDway Radio [url] [rss]

Podcasters, We Want You! Apply Now for the NMX Podcast Pavilion

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Want to do your podcast live from the Expo floor?

leo at Podcast Pavilion The Podcast Pavilion was the place to be for podcasters at the 2013 show and it will be again at NMX 2014. There was always something new happening at the Pavilion, and this year we want you to join us!

Recording your podcast from the expo floor brings a whole new energy to your show. You never know who will show up. Last year Success Freaks saw Leo Laporte walking by and pulled him into their show. When it comes to getting guests, that’s a win!

Fun times for your audience too. When the Beerist Podcast  had a little mishap involving beer flowing into Anastacia Kelly’s boot, well, the visual was priceless. You just had to be there.

So bring your show to our show! We have two full stations, including two mics*,  where we provide the all the equipment you need to record your show and a third for folks who like to use their own equipment.

 

Click here to apply now

 

Spots are limited–the conference goes by fast–so if you’re interested, make sure you apply immediately to get a spot on the schedule.

* Thanks to Charles McFall and R. Mordant Mahon for providing extra mics.

026 The Podcast Report – Things To Do While You Are In Vegas

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PodcastReport-150 Erik Fisher and I are back with another episode of The Podcast Report, the podcast devoted to the Podcasting Track of New Media Expo.

In this episode, Erik and I are joined by Dustin Hartzler, from Your Website Engineer, and Cesar Abeid, from PM For Masses, as we discuss only a few of the exciting things that you can do while you are in Las Vegas.

 
 
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What is a Sales Funnel and Why Should Content Creators Care?

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“What the heck is a sales funnel?”

I remember that thought going through my mind when I first started to get serious about my blogging. I forget where I first saw the term, but I certainly didn’t know the definition of sales funnel or why it mattered to me as a blogger.

More and more, I saw it, though. And not just for bloggers. It seemed like everyone was talking about it – podcasters, business owners, video producers – pretty much everyone creating content online.

So I decided to get to the bottom of it. What is a sales funnel? And since understanding this concept, I’ve been able to take my online content to another level. So today, I wanted to do a little 101 lesson for anyone out there who doesn’t know what a sales funnel is or doesn’t think it applies to them. I assure you, it matters, even if you don’t think you work in sales!

A sales funnel can be illustrated with this simple graphic:

sales funnel So let’s say you’re working in a traditional sales setting. The first level, the wide pool, might be 1,000 names and numbers you’re given to cold call. Of that wide pool, most people hang up on your or say they aren’t interested, but maybe 10% or 100 people show some interest. They’re in that second level. Once you explain your product more, maybe 10% of those, or 10 people, are willing to come into your office to discuss more – they move to the “very interested” level. And over those 10 people, maybe 1 person actually takes action and buys the product.

The theory is that the more people you put into the top of the funnel, the more people who will come out the other side having taken action. If 1,000 cold calls = 1 sale, I need to call 10,000 people every month to make a quota of 10 sales.

The reason to look at a sales funnel is so you can make improvements. 10,000 people might be WAY too many people for me to call every month. So, to meet my quota, maybe I need to improve my pitch so that instead of 10 people being interested in coming into my office, 50 people are interested. If I still make sales to 10% of them, that means 1,000 cold calls is worth 5 sales instead of 1, so I only have to call 2,000 people every month to meet my quota.

Or, looking at the sales funnel, I might determine that I need another step or level. Maybe instead of inviting people to the office as the next step, I ask if I can send them more info in the mail as the next step, and from there I follow up with the ask to come into the office to hear about the service or product.

But Why Should You Care?

As a content creator, you may or may not be selling a product/service. But you do have an end goal, an action you want your audience members to take. When someone lands on your website, what is it that you most want them to do.

Let’s say that you have an ebook to sell. Someone who comes to your site for the first time probably isn’t going to buy it right off the bat, unless they had a strong word-of-moth recommendation. Instead, you have to move them down that sales funnel. This is what it might look like for you:

sales funnel 2 Your funnel might have more steps. But think about what moves a person from level one, where they’re visiting your site for the first time, to the final level, where they’re buying your ebook. Then look at the conversation rate of each step. How can you boost the percentage of people who move down the funnel, so more people are making it to the end of the line? (This is an awesome guest post on proven techniques for boosting your conversation rate.) Or what can you do to add more steps? If you’re jumping right from reading posts to trying to sell your ebook, people might not respond as well because that’s a big action to take. But if you’re asking for something smaller, like signing up for a mailing list, more people might be inclined to move to the next level.

Like I said, this works even if you don’t have a product to sell. For example, let’s say that your goal is to get as much traffic as possible because you make money through sponsored posts, and the more traffic you have, the more sponsors will be willing to pay for these posts. In this case, your end goal might be for people to share your posts on social networks. So, your funnel might look like this:

sales funnel 3 The more people you get to each level, the more people who will come out the other end of the funnel sharing your content. So maybe you need to start at the top can think about ways to get more people to see you links. Or maybe you need to work on your headlines so that more people who see the links move to the next level and click.

You can create a sales funnel for ANY goal you might have. Just think about the action you’d most like new visitors to take, then write out the steps someone would take to get there. Go back and analyze your conversion for each step to see where you can improve.

Now that you understand what a sales funnel is, will you start using it? Leave a comment to tell us your plans (or what you’re already doing to funnel people to your final goal)!

How to Edit Your Podcast Like a Pro

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Podcasters, you’re in for a treat! Today, we have several top podcasters weighing in about a task that can be both time-consuming and frustrating: editing! The below advice comes from some of our NMX 2014 speakers who will be sharing their knowledge in the Podcasting Track and other NMX tracks.

Here are their best tips for editing your podcast:

jeremy frandsen “Hire a editor!  I used to waste 4 or more hours editing my show each week, because I was such a perfectionist.  Now, I send it to an editor.  It’s very inexpensive and you are much better off using that time to promote your podcast, schedule influential interviews, or plan future podcasts that will draw massive traffic.  There are many places you can hire an editor, but you can start by checking out elance.com” – Jeremy Frandsen, Internet Business Mastery
gary bembridge “Cut all the rambling and set up at the start of the podcast that you say when the microphone goes live. Start then from where you get into the meat of your topic. Think about radio shows and TV shows. They get into the plot or story from the start. We tend to share too much about ourselves, notices and off topic content before we start. Move that to the end. Even better, write a tight introduction or record it after you done the show.” – Gary Bembridge, Tips for Travellers and Marketing Mix Man
Chris Ducker “I record the podcast episode or video clip, dump it into Dropbox in all it’s raw, un-cut glory, and my VA’s handle the rest for me. They even upload the podcasts to my server, and the video clips to my YouTube channel, including a description, keywords, etc.” – Chris Ducker, ChrisDucker.com
john dumas “Adobe Audition is my best friend on editing days. You can assign hot keys, and my favorite hot key to assign is the marker. It allows me to press ‘m’ during the interview when I say something stupid, and go back and edit it out. I don’t have to listen to the WHOLE interview to find that one spot..I just go to the marker, edit, and move to the next one.” – John Lee Dumas, Entrepreneur on Fire
mike russell “When editing audio for your podcast, such as an interview, if the speaker repeats a word or stumbles over a phrase it’s often better to make edits in the middle of a word than it is to edit from the start or end of a sentence. Here’s a video showing exactly what I mean and how to put my tip into practice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNPclgelLB4” – Mike Russell, Music Radio Creative
kenn blanchard “My best editing tip for a podcaster or blogger is to cultivate and listen to an inner circle of “super fans” that consume all of your content as soon as you put it out and will “quickly” tell you if there is a type-o, glitch or shortcoming in your content so you can fix it.  Unlike those that just like to find fault, these fans are easy on your ego, and seek to make you better.  It is like having your mother review your blog or podcast.  That is the kind of “love” you get when you identify your niche.  One of the benefits of identifying your niche is that you can grow this garden of super fans that help you succeed.” – Rev. Kenn Blanchard, Blanchard Media Group and Black Man with a Gun
Erik Fisher “As far as editing goes, if you can help it, don’t. If you must, don’t spend too much time on it and definitely don’t break up the rhythm of the conversation or your natural speaking voice.” – Erik Fisher, Beyond the To-Do List
david jackson “Best audio editing tip is if you make a mistake, pause 10 seconds and then continue. This makes it super easy to spot in the recording and will decrease your editing time.

Also some software titles (I use Sony Sound forge) let you play the file at a faster speed. I have found I can listen at 1.78 (almost double speed) and still catch the subtle things that may need edited.” – Dave Jackson, School of Podcasting

CC Chapman “I’d say not to edit at all. Hearing your authentic voice even with the background noise and interruptions makes it more authentic. People will come to appreciate it.” – C.C. Chapman, CC-Chapman.com

What is your best podcast editing tip? Leave a comment below!

025 The Podcast Report – Tips On Getting The Most Out of Your NMX Experience

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PodcastReport-150 Erik Fisher and I are back with another episode of The Podcast Report, the podcast devoted to the Podcasting Track of New Media Expo.

In this episode, Erik and I are joined by Mike & Izabela Russell from Music Radio Creative as we discuss the various tips that will help you get the most out of your NMX experience.

 
 
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024 The Podcast Report – Tips On Improving Your Elevator Pitch

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PodcastReport-150 Erik Fisher and I are back with another episode of The Podcast Report, the podcast devoted to the Podcasting Track of New Media Expo.

In this episode, Erik and I discuss several tips on helping you improve your approach to elevator pitches. The resource that we used to pull a majority of our tips was this post on the Microsoft Business website.

Tips we discussed:
1. Make sure to pull in what is unique about you.
2. Make it exciting.
3. Keep it simple.
4. Write it Down.
5. Practice it many times.
6. Make it about them, not about you.
7. Use a story

 
 
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How to Use Imagination to Evoke Emotion with Podcasting

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how to use imagination to evoke emotion with podcasting

Envision your podcast having an audience of 300,000 people a month. You are receiving so many requests for speaking engagements that need to hire someone who will simply manage your appearances. Your listeners are encouraging you to write yet another book on your subject. All of the big names in your industry know your podcast is the show on which to appear if they hope to get noticed.

It is all possible for you.

When I get you to envision the future in your imagination, I stir emotion. I give you hope. The story creates excitement. It is inspiring. Emotions are powerful.

Audio in general is so much more emotional than video. You can be so much more powerful if you use audio correctly, because audio uses the power of the imagination to evoke emotions deep within the listener.

The Emotional Difference Between Audio and Video

Video is exactly what you see. When you and I watch video, we both see the exact same thing. There is no doubt about the color of a car in the scene. The weather is perfectly obvious. Your view of the surroundings is exactly like my perception. Every part of the scene is determined by the director.

When you and I hear audio, most of the details are left up to our imagination. We hear a story and envision the details in our head. When you see the scene in your imagination, you create it in a way that gives you the most joy and benefit. I do the same. Our two visions may be very different.

The storyteller may describe part of the scene, such as a back alley on a cool, damp night. If we saw that alley on video, you and I would see it exactly the same. If we hear about that alley, we envision the alley in very different ways.

You may picture a very tight, dirty alley where the buildings are very tall. They alley is one car wide and strewn with dumpsters. The back doors of restaurants rhythmically line the walls of the buildings, like soldiers standing at attention. One street light hangs off a build halfway down the alley. The stench of old food fills the air.

I might imagine that alley as a dirt path through a neighborhood between houses. Chain link fences lines the alley on both sides. As cars make their way down that alley, they are forced to dodge trashcans from the houses that have been set out for trash collection the next morning. The trail goes on through backyards for a few block before it ducks uphill behind the trees. The smell of wet grass fills the air.

Those two scenes are quite different. We both envision our scene in a way that best suits our imagination, based on our own experiences.

The mind is a very powerful tool. The imagination has the power to evoke emotions much stronger than any visual cue could ever do. Fear is simply your mind imagining what might happen. Inspiration comes when you imagine what the future might hold.

One of the reasons for Alfred Hitchcock’s success as a movie director was his ability to stir the imagination. His scenes didn’t show all of the violent details. He may show a shadow while you hear the screams in the background. He might simply show a coffee cup while you only hear the struggle between the two characters. Your imagination makes the scene much more powerful, emotional, and believable than any scene he could show you.

Tapping into Imagination

When you’re preparing to record your podcast, determine what emotions will make your listeners take action. Decide what you hope to make your listener feel. You want the stories you tell to help evoke those emotions. Use wonderful, vivid details within your story that will dance in in each listener’s imagination.

You can activate the imagination of your listener by painting verbal pictures. Put your listener in the moment by asking them to imagine something, like I did at the start of this post.

You are receiving so many requests to appear for speaking engagements that you are close to hiring someone who will simply manage your appearances.

You can see the requests coming in. Are people e-mailing or calling you? I don’t know. That is the beauty of the imagination. If you prefer e-mail, you will envision people e-mailing you. If you like to talk to people on the phone, you can imagine people calling you. You will see in your mind the situation that is most beneficial to you. I only help you paint that picture.

The power of storytelling comes into play when you stir emotions by painting verbal pictures in the imagination of your listener. For imagination to kick in, you have to start off with enough details first. Give listeners a base and then allow them to fill in the blanks.

This is where audio and podcasting become the visual medium. The story comes to life visually in your imagination. The imagination stirs emotion within the listener, and emotions are powerful for turning that first-time listener into a subscriber and turning that subscriber into a fan who will promote your show to his/her friends.

Some podcasters out there are very good at painting visual pictures to evoke emotions. Share your favorites in the comments!

023 The Podcast Report – Gearing Up For NMX 2014

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PodcastReport-150 Hey everyone it is time for a new season of The Podcast Report. I plan to bring you a new episode of the Podcast Report on the 1st and 15th of each month leading up to NMX 2014 in an effort to keep you up to date with what is happening with the Podcasting Track of New Media Expo.

In this episode, I introduce my new co-host for The Podcast Report, Erik J. Fisher. Erik and I have been podcasting together going back as far as 2006 and I am delighted to have him help me share with you all the exciting reasons why you don’t want to miss NMX 2014.

 
 
What’s So Exciting About NMX?
Erik and I both give the reasons why we are excited about attending NMX and we also share audio clips of what other attendees have to say about what they love most about the conference.

We are very much looking forward to helping you get prepared for another amazing NMX Podcasting Track.

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