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Perspective Shifts

As podcasters, it's easy to get stuck in a single way of looking at problems. Sometimes a new perspective is required. These episodes will help you look at both problems and opportunities differently, pulling lessons from other disciplines. Because when we approach the craft of podcasting with an open mind, we can create something truly special.

Why Spotify's Shows With Music Is A Big Deal Beyond Podcasting
October 15, 2020
Why Spotify's Shows With Music Is A Big Deal Beyond Podcasting
Spotify now lets you place entire hit songs in your episodes, with monetization options & no licensing fee. Yes, there’s a twist. But this might be the biggest change to podcasting since… podcasting.
Normalize The Making Of Abnormal Podcasts... Again
October 14, 2020
Normalize The Making Of Abnormal Podcasts... Again
Podcasting has become the new normal for most people. And while more people listening to podcasts is an obvious Good Thing, are you sure they’re looking for normality out of your podcast?
The Minor Role Podcasters Play In Podcasting's Power Dynamics
October 13, 2020
The Minor Role Podcasters Play In Podcasting's Power Dynamics
For a DIY, creator-first, indie-friendly medium as podcasting is, it’s shocking how little control you, the podcaster, have over the podcasting experience.
Learning To Trust The Podcaster You Are Right Now
October 8, 2020
Learning To Trust The Podcaster You Are Right Now
Want to be a better podcaster? Education, practice, & commitment are key. But becoming truly successful at podcasting requires uncomfortable amounts of trust in one key person: Yourself.
 A Simple Trick To Power Through More Podcasts In Less Time
October 1, 2020
A Simple Trick To Power Through More Podcasts In Less Time
Want to make a better podcast? Listen to a lot of podcasts that are better than yours. Here’s a simple technique that will make you a more productive podcast listener without monopolizing your time.
Tracking Podcast Downloads Is Worthless To Everyone
September 30, 2020
Tracking Podcast Downloads Is Worthless To Everyone
16 years in and podcasting still relies on an obfuscated and disconnected-from-reality metric to track all aspects of success: file downloads. There’s a better way. Several, in fact.
Uncovering The Tension Between Fast & Slow Podcasting Processes
September 16, 2020
Uncovering The Tension Between Fast & Slow Podcasting Processes
The faster you can get things done on your podcast, the better. But spend 90% of your time in upfront planning. Here’s how podcasters resolve that opposite advice in different ways all the time.
That's Not A Podcasting Mistake - It's A Feature!
September 10, 2020
That's Not A Podcasting Mistake - It's A Feature!
To err is human. To really screw things up, it takes a podcaster. With or without a computer. Oopsies happen. Sometimes, leaning into our errors can uncover hidden intentions and creative growth.
The Importance Of The Unimportant Parts Of Podcasting
September 9, 2020
The Importance Of The Unimportant Parts Of Podcasting
If nominations for “busiest podcaster” or “most stressed out podcaster” awards opened, we’d all probably want one. Or a vacation from our podcast. But are these extremes healthy for us or our shows?
Having The Stones To Take A Temporary Break From My Podcast
August 31, 2020
Having The Stones To Take A Temporary Break From My Podcast
I’ll cut to the chase: Podcast Pontifications is going on medical leave until I can get this 9mm stone out of my left kidney. You really don’t want me screaming in pain every 2 minutes, right?
The Case For Non-Hippie Meditating Over Your Podcast
August 27, 2020
The Case For Non-Hippie Meditating Over Your Podcast
Podcasters spend so much time doing their podcast that they often lose sight of why they are podcasting. Getting out of the tactical mindset isn’t easy. Maybe it’s something you should meditate over?
Your Podcast Doesn't Suck, It Just Needs Un-Stuck
August 25, 2020
Your Podcast Doesn't Suck, It Just Needs Un-Stuck
Podcasting is a creative endeavor, and all creatives eventually think their work sucks. And while it might, you’re probably just stuck and need a technique to get you over the hump. Or slump.
Re-Humanize Your Podcast Before It's Too Late
August 18, 2020
Re-Humanize Your Podcast Before It's Too Late
Has the pendulum swung too far away from “podcasting is an intimate medium”? In our haste to resist the cliche, we might be editing out the humanity from our podcasts.
Podcasting With A Voice That Could Peel Paint
August 17, 2020
Podcasting With A Voice That Could Peel Paint
Hey, podcasters: Can we stop with the obsession over perfect-for-radio voice? The vast majority of working actors have “non-standard appearances” that don’t get in the way of their success.
Saying No To Podcasting Jobs & Yes To Podcaster Relationships
August 11, 2020
Saying No To Podcasting Jobs & Yes To Podcaster Relationships
Podcasting is a growth industry, with demand starting to outpace supply. Should you grow your podcasting business through any means necessary, or by leaving room for the right opportunities?
Busting The Myth Of Podcast Exceptionalism
May 5, 2020
Busting The Myth Of Podcast Exceptionalism
Making a podcast is a lot of things. Hard. Rewarding. Fun. But there’s one thing making a podcast is not: Exceptional. The sooner you come to grips with that harsh reality, the better for your podcast.
Lean Into Your Love-Hate Relationship With Your Podcast
April 22, 2020
Lean Into Your Love-Hate Relationship With Your Podcast
The quest for the perfect podcast is a pipe dream. And even if it was attainable, you’d grow bored with it. Or your listeners would. A living podcast relies on the juxtaposition between what you love and what you hate.
Podcasting: Genre-Defining Or Mired In Medium?
April 20, 2020
Podcasting: Genre-Defining Or Mired In Medium?
Podcasting often gets compared to other forms of media, like TV, radio, or even blogging. But podcasting is messy and tends to spill out of any box that tries to contain it. Is that its superpower or its Achilles heel?
Don't Panic And Pivot Your Podcast To Video During The Pandemic
April 15, 2020
Don't Panic And Pivot Your Podcast To Video During The Pandemic
Would people prefer a video version of your podcast? Do your listeners want to become watchers? Is video the growth hack you’ve been looking for to grow your podcast? In a word, no. And here’s why:
Podcasting From A Place Of Abundance
March 30, 2020
Podcasting From A Place Of Abundance
It seems weird to talk about abundance during a time of shortage, I know. But just like staying on your couch right now can literally help save the world, shifting away from a scarcity-mindset can make podcasting better.
Becoming THE Local Podcast Advocate
August 7, 2019
Becoming THE Local Podcast Advocate
Changing podcasting for the better starts at home. What can you do specifically to help other local people where you live not just understand podcasting, but actually make podcasting better? Here are some ideas:
Expanding Your Podcasting Time-Horizon
July 29, 2019
Expanding Your Podcasting Time-Horizon
If you don't look far enough ahead, podcaster, you may miss big trends or changes coming to the industry. Of course, if you look too far ahead, you might miss obstacles directly in front of you and stumble. The trick is striking a balance.
Getting Your Mind Right About Becoming A Podcasting Professional
July 25, 2019
Getting Your Mind Right About Becoming A Podcasting Professional
Knowing what it takes to go pro in the podcasting field is one thing, but actually following through with the commitment and the mindset that something altogether different.
Cultivate The Right Connections To Become A Professional Podcaster
July 24, 2019
Cultivate The Right Connections To Become A Professional Podcaster
Very few professionals achieve professional status on their own. It's really no different in podcasting. The real trick is connecting with the right people who can help you reach the next level. But that’s not as easy or clear as you might think.
Turning Pro In Podcasting: A Reality Check
July 22, 2019
Turning Pro In Podcasting: A Reality Check
Contrary to popular belief, you can go pro as a podcaster. But the jobs available in the world of pro podcasting probably look a little different than you're thinking about. This should be good news for you!
Will Time Change Your Podcast?
June 20, 2019
Will Time Change Your Podcast?
Time, perhaps, is our most precious resource as podcasters. What would you change about your show if you had unlimited time to spend on it, rather than being rushed each episode? Before you think it too crazy, give it a shot. At least in your mind.
Should You Grow A Big Podcast Or Work To Build A Better One?
June 19, 2019
Should You Grow A Big Podcast Or Work To Build A Better One?
I am a big fan of the idea of growing a big podcast. But only if that makes sense for your podcast and/or your business. Chasing growth isn’t always the best move. Not because your show isn’t worthy, but because you may not be able to handle the business.
Can Old Podcasting Dogs Learn New Tricks?
June 18, 2019
Can Old Podcasting Dogs Learn New Tricks?
Podcasting turns 15 years old this summer. A whole lot has changed from then until now, including this chilling fact: The original vanguard is much, much older. Which means we run the risk of losing touch with podcasting today.
What SpaceX Webcasts Can Teach Podcasters
June 12, 2019
What SpaceX Webcasts Can Teach Podcasters
SpaceX has become masters of not only it putting things into space, but, bringing them back down safely. Surprisingly, there are lessons podcasters can learn from how SpaceX talks to their audience.
Are You Podcasting On Purpose?
June 10, 2019
Are You Podcasting On Purpose?
There are lots of reasons to start a podcast (And to keep it going!) Whatever reason you’ve chosen, that’s your purpose. Assuming, that is, you actually know the reason and purpose behind your podcast. Do you?
Making Room For Purposely Tiny Podcasts
May 21, 2019
Making Room For Purposely Tiny Podcasts
Podcasting is the next big revolution. Or is it? Maybe the word big, and all the assumptions that come with that word, is holding more than one podcaster back.
Mid-Level Podcasters' Biggest Mistake: Complacency
February 24, 2020
Mid-Level Podcasters' Biggest Mistake: Complacency
If you’re stuck just below the threshold of commercial viability with your podcasting efforts, you may be better served looking inward than outward to push you over the brink that brings in a wave of new listeners.
A Podcaster's Guide To A Podcast Purge
April 29, 2019
A Podcaster's Guide To A Podcast Purge
Out with the old and in with the new, podcaster!
Making Room For Dissent In Podcasting
April 18, 2019
Making Room For Dissent In Podcasting
Yes, group-think happens even in diverse industries like podcasting.
Leaning Into The Love Of Your Podcast
April 16, 2019
Leaning Into The Love Of Your Podcast
You get to define pride, success, and the right level of effort. Not me.
The Growing Trend Of Not Subscribing To Podcasts
April 11, 2019
The Growing Trend Of Not Subscribing To Podcasts
Many listeners of podcasts are happily consuming podcasting content without clicking the subscribe option... ever.
Broadcasters Killed The Podcasting Star
April 8, 2019
Broadcasters Killed The Podcasting Star
Radio and podcasting aren't as oil and water as you think. Radio and podcasting aren't as oil and water as you think.
Podcasting Needs Better Standards
January 20, 2019
Podcasting Needs Better Standards
Let's remove the non-artistic choices from the process of podcasting, OK? It's 2019. This should be working better by now.
Unmeasurable Metrics: Seeking Serendipity
January 23, 2019
Unmeasurable Metrics: Seeking Serendipity
How not to be so rigid with your show that you miss out on opportunities.
How To Convince Your Boss To Send You To A Podcasting Conference
January 16, 2019
How To Convince Your Boss To Send You To A Podcasting Conference
Though negotiating bar tabs is up to you.
Finding Your Groove & Escaping The Rut As A Podcaster
January 14, 2019
Finding Your Groove & Escaping The Rut As A Podcaster
Routines are good until they start limiting your vision. Know the signs.
Are You Making A Podcast or A Can Of Beans?
January 10, 2019
Are You Making A Podcast or A Can Of Beans?
Easy ways (to say, not implement) to make sure you keep commoditization at bay with your podcast.
How Disney+ Will Impact Podcasting
December 10, 2018
How Disney+ Will Impact Podcasting
The coming discovery problem for video will be a boon for audio-only podcasters.
Podcasting's Missing Porn Problem
December 6, 2018
Podcasting's Missing Porn Problem
What stops porn from taking over podcasting, and how that might change in the future.
600K+ Reasons Podcasters Can't Organize
November 28, 2018
600K+ Reasons Podcasters Can't Organize
Hint: There's a lot of us. And we don't have many common goals.
Podcasting Is The New Book Publishing
November 21, 2018
Podcasting Is The New Book Publishing
How skipping the printing press may be the best thing for your career.
Relating America's Car Obsession To Its Dominance In Podcasting
November 1, 2018
Relating America's Car Obsession To Its Dominance In Podcasting
Rethinking the value of creating content and the Sunday driver.
No, Podcasting Hasn't Jumped The Shark. But...
October 31, 2018
No, Podcasting Hasn't Jumped The Shark. But...
... there are a few troubling trends that you might want to watch out for.
Overcoming Podcasting's Creativity Paradox
October 22, 2018
Overcoming Podcasting's Creativity Paradox
How adding artificial constraint helps you be more creative with your show.
Embracing Podcasting's Punk Rock Roots
October 18, 2018
Embracing Podcasting's Punk Rock Roots
Without wearing a spiked collar under your business shirt.
The Art Of Renting Out Your Podcast
October 17, 2018
The Art Of Renting Out Your Podcast
Because you deserve a break from your podcast. Why not give someone else a break with it?
Podcast Experts Are Not Your Friends
October 2, 2018
Podcast Experts Are Not Your Friends
We have our own agendas, and they may not line up to your objectives.
Podcasting Like An Influencer (Even For Your Business)
October 1, 2018
Podcasting Like An Influencer (Even For Your Business)
Can you bring the mindset of being public and prolific to your podcast as you are launching?
Stealing Money To Pay For Podcasting
September 26, 2018
Stealing Money To Pay For Podcasting
How you can steal money from the marketing or advertising budget to pay for podcasting.
You've Launched Your Podcast. Now What?
September 24, 2018
You've Launched Your Podcast. Now What?
Battling four myths of podcast launch with better ideas that will achieve results.
I Think We Have Business Podcasting All Wrong
September 19, 2018
I Think We Have Business Podcasting All Wrong
Podcasting is big enough to handle many different "publishing" approaches.
Podcasting's Growth: Bigger Audience or Just More Playgrounds?
September 17, 2018
Podcasting's Growth: Bigger Audience or Just More Playgrounds?
Unpacking where the growth in podcasting is really happening.
Is Your Business Podcast Worth $100,000?
September 5, 2018
Is Your Business Podcast Worth $100,000?
There's more to podcasting for a business than just talking into a microphone.
Perfection Isn't The Enemy of Podcasting
July 24, 2018
Perfection Isn't The Enemy of Podcasting
Balance of "easy" an "great sound" for your podcast.
Stop The Presses! Print Plies Podcasting Prowess
October 2, 2019
Stop The Presses! Print Plies Podcasting Prowess
Apparently newspapers aren't just for packing up your dishes or lining your fish and chips basket. Even better; many print journalists are finding great success when they cross over into our medium, podcasting.
If All The World's A Stage, I Want Better Podcasting
October 3, 2019
If All The World's A Stage, I Want Better Podcasting
New podcasters often cite “finding their voice” as one of their biggest challenges. Unless, of course, that new podcaster has prior on-stage speaking experience. Here's how those two worlds are colliding. In a good way!
How A Newsletter Can Catch Your Podcast's Overflow
October 15, 2019
How A Newsletter Can Catch Your Podcast's Overflow
When is a podcast not a podcast? When it's a newsletter from a podcast. No, I'm not talking about just sticking a link to your latest episode in your existing newsletter. That's just being lazy. And it ignores the changing newsletter landscape.
From Podcast Listeners to Podcast Learners
October 16, 2019
From Podcast Listeners to Podcast Learners
When is a podcast not a podcast? When it's an audio-based learning experience. And here's the good news. Your podcasting chops means you're already at the top of the class.
What Podcasters Can Learn From Tennis Players
October 24, 2019
What Podcasters Can Learn From Tennis Players
Processes and practices are a surefire way to increase your skills. But they don't always help you broaden your podcasting horizons. Which is why, for your next project, you should collaborate with people who are better than you.
How To Do More In Podcasting Without Doing More Podcasting
January 15, 2020
How To Do More In Podcasting Without Doing More Podcasting
Lots of podcasters feel like they should do more in podcasting. But then they look at the amount of hours/days they already spend and quickly squash that idea. But more doesn’t always mean more of the same.
Planning For Better Podcasting
January 28, 2020
Planning For Better Podcasting
Great podcasting doesn’t happen by accident. Even good podcasting can be made better with a more deliberate approach. It’s OK if you don’t agree. Plenty of others are planning podcasting’s future without you.
Harder Podcasting Makes Podcasting Better
January 29, 2020
Harder Podcasting Makes Podcasting Better
Congrats! You figured out how to make a podcast. But before you launch your training course or chime in with advice on public forums, maybe you should try your hand at even harder ways to make a podcast?
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