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This week’s episode is very unique. I’m sharing the audio from where my great friend, Ray Edwards, interviewed me for his podcast. I explain why in the open of the episode.

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Aaron_Walker_with_Cliff_RavenscraftA Conversation With Aaron Walker
I’m very excited to share a recent conversation that I have with my friend Aaron Walker. We talk about the difference between being a good story teller and understanding that you have a good story to tell. We also talked about mastermind groups and the value of being booked as a podcast guest on other people’s podcasts.

 
Two Links Mentioned In This Episode
– My Affiliate Link For Interview Valet – PodcastAnswerMan.com/valet
– Free gifts from Aaron – ViewFromTheTop.com/podcastanswerman

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If you have been wanting to launch a podcast but have found it to be a bit of a challenge, please check out this video…

My Podcasting A to Z group coaching program may be the ladder you need to reach the goal of successfully launching your podcast.

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Getting Past Episode 007
An overwhelming majority of podcast that are created never make it past their seventh episode. In this episode, I attempt to encourage Susan B from the I Can’t Stop Spending podcast, to avoid contributing to this statistic.

You see, Susan was a student in my March Podcasting A to Z coaching program. Even before she launched her podcast, she was already experiencing “cold feet.”

She had already done the hard work of setting up and tweaking her recording equipment setup and and figuring out the audio editing process. She had already produced a sample audio file that I gave a “PERFECT” rating. (And most of you know just how much of an audio snob I am.)

During the first week of the coaching program, I asked her why she wanted to launch her podcast. She wrote… “My life’s mission, and the purpose of my podcast, is to share my experience, strength, and hope around recovery from compulsive spending, to help others who feel powerless over the obsession to buy, shop, and spend…

However, on March 30th, while other students were submitting their first episodes to the various podcast directories, she wrote to me saying… “So I’m having an identity crisis, Cliff….. I’m not sure I should be doing this particular podcast now. I know you cannot make the decision, but I’d like your feedback about my concerns.

She went on to write about about how a few of her friends in recovery have cautioned her about some of the things that she was considering with her platform.

She then wrote… “I’m worried that people will get upset with me for sharing my experience, strength, and hope this way.

And she told me that she had an idea for a different podcast that she might pursue instead.

This interaction inspired the following vlog post!

BTW. After receiving my feedback, Susan sent me the following message.

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Cliff, I cannot thank you enough for this amazing motivational response. I will be using it in the podcast, if you don’t mind. Your transformation is astounding. I read the FB post and comments, and was so struck by this exchange you had with someone:

THEY SAID: I know you won’t call out the hater who mocked you, but I hope he sees this and the profound support you so deservedly have received. Well done! Keep up the good work!

And YOU SAID: Yeah, funny thing is that guy made it into the most recent Keynote that I did. I used it as an example of how you can’t allow others, who don’t understand your vision, keep you from moving toward your goal as a result of their negative feedback.

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Wow.

Moving forward. Thanks to you.

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I was so happy to see Susan publish her first episode, on April 3rd. As I saw her publish a new episode every week for the next four weeks, I thought she was on course for beating that “7th Episode Statistic.”

However, earlier this week, I received a new email from Susan. She wrote the following.

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Hi Cliff,

I’m going to stop the podcast for now. 🙁

I asked someone (not in my target audience) to listen. His response was that it was boring (it is) and I talk too much about myself (I do, but that is because that’s how we do it in recovery), and not entertaining (ugh). He suggested using a script (sooooo time-consuming).

There is nothing worse to me. Searched your website for “boring,” but found nothing.

The one thing I’ve never been accused of being is boring. I’ve done five episodes. And I thought I was quite passionate and had some humor in it.

I just wondered if you have ever done a podcast on the topic of being entertaining vs. boring. If not, it would be great if you did one.

Since I steadily have around 75 listeners to each episode, I’m going to do a hiatus episode and explain and ask for feedback.

This is so hard and time-consuming as it is, but if I stink at it, I just don’t see any point of continuing until I figure something else out. Probably interviewing would be the only option. And I really didn’t want to do that.

Thanks,
Susan

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I asked Susan for permission to read her email in this week’s podcast episode and to share my responses with her in the podcast. She gave me her blessing to do so and that’s what you’ll hear during the first 27 minutes of this episode.

 
 
A Conversation With Joel Comm Regarding The Value of Snapchat
ConsultPhotoOriginally, this week’s episode was going to feature a full-length conversation that I had with my friend, Joel Comm regarding the value of Snapchat. We had originally talked for approximately 52 minutes. However, I felt that I must share my response to Susan’s email, mentioned above, in this episode as well.

As a result, I went to work editing the recording of my conversation with Joel. I ended up removing about 23 minutes of audio. However, I’m very excited about what came out as a result of this editing. I trust that you’ll find some valuable insight into the value of Snapchat by listening in on our conversation. (Starts at 00:26:51).

By the way, you can Joel on Snapchat. His username is @JoelComm.

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447 – Podcasting Purely To Entertain – A Conversation With Michael O’Neal

April 28, 2016

Podcasting Purely To Entertain In this week’s episode, I share a conversation with my friend Michael O’Neal from The Solopreneur Hour podcast. We discuss how he got into podcasting just for the joy of getting to interview interesting people and how he’s developed his own business model around his podcasting efforts.

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446 – My Biggest Takeaways From SMMW16

April 22, 2016

In this episode, I allow myself to do use the “live to drive” format to share my thoughts following my experience at Social Media Marketing World 2016. Update: I totally neglected to share two major takeaways from this event. Much like the others, these takeaways are about taking relationships to the next level. I had […]

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445 – Thoughts On Ambition

April 15, 2016

Back in September of last year (2015), I recorded a podcast episode titled “What do I want my life to look like in 10 to 20 years?”. In that episode, I shared some pretty loft dreams of what I might want my life to look like in the future. Since then, I feel that I’ve […]

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444 – Live To Hard Drive Vs Heavily Editing – And Thoughts on Batch Processing

April 8, 2016

Have I Abandoned The Live To Hard Drive Approach To Podcasting? In last Thursday’s vlog post, I had shared that I spent a total of two hours editing last week’s episode of this podcast. My friend, Riley Blanton, reached out to me, via Snapchat, to tell me that a while back, I had inspired him […]

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My Current Thoughts On Social Media Platforms

April 6, 2016

This vlog contains my most recent thoughts as to where I am finding value in the available social media platforms. VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE TO THIS VIDEO: I don’t know how it happened, but when I was recording this vlog, I completely forgot to mention Youtube & Instagram. The following video is a new vlog that […]

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443 – Why Am I Vloggging Daily? And Is It Worth It?

April 1, 2016

Earlier this year, I began using SnapChat and, as a result, I’ve been producing a daily vlog, without missing a single day, since January 27th, 2016. When I started, I never intended to commit to creating daily vlog content. In spite of the low production value associated with using Snapchat, it’s still an incredible amount […]

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Yes, People Will Probably Criticize You!

March 30, 2016

Earlier today, I had one of my Podcasting A to Z students tell me that she now has cold feet about publishing her first podcast episode. She’s spent the past two weeks tweaking her equipment setup and figuring out the audio editing process. She’s produced a sample audio file that I gave a “PERFECT” rating. […]

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442 – Please Don’t Snap And Drive

March 25, 2016

This week’s episode is very brief and to the point. It contains a message that I am very passionate about. If I have any amount of influence in the lives of those who listen to this show, I hope that I might influence others to make a commitment to never “Snap and Drive.” Beyond that, […]

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Is It Worth It For Me To Continue My Daily Vlog?

March 22, 2016

Is it worth it? I’ve been producing daily vlog posts for two months now. Even though I’m using Snapchat to create these posts, which is easy enough, it is actually a lot of work to turn them into video formats that work for my YouTube channel, my video podcast feed and even to upload them […]

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What Are All Those Screens Used For?

March 21, 2016

Many folks have been asking me why I have so many screens in my office. Do I use them for anything other than branding? I’m devoting today’s vlog post to answering these questions. While I share the primary purpose for each of the screens you see in my office, the reality is that they each […]

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441 – What Does CliffEOTC Stand For?

March 18, 2016

For years, I have had several online accounts that carry the username “cliffeotc.” When people come across some of these accounts, they immediately ask the question, “what does cliffeotc stand for?” Until now, this question only came up a few times a year and I simply took the time to explain it to each person […]

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Ask Me Anything About Launching A Podcast (Webinar Replay)

March 12, 2016

I recently hosted a free webinar, “Ask Me Anything About Launching A Podcast.” The purpose was to give people a taste of what my weekly group coaching calls are like during my, four week, Podcasting A to Z online coaching program. The video below is an edited replay of the webinar featuring the most relevant […]

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440 – What Am I Using To Do My Online Courses? A Few Snapchat Tips & Thoughts On Being Approachable.

March 11, 2016

What Am I Using To Do My Online Courses? My friend, Beth Spellacy, reached out to me via a private Snapchat message. Her husband is a web developer and he is interested in putting together an online course about website accessibility and was wondering what software I use to put together my online courses. I […]

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How I Can Track 80% of My Income Back To 10 to 11 People.

March 7, 2016

In episode 42 of my vlog, I mentioned that I could track 80% of my income, over the past eight years, back to 10 to 11 people that are within my community. One person commented… “Ok, so 80% of your sales stem from 10 to 11 of your business network referrals – not organic sales […]

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Who Is Cliff Ravenscraft? [VLOG]

March 7, 2016

I recently had a significant number of new folks start following me on Snapchat recently and I decided to introduce myself. It was pretty interesting trying to come up with a way to explain who I am given that I’m in the midst of a transitional season of life. This is what I came up […]

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Did I Just Screw Up By Rebranding My Podcast? – [VLOG]

March 6, 2016

In today’s vlog, I share my thoughts about why I’m confident that I made the right decision about rebranding my podcast. Unfortunately, I had to re-record my thoughts due to a technical glitch that happened today. What I shared the second time around is nowhere close to the awesome insights that came out the first […]

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439 – I Am The Podcast Answer Man, But This Is Now The Cliff Ravenscraft Show

March 4, 2016

    Renaming This Show: In this episode, I share why I’ve decided to rebrand this podcast as The Cliff Ravenscraft Show moving forward. I plan to continue adding valuable content here on the Podcast Answer Man website. I plan to continue creating new products and services related to podcasting. I plan to continue offering […]

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438 – Why I Have Fallen In Love With Snapchat

February 26, 2016

    Why I Have Fallen In Love With Snapchat In this week’s episode, I talk about how Snapchat has quickly become my number one social network of choice. If you want to see an example of some of my snapchat stories, check out my YouTube VLOG where I’m archiving my stories each day. I […]

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437 – Podcasting As A Tool To Help You Clarify Your Thoughts On Important Topics – An Interview With Leary Gates

February 19, 2016

In this week’s episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share an interview with Leary Gates from the Reinventure Me podcast. Leary is another graduate of my coaching program that has produced well over 100 podcast episodes. I’m always interested to learn what motivates others to create a podcast and what keeps them coming back to […]

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436 – Why Do I Still Use Feedburner Today?

February 12, 2016

What Is Feedburner? Why Do I Still Use It Today? Every now and then, someone will reach out to me and ask me why I still use Feedburner. I created this podcast episode to share the story of how and why I started using Feedburner many years ago and why, in spite of a few […]

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435 – The Podcast Is The Thing We Love Most Out of Everything! An Interview With Scott Stratten

February 5, 2016

Scott Stratten In this week’s episode, I’m delighted to share an interview that I did with Scott Stratten, president of UnMarketing. He is an expert in Viral, Social, and Authentic Marketing which he calls Un-Marketing. It’s all about positioning yourself as a trusted expert in front of your target market, so when they have the […]

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My SnapChat Tutorial

January 31, 2016

I have recently fallen in love with the stories functionality of SnapChat. I’ve been using it to record a daily vlog. I encourage you to follow me on SnapChat. Username = cliffeotc. If you are on your mobile phone, you can click here to add me. The SnapChat App Is Confusing: This was my first […]

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434 – How Do You Know If Your Idea Will Succeed? An Interview With Pat Flynn

January 29, 2016

Market Validation I’ve seen people spend months working to bring a product or service to the market only to find, after they have put all the work into creating that product or service, that there wasn’t enough interest to make that product or service a profitable venture. I have personally created a service that I […]

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433 – Year of Identity Part 2

January 22, 2016

The Year of Identity – Part 2 This week’s episode is part two of my “Year of Identity” story. This is one of those rare times that I will tell you that you do not want to listen to this episode before you listen to the episode previous to this one. So if you haven’t […]

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A Few Brief Announcements

January 19, 2016

This is not officially an episode of the podcast. Instead, I simply needed to drop in a few announcements for you. You see, I’m currently a few weeks ahead when it comes to producing this podcast. However, when I had recorded, edited and scheduled the two part series titled “The Year of Identity,” I didn’t […]

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432 – Year of Identity – Part 1

January 15, 2016

The Year of Identity – Part 1 This week’s episode may end up being one of the most confusing episodes that I have ever produced. This episode is a crossover episode between The Cliff Ravenscraft Show and Podcast Answer Man. As you’ll learn from listening to this episode, I have been contemplating several significant changes […]

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431 – Creating A Podcast To Interview People You Want To Build Relationships With – An Interview with Todd Uterstaedt

January 8, 2016

An Interview With Todd Uterstaedt I’m so excited to share a recent interview that I did with Todd Uterstaedt who produces the From Founder To CEO podcast. Todd is an alumni of my Podcasting A to Z Group Coaching Program. In fact, he’s gone through the program twice. However, the reason why I’m excited to […]

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430 Facebook Live Streaming Vs Periscope | Become An Author With Kary Oberbrunner

January 1, 2016

Facebook Live Streaming Vs Periscope In the open of this episode, I share my initial thoughts on Facebook’s new live streaming service that is now being rolled out to personal Facebook accounts. Stephanie and I tried out today while we recording our Family From The Heart podcast.     Become An Author With Kary Oberbrunner […]

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429 Podcasting As A Hobby That Pays For Itself – An Interview with Serena Travis

December 25, 2015

Podcasting Focused On A Geographic Region In this week’s episode of Podcast Answer Man, I am delighted to share a conversation that I had with Serena Travis. Serena hosts the podcast called Good Morning Scott Valley, which is show that she created five years ago, focused on her hometown in Northern California. I love stories […]

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428 Ten Tips For Dealing With Depression As An Entrepreneur

December 18, 2015

An article I recently read quoted a study that found that one out of every three entrepreneurs lives with depression. In this week’s episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share three types of depression that I have struggled with over the past ten years. I also share twelve tips for dealing with depression. The twelve […]

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427 Should I Charge Hourly or By The Month? & I Share My Must Have Mac Desktop Apps

December 11, 2015

Billing By The Hour or By The Month? Jonathan Gaby submitted a question for the podcast, asking advice on whether he should bill his social media consulting work by the hour or at a monthly flat rate. This is a very interesting topic as I’ve heard several people, including one of my most trusted business […]

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426 Asia Pacific Podcast Conference – In New Zealand |Thoughts On A Fixed Vs A Growth Mindset

December 4, 2015

Asia Pacific Podcast Conference I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to announce that I will be headed to New Zealand this February to deliver a Keynote for the Asia Pacific Podcast Conference. In this episode, I talk to Paul Spain who is the founder of the event to give you all […]

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