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It’s Friday morning and I have about three really important things that I want to accomplish today. Things that I feel are really important and that I feel “called to do.”

I’m talking about the types of things that if I were to ask myself at the end of the day, “Did I do, today, what matters most?” The answer would be yes if I got one, two or even all three of these things accomplished.

The cool thing is that my calendar is WIDE OPEN and free from any commitments today.

However, before I get started on the first of these three projects, I want to go through my email and get to Inbox Zero. My goal is to finish responding to all emails by 11:30 AM. That’s about an hour from now.

I’ve been working on my email for about 20 minutes now and I’ve spent most of this time time explaining to a friend why I’m not going to be able to hop on Skype within the next few days to “catch up” and sending pre-written messages that explain why I’m not able to devote much time answering these technical “quick questions” via email.

There are days where I am a true ninja in the art form of “saying no.” Other days, that people pleasing side of me creeps up and temps me to say yes.

Here’s what I know.

  • I know that I have several big projects to work on between and the end of the year.
  • I know that I just returned from a trip to Colorado where I spoke at a conference and held a one day business mastermind.
  • I know that this coming Thursday is Thanksgiving, we have a guest staying with us for the next week and there are all sorts of family commitments.
  • I know that immediately following Thanksgiving, our family is hopping on a plane to Orlando to spend eight days on a family vacation.
  • I know that there is very little work week time between our return from Orlando and the Christmas holiday.
  • I know that during the first week of January, I’m going to Nashville for a one day personal mastermind event.
  • I know that on January 12th, I launch another four week session of Podcasting A to Z, which I have to market between now and then to fill up that class.
  • I know that just one week after that A to Z session ends, Stephanie and I are going on a seven day cruise with Dan & JoAnne Miller, Mike & Gail Hyatt, Michael Stelzner and his entire family as well as a large group of other like-minded folks.

That’s just my calendar into the third week of February. I have a nice yearly calendar where I can see how many work days I have between each of these events listed above. I know that my time is extremely limited when it comes to working on the most important projects that I know that I should be focused on. Projects that are most in line with what I am called to do and that will allow my work to benefit the greatest number of people with the most powerful amount of impact for each person influenced.

Here’s what else I know.

  • I know that I am committed to spending quality time with my wife.
  • I am committed to spending quality time with each of my three children.
  • I am committed to creating awesome memories with intentional family time moments.
  • I am committed to eating healthy and to working out, being intentionally physically active, six days a week.
  • I’m committed to going to bed early and waking up early each morning.
  • I’m committed to reading on a daily basis to keep my mind fresh with new ideas and inspiration.
  • I’m committed to journaling and creating content that inspires others.

If you put all that into the calendar over the next three months, it is very clear that I am not going to be able to commit to quick calls or Skype chats and to answering the myriad of “quick questions” that flood my email inbox each day.

Is there a temptation to keep them there and try to get a response to some of these folks when I have some free time? Yes. That temptation is there. However, I know, based upon my commitments listed above, if I say yes to all these emails, I going to have to start saying no to one, or more likely many, of the commitments I have above.

Knowing what you will say yes to helps make it easier to give a no response to things that you simply do not have the time to do.

I heard Andy Stanley once said… “When you get to a certain level of success, you’ll have to come to the place where you do, for some, what you wish you could do for everyone.”

Each day, I try to pick about five or so of these “quick questions” and give them a carefully crafted response that I hope will help them take what they are doing to the next level.

For everyone else, I send them the following message.

(BEGIN QUOTED PRE-WRITTEN QUICK QUESTION RESPONSE)

Thank you so much for reaching out to me!

I receive between 100+ emails each day and most of them contain quick questions just like this.

One of my most valuable resources is my Podcast Answer Man Podcast found athttp://PodcastAnswerMan.com. There are over 300 episodes of this show and I do take questions that are submitted in audio form, as long as the question, and its answer, would apply to multiple people. The voice mail feedback hotline number is 859-795-4067. Or you could record the question as an .mp3 file and attach it to an email sent to feedback@gspn.tv. I do ask folks to limit questions to one per call. I do get about 15 questions submitted for the show each week. And as you might imagine, not every question makes it into the show.

I have also created an amazing, free, tutorial on the basic foundation of podcasting at http://LearnHowToPodcast.com.

Unfortunately, my commitment to other projects keeps me from being able to spend much time with technical questions via email.

If you are looking for a more immediate response, may I suggest that you reach out to the larger collective of podcasters that gather online in an online community like the one found athttps://plus.google.com/communities/102333709604116814839

If you feel like you’d like to work with a podcast consultant, one-on-one, I have a referral network of hand selected consultants that I trust. Their rates start about $150/hr. If you would like me to refer you to someone you can work with, please just reply and ask for a referral.

I hope you don’t find this too off putting. I am just trying to make sure that I maintain my ability to keep up with the other clients, students and projects that I have already committed to and make sure that those who contact me, via email, get a timely response.

Sincerely,

Cliff

Ps. The best offer that I have to offer is my Podcasting A to Z course. I encourage you to check out http://PodcastingAtoZ.com to see the full details of what I offer during this four week course. The greatest benefit of the course is that it provides a place where you can ask as many questions as you want during a four week period of time, and I am committed to answering every single question.

(END QUOTED PRE-WRITTEN QUICK QUESTION RESPONSE)

If you’ve ever received this pre-written response from an email that you have sent to me, I hope this post will help give some insight as to the reason why it was sent.

Okay. So I’m now headed back to my email inbox. I need to paste that, and a few other, pre-written response to about 15 of the 38 other emails in my inbox. The rest are all business action items that I need to handle.

After that, I’ll close my email for the day and only focus on the three projects that I have planed to work on this afternoon.

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serial-social-logoHave you heard of the podcast, SERIAL?
Serial (iTunes | Website) is a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig.

Serial unfolds one story – a true story – over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns.

Sarah won’t know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. Each week she’ll bring you the latest chapter, so it’s important to listen in, starting with Episode 1. New episodes are released on Thursday mornings. Serial, like This American Life, is a production of WBEZ Chicago.

Earlier this week, The Verge reported that Serial had broke the iTunes record for the fastest podcast to reach 5 millions downloads and streams.

 
 
Other Topics Covered In This Episode:
- My Podcast Reviews will now notify you of Stitcher reviews.
- I changed commenting system over to Disqus.
- Is Spotify going to add podcasting to its app?
- By 2020, 90% of the world’s population will have a mobile phone.
- Check out InterviewConnections.com to get booked on other shows or to book guests for your show.
- Personal Journey Update

 
 
Most Important Links Mentioned In This Episode:
- Support Podcast Answer Man via Patreon – http://Patreon.com/PodcastAnswerMan
- Affiliate Link for My Podcast Reviews – http://podcastanswerman.com/podcastreviews
- Video Tutorial for setting up Stitcher Reviews – http://podcastanswerman.com/stitchersetup
- Serial Podcast – (iTunes | Website)

 
 
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Man holding up a picture frame around his headAre Podcasters Narcissists?
From the time I started getting involved in social media, I began hearing people talk about Narcissism. Not that I was a Narcissist, but that just sharing about your life on social media seemed to be a very narcissistic thing to do. Someone had posted a comment on last week’s episode about Narcissistic Personality Disorder and suggested that episode 379 was a bit over the top.

I’ll admit that I do feel that I can go overboard when sharing my own journey. However, I genuinely struggle with that and feeling called to share my life, online, in an authentic way that can help benefit others. With that said, I figured I’d take a closer look at symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. In this episode, I share the thoughts that I had as I was reading through these symptoms.

 
 
New Interview Request Procedure
I have been blessed to have gained quite a bit of attention and exposure for my business over the past several years. As a result, I am often presented invitations to be a guest on other podcasts to share my story. In this episode, I share why being a guest on other podcasts is among one of my favorite things to do and why I have done so few podcast interviews so far this year.

More importantly, I share how I intend to get back into a regular routine of making myself available for these opportunities with my new podcast interview request procedures. If you want to hear all the geeky details, click play now.

 
 
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379 What Do I Want To Be When I Grow Up?

by Cliff Ravenscraft on October 30, 2014

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Clever kidWhat Do I Want To Be When I Grow Up?
Earlier this week, I created a post on Facebook that said… “I’m amazed at what has occurred over the past nine years of my life. Though, at times, I feel that the past nine years are just the introduction to the amazing journey ahead. I feel like the story is just getting started.”

This week’s episode of Podcast Answer Man is unique in that when I hit record button, I had no idea what I was actually going to share in this episode. The only thing that I knew is that I wanted to talk about some things that have been on my heart concerning what I might be doing with my life several years into the future. I encourage you to click the play button to find out what I actually ended up sharing after I hit the record button.

 
 
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378 – Beware of the Grow Big Quick & Get Rich Quick Podcast Messaging

October 23, 2014

BEWARE: The Grow Big & Get Rich Quick Messaging Lately, I’ve been seeing more and more messaging related to the benefits of podcasting that include the thought that folks can simply launch a podcast and quickly gain tens of thousands of listeners. Just this past week, I was invited to become an affiliate of a […]

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377 Teaching Others About Podcasts

October 9, 2014

What Is A Podcast? (00:01:34) I enjoy introducing the world of podcasts to someone who has never heard of podcasting before. Not for the purpose convincing them to start a podcast, but actually start listening to podcasts. I am a firm believer that podcasts have a power to change people’s lives for the better like […]

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376 The Popularity And Profitability of Podcasting

October 2, 2014

The Popularity of Profitable Podcasting It seems like everywhere you turn, someone is promoting how much money there is to be made from podcasting. This is not the first gold rush experience for the podcasting industry. Back in 2006/2007 there was just as much talk about how folks could start a podcast, and that if […]

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375 – Slippery Slope

September 25, 2014

My Slippery Slope Moment I did it. I think I may have stepped onto a slippery slope. At approximately 29 minutes into this episode, I used the phrase, “You can’t see it if you are listening to audio.” I was doing something, that you could see in video, that would be of great interest to […]

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374 – Charging Money To Do What You Do – Favorite iOS 8 Features – Kindle Voyager – Podcast Patent Update & More

September 18, 2014

New Video Promo & Thoughts It Evoked (00:01:36) In this week’s episode, I talk about the awesome video that Jared Elrod created for my brand. I fell in love with the amazing production value of the first 33 seconds and I really got a good chuckle at the humorous approach to the call to action […]

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373 Building Relationships With Your Audience & Getting To The Next Level Involves Surrounding Yourself With People Who Are At The Level You Want To Achieve

September 11, 2014

Click Here To Register For The Next Level One Day Workshop! Getting To The Next Level Involves Surrounding Yourself With People Who Are At The Level You Want To Achieve I am excited to share a conversation that I recently had with my great friend, mentor and business adviser, Ray Edwards. (00:20:56) As I was […]

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372 My Backup Solution And How It’s Changed with Dropbox’s Increased Storage Limit

September 4, 2014

My Backup Solution Explained (00:08:35) I have created a lot of audio, hi-res photo and HD video content over the past several years. I also run a sizable business which is 100% paperless. Having local and online backup of all my data is absolutely essential to protect my business. In this episode I go into […]

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Do You Want To Create A Top Ranked Podcast That Generates Big Cash For You? If so….

August 31, 2014

Do you want to learn how to create a podcast that will instantly rise to the top of the iTunes ranking for your category? Do you want to learn how you can generate, thousands, tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars from your podcasting efforts? If so…. Podcasting A to Z IS […]

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371 How Do I Balance My Business Life And My Faith?

August 28, 2014

How do you balance your business life and your faith? I’m often complimented on how well I consistently share my faith through the content that I create for Podcast Answer Man without ever sounding “too strong” or “preachy.” These comments tend to take me by surprise as I feel that I rarely talk openly about […]

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Live Q&A Broadcast for August 21, 2014

August 21, 2014

This week, I decided to release the audio recording of my closing keynote as my episode for Podcast Answer Man. I knew that I would still have a live audience that would come to my live show Thursday chat room. For this reason, I decided to have an impromptu Q&A show targeted specifically for the […]

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370 – Four Strategies For Changing The World With Your Podcasting Efforts – How you can make a powerful, positive, difference in the lives of those who listen to your show.

August 19, 2014

My Closing Keynote for Podcast Movement 2014 (00:06:25) In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share the audio recording of the closing keynote address that I gave to those who attended the Podcast Movement conference on Sunday, August 16th and 17th, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. In my talk, I explained that if you have […]

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369 Twitter Analytics And Many New Media News Updates

August 7, 2014

Twitter Analytics (00:25:51) It’s been several months since we’ve had a social media segment with my great friend, Erik Fisher. Today, Erik joins me to discuss Twitter Analytics. This service allows you to review how many views your tweets are getting on Twitter’s service and how much engagement each tweet is getting. We also briefly […]

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368 Six Tips For Dealing With Email Overwhelm & Shocking Podcasting Patent Lawsuit Update

July 31, 2014

Shocking Podcasting Patent Lawsuit Update (00:16:25) In this week’s episode, I share the story published by ArsTechnica that Personal Audio, LLC had attempted to drop the lawsuit against Adam Carolla, but Adam refused to drop his defence of the lawsuit. It seems that Personal Audio LLC, had dropped the other lawsuits that they had filed […]

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Podcasters Can Change The World!

July 29, 2014

When I left my career in insurance to pursue podcasting full-time, my decision was not fueled by how much money I could earn or how much popularity I could generate. I decided to devote my life to podcasting because I realized that this was the best opportunity for me to make a positive difference in […]

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367 What do you do when you know that what is needed to take your podcast to the next level is just outside your financial reach? And So Much More!

July 24, 2014

Next Level One Day Mastermind Event I’m very excited to announce my very first one day LIVE EVENT. I will be hosting the first Next Level One Day Mastermind event on Friday, August 15th in Dallas TX in the Galveston Room at the Westin Galleria. (pictured below) I describe this event in great detail starting […]

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366 How Much Should I Charge My Sponsor?

July 17, 2014

How Much Should I Charge My Sponsor? Some recently posted this question… “I’ve been approached by an ad agency about advertising in my podcast. They have a client that’s very targeted for my audience. So they’re asking me for rate information. I have no idea what to quote them, as I’ve yet to have a […]

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365 Growing Your Mailing List – Thoughts On Live Streaming & Video In General – And Much More!

July 10, 2014

Working Out The Kinks With My Live Stream (00:04:14) Some of you know that I have been broadcasting a live stream of the recording of my podcasts since 2006. Until recently, I never really talked about this a great deal. However, in the past few episodes, I’ve mentioned that I’ve been looking to take my […]

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363 Permission To Relaunch Your Podcast And Much More!

June 26, 2014

Permission To Relaunch Your Podcast During my current session of Podcasting A to Z, I had shared the story how I once did a complete relaunch of my Help I Got A Mac podcast by deleting the first ten episodes that I had published and restarting the show with a brand new first episode. One […]

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362 Podcasting App To Be UnRemovable in iOS 8? Three Ways To Read All Written Reviews of Your Podcast. Can You Fanscribe Your Podcast? And Much Much More!

June 19, 2014

Permanent Podcasting App in iOS 8? Special thanks to Troy Heinritz for alerting me to a Mac Rumors article noting that the Podcasts App, from Apple, is pre-installed in the new iOS8 beta 2 version of the software. If this remains in iOS8, it means that every iOS 8 user will have the podcasts app […]

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361 The Next Level Studio

June 14, 2014

I’m In My New Studio! I know that I’ve been talking about getting ready to move into my new studio for a very long time. We started the building process, of our new home, a full year ago. I’ve been dreaming of the day that I would actually have all this extra space for all […]

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360 Does Listening Via Stitcher Really Support Content Producers?

June 6, 2014

Why I Found Stitcher’s Last Email To Be Misleading! (00:34:32) Recently, the CEO of Sticher Radio, Noah Shanok, sent an email, to those who use their app, to apologize for “instances where their ad system performed in unexpected and sometimes suboptimal ways, for example by delivering ads at less than ideal times, serving repetitive ads, […]

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359 Should I Rebrand & Relaunch My Show To Take Advantage of New & Noteworthy?

May 29, 2014

Immediately after recording this episode, I announced to those who were watching live, in the chat room, that I would personally rate this episode about a 6 out of 10 on a quality scale. Going into the episode, I was pretty excited about the content that I had planned for the show. However, I ended […]

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358 Should I Use SoundCloud? Setting Boundaries With Your Audience? Co-Hosting Advice & More

May 22, 2014

Why Every Entrepreneur Should Become An Expert At Saying No! Recently, I received an email, from Gloria, that said… “I Just spent the day listening to your podcast! So valuable and I feel so blessed to have found it! In episode 321, you mentioned a talk you gave about four reasons entrepreneurs should say no. […]

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357 How Do I Get More Feedback From My Audience? And Much More!

May 15, 2014

    Catching Up On Voice Messages In this week’s episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share my latest thoughts as I continue to daydream about what life will be like when I am in my new studio space once our new home construction is complete. Also, in this episode, I answer six questions that […]

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356 The Response To Last Week’s Episode & An Interview With Dane Sanders

May 9, 2014

Response To Last Week’s Episode Last week’s episode of Podcast Answer Man prompted a large amount of feedback related to three items. First, I had made a point to produce the entire episode without a single audio clip included. Second, episode 355 was the longest episode, of Podcast Answer Man, that I have ever published, […]

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355 Why You Should NOT Start A Podcast – My Thoughts Regarding Spencer Haw’s Blog Post On This Topic.

May 1, 2014

This week’s podcast episode is unique in several ways. First, I made the intentional decision to not use any audio clips within the podcast from beginning to end. I did this as a means of motivation for brand new podcasters who may be struggling to find the right music or audio branding for their podcast. […]

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354 The New New Twitter – Book Recommendations – And Much More

April 24, 2014

The New New Twitter Is Getting Close It’s been a few years since Twitter had a major overhaul of their web user interface. Twitter recently rolled out a redesign of their User Profiles. The change to the new design will eventually happen for all users. However, you can click here to get the new design […]

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353 Can I Make Money If My Podcast Is Not A Business? How Long Can I Still Answer Every Email? Why Do I Not Recommend Using Your Media Host’s RSS Feed? And How To Avoid Interrupting Your Co-Host

April 17, 2014

Why Do I Not Recommend Using Your Media Host’s RSS Feed? Several people have been emailing me, recently, telling me that they have been getting a lot of conflicting advice regarding which rss feed they should use. Specifically, there have been many folks that have been told that the best option for new podcasters, who […]

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352 Twitter Photos – Photo Tagging – Skype TX – Patreon – Naming New Studio And More!

April 10, 2014

Twitter Photos & Tag Spam In this week’s social media segment, Erik Fisher joins me to discuss Twitter’s new ability to upload four pictures to a single tweet using their mobile application. We also talk about the ability to tag people in the photos you upload form the mobile Twitter app. This led us into […]

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351 On Air Signs – Shark Tank Podcast – And So Much More

April 3, 2014

Remote Controlled On Air Sign I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner. However, it recently occurred to me that I could use one of those WeMo switches by Belkin to operate a plugged in On Air Light/Sign that I could place just outside my studio. In fact, I may place a second […]

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Media Coverage For Podcasting – KUSI TV’s Good Morning San Diego

March 27, 2014

Most of you know that I flew to San Diego this week to speak at Social Media Marketing World. I had the incredible honor of being invited to promote my talk on KUSI TV’s Good Morning San Diego new show. The following is the video recording of that segment.

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