#100: The Next 100 Episodes and How I Plan to Change Things Up [Podcast]

Today marks a major milestone: 100 podcast episodes. I admit that, when I started this podcast back in February 2012, I never thought I would get here.

So far, it’s been really successful (5.5 million downloads, consistently ranked in iTunes Top 10 for Business), and everything seems to be working really well. So, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

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I’ve never subscribed to that philosophy. More importantly, change means growth. The bottom line is that beginning in episode 101, a lot will change. Here are three ways the podcast will change and three ways it will stay the same.

How It Will Change

  1. I will have a new co-host, Michele Cushatt.
  2. I am switching the format from monologue to a conversation.
  3. I am adding a video podcast (same podcast, just another medium).

How It Will Stay the Same

  1. We will cover the same kinds of topics.
  2. I will still be the primary one delivering the content.
  3. We will keep it to about 30 minutes in length.

Beginning in episode 101, with Michele on-board, we will talk about why I decided to make this change and the key takeaways for you.

Please note: I will not be posting Episode 101 until July 9th. I am taking a hiatus next week while we get the new show ready.

What I ask in the meantime, is that you remain open and join me in this journey. It won’t be perfect, but I’m pretty sure it will be better. All I ask is that you give us a chance and then let us know what you think.

Listener Questions

If you asked a question, and I answered it on this episode, please email me your address, so I can send you an autographed copy of my book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.

  1. Charlie Page asked, “If you had it to do over again, is there one area you would have focus more than you did?”
  2. Christina Parker Brown asked, “What are the top three things you do to build trust with your audience?”
  3. D.J. Smith asked, “Are there differences in strategy when building a blog for a company vs. one for an individual?”
  4. Jim Turner asked, “I want to write to four different audiences. Should I do this with one blog (and different categories) or multiple blogs?”
  5. John Richardson asked, “Which do you enjoy more, writing a blog post or doing a podcast?”
  6. Julia Kasdorf asked, “I am a guitar player and never considered myself a leader. How do you define a leader?”
  7. Matthew Green asked, “What has been your biggest struggle in working for yourself?”
  8. Nicole asked, “What advice would you give to someone who has just acquired a thriving website?”
  9. T.C. Long asked, “Should I focus on one blog or combine the two?”

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Tip of the Week

Gail and I just finished listening to Brené Brown’s six-hour workshop called The Power of Vulnerability. It is a fantastic workshop.

I first learned of Brené when I watched her TED talk by the same name. She is a shame researcher at the University of Houston. She’s been on Oprah and is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers, Daring Greatly and the The Gifts of Imperfection.

She talks about a number of subjects related to vulnerability in the workshop, but I especially liked her distinction between guilt and shame. She basically says that guilt can be positive. It calls us to repair what is broken. On the other hand, shame is never productive. It keeps us (and others stuck).

In the series, I learned how to recognize shame in my own life and make sure I don’t use it with others. I highly recommend this series, especially if you are a writer, speaker, or leader of any kind.

Episode Resources

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Question: What do you think of these changes? Anything else I should change? Anything I should make sure I don’t change?

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