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Playing Up (Or Down) Your Podcasting Personality [S3E129]
Episode 12919th May 2021 • Podcast Pontifications • Evo Terra
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Sometimes we just need a change in our podcast,

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either subtle or fundamental.

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But one thing remains the same.

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Us.

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What do we do when some aspects of our personality just

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aren't perfect for podcasting?

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Hello, and welcome to another Podcast Pontifications with me, Evo Terra.

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Before we get started, I am not a psychologist.

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So if you have a personality disorder, if you're in therapy, or you're working with

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a professional mental health provider, do what they say, not this moron.

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All right?

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Now, there's a lot that we can change about our podcasts.

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We can change the topics because, you know, we're people and we have lots

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of interest and lots of experiences.

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Or we can even learn new experiences and pass those along, that knowledge along in

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our podcast if that's what we wish to do.

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We can change the angle that we take because, again, we're persuasive

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people and we know that subtle shifts in how we talk about something

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might make that topic more palatable to the people on the other end.

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Might make our case better, if you will.

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We can change the format of our podcast because we know that millions of shows

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already exist and something like 20,000 new shows are added every single week.

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So we're constantly being exposed, if we're paying attention, to new people

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doing new things with their format.

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We can change the branding elements for a fresh look of our podcasts, or

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even the branding elements inside of our podcast episodes for a fresh sound.

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Going further, we can change our voice.

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We can use speech-language pathologists, or even vocal coaches.

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They give us more confidence that we are sounding the way

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that we really want to sound.

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And there are a myriad of other subtle changes and really big changes

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that we can make to our podcasts.

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But what about our personality?

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Now, I'm not qualified to answer the question definitively,

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"Can people change?"

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I'm not answering that question.

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Nor am I going down the path of whether or not you should or should

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not, or anybody should or should not change basically who they are.

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But I will say that there may be some aspects of your personality that are

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more effected habits, muscle memory in the brain to use a lay person's

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thinking metaphor around this.

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And I'm going to use me as an example for that.

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So I, if you know me, I'm pretty quick with the joke, which makes me, in my

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opinion, kind of a rotten interviewer.

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But on the same - I recognize that about me.

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That's why I don't do a lot of interview shows.

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However, weirdly enough, I'm actually paid to interview people.

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Not on this show, and not on anything related to the topics of podcasting

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or honestly things I'm very interested about, but I do, I am paid to do these

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short conversations with professionals and markedly unfunny topics.

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Why do I do this?

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Well, partly because I get paid to do that and that's important, but also because

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suppressing my own natural knee-jerk, let's-crack-a-joke-now-quickly-Evo,

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that's helping.

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I think it makes me a better, more rounded, better overall podcaster.

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Let's talk about my friend Don.

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I'm just going to call him Don because that's his name.

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Don is a long-time podcaster who has successfully monetized

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a long-running multi-host show.

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But Don also, in the decades almost he's been podcasting, realizes he's never

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done a solo show or a scripted show.

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So now, he's quietly experimenting on doing both of those on a semi-secret show.

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And it's very likely the show's not going to continue.

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In fact, he said straight up, it's not going to continue after the ten episodes.

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But I bet that he is going to take the lessons learned and then

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incorporate those new aspects of his own personality - not new aspects, but

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uncovered aspects and incorporate those for his multi-host podcasting efforts.

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Or take my other friend Terry.

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We'll call him Terry because, again, that's his name.

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Terry is taking a break from his podcast right now.

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It's changed names and changed focus and direction many times, but Terry

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right now is finding really good success in a short-form video platform.

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Which is interesting because Terry, I know, is prone to waxing poetically,

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which makes his episodes longer than they really need to be and has a tough

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time cutting out the extra stuff.

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But this new restrictive, shorter format stops him from doing that.

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He can't.

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And because of that, Terry's going to relaunch his podcast before too long and

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he's going to bring those lessons learned from that short format down, suppressing

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that ability, that innate need to talk forever, and just get to the point.

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I'm not sure that any of those, mine, Don's, or Terry's, qualify

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for really changed personalities.

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Probably not.

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But I think that all of them recognize a change in which parts

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of the personality we each choose to expose, which ones you are likely

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to see and/or hear on the podcast.

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We're de-emphasizing some parts and emphasizing other parts.

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Maybe recently discovered parts.

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And all of that's making for a better podcast, not just for them,

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but also for their audiences.

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Now, if you know someone who's letting maybe a part of their personality,

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maybe they recognize that parts of their personality just aren't conducive

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to doing great podcasting anymore.

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Maybe it's getting in the way of their podcasting efforts.

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Well, share this episode or article with them to show them some ideas of

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how they might be able to work through that by emphasizing certain parts and

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deemphasizing other parts of that.

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And, of course, if you love the idea and the content I bring to you every

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day on Podcast Pontifications please, I'd appreciate it if you would go

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to buymeacoffee.com/EvoTerra, and do that, buy me a virtual coffee.

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All right.

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That's it.

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I shall be back tomorrow with yet another Podcast Pontifications.