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The Case For Upgrading Your Podcasting Recipes [S3E88]
Episode 883rd March 2021 • Podcast Pontifications • Evo Terra
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It's hard for anyone to know everything about podcasting.

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The most successful podcasters blend what they know with what they've learned.

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Their secret?

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Abandoning instructions that don't work for them.

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

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How confident are you in your podcasting skills?

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And I mean all the things required to make a podcast from audio creation, to

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strategic planning, to more tactical and marketing implementations, to writing

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copy and graphics and everything else.

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How confident are you in all of those things?

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The whole picture?

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Chances are there are one or more, or perhaps many things, which

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you are not quite as confident about during that process.

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So here's what I would like for you to do today or tomorrow or this weekend,

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whenever it is you're in podcasting mode.

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For me, it's every day.

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For you, might be different than that.

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I want you to make note of the thing you're about to do for your podcast.

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And I want you to break it down into one of two different buckets, and you can

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do this on paper, in your head, I don't really care, but ask yourself a question.

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Is this thing I'm doing right now, is it intrinsic or is it instructions required?

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Let me explain.

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Intrinsic things are things that you know deeply.

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And specifically, I mean, you have proof that these things

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work, is number one option.

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If it's an intrinsic, you don't have to refer to anything else.

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You just know how to do it.

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And you have proof that the thing you're about to do is

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worthwhile and actually works.

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Or that intrinsic thing is part of the "my way" package, whatever your way happens

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to me, because it's important to you.

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You like doing it this way.

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And it's also something that you know, you've internalized, if you will.

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So that's one thing.

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Things that are intrinsic that are probably never going to change, or if

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they do, they're going to change slightly.

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But the other things, instructions required, I mentioned, that's everything

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you've been taught about podcasting that isn't yet completely internalized

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to you, hasn't yet become intrinsic.

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Now, those can be sometimes assumptions that you've made by

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watching what other people do.

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You assume that's the right way to do it, but you always have

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to refer back to something.

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"Oh yeah, I need to do that because..."

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Maybe you took some classes or some sort of an online course that taught you to do

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things that you haven't yet internalized.

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So you've got some instructions that you are following or somebody else

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gave you these and like, well okay, seems like the good thing to do.

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Maybe it's actually a checklist.

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Lots of people out there making checklists.

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Do this - check.

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And a lot of podcasters will follow that checklist to the letter and go through it.

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Or even a routine that you've just developed over time that's kind

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of part of you, but you're not quite sure why you're doing it.

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All of those things are instructions required.

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Whether there are actual instructions you have to follow or you're

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following someone else's instructions.

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And here's what I want you to do with those instructions required things.

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I want you to abandon them.

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Maybe not all of them all at once, but at least some of them.

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You know, take a look at these things that are instructions required and that

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you're not really sure the value of, stop doing them or stop doing some of them.

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These are the recipes that you're following.

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Not every recipe is a great.

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Look, my grandmother could boil all of the flavor out of a chicken.

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It was a great skill of hers that I chose not to pick up when I cook.

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I'm not following that recipe.

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That did not give me what I wanted to do, even though I was told to do it.

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It's not good.

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So all of those assumptions, those instructions required things, I want

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you to look at those and really take a good examining of each of those.

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That's my message to you on this extremely short program today.

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Find at least one of those recipes that you're following, one piece that is

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instructions required, and abandon it.

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And seek out another recipe if you want.

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But what I would rather see you do is abandon it for the idea of doing

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something that you can make your own.

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Look, we've been doing it for a while.

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You've learned how to do the thing.

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Throw away the recipe, throw away the A, B, C steps and say, what was the goal?

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What was the reason I was doing this in the first place and what feels right?

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The idea here is to build some things that are more intrinsic to you,

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getting away from the instructions.

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I know that some podcasters love checklists and routines, and some of

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those people might need a nudge to get them thinking about things differently.

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So please share this episode with them.

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Maybe it will help them get past that checklist mentality and more into a

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- let's internalize some of this knowledge.

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And if you love the things that I had to say for you, to you, with you today,

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please go to buymeacoffee.com/evoterra, and slide a virtual coffee my way.

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That's it.

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I shall we be back tomorrow with yet another Podcast Pontifications.