#052: 10 Things I Learned From A Year Of Podcasting

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10 Things I Learned From A Year of Podcasting

Knowledge isn’t life changing.  The application of knowledge is.

Todd Stocker

2015 has been a year full of lessons and podcasting played a huge part in new experiences and things I want to continue improving.

Session Summary

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      10 Things I Learned From A Year of Podcasting
      I can’t believe it’s been almost a year that I have been releasing weekly sessions of The DancePreneuring Studio.  It was my goal to stay consistent week after week and I have been able to do that. It hasn’t been the easiest thing because I do pretty much everything myself.  I’ve learned so much and I’ve had some insightful conversations with some amazing creatives.
      So I wanted to quickly share 10 Things I Learned From A Year of Podcasting
      1.  You don’t have to be perfect before you start.  I never thought I would be a podcaster.  I was the shy, self conscious girl that was so nervous to speak that I had to rehearse several times as my heart would palpitate and I would get so anxious, just to pick up the phone and order a pizza. When I was in Kindergarten moving to Texas from Korea and learning English, I had to take special speech classes. They weren’t necessarily ESL classes but I had a pretty bad lisp so that had to be worked on. So, it’s better to start somewhere and make improvements along the way than wait for everything to be perfect.
      2.  Schedule out blocks of time to get what you need to get done. You need to put it in your calendar with times. It cannot just be a random checklist. Give yourself reasonable deadlines.  You will feel so accomplished when you complete these items. That goes for pretty much everything for me these days. I continue to build my self confidence by being accountable to me first.
      3.  Be prepared that things take longer than you anticipate. I ran into several technical snags that I couldn’t figure out so I enlisted help and even that took longer than I would’ve liked. But the important thing is to keep moving forward and things will get done.
      4.  Get help with the technical stuff. It will save you time.  Unless you like to do it and can do it quickly.
      5.  Create templates as soon as possible.  I didn’t do this initially but now I have a simple show notes system that I use in Evernote and then it gets posted on my site as I work on each session.
      6.  It’s perfectly fine to use a mix of free and paid resources.  I didn’t have a big budget to work with when I started my podcast, and even now, my expenses are minimal, until I decide to upgrade my equipment and get different music and intros. So to give you an idea of what was paid and what was free, of course, initially there are some things you will need to invest in but they can be one time investments. The things that I paid for are my custom buy 200 mg tramadol online album art, my microphone, my intro and outro music and segments, the hosting platform for the podcast audio, and my normal hosting for my website.  The free resources I use are my recording software called Audacity, Freesound.org for a few of the sound effects, and a quick editing online software called Auphonic.  Now are there better resources to use, of course, but my point is that it’s better to start somewhere and improve as you grow. And you don’t even need customized intro and outro music to start, you can simply share your content, record, post and promote.
      7.  There’s always room for improvement, but don’t get down on yourself and don’t let it stop you. I have a tendency to get frustrated for example in dance class when I am not getting the choreography the way I think I should, or something isn’t working out in another area of my life, and I just have to remind myself that it is a constant learning process and improvement will happen.
      8.  Pay attention and be more present in all situations. This one is hard for me as I have a lot of stuff going on in my mind, as we all do.  You don’t know where and when creativity and inspiration will hit, so pay attention. Cultivate the habit of being present and you will find creativity will flourish when you least expect it.
      9.  My communication and listening skills are continually being refined and improving.  This whole process makes me want to communicate more effectively and be the best listener I can be, whether it’s for a guest that I am interviewing or in my everyday conversations.  It’s honoring to another person to give them your full attention and listen to what they are expressing.
      10.  Be authentic. Don’t try to be like everyone else.  When I first got started online, I tried so hard to be like these women that seem to have it all together. But I was constantly disappointed because I didn’t look like them, talk like them and I felt like I could never measure up.  That’s how it’s been for many years, this constant comparison game. And now, I am not saying it no longer happens, but it happens with less frequency, because I realize that I can only compare myself to the best version of myself, and that is comforting because at least I know I can continually work toward that.

      Question: What has improved in your life this past year?

      Links from this Session: Please note that some of these are affiliate links, meaning I get a small commission should you purchase from these links.

    •   Custom Album Art: PodCastDesigns.com (Use code ABone)
    •   Audiotechnica ATR2100 Microphone
    •   Popfilter and/or Windscreen (Purchase at any music or electronics store)
    •   Custom Intro/ Outro Music: Live2DJ.com (Chadd Moreau)
    •   Host Your Audio: Libsyn.com
    •   Stock Images for Graphics: DollarPhotoClub.com
    •   Host Your Website:

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Free Resources:

  • Recording and Editing Audio: Audacity
  • Additional Editing: Auphonic
  • Sound Effects/Music: Freesound
  • Create Graphics: Canva
  • Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
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About the author, Annett

Annett Bone is the creator and host of The DancePreneuring Studio where she guides her listeners on a journey of transformation inspired by dance, life, and business. The podcast is a reflection of her personal adventure overcoming her fears and returning to her passion for dance after a 20+ year hiatus, the lessons that she has learned along the way, and proving that it’s never too late to be great.

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