Want to start a podcast? Here’s where to start (including my Podcasters’ Paradise Review)

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Please see below for my 2016 update to this article!!

As many of you will know, podcasting has taken off in my world and my business is growing by the day because of it. I thought I’d write a little post about the benefits and where I’ve found help to start a podcast.

So, why start a podcast?

Many people have a podcast as a means to an end and hope to turn that in to a business. Many, like John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire have done this wildly successfully. His podcast generates sponsorship which on it’s own is amazing (like seriously amazing money!!), but he has also branched out into teaching others like with his programme Podcasters’ Paradise. I’ll talk a little bit more about that in a bit and give my review of it, but there are many ways you could use a podcast to launch something else.

Other people, and this includes me, have added a podcast to an existing business to give depth and provide another outlet to give value on. Not everyone likes to read blog posts, some like to listen to audio and some like to watch video. This helps cover such a broad area and enable you to be everywhere!

There’s also that chance that you’ll love chatting in to a microphone as much as I do – and you never know where that might lead!

Where should you start?

There are many, many online tutorials and kit lists and ways to podcast.  First you need an idea, then you need to get the gear and then you need to start recording.  Sounds simple huh?

It can be simple, and I’m really good at gleaning stuff from the internet for free, but I’ll tell you something – I don’t think I’d have managed if it wasn’t for joining the aforementioned programme.  I’d done most stuff before I joined it and I think I’d have even managed to get it uploaded too, but I know I’d have struggled.  Heck, I struggled even with hand holding videos guiding me through.  It’s a steep learning curve for sure.

Once the technical side of producing a podcast is on top of, you need to get it out there, promote it and try and get some downloads.  I’m imagining this could have been a fairly lonely journey to face.  What you need is a community to ask questions, give feedback on your show and just push you forward.  There is nothing more inspiring than seeing a group of people who are really serious about podcasting around you to make you up your game.

So, my advice to you if you want to know where to start is Podcasters’ Paradise.  Seriously.  And I say this as someone who doesn’t like to pay out for things if I don’t have to.  It’s worth it.

Not only do you get all the videos that you’ll need to do all the technical side, and it would be worth it for that alone (there are LOTS and more added all the time), you also get monthly webinars with John and special guests (past guests have been Pat Flynn and Lewis Howes) that are solely for the people who are in the programme.   Then on top of that is the community.  It has all the things that I mentioned before that I really think were influential in me doing so well with my show.

My show is doing well, we’re at the moment getting near to 25,000 downloads overall and I can absolutely attribute some of that success to this.  I’m not even sure I’d have launched half as well without it, maybe I’d have given up without the community.  I don’t know.  But I can really recommend it and if you’d like to look into it more then please head over to Podcasters’ Paradise and check it out.  You won’t be sorry!

Edit – 2016

I thought I’d add a little bit of an update to this Podcasters Paradise review as it’s been a while now and maybe you’re wondering about whether to make a leap and want to know how I’m doing!

So, my podcast has had a great effect on me and even brought me to the United States to speak at a conference in 2014 – talk about up levelling in life!  In saying that though, I hit a little bit of a fork in the road with my business and decided to go a different way to the way I was going with Untrapped Life and my podcast.  The podcast is static, but still brings in hundreds of listens every single day – how’s that for longevity of content?

So, do I still recommend Podcasters Paradise as a course if you’re looking to start a podcast?

Yes, absolutely.  I’ll tell you why:

It’s still hands down the best place to go to get inspired from people who are truly serious about making an impact in the world, and whether that is through being a successful podcaster and bringing in money that way or by adding it to their business.  The connections you can make while part of the programme are amazing.  I would never have had my first speaking gig without this group.

John does many exclusive interviews, Q&A sessions and is just incredibly amazing at providing a whole heap of value to the course.  It’s not all about podcasting as well – mindset, entrepreneurship and many other facets of online business life get covered.

Things have changed a little since I joined.  I don’t think there is an option for lifetime membership any more, but I think you can choose to pay monthly or yearly now.  It’s a good idea to join in with the webinars that he runs weekly as it’s a great introduction to how John is and his personality, plus there’s normally a heap of value there too and sometimes some special offers.  You can sign up for the webinars from this link or the image below.

There’s also another great option for you now, especially if you are on a tight budget – he now runs a Free Podcast course.  Highly recommend that one as a starter for your amazing and successful podcast that I know is in your mind right now!

 


looking for a community of like minded dreamers?

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When you’re dreaming big you often need support from people who know what it’s like to dream big too.  It helps to get advice, support and feedback from others who have done what you are planning.  It helps more than you know!

Every leap forward I made with my dreams and plans was helped immensely by people.  People in communities I sought out, where they were similar in outlook, or were doing what I wanted to do.  It gave me to security to talk, the push to move on and the inspiration to strive for my goals.  I cannot speak highly enough of these places.

Which is why I decided that I would build a community of my own.  A place where the readers of Untrapped Life can gather, talk about what their dreams are, their fears, and ask for help in achieving them.  Yup, that’s you.  I want to help empower YOU to achieve your dreams and reach for a life that isn’t ‘normal’.

Who wants to live ‘normal’?  Who wants that when extraordinary is out there waiting to be grabbed hold of?

I hope you will feel inspired to come along and join in the chat – head on over to here and ask to join.  I’ll need to approve you, but after that we’ll be free to chat!

And do feel free to let me know what you think of it, any topics you want to discuss or any tweaks you can see that would be beneficial.

See you over there!

The best way to learn is to teach

By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn quote inspirationBeing a mother of two kids, I’ve done my fair share of teaching, facilitating and encouraging over the years. I’ve also discovered something important! It doesn’t matter whether I’m talking about dragging up my own math knowledge or my life experiences, you really do realise quite how much you know, or perhaps what you don’t know, when you try and teach it to other people!

So I’ve been *really* learning about what I know lately since I have been aiming to teach, facilitate and encourage my readers in kickstarting their dreams. I’ve learned that there is no shame in not knowing everything and that even though I already have a wealth of experience in these areas it doesn’t mean I can’t open up and gain fantastic insights from others as well. Continue reading “The best way to learn is to teach”

I wish I was as brave as you

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This past week and a half has seen me take a small leap in the right direction of my dreams.  For those who don’t know my story, I have written a couple of posts on the topic, but in brief – I want to travel again and have a location independent income to help us do that.

Last week I handed my notice in at my job in order to focus full time on my business.

I ended up having an interesting conversation with someone at work who didn’t know my background, didn’t know we’d home educated our kids and  didn’t know we gave everything up to travel.  She said – I’d love to do stuff like that, I wish I was as brave as you. Continue reading “I wish I was as brave as you”

Why you should let go of perfection and take the leap

leap boy scotlandWe all want to be perfect don’t we?  We all want to strive to be better, make less mistakes and be proud of what we’ve achieved.

But what happens if we get so hung up on perfection that actually, we get nowhere and we do nothing?  It happens all the time I’m sure, and I’m even guilty of it myself.

It’s especially hard to let go when what we’re striving to do is such a part of ourselves, when it reflects so much on us.  Our dreams are so personal and raw and are ourselves through and through that you can imagine quite how many times dreams are put off because we can’t do it perfectly. Continue reading “Why you should let go of perfection and take the leap”