Is Podcasting Worth It? Should I Start My Own Podcast? What’s The ROI On This Thing, Anyway?
All great questions from people who are considering podcasting.
And the answer is? Depends on your intentions and goals.
I love podcasting for several reasons:
#1 Podcasting helped me become a better communicator and build my confidence as a speaker.
My first episodes sucked, big time. But after 50+ episodes (at the time of writing this blog) I’ve become much more confident behind the mic. From the beginning I knew that I wanted my podcast to have a professional sound to it, so I invested in good equipment (a good mic is a necessity!), good editing software and purchased a cool tune for my intro. (Remember, you’re in your listeners ears, it’s very personal and sound quality is super important.)
Podcasting also helped me get better on expressing my message, my mission and my vision for entrepreneurship and the world. If you don’t know what I’m talking about listen the intro of my podcast which by the way changes all the time now that I’m more confident and clear on my message.
This confidence and passion for the craft has also translated in many opportunities to be featured as a guest on other people’s podcasts which in turn, has brought greater visibility for my work.
Every week, I’d wonder: “Do I even have ANYTHING to say?” to which my little ego mind would promptly reply: “No, you don’t.”
The trick was to ignore those untrustworthy thoughts and to get back into the creative flow.
#3 It helped me become more consistent with creating content, which I thought couldn’t be done “from my intuitive flow.” (I was wrong again.)
Turns out it’s totally possible for inspiration and consistency to be best buds IF we know how to tap into the infinite source of fresh new ideas that’s available to us at ANY given moment.
When you know how to do that, you’re in business!
#4 The ROI has been surprising but showed up in a different form than I had initially expected.
I don’t have millions of downloads (yet), but I realized that it was not the goal. The goal is for my “right people” to listen, get to know me, get to know The Three Principles (and see how practical they are in entrepreneurship & business building) and get insights that will enable them to make leaps in their own lives and businesses.
And when the time is right, and if the offer is right, these peeps connect with me to learn more about my coaching services or to jump into one of my programs. #awesome
New collaborations have emerged and fresh new ideas for creative projects. (Creative projects = fresh new streams of income. #yum)
I’ve also had clients tell me that it is through listening to the podcast that they got to know me, my personality, how I create in my business and my style of coaching, and that was the tipping point for them to decided to work with me. So yes, podcasting has brought me wonderful new clients.
#5 It enabled me to grow my audience.
One of the simple strategies you can use to grow your audience is to have your guests share their episodes on social media or to their email list which will bring you new listeners. Now, not everyone is willing to do that, so if you want to implement this strategy make sure you have a clear agreement before you book a guest.
#6 I learned a tonne about podcasting and the technology behind it.
Not everyone is a techie and for many, the need to learn a new technology will be enough to discourage them. But because I’ve been building my own websites for years and love learning new skills, I really enjoyed learning about podcasting.
Now the tech is not the only thing you’re going to have to learn, you’re also going to have to MARKET your podcast and if you’re new to marketing, you’ll have to learn basic strategies to get the work out on your work of art!
So, if you’re considering starting your own podcast, you should know that:
Podcasting is A LOT WORK. Even if you delegate the editing part.
Podcasting will require that you be consistent and focused. That’s not for everyone.
Podcasting will require that you learn new technologies and invest in the right equipment.
Podcasting will trigger thoughts of “I’m not good enough” or “I don’t know enough” or “who am I to do this” or “what will THEY think?” And your job will be to IGNORE those thoughts so you can STEP INTO A HIGHER LEVEL OF LEADERSHIP WITHIN YOURSELF AND GET YOUR WORK INTO THE WORLD. (Capital letters for emphasis — I’m not actually screaming here.). 🙂
But, if podcasting is RIGHT for you, and you commit to this adventure FULL ON, your business will thank you. And your clients — your audience — will too.
PS: Season 2 of The Caroline Frenette Show will start again in September with 2 new series.
The first one will be a gift for the Three Principles community and will feature conversations with inspiring teachers and leaders that are committed to bringing the Inside-Out Understanding into the world IN A BIG WAY, BUT the format will be unlike it has ever been done before. #SURPRISE
The second one will feature people I call my allies: branding experts, copywriters, transformative marketers, designers, financial experts who I love and trust. People who I consider innovators. No same old same old recycled content here — only FRESH, NEW + UPLIFTING conversations that will delight and inspire you to take action and create massive velocity in your business while you dance to the beat of JOY and INFINITE POSSIBILITIES.
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