CEO and co-founder of the podcast tech team, Rebel Base Media and Poductivity. Mark is a keynote speaker, podcaster, and content marketer.
Lockdown has been hard. I've been a royal pain in the rear to be around, I'm sure.  We're social creatures after all but one phrase that keeps coming up during these "How's lockdown been?" discussions is: "Well, it's good to be busy, isn't it." It really is, we aren't here to stagnate! We're here to progress as individuals, collectives and as a species. But as a podcaster, there's a huge difference between being busy and actually progressing. The trouble is, most of us don't see it until it's too late... Hitting podcasting burn out and then realising what you've been doing wrong I stopped producing an interview show for founders in early 2016 after 150 episodes. I was bored of it, frankly. I was working on my Podcast Websites business with Kieran and the EOFire team who we were originally affiliated with on that business and my podcast, whilst fun, was giving my guests a platform for their opinions rather than for me and my ever-growing thoughts about the podcasting industry and my willingness and desire to help podcasters. But it felt great to produce it. I was busy on it and enjoying it. The business, though, didn't benefit from my interview show other than enabling me to be a podcaster (which I'd been for years at that point, and that I'd still be even if I didn't work in the industry). I could pat myself on the back every week and enjoy the highs and buzz of coming down from a great interview but what I couldn't do was reliably grow my podcast. There was an inherent problem with being so busy on my podcast: I was busy producing, not progressing. As a hobby podcaster, I should add, being busy and progressing are often one and the same. Many podcasters podcast because they want to enjoy podcasting, talk about something they love with people they love talking to and that's it - nothing else - and you know what, that's completely fine - many of the best podcasts have no illusions of grandeur or giving the host "financial freedom" so they can create courses on how to achieve "financial freedom" (why do they do that if they have "financial freedom? Surely they don't need the money, right?! Anyway... I digress). The problem though, is that a lot of podcasters are told that creating a podcast will "10x your authority" or "Give you instant expert status" (add other LinkedIn crap here at your will...) and they believe that to be true on the basis of just turning up. So when it doesn't happen, when their numbers are "low", they blame podcasting (the medium) not thinking for a second that their focus is wrong. What then happens is that they double down on production, feel great about it for three months but then find themselves back in the same position. They're busier than ever before but are now seeing the diminishing returns that I've spoken about in various podcast episodes before and thus, the perpetual cycle continues and eventually leads to "podfading" (aka. stopping their podcast). Choose progress over production Producing your podcast is a given.  You have to do it in order to podcast. But production isn't something that you can continually lean on as a badge of honour as a podcaster, it's something you're expected to do as part of the committed dedication to your audience that you signed up for when you started podcasting. In my view, expecting someone to applaud you for being so busy producing your podcast is like expecting applause for turning up at the job you chose, to do the job you actually do every day. It's the baseline.  Now, I'm not taking anything away from how much time and dedication goes into production - it's admirable, should be respected and should be understood as being a tough thing to stay on top of. Rather, I'm suggesting that as podcasters we should get off the ego train a bit (including myself here, don't get upset) so that we can clearly see why we...
Rumours are afoot that Liam Neeson is set to return as everyone’s favourite Chosen One talent scout... This is Spark of Rebellion, the weekly Star Wars podcast for casual fans and veterans alike. We are your hosts, Garry and Mark and every single Saturday we release a brand new episode bringing you Star Wars news, reviews & discussion, our famous "top threes" and of course, the random spotlight, where we highlight a character, place, ship, object or something else peculiar from a galaxy far, far away. Get merch and other goodies! For exclusive content, laptop stickers, merchandise, guest opportunities and even producer credit on the show, head to our Patreon page at www.Patreon.com/SparkOfRebellion and tell all of your Star Wars loving friends that the show is available to listen to, completely free anywhere that you can find podcasts. Join us on social to chat Star Wars And for more Spark of Rebellion, head to https://instagram.com/SparkOfRebellionShow (https://instagram.com/SparkOfRebellionShow) for behind the scenes of the show and to interact with us every single day. Also, let's talk Star Wars over on Twitter too! https://twitter.com/rebellion_spark (https://twitter.com/rebellion_spark) Now, go explore and may the Force be with you... always! This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Podcorn - https://podcorn.com/privacy Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy Support this podcast
Doug Piper is working through the free Podcast Launch Accelerator course and during the office hours a couple of weeks ago he asked me about cover art, what to do and not to do. Here's my list of top things to avoid! Your next steps I teach podcasting a lot, and usually for free. So, here's what I'd recommend you do next: Watch my free podcasting tutorials on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/rebelbasemedia (https://www.youtube.com/rebelbasemedia) Learn how to launch your own podcast the right way, for free (plus a comprehensive download-and-keep crib sheet): https://www.podcastsuccessacademy.com/ (https://www.podcastsuccessacademy.com) Ask me anything at all about podcasting over on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/MrAsquith (https://www.twitter.com/MrAsquith) P.S. you can start engaging with your listeners using AWeber. It's free, no credit card required: https://www.markasquith.com/aweber (https://www.MarkAsquith.com/AWeber) This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Podcorn - https://podcorn.com/privacy Podtrac - https://analytics.podtrac.com/privacy-policy-gdrp Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy
Casting news has us chatting lots about the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi TV show and is Lucasfilm developing the most expensive stand-alone SW movie yet? This and more as we dive into episode 100! This is Spark of Rebellion, the weekly Star Wars podcast for casual fans and veterans alike. We are your hosts, Garry and Mark and every single Saturday we release a brand new episode bringing you Star Wars news, reviews & discussion, our famous "top threes" and of course, the random spotlight, where we highlight a character, place, ship, object or something else peculiar from a galaxy far, far away. Get merch and other goodies! For exclusive content, laptop stickers, merchandise, guest opportunities and even producer credit on the show, head to our Patreon page at www.Patreon.com/SparkOfRebellion and tell all of your Star Wars loving friends that the show is available to listen to, completely free anywhere that you can find podcasts. Join us on social to chat Star Wars And for more Spark of Rebellion, head to https://instagram.com/SparkOfRebellionShow (https://instagram.com/SparkOfRebellionShow) for behind the scenes of the show and to interact with us every single day. Also, let's talk Star Wars over on Twitter too! https://twitter.com/rebellion_spark (https://twitter.com/rebellion_spark) Now, go explore and may the Force be with you... always! This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Podcorn - https://podcorn.com/privacy Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy Support this podcast
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87
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