Why Bother With a Podcast

Chris Brogan Podcaster Everything old is new again. It seems that the wild west of podcasting is back and alive and that people are all planning on starting a show (I say “all” because of my position in the universe. Your uncle probably isn’t starting a show.) And yet, people are having trouble answering a very simple question: “Why bother with a podcast?”

What Does It Take to Start a Podcast?

It doesn’t take much to start a podcast. You need a place to store files, something to record the audio and/or video, and it wouldn’t hurt to have some editing.

For my show, I use Libsyn for my host (because it does a lot of stuff for me).…

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Business is About Belonging – A Short Excerpt

Screen Shot 2014-03-01 at 9.44.06 AM The following is an excerpt from my new book, The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth, published by John C Wiley and Sons. The important concept I’m hoping to get across as a cornerstone for this book is that it’s important that one learns deeply about belonging:

Business is About Belonging

I’ve received compliments with a consistent theme over the past decade or so. People tell me, “You really do care about people,” and “I feel like you see me and understand me” and “I’ve really enjoyed meeting and getting to know the people you’ve gathered into your community.”

I’m proud of this, of course—but only because it continues to confirm a business tenet in which I believe strongly.…

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Calling All Freaks

Freaks Book Cover Many books don’t come with a soundtrack, unless they’re eventually made into a movie. With my new book, The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth, there’s most definitely a theme song. It doesn’t have to be your theme song. That’s the best part about being a freak, a weirdo, a misfit, a world dominator. You can be whatever you choose. That’s part of it. But, here’s a song for the freaks.

Can’t see the video? Click HERE

We Have a Hashtag

If you want to talk with other freaks before and after the publication of the book, use the hashtag #proudfreak. Now, we’re not the only ones using it, evidently, but I suspect a lot of the traffic after the fact will be the folks talking about the book.…

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The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth – My Next Book

Freaks Book Cover I’m so excited to announce that my next book, The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth will be out very soon (March 17thEarly April in the USA, and not sure for other countries). This book is quite different than my prior books, and yet, there’s definitely an echo of what has come before in several ways. I can see little hints of Trust Agents speckled in the systems I put in place for you, and by you, I mean maybe you’re a freak?

Who are the Freaks?

If you’ve ever wanted to run business your own way but felt that maybe you were too different, or weren’t really the business making type, this might be you.…

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No One Reads and It’s My Fault

laptops Having given several hundred people access to my new project, the Owner Mastery Foundation Group, I’ve been slapped hard with the realization that no one reads. Several hundred people somehow missed the part on the welcome letter that said, “You have to do THIS to get access to the group that goes with the program.” And what I’ve come to learn is that it’s my fault.

Well, Not Fault

I am every one of these people. I don’t read things all the time. I miss the instructions. If they’re not made easy to understand, I miss them. That’s how I broke my Dell evidently.…

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Advice to My 18 Year Old Self

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I really love that the Asymmetrical Press released a book called “Advice to My 18 Year Old Self.” I love them, period, but this is something that’s on my mind all the time. I wish I could go back and talk to myself when I was 18. It’s such a great way to think about what you know now. To that end, here’s some advice to myself. And then? I want you to write yours to yourself. (Oh and buy this book!)

Advice to My 18 Year Old Self

Dear Chris:

You are smart and clever. Stop worrying that people don’t think you are. Your confidence will be far more useful than trying to prove how smart you are.…

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Update to my Dell Hell Story

The original story was here.

Summary: Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet dies a few weeks after buying it. I go through hell trying to get it serviced, more hell, more hell, some social media people try to help, kind of reinforcing the part that bugs me (that baseline service is broken and this shouldn’t require social media cowboys to fix).

Update: They let me know what broke the unit. Know how pretty much everything charges off USB these days? Because I didn’t use the DELL SPECIFIC charger that came with the device (as opposed to the other 3098101984 around my house that I use to charge every device in my house besides my children), that’s what broke it.…

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Dell Hell Redux?

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I need to start this post with a disclaimer: I have occasionally done work for Dell, and am friends and have been friends with several of their staff. I have a very personal wish and hope that Dell succeeds as a company, and many of the best social media stories ever told were told about Dell, especially about my friends like Lionel Menchaca and Richard Binhammer (both since moved on). I am biased towards Dell.

Dell Hell Redux?

I asked a Microsoft employee OFF-RECORD which Windows tablet he liked at a recent event. I wanted to get something smallish, smaller than the Dell XPS11 and MUCH smaller than the Dell XPS18 that I own.…

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Work Backwards From the Goal

Jacq and Chris I’m an hour or two away from speaking to the board of directors of a major association whose charter is to help small businesses thrive. They want me to speak a bit, but the majority of the value of today will come from them picking my brain about specifics for their organization. I did the same thing differently via coaching yesterday with another company.

In both cases, the mindset required is to work backwards from the goal.

Start at the End

Watching Jacq prepare for her major fitness competitions is a great example of what I mean. Her events are all in April, and so she knows at the moment that she’s eight weeks out from her first of a few shows.…

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Shaking Off the Social Media Label

Superhero It’s a blessing that so many people want to interview me for their podcasts and blogs. I would never want to seem like I’m not grateful for the attention, because the opposite, when people stop calling, can be really depressing to some, and a lot of what we’re all seemingly striving for in this space is to capture some attention and share our perspective, or so it seems. One experience I encounter quite frequently with people who want to interview me, however, is that they perceive me to be “into” social media, and that I’ll want to talk a lot about it.

I’m Not Into Social Media

I am laughing because I wrote a very similar post almost exactly one year ago.…

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