So…Podcast Movement was awesome! Seriously. From the moment I walked through the door of the Omni hotel, I was blown away. The organizers of Podcast Movement thought through every detail, down to the branded hotel key cards. The conference was ran like clockwork, the vendors were extremely friendly and knowledgeable and the podcast community was open to meeting new people and forging new friendships. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Now for me, the bells and whistles are nice, but the true quality measure of a conference is what actionable information can I take away and implement in order to get better. For PM15, there was opportunity for the session presenters to be more crisp on their content selection so that it could have been comfortably delivered in their time slots and to frame it in ways that were actionable. That being said, all of the presenters were subject matter experts so I still came home with an amazing amount of information. For those who couldn’t make it to #PM15, here are some of the best quotes from Podcast Movement
Pat Flynn, entrepreneur extraordinaire and host of the Smart Passive Income podcast was the Opening Keynote speaker. After entertaining us with his beatbox skills, he delivered a talk that was very personal and powerful. We all have a voice of resistance that tries to convince us that we aren’t good enough. That fear is an indicator that we have to push past that voice with persistence and courage in order to succeed.
You may have heard Roman Mars as the hypnotic voice of the 99% Invisible podcast. I appreciated his very practical way of giving us the ingredients for a good podcast. My key takeaway was that YOU are your first audience, so you should make something that you love. You have to feel passionate about the thing you are creating so that you are able to feed the people that are tuning into your podcast.
Aisha Tyler, the host of Girl on Guy, is funny and crazy and impressive and down-to-earth, all at once. It’s pretty amazing to watch her command the stage, dropping knowledge and profanity at the same time. I’m particularly impressed that she personally grew her podcast from nothing and still manages every aspect of the podcast, from recording to editing and then posting the content herself. She moved me by saying that being true to yourself is the best way to create something that will connect with others.
I wasn’t familiar with the Biz Women Rock brand, but Katie has converted me into a fan. She gave a lot of great tips about creating and growing Facebook groups, but her overall message was really critical to podcasters. We can get so caught up in the stats and technical aspects of having a podcast as a business. Katie reminded me that the people, you know…those folks reading and listening to your content, are essential to your success.
John Lee Dumas
John Lee Dumas, the founder and host of EntrepreneurOnFire is pretty well known in the podcasting community as a success story. But he shared his stories of having to switch up when things weren’t working. We get so focused on the time and money that we spent on our “big idea” that we become too scared to make a pivot when that idea is not working out. The failure is not in having to make a change. The failure is when you can’t recognize that a change is needed.
What’s the point?
Even though each of the presenters were wildly different, a couple of main themes emerged from their talks. Our job as content creators is to:
- present our authentic selves to our audience
- meet the needs of our listeners
- push past the fear of change or failure in order to present our best work
Are you up for the challenge?
I want to thank Libsyn for this awesome opportunity to attend #PM15 and to the podcasting community for being so open with their knowledge. A special shout out to Black Women Podcasters that I met throughout the conference and Michelle Talbert of #HerHustle for introducing me to a wonderful group of women entreprenuers. I’ll see you all next year.