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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Ericast 292 - No, or Yes?

When an interesting opportunity comes along... what should you say?  Here's your show.

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When unintentional caffeine induces insomnia, you get an unusual episode... but the thought still carries through.  This week, inspired by advice from PR strategist Arik Hanson, I juxtapose the advice from Jenna McCarthy on Modern Ontrapreneur (and, yes, their brand spells it "Ontrapreneur") with advice from Natalie Janji on the Achieve Your Goals podcast with Hal Elrod (and Jon Berghoff, who's filling in for Hal while Hal is undergoing cancer treatments).

These are both episodes from 2017, but the conversation really goes back to 2015 and even 2012 (and to the beginning of human history, I suppose) with podcaster-bloggers like Michael Hyatt:


Note (and this is bonus show-notes material not discussed in the podcast) that this isn't about dealing with rejection and being told "No," like Jia Jiang discusses.  This is you (or me) saying "No" to yourself or to other people.  Or, per Jenna McCarthy and Arik Hansen, saying "Yes".

Thoughts?  Want to say "Yes!" to me?  Cal 701-645-3724 (a.k.a. 701-645-ERIC) and let me know.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Ericast 291 - Making The Show

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make an Ericast episode?  Here's your show.

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In what might possibly be the dullest Ericast ever (and one of the longer episodes, though it's only about a half-hour -- hang in there!) this is a narration of the entire episode-creation process, from logging in and plugging in the microphone (which was harder than it should be!) to hitting "publish" (and then coming back to tweak the posting).

In some ways I really hate to put this into the Ericast archive (especially right before the Minnesota Blogger Convention, since this will be the episode that any new friends will encounter if they rush out to listen and learn more about me) but I wanted to bond with longtime listeners and true friends-of-the-Ericast who might wonder why I disappear for long stretches of time.  No, it's not rocket surgery, but it isn't trivial.

Better episodes are ahead, but I'd love your feedback on this one.  Questions?  Ideas?  Call 701-645-ERIC (a.k.a. 701-645-3742) and let me know!


Monday, October 02, 2017

Ericast 290 - Upcoming Podcast Episodes

Yes, I've been gone awhile. But it's not like I don't have things to talk about. Maybe that's why I've been gone awhile. Want the scoop?  Here's your show.

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Thanks, anonymous person, for the text message of encouragement!  This episode is a list/discussion/monologue of some potential future episodes (proving that I really do have topics in store... "the list of episodes is strong but the podcasting motivation is weak"?)

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Ericast 289 - Podcasting for You

What's it all about?  No, not the deep meaning-of-life stuff, but the purpose of this podcast?

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I was pondering how I was going to frame this show and then heard something from Clay Shaver at Remodeling Clay podcast.

"Everytime I meet someone face to face from a Podcast I listen to... my first thought is 'did he have a stroke?' I'm a 1.8x Guy."  @RemodlingClay | 9:17 AM - 6 Oct 2016

Clay's perspective on the reason behind podcasting.  (I adopted this without even realizing it:  "Here's your show.")

Joe Rogan. Background pocast?  The exception to the rule?

We don't say "the" in front of freeways in the Twin Cities, and that would sound weird.  They're just numbers. "This morning, I'll take 35E to work. I exit before I hit 94 so traffic isn't bad. It slows down around 494, though."  (494 and 694 form the "beltway" around the downtowns that 94 runs through on its way up to North Dakota)

“For Southern Californians in particular, hella represents a crucial shibboleth separating the two major regions of the state"  Bonus points if you know where the term "shibboleth" comes from without Googling.

Hella reminds me a line from a TV commercial:  "Just say Stella!"  Or is it Pella?  Or is it "use" and not "say"?  And what's it for?  What a horrible jingle if I can't remember any of that?

Seasons as a podcast structure.  They can be good.  They provide natural breaks and entry/exit points.  But they only work with a themed show.  If I get into batching the Ericast, I might do it "silently" and do themes that amount to seasons.  My fear in that is setting an awful tone because the pre-recorded episodes don't take national (or personal) events into account.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Ericast 288 - Bracing for Summer

For most people, summer is a chance to relax and unwind. Maybe it will be.

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This episode features a new Audio-Technica microphone!  Let me know if you like how it sounds.

The Ericast, which in 2005 was a weekly 20 minute podcast, is now "several times a year." That's a nod and a tease to Vince Miller's podcast.

What's the Spring 2017 summary?  Moab in March.  April - Warren Nelson.  Then back-to-back "Men's Conferences".  May - Hot air balloon ride for Candela and the Small Business Expo (like Get Motivated).   We've been at our new church for exactly a year, give or take a few days, and every few weeks I bump into someone who realizes that and says, "I had no idea you'd left Berean!"

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