I thought about what I do the most differently and what your subscribers will probably benefit from. Here are some topic ideas. How about picking whichever one you think will resonate the most? =) I'm sure there'll be future conversations, so we don't have to get everything covered in one chat.He wrote back to say that he was curious about sketchnotes, blogging, connecting, learning flow, and what I considered my strengths and weaknesses in terms of learning. I spent some time on Saturday night thinking about what I’ve learned and what I want to help other people learn. A podcast isn’t the place for technical instruction; blog posts are better for that because I can include step-by-step tips, links, and other resources. A podcast or videocast is great at communicating enthusiasm, helping other people see that they can get started. It’s also great for the back-and-forth, bringing two people’s ideas together. So my goals for the chat are:
- Ideal outcome: People are inspired to take visual notes for their own use
- Learning and reviewing presentations and books; Connecting with people; Understanding your thoughts; Sharing what you know
- Making the most of your blog through the years
- Ideal outcome: People are encouraged to blog for the long term; people who have been blogging a while are inspired to organize their work
- Weekly, monthly, yearly reviews; Indexes; Other people as part of your memory; Collections; Backups
- Tracking and experiments
- Ideal outcome: People are inspired to make better decisions by tracking
- Time; Money and an opportunity fund; Clothes, decisions, etc.; 5-year experiment with retirement
- How it all fits together
- Ideal outcome: People see how the different techniques can support each other, and they are motivated to take the next step
- The flow of learning; How different techniques work together; Getting started; Getting better; Going from strength to strength
- Continuous improvement in everyday life
- Ideal outcome: People examine their processes
- Understanding your processes; Handling weaknesses; Building on strengths; Learning from experiments
It’s funny how much the way you think influences what you experience. I think of this as happy-do: the martial art of happiness. It gets even more interesting when you reflexively do it.
I was never much of an auditory listener. I used to fall asleep in lectures. Without visuals, I find it hard to concentrate on phone calls and teleconferences. I’d rather read than listen. I’d rather text than talk. I’d rather blog than podcast.
But we couldn’t get people to make time to share their insights through e-mail, so I volunteered to interview people on the phone. I recorded the interviews with people’s consent. Knowing how impatient I get when listening to podcasts, I decided to remove ums, stutters, and long silences so that other people could have a better experience.
Editing used to be something I hated about podcasting. Then an epiphany snuck up on me and flipped my perspective around.
Mid-way through editing an interview, I realized that editing helps me help people hear what “better” sounds like. They can hear themselves speak freely, fluently, and coherently. Who knows? Maybe it’s the extra polish they need to get their ideas across. Maybe it’s the resonance that helps them figure out what to say and how to say it. Maybe it’s the confidence boost that nudges them towards public speaking.
It’s like sketching. Start with something that’s roughly the right shape. Refine it, and it looks like you can draw well.
Take a speech with stutters and pauses. Keep the good parts, and it sounds like you can speak well.
A large part of improvement is knowing what “better” is. Maybe I’ll take up podcasting as a way to practice and learn. =)
Thanks to Gabriel Mansour, I was part of a fun podcast with Joey de Villa (Accordion Guy, Tucows). Joey and I chatted about the Philippines, tech, moving to a new country, Emacs ("For those of you listeners who haven't heard of Emacs, it's a text editor—" "It's a way of life!"), and other things. =) That was fun, particularly with Joey's totally cool audio setup complete with nifty microphones and a sound mixer.
It inspires me to do my own podcast, particularly as I'm interested in storytelling. I want to hear people's stories. Here's what I'm thinking of: three minutes to tell a story that illustrates something fundamental about you. Maybe it's about your purpose in life. Maybe it's about what you want to do. Maybe it's about one of your core values. What's your story?
What do I need in order to make this happen?
In terms of tools: I have a digital voice recorder that I just need to remember to keep well-stocked with charged AAA batteries. That can take care of real-life conversations for now, which is good because I can attach bios and pictures.
I'd like to be able to interview people over the Net and over phone, too. I should figure out how to record Skype conversations in order to take advantage of free US/Canada long distance (to phone) and free PC-to-PC calls. If I can't get that to work, I can use Gizmo or something like that instead, I guess. More of a hassle, though. As for phone... I don't know, maybe I'll get some kind of gadget later on.
In terms of stories: I need to start off with an introductory podcast, then I need to line people up for it. Maybe I can set once every two weeks as a nice goal? Podcasts don't have to be totally regular (that's what RSS is for!), but it might help. If I like the pace of two weeks, I might even be able to step it up to once a week.
I want to hear your story. Interested in being part of something like this?
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