How to Become an MVP – Podcasting

How to Become an MVP – Podcasting


How’s it going? Are you back for how to
become an MVP series? Well, obviously you are that’s why you’re here. So this time I wanna
talk about podcasting, You know, I’ve been podcasting, I don’t know, probably over two years now. Anyhow, back to what I was
talking about, podcasting. I’ve been doing it a couple of years and I love it. I now release two podcasts every week, Tuesdays and Thursdays,
they always go live. And I’ve learned so much from it. Why did I get into podcasting? It was very simple, I had been a manager of a lot of people for a long time, and often you tell people
to do a lot of stuff. I really felt that I
was not a good listener, so I wanted to get good at listening. The beauty of podcasting and they way I run my podcasts, and I run mine quite different to perhaps other people even
in the community are doing, is that mine are very much a question and answer based podcast. And when I ask a question,
I have a Post-It note there that says, “Shut up.” It tells me to shut up
when I ask a question. In other words, what I wanted
to do is ask a question, let the other person speak, and really get good listening
to what they were saying so that I would learn from
what they were saying. Then, of course, anybody listening would also be able to
learn from that person. It wasn’t about me telling
you what my opinion is, or how I think it should be. There’s been some recent podcasts where they’re more conversational style, but particularly around the
Dynamics 365 Practice show and the Power of 365 show where I mainly interview Microsoft staff. It’s really about hearing
what they have to say, listening to the value they
bring to the community, and I’m really just a facilitator of that. And that’s why podcasting
has been amazing for me. So my question to you is why
don’t you start a podcast? As a way of contributing why don’t you start a podcast? You might decide that, or you might have found that
you’re not a great writer, and writing doesn’t appeal to you. It certainly doesn’t appeal to me, it’s hard work for me to write,
’cause it’s just something that I didn’t naturally pick up at school, and across my career. All those that know me really
well, know I can’t spell. I’m bad at grammar and I’m dyslexic. But that’s okay. Podcasting worked very well
for me in that respect. So, before you start podcasting,
you ask yourself, “why?” Why, for me, was about listening, and really getting good at listening. Your why might be different, but I feel that’s the starting point for why you want to do a podcast. The second thing is format, there’s different formats,
that podcasts can be done. You know, I have always
chosen, to date, so far, not saying it’ll always be that way, to do what’s called a remote format. So basically I’m always
on my computer at my end, the podcast software’s on my side, and then my guest can be
anywhere around the world. That works for me. Gus Gonzalez, for example,
he likes to do his live. So everybody’s on a mic, headset on, and they’re in the same room and they’re kind of
riffing off each other, and that is awesome. But for me, my style is very much remote rather than in person in how I do it. Then you have different show formats. Some have, interview three or four people and bring in their opinions
and do a mash-up in that, another great format. Others are more like radio
shows with different segments and do voice overlays, etc. Whatever you want to do, decide and then start the
planning to how to do a podcast. What equipment do you need? I’ve written blog posts on this. Naturally, you’ll need a microphone, you’ll need some recording software. For me, I use a product called
Cast and it’s designed specifically for podcasting. So I don’t have to muck around
with things like Skype, or other applications that the
other person might not have. As long as you’ve got a web
browser – Chrome specifically, we can do a recording. They’ve got a microphone and a headset, headset’s so important
so you don’t get echo, it’s pretty much you’re up and running. The last thing though I will say, is think about consistency. I set out to do a podcast
every fortnight when I started. I’m now doing them twice a week. And I don’t miss a beat in how I do that. I do it consistently
because people expect, if you say you’re gonna release
every Tuesday and Thursday, that there’s a podcast
every Tuesday and Thursday for them to listen to if
they’re interested in the content that you’re sharing with them. So consistency is so important. You can’t just decide I’ll just do it when I feel like it. That may work okay, I haven’t seen a lot
of people successfully do just an ad hoc. But if you don’t wanna
do it with consistency over a long period of time, do a series. Do a six part series on Flow. Or a six part series on PowerApps, or a six part series on AI Builder. And that might be enough, or
you might get a taste for it and you want to do multiple series. Anyhow, that’s an idea or a way that you can contribute to the community, add value to so many people
by creating podcasts. I hope that was helpful, if you have any comments or feedback. Leave them below for me so I can respond. If you have other questions
that you wanted me to answer on how to become an MVP, let me know. Otherwise, have an awesome day. Ciao for now.

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