We are in a unique time that this nation and the world has never seen in our lifetime. Government dictates of closing business, churches and social gatherings. Fear of personal safety. Staying in your own home and not even attending family BBQ’s or our normal family gatherings.
Yes, this is a unique time in history. We are doing things most people never considered before.
Businesses have moved online. Zoom and Skype meetings are now commonplace. Graduations are being held virtually. Even those big family dinners that would normally bring guests from far-flung places to our homes for a visit are being held virtually.
College, high school and other classes have moved online instead of in person. All of these things have good and bad attributes. Lack of socialization is one. Lack of personal connections. Lack of intimacy that we had taken for granted. Trying to learn how to do things online that we never thought we would be doing.
All of these things lead to people wanting to talk. Needing to communicate. Attempting new things to stay connected.
Enter the realm of the podcast for this day and time in which we now live.
If you were ever thinking of starting a podcast, this is a unique time in online history! You now have the ability to tell your story and impact people from around the world. You are in a position right now to help people through audio and video communications that never existed before on a scale this large.
Many people are finding they need to try to earn money online. Their traditional jobs are shut down, scaled back, and they may never return to normal. They need to learn how to supplement the family budget. They need to learn to do things for themselves. They need to learn how to teach their young children at home. They need – YOU!
Think about how you could impact someone right now using online technology. You have a skill set that somebody out there needs, right now! You have the ability to offer your services and your knowledge to someone you may not ever meet in person. And in this day and time in which we find ourselves, they are more open to hiring you to help them online than at any time in recent memory!
A podcast can be audio or video. (Most podcasts are audio-only. But video is becoming more popular). You can share training tips in your area of expertise. You record this information and then share with those who find you online.
Using a podcast hosting platform, you will have the ability to share the links to your training with whomsoever wants to hear about what you are talking about, all from the comfort of your own home.
You can monetize your podcast by charging for access. As long as what you are providing is quality content that someone wants to pay for, there is nothing wrong with making some extra money for helping them.
You truly need to consider podcasting as a viable alternative to face-to-face meetings, training and gatherings right now. Podcasting will allow you to make and maintain your connections, positively impact others and stay safe at the same time.
Think about starting a podcast today!
Many people are hurting right now. This COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted this nation (and the world).
Many people have lost their sources of income. Others have lost their homes. Still, others have lost their savings trying to stay in their homes and keep going until things “get back to normal.”
Being cut off from normal in-person relationships, whether it is at the office or out socializing with friends, is having detrimental effects on our society. People are yearning for some way to stay connected.
There is one area of e-commerce that has grown tremendously in this time of COVID-19. That is the growing availability of online course instructions. Whether it is for classroom instruction for school-age children or adults trying to learn or improve a skill set that will help them in this environment, online is where everyone is turning.
It is exactly this type of environment that podcasting is beginning to thrive like almost no other alternative out there! Podcasting is quickly becoming the fastest-growing communication medium on the planet right now!
If you have a message to share, starting a podcast is a good first step.
If you have a skill set that will help someone to accomplish something that will benefit them right now, you have a potential client who may pay you money to teach them. A podcast can be your way to earn some additional income in the process.
It really is not hard to start a podcast. You need a device to record your voice (and most smartphones will have this already installed).
It would help if you then had a topic to talk about. I have my podcast training clients to write down three or four topics where other people are asking them for help. This is a good opportunity to realize you could create a podcast around those topics.
Think of it like this; if others are already asking for your help in these areas, you are already being recognized as an expert in that area! That’s right! You are an expert!
Just start to record your thoughts and ideas of that particular skill set you have and then share it with others. Put it out there on social media. Could you do it for free as you get started?
As you become more widely known and you are getting more requests for help, then you can start to move over in charging a small fee to others who ask for your help.
Congratulations! You have now monetized your podcast!
This is only one small example of how quickly it can happen. I’ve been helping people for over four years (at this point) to excel in exactly this type of scenario. But with the onset of COVID right now, my business has exploded beyond my wildest expectations!
If you have an idea that will help someone else achieve their desired goals, share it in a podcast. Start the process now, and you could soon have an entirely different career path that cannot be shut down by COVID!