Okay guys, in one hour, I’ll be 35. That’s not why I’m laughing, I’ve had a bit to drink before.
I’m really happy because I had a coffee with a stranger today. This person wanted to start a podcast. She was waiting to launch her concept just as she imagined it. So with guests, a creative concept microphones and a setup. So of course, she was waiting and waiting and finding excuses for herself in her own head. So we had a chat and I showed her how to use Anchor, which I recommend by the way if you’re looking to start a podcast.
What’s important to remember when you’re launching something is that we often look at the finished product and think that it’s not good enough.
We see content posted from our favourite Youtuber or influencer and think that they must have the perfect microphone, the perfect camera and we believe that we need this too. What we forget is that the video you’re watching is maybe their 100th video. Look at their first video and realise that they also started with not much.
So the person I met for a coffee went home, took her iPhone and recorded her first podcast with the phones dictaphone. She just posted it online and she’s really happy, so I’m really happy. I just wanted to share this moment with you.
1/ Don’t be afraid of the judgment of others, people will criticise whatever you do
You’ll get loads of positive comments to start with but all you need is one negative one. Like “You’re fat, you’re ugly, you’re not funny” to destabilize you. You need to take it in your stride and not worry about it.
2/ Stop finding excuses for yourself
For example, I was with someone the other day who told me she was waiting for her tripod before recording a video. So I took the Coke bottle I was drinking out of, put it on the table and rested the phone on it. She had her tripod !
The only things that are stopping you from starting are the excuses that you make up in your own head. If you’re not able to start what you want to do right away, then you need to lower your expectations and that’s okay ! It’s fine to have a podcast recorded on your iPhone with car noises around you. It’s the learning curve that will help you improve.