My Own Next Step? – Way Beyond My Comfort Zone!
The main purpose of Podcast Answer Man is to help inspire the podcasting community to think about how they can take everything they are doing to the “next level.” I have a strong belief that to inspire others, you must first be willing to do the things that you suggest. That is why I opened this episode by authentically sharing what I feel “might” be needed to take my own business to the next level.
This next step that I am considering will require almost as much faith as my decision to leave my career in insurance to pursue podcasting full-time. Want to know what this potential next step is? Have a listen to the opening of this episode to learn all about it. After you have listened to the episode, if you would like to hear an authentic conversation that my wife and I had about this potential next step, I encourage you to listen to episode 225 of Family From The Heart.
How Do I Remove The Category Base From WordPress?
Brian called in to ask if there was a way to remove the Category base from his WordPress URL. I have to give a special thanks to Podcast Mastermind member Dustin Hartzler, from YourWebsiteEngineer.com, for helping me with an easy solution to Brian's question. Dustin shared that the easiest way to accomplish this would be to use this plugin.
How Do You Determine Which Interview Requests To Accept?
Joan recently wrote to me to ask, “If somebody invites you to be a guest on their hour-long podcast, and you don't know them, what criteria do you use to determine whether that might be an hour of wasted time, or one hour very well spent?”
I shared the top five things that I consider when someone invites me to be a guest on their show. I'll list these five items below. Just know that I give some details about each of these within the episode.
How Robin Dunbar & Michael Hyatt Influenced My Radical Twitter Decision.
A few years ago, I had read The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. This was the first time that I was introduced to the concept of “Dunbar's Number.” Dunbar's number is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships. These are relationships in which an individual knows who each person is, and how each person relates to every other person. Proponents assert that numbers larger than this generally require more restrictive rules, laws, and enforced norms to maintain a stable, cohesive group.
Over the past seven years, I've been incredibly blessed to have created and incredibly significant online community around the content that we have produced. One thought that is consistently on my mind is the question of how to scale as it relates to the interaction of this community. As this community has continued to grow, I have come to understand that there really is a limit to the number of people that I can maintain a meaningful relationship with. When I attempt to have meaningful relationships with more than 200 people, I become overwhelmed and have found that all the relationships that I have begin to suffer. Especially the relationships that matter most in my life, with my wife and my children.
I love social media, especially Twitter and Facebook. However, as I have been changing my approach to how I engage with those I am connected to in these social media spaces, I have been struggling through some interesting issues. In this episode, I invite Erik Fisher to join me for another Social Media Segment where I share, for the first time, what's been going on in my mind recently regarding these social spaces.
I recently made a radical decision to unfollow everyone but those whom I have a regular on-going relationship with. This decision was based partly upon the information that I had learned about Robin Dunbar's theory. The decision was also influenced by a post that Michael Hyatt wrote on his blog titled Why I Stopped Following You on Twitter. Of course there were other factors involved in this decision, some of which are included in this conversation that I had with Erik.
After listening, I'm sure that some of you will have some thoughts on this topic. I look forward to hearing if you have changed the way that you have engaged with social media sites. How do you determine you you will follow on Twitter, friend on Facebook, connect with on LinkedIN, or include in a circle on Google Plus? Let me know in the comments section below.
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