Seventh Lesson In Podcasting: Send A Thank You E-mail

By Cheval John

I want to say that I am very sorry for not writing this post yesterday due to Thanksgiving.

I understand that you were expecting it and I promise you that it will not happen again.

The post is the seventh lesson of the second book I am blogging, “8 Lessons Every Podcaster Needs To Learn” as part of Nina Amir’s “National Nonfiction Writing Month” challenge.

Without further ado, here is the post.

When you finish your show, the first thing you should do is send a thank you e-mail to either the guest or the representative of the guest who made it possible for your show to happen.

The reason is it shows proper etiquette to the person who worked behind the scenes to connect you to their client.

Another reason is the person might be connected to someone who you admire and want to have on the show.

Let’s say you don’t send the “thank you e-mail” or even a thank you note to the person, you might think you are not hurting anyone.

However, your guest will remember how you showed no appreciation for them taking the time out of their busy schedule to be on your show.

Secondly, the person will tell their friends about how you did not send them a thank you e-mail.

Once that happens, it will be hard for you to gain more guests because of the negative perception you have created because you did not send a thank you e-mail.

On the flip side, when you send the thank you note, your “guest” will speak well of you because they have seen you have taken the time to thank them for being on your show.

When you least expect it, the person will connect you to their clients that would make great guests for your show.

As a result, your podcast will go to the next level.

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Sixth Lesson In Podcasting: Be A Good Listener

By Cheval John

This post is the sixth lesson (chapter) on podcasting.

It is part of a series of posts for my second book “8 Lessons Every Podcaster Needs To Learn.”

To read the back story on why I decided to blog the book, you can click here.

Here is the 6th lesson below, short and sweet.

One of the most important things a person can do during a podcast is listening carefully to what their guest are saying.

Most of the time, the interviewer will ask a question and then focus on what they are going to ask next.

When a person only focus on what they are going to ask instead of listening to their guest, they miss out on an answer so insightful that can benefit the listener.

If you don’t listen, the guest will believe that you do not care about what they have to share with you and your audience.

When that happens, your podcast might suffer and it will be hard to build it back up again.

So if you want to gain insightful information during your podcast that will benefit your audience, be a good listener.

Your guest will appreciate it so much that they will give you praise when they are showcasing their appearance on your podcast.

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Fifth Lesson In Podcasting: Be Yourself

By Cheval John

This is the fifth lesson (chapter) on podcasting as part of a series of posts for my second book “8 Lessons Every Podcaster Needs To Learn.”

I have taken part in Nina Amir‘s “National Nonfiction Writing Month” challenge.

To find out more about the challenge, visit the website at www.writenonfictionnow.com

Without further ado, here is the post below:

Even though it is very important to have talking points from your research, you should not stick to the script.

You should try and be as conversational as possible with your guest and show your personality because a audience loves a person who is very authentic and willing to be real.

That does not mean you should talk about yourself the majority of the time while you are doing the show because it will come across as self-promotion.

Your main job is to showcase the guest and lift them up to your audience, not in the way that you do not have some disagreements about a particular subject.

If your guest ask you about your work, then you can chat about yourself for a bit.

Always keep in mind the 80/20 rule.

80% of the show is focused on the guest while 20% is focused on you.

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Fourth Lesson In Podcasting: Send The Reminder A Day Before The Show

By Cheval John

The post is the fourth lesson (chapter) of my second book, “8 Lessons Every Podcaster Needs To Learn.” as part of the National Nonfiction Writing Month challenge.

If you want to participate in this challenge, visit the website at www.writenonfictionnow.com/wnfin-2012/participate-wnfin/.

Here is the fourth lesson below.

I had booked a guest who was coming out with a new book.

Everything was scheduled and we were counting down to the day of the show.

Once the show began, the guest did not call in and I had to improvise while I was waiting for the person to dial the number for the show.

The guest sent me a message and said, “Her assistant did not sent her the number to call into the show.”

So I gave her the number and the show went on as usual.

I could have avoided the blunder if I had sent a reminder to the assistant the day before with the number to call.

You might think you do not need to send them or their representatives a reminder because they said they got it jot down in their calender.

However, it is always important to send a reminder because it can determine if you will have a great show, a mediocre show or no show at all.

As in my case, the show was near perfect after the blunder.

So how do you send a reminder the day before the show begins without feeling like you are being rude?

Below is an example of how to send the reminder notice for your guest:

“Jane Doe, I hope you are having a great week and I can not wait for the show tomorrow. Just in case, here is the number to call five minutes before the show begins at 3 p.m. eastern, 2 p.m. central, 1 p.m. mountain, noon pacific: 1-888-888-8888.

Thank you again for taking the time out of your busy schedule to make an appearance on the show.

Have a great day.”

Cheval John
Host, “Name of Podcast”

So to recap, if you want to make sure that you and your guest or the representative of the guest are on the same page, send a reminder the day before the show because you will avoid the awkward moment when you are by yourself doing the show without a guest.

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Let Go Of The “Bad Apples”

By Cheval John

The Pittsburg Steelers demonstrated today why they are a first class organization.

The reason why they are a first class organization is because they released running back, LeGarrette Blount.

Blount left the field during the Steelers’ 27-24 victory against the Tennessee Titans before the game was over.

Blount’s reason for leaving the game before it was finished: “he did not get any carries.”

“We believe the decision to release LeGarrette is in the best interest of the organization and wish him the best of luck,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in the statement to the Pittsburg Post-Gazette.

Blount rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns for the Steelers.

He signed with Pittsburg earlier this year after he spent three years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the 2013 season with the New England Patriots.

This was the right move for the Steelers because Blount showcased that he was not a team player.

If he had stayed with Pittsburg, he would have caused problems and probably would have divided the team.

The Steelers are currently 7-4 and are a game behind the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North Division.

I strongly believe that Pittsburg will now be able to overtake the Bengals in the next couple of weeks because they will be more united than ever.

If a person or a business wants to go to the next level, then they must cut their association with anyone who are bad apples.

Even if it hurts to cut the association with someone who is holding you back from success, it will be worth it in the end.

You will be much better for it like the Steelers are right now.

Just ask Steelers center and captain Maurkice Pouncey.

“We’re fine,” Pouncey said to the Pittsburg Post-Gazette. “We have our starting running back. It’s probably a good thing that it happened. At the end of the day, if it was a cancer, he ended up leaving on his own. That’s a blessing for us. At the end of the day, we’re good. We don’t need him.”

Do you believe that the Steelers did the right thing in releasing LeGarrette Blount? Leave your comments below.

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