(STARVE017 – John Crist – Getting Started in Stand-Up Comedy)
In this episode, Jared got a chance to have a light and funny interview with an award-wining stand-up comedian, John Crist.
During the episode, the following topics was discussed:
- Why and how John started out doing stand-up comedy (John recommends reading Quitter by Jon Acuff)
- The “eureka” moment when John realized that comedy is something he could do full time
- John’s response to friends or family that thought his pursuit of comedy was foolish or not possible to do as a full time career
- How his public speaking skills helped him get into Stand Up Comedy
- The best memory from John’s trip to Kuwait where he did a comedy tour for our US troops
- Advice for people who are still waiting to pursue their dream or passion
- If you are interested in doing comedy, John shares some of his experience-based tips and advice.
Check out the episode for the following finish that sentence discussion with John Crist:
- When you to work…
- Before you go fishing, you should…
- When you get up early, you…
- If you don’t have goals…
- In Burlingame, they love the…
Aside from this, John had been able to discuss how he started being a stand-up comedian in Atlanta. He also shared that the concert he won’t forget he went into was that of Celine Dion’s. The highlight of this episode was his advice to people who are still waiting to pursue their dreams.
2 biggest decisions he had made was, as discussed:
- Go up on stage
- Quitting the job
MY BIGGEST TAKEAWAY:
“Get rid of people who don’t support you regarding what you are passionate about.” – John Crist
Advice he had shared are as follows:
- Once you do it, you’ll realize that it is other people’s dream too.
- You can do a lot of things (million different things).
Tim Hopkins got John’s interest and he look up to, John had also discussed.
As a final part of the interview, John shared 3 funny jokes.
In this episode, Jared had a chance to interview with Peg FitzPatrick, a social media superstar and the host of hashtag my book club. During the initial part of the interview she was asked regarding what of the two options to select and the following options are discussed:
- Peanut butter cup brownies vs. cupcakes
- Sangria vs. Margarita
- Boston vs. New York city
- Charlotte’s web vs. Where the wild things are (Children’s literature)
- The Peg Fiztpatrick Stick People Art vs. Outsource Your Book Cover to Writer
They also discussed where to post first content as follows (on google plus, pinterest, or twitter):
- Miniature food art
- Breathtaking photograph of Florence Italy
- A hilarious photo bum picture during one of her speeches
She also completed the following statements:
- Exclamation points are…
- If you ever visit New Hampshire…
- My mom always told me when I was little…
- The best thing being a mom is…
- My biggest Facebook pet peeve is…
- When I think of likeablelocal.com…
Topics other than her personal interests are discuss as follows:
- Her favorite working with
- Best practices on engagement
- Best practice to post a not original photo
- Permission to share/post
- Photo credit or photo courtesy
- Pay attention to photo posting it might go viral
- Search by image by google
- Panda bear
- If content is king what is queen?
- How to legally post photos online?
- How she got involve with Guy Kawasaki’s APE?
- How people can overcome resistance?
- Positive ideas, tips and quotes from Peg
- Google Plus vs. Pinterest as a social network
- Peg’s boards and bookclub
MY BIGGEST TAKE AWAY
“Be your own original thing.”– Peg FitzPatrick
“Don’t ask someone for something. Do things by yourself.” – Peg FitzPatrick
One of the podcasts I recently listened to is Michael Hyatt’s This is your Life (How to Create More Mental Focus?)
In this episode, Michael discussed the ten (10) tips and techniques on how to create mental focus. According to him, “Mental focus is not something, we either have or don’t have”.
Here are the ten(10) tips and techniques on how to create mental focus, as discussed:
Block off time on your calendar. (Schedule time on your calendar for special projects. Do your alone zone as recommended by Jason Freed and Heinemeier Hansson in their book Rework. Have a commitment for yourself.)
Isolate yourself in a quiet place. (Eliminate distractions as much as you can. Don’t let yourself be interrupted unless it’s an emergency.)
Turn the room temperature down. (Warm rooms get someone sleepy and lose their edge. Lower down the temperature to stay alert and awake.)
Get comfortable. (Dress comfortably to get a lot of things done. Get yourself comfortable so your surroundings will not be a distraction.)
Take email and social media software offline. (Shut down your email and social media software so you won’t get distracted.)
Put on music that helps facilitate concentration. (Certain music helps us concentrate. Listening to music can become a powerful ritual. It can make someone productive.)
Have something on hand to drink. (Relevant studies show that caffeine can have a positive effect on mental focus so as long as you consume it in moderation. During the day, hydration will improve your brain functioning. Some preferred water.)
Avoid high-glycemic carbohydrates. (High glycemic carbohydrates make someone sleepy. Be smart about what you take in your body. These are the chemicals that fuel your brain. You have to be intelligent and intentional about what you take in.)
Set mini-goals. (Focus on one project and get it done. Break big projects into small goals. Break everything down into task you can complete )
- Set a timer and take predetermined breaks. (Determine in advance how much time you can work on a task and go for it. Try using Focus Time app, which allows someone to work and stay focus.)
MY BIGGEST TAKEAWAY:
“In a world of distraction and competing demands, mental focus is a scarce commodity. In fact, I would suggest it’s your single-most important productivity tool.” – Michael Hyatt
“Your life is a gift. Now go make it count!” – Michael Hyatt
In this episode, Michael had asked from people on how to read non-fiction books and make it more valuable. Thus he had come up with ten (10) best practices in reading non-fiction books, as follows:
Don’t feel that you need to finish. (Most books aren’t worth finishing. Some books are boring. Books recommended by friends are most likely to finish. It’s the author’s job to keep readers interested. Once he lost focus and repeats himself, the book will most likely not be finished by the reader.)
Start with the author bio. (Know the book’s author through his bio. It pays off to know the author’s heart and mind because you’ll spend a couple of hours dealing with his book. Sometimes you can google the author, check his website or Wikipedia to know more about him)
Read the table of contents. (Understand the book context through the table of contents. Table of contents is like a map. It presents where the book is starting, going and how to get there. On the other hand, annotated table of contents give more than the chapter titles and is considered a wasted opportunity in selling a book.)
Quickly scan the whole book. (Don’t do speed-reading; just have a quick fly-over to the author’s sample writing. Read a few pull quotes. Look at subheads. Reading is about context.)
Highlight important passages. (Always use a highlighter in reading books. Highlight the part of the book that resonates to you. This part when highlighted and read again will stand out. The better the book, the more highlight.)
Take notes in front or in the margin. (Take notes to have a convenient summary on what you are reading. Going back to the book and re-reading notes is helpful to think about the book. It’s an interaction between what you’re thinking with what you’re reading.)
Use a set of note-taking symbols. (Use symbols like a star for important or insightful items in the book. If the book has an item that needs further research or resolution, use question mark. Completed items, on the other hand, can be check off. This will pave the way to easily find what you are looking for when you go back reading again the book.)
Dog-ear (or bookmark) pages you want to revisit. (Bookmark the important passages by folding the corner of the page. Books are to be consumed and interacted with, to be chewed up, or to be swallowed )
Review the book and transfer actions to a to-do list. (Bookmarks, highlights and symbols placed in books can be use to transfer them to your to-do-lists once you do rereading.)
- Share the book’s message. (Books are meant to be shared. Blog books you loved. Do a full-blown review or book giveaway to mention books you loved. This is because books can be transformative.)
MY BIGGEST TAKEAWAY:
“Leaders read and readers lead.” – Michael Hyatt
“Great books are contagious” – Thomas Nelson
Michael emphasized aside from the ten (10) best practices the importance of reading in this episode. He said that, “If you’re going to grow in your personal growth and in your leadership, you have to find time to read.” Reading, for Michael, is the primary way of stimulating the mind to generate as much content and it had more to do with one’s success on one’s career than any single factor.
In this episode, Jason and Jeremy were able to discuss five (5) critical mistakes that scare customers away.
Two (2) reasons why one needs to know the 5 critical mistakes were presented as follows:
- Lower refund rate
- Stand out from your competition.
The episode’s highlight is regarding the five (5) critical mistakes, as discussed below:
- Forgetting what you know that you know. (Avoid the curse of knowledge. Don’t assume that the customers know the same thing. Put yourself in the shoes of your customers. Things that customers need to overcome are most of the time forgotten. Risk the same way that they do.)
- Remembering that you already know what they know.
- Not talking about the mindset stuff. (forgetting and just teaching mechanics)
- Skipping steps in the process. (This applies to your paid content. Do the service step by step. Exemption on people who are more advanced can have techniques or skills be taught immediately. Make sure you made clear prerequisites before skipping steps.)
- Delivering too much value. (Don’t overwhelm customers with too much value of your product or service. Such ordeal might cause a refund. Value is in quality of content. Be conscious of that. Do the quality and not quantity.)
- Teaching things too early. (Don’t waste time teaching things they don’t need right now. Make sure what you are teaching is just in time with them. This is related to doing things step by step.)
- Not actively filtering information. (Know what you are talking about and be able to make customers grasps it. Make sure customers need to know the information you are providing for the promised result.)
- Not giving customers the answer.
These things as discussed in this episode once avoided will make customers happier. Be a guide to your audience or customers. Make sure you don’t miss one mistake. Concrete examples are also provided in this episode during the discussion of the five (5) critical mistakes.
One of the podcasts I have listened today is the Blog Marketing Academy (When is the Right Time to Ask for Sale?)
In this episode, David Risley talks about when is the right time to monetize or ask for money in building blogs or online business.
David had emphasized in the initial part of the episode that the willingness to ask for sale is known to be the one of the biggest obstacles in helping people generate revenue from their blogging. He also stressed the following dilemmas of traditional bloggers in their fear for asking money:
- Focusing on building audience and monetize later
- Building up relationships, connections or engagement
- Building up the traffic so that someday, he can monetize
As part of his discussion, David had also presented that he disagrees with blog experts’ focus on traffic and audience before trying to make money. This is because according to him, “If revenue is one of your goals, then you need to cross that line early. You need to begin asking for money.”
Such attitude of making excuses not to ask money, in his discussion, is said to be delay tactics cleverly phrased to sound reasonable. In addition to this, he had explained two main reasons why bloggers should start early in monetizing. The reasons are as follows:
- To set proper expectations with your audience.
- To help you get comfortable with it.
In the climax or highlights of his discussion, he explained that CONTENT MARKETING should be the best way to do monetizing. This will help provide awesome content and lead readers to solutions they need in reading your blog.
“And those best readers and fans of your blog are the ones who pay you. They can be considered your CUSTOMERS.” -David Risley
MY BIGGEST TAKEAWAY:
“The right time to ask for the sale is NOW. And, by not doing it, you’re screwing yourself – and your readers.” – David Risley
In this episode, David Siteman Garland interviews Dan Andrews on how he was able to turn his lifestyle business podcast downloads to a million with 200+ 5 star reviews on itunes.
During the interview, Dan was able to talk and discuss how he started in creating a platform. His interest in hard goods and e-commerce plus his fondness of listening to podcasts had paved the way for him to start the Lifestyle Business Podcast.
He also discussed the format of the podcast content which includes 5-points, reviews, teasers or jokes, etc. His episode on SOP was his pride for changing many small businesses. “There is a big difference between power on content and popularity of content”, he stressed.
The highlights of this episode were regarding David’s discussion with Dan regarding building audience and monetization.
Tips he discussed to build an audience are as follows:
- Always have a message plus making a difference
- “Do the podcast for your audience”
- Always speak with integrity.
- Meet those people in person
- Understand who they are.
Tactics in promoting his podcast were also discussed, as follows:
- Have a super high lifetime value of customers (focus on your audience).
- Always do the back linking from and with audiences.
When to start monetizing? (Sell back catalog in affiliate marketing. Sell something unique of a value. Set networking to people.), David asked.
- See what you can do as soon as you can. (consultation phone calls)
- Start getting idea what people need. (set some parties to meet people)
“No matter what you’re doing, do not start with beginners.” – Dan Andrews