050 Podacst Answer Man – Podcasting As A Career – PodcampNashville

by Cliff Ravenscraft on February 9, 2008

in Podcast Answer Man

This is my recording from my talk at Podcamp Nashville this morning. I literally typed up the outline just hours before I spoke. You know me, I just like to speak from my heart.

I had a touch of nerves just minutes before I spoke, but like normal, that all went away after I got started.

Here are my notes that I was reading from!

Podcasting As A Career in TWENTY MINUTES or less!

Introduction in 3 minutes or less!

CC Chapman’s Managing The Gray – Episode 50
How to Break Into New Media as a Career

CC gave some great tips to folks who often ask how to break into new media as a career. I want to tell you a little about my story and then let you know how I got to where I am today, fits in with the advice that CC gave in his show!

My name is Cliff Ravenscraft
I’m married, going on 12 years, to my lovely wife, Stephanie
I have three children ages 8, 6, and 2
I recently left my career in insurance after 11 years to pursue my passion for a living as a full time podcast and new media personality.

A Couple of Facts About Me that helped lead me to where I am today!
Insurance Agent – I Love To Sell!
Associate Pastor – I Love To Talk!
Pastor of Small Groups – I Love To Teach!
I Love People!
I Love Technology – I’m a gadget freak!

How I got into podcasting as a hobby in five minutes or less!
Leo Leporte + Father Roaderick + A Couple From Hawaii

My First Podcast – Lost – Faith – Technology! – Generally Speaking!
People begged me to do just Lost!
14,000 Listeners within just the first few episodes!
My Calling To Ministry
Launched More Podcasts!

The Decision To Go Full Time! – In 4 Minutes Or Less!
Used to be VERY Successful as an insurance agent!
Lost All Passion for Insurance!
Podcasting On My Mind Every Waking Moment!
January 2007, decided to do it as a part time job!
Started Consulting
Got too busy and really affecting my DAY JOB!
Decided I either had to go full time or go back to podcasting as a hobby!
Decided to focus on the Day Job!
Became Extremely Miserable!
Everyone told me, CLIFF YOU ARE MEANT TO BE A PODCASTER!
My Listeners
My Insurance Clients
My Underwriters
My friends
My pastor

MOST IMPORTANTLY!!!! MY WIFE!

How To Tell My Parents!!!!!
The 90 Day Notice!

HOW DOES ONE EARN A LIVING PODCASTING AS A PROFESSION – IN 3 MINUTES OR LESS!

ANSWER: I’m still working on that one!

Donations! – The gspn.tv Monthly Support Team!

1000 listeners as a part of the gspn.tv Monthly Support Team!
1,000 people at $10 per month is $10,000 per month income!
I started this 3 weeks ago and I have 26 listeners join to date!
Donating either 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 per month

Sponsorship!

Webinars!

Podcast Consulting

Equipment Sales!

I’m constantly looking into other avenues for stream of income

THINGS CC CHAPMAN SHARED IN HIS MANAGING THE GRAY!

You Must Discover Your Niche!
Entertainment
Technology
Faith

Be Passionate About Your Niche!
People Are Drawn To Passion
I’m pretty darn Passionate

You Need A Strong Work Ethic!
I recently had to MAKE MYSELF declare one day a week as a day I don’t work!

Be involved!
I answer every single email
I try to play ever call in our shows
I create ways to interact with people and for them to interact with each other.
Online Forum
Twitter
Facebook
LIVE EVENTS!

WHAT CC SAID:

Be Curious! – Have Fun With New Technology
I try nearly every new technology that hits the block!
I try to find ways to use it to interact with my community.

Network, Network, Network.
That’s Why I’m Here
Podcamp Boston- Over 200 Business Cards!

Working Hard is Important, but luck can play a vital role.
CC called it luck, and didn’t want to really go into the discussion of destiny, fate, etc. That’s just not what his show’s about.

For me, you can call it luck, but I know in my heart, I was born to podcast! This is my calling in life.

You Have To Get Paid – Don’t UnderValue Yourself!
This was the most difficult thing to grasp!
I’m still working on how to go about charging for stuff that is just second nature to me!

To Me…. Podcasting is all about Entertaining, Encouraging, and Inspiring Others and Building Community

Discuss Podcasting in the gspn.tv Community Forum.

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