“Have no fear of perfection-You’ll never reach it.” -Salvador Dali
I have been a speaker in the Clubhouse Room “Fear, Faith and Fun, Discover Your Voice While Podcasting, with Demia Avery who is one of the Leaders of ClubPod. Each week we talk about how fear can keep someone from starting a podcast and I want to say, “fear fear get outta here” because we all have a voice, a vision and a mission, and if we step out on faith to share it the fear will disappear.
In this episode of the Delaware Blogger Podcast, I asked the question, “what fear is stopping you from starting a podcast”?
1. Fear of being an imposter?
2. Fear of failure?
3. Fear of trying something new?
4. Breaking out of your comfort zone?
5. Fear that podcasting will take too much time?
6. The cost, is it too expensive?
7. Difficulty in monetizing?
Let’s unpack each of these fears so that we can each say, “fear fear get outta here” – I got this!
1. Fear of being an imposter?
You can only do you, and you should never compare your life’s experiences and expertise to others. Remember, anyone can start a podcast, there are no auditions nor background checks.
If you are a successful teacher, preacher, doctor, lawyer, entrepreneur, life coach or even a ditch digger…whatever your position, you will be sharing content that you are already comfortable talking about. Own your success and believe in your worth, don’t worry about what other’s are doing – do you boo boo!
2. Fear of Failure
Failure is natural and it’s part of the learning process. All bloggers and podcasters have been there, even the most successful individuals have failed at some point in their life.
Don’t let failure stop you from trying, nothing beats a fail but a try! The only fail is not creating a podcast when you want to create a podcast!
3. Fear of trying something new
If kid’s allowed the fear of walking or talking and using the toilet kept them from trying, can you imagine how they would be at the age of 33? You probably have listened to other podcasts, well trust and believe, many of the hosts and guest were new too so don’t be afraid to throw your hat in the ring as well.
Trying new things can be good, so it shouldn’t stop you from starting a podcast.
4. Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone
You are so comfy, cozy in your routine and may not want to break out of it. You may not want to change your daily activities to make time for podcasting. However, anything worth having is worth making time for it, so make a change to something, like binge watching Netflix late into the night and record a few episodes when the house is quiet!
Once you add podcasting to your routine, it will become natural just like everything else!
5. Fear that podcasting will take too much time
Yes, it will take a lot of time when you are first starting out, but once you get the hang of podcasting, and the tasks associated with it, it really won’t take too much time. You will have to write a script, record your podcast, and promote your show but again, anything that is worth having, is worth working for.
Don’t let the amount of time stop you from starting a podcast, you may have to limit the hours or even outsource some of the tasks such as writing a transcript or social media posts but you can hand over those tasks to someone else without spending a lot of money.
6. The cost; is it too expensive
You are worried that you will have to spend a lot of money to start a podcast. Nope if you have a Smartphone with a good mic, you can create an account with Anchor for FREE! Initially, the biggest expense will be that of your time, but as you practice, practice, you will make progress and the time spent will pay off in the long run.
As you go and grow you can buy basic podcasting equipment for less than $150.
7. Difficulty in monetizing
Many people want to start a podcast in hopes that it will create a source of income. It can and it might – but if you are starting simply to make money – you will be disappointed.
There are however, ways in which to monetize your podcast, but look at it as a long term investment that will pay off, in the meantime, enjoy the ride and know that you are helping others!
Making money is a strong motivating factor to begin and continue a podcast, but if it doesn’t happen, please don’t give up! There are ways in which to monetize your podcast, check out this post for a few of them.