Today I want to talk to you about fear, as it applies to bloggers and podcasters and others who work online.
To do this, I made a video that discusses fear as it relates to obscurity, fear of fame and success, and whether or not you are allowing fear from showing up and keeping you from being your authentic self.
I also created this accompanying post (with the help of my freelancer friend, Lorraine, who offers four different services via Wording Well), as I know some of you would rather read than listen to or watch a video.
I want you to be the best example to your friends, family, clients, and anyone you happen to come into contact with!
You can watch the video on YouTube. You can listen to the audio via Podomatic. You can even check it out on iTunes, or on Stitcher. Or you can simply watch or listen to it right here, as I’ve included it within this blog post!
Let’s begin by talking about why you even blog in the first place.
WHY DO YOU BLOG?
Most bloggers don’t start out to be rich and famous. They either have a product or a service that they want to sell, and they’ve heard that blogging is one of the best ways to go.
You want to get noticed.
You want others to read your posts, and buy from you.
In the beginning, you wonder if others are going to like you. This is your initial fear.
You see others experiencing success, and you want that type of success for yourself.
After some time goes by, you achieve these things, but on a small level. You know you’re doing good work, and you’re building your email list. But… you think something is missing.
You begin to wonder if you’re progressing at the right pace. You think it’s too slow, and you’re not seeing the results you’d ultimately like.
So you begin doing podcasts, interviews, and radio shows to expand your reach.
BUT… then other fears get in the way. You think about the size of the audience, and you get scared. Knowing that thousands (if not millions) of people are going to be listening to you gives you the jitters. You’re nerves frazzle, and you are afraid you are going to mess up, or forget to say something. You also begin to doubt yourself, and wonder if you even have anything worth saying.
Fear can really screw with your mind!
To help you through this type of fear, I’ve prepared an entire online course that specifically addresses each component of it.
It’s called On The Air: How to Use Podcasts, Radio and TV Interviews to Promote Your Brand, which is available from Gumroad for $97. Once you click on that link, simply click on the picture to enlarge it and see what the course offers!
The cool thing about this course is that it is an AUDIO COURSE, so you can be doing the dishes and taking (listening to) the course at the same time! In times where we are often busy, this allows you to kill two birds with one stone!
Basically, the topics covered in this course include:
- Discovering your story
- How to find interview opportunities
- How to determine what shows are a good fit for you
- How to pitch the hosts
- What to do to prepare for your appearances
- How to have a great experience, and what to do after the show is over.
- This course also includes membership to a private Facebook group, PDF resources, and access to me for help with writing the perfect pitch email.
For more information, visit the link, and click on the image!
DON’T BE AFRAID
People want to hear about your story. Believe it or not, others actually like getting the “inside scoop” on your experiences! They want to hear about the time you got embarrassed, was put on the spot, and how you dealt with it.
I want to encourage you to simply be yourself, let your inhibitions go, and reveal your secrets to the world. Work hard every day to improve yourself!
MY FEARS and PODCASTS
I’ve done so many podcasts at this point that I’ve lost count. Recently, I did a show with January Jones, and she mentioned she has over 50 000 listeners. Ouch! Instead of letting this number intimidate me, I put into practice the things I will teach you in my online course, and the entire show was a hit!
You can listen to that show right here.
In fact, it was such a success that January asked to have me back on September 22nd!
IS YOUR MESSAGE BIG ENOUGH?
Mine must be, as I also did an interview that was published in New York Magazine. What It’s Like to Lose 350 Pounds has been published online, too, at this link. Please read it. You’ll learn things about me very quickly!
Basically, this article discusses what it was like to be an obese blind man. Not just obese. Not just blind. But both.
As you can imagine, being 500+ pounds is no picnic.
You face adversity almost everywhere you turn.
In this article, many personal and truly embarrassing things were revealed.
Sure, I was scared to mention them (I won’t mention them here; I’ll let you discover them yourself!) but I can honestly say that I’ve never, ever been this open before with anyone.
Being that forthright is tough for many people, however, but if you simply tell the truth, you’ll be okay.
As Mike Robins says, “Be yourself because everybody else is already taken!”
YOUR NEXT STEPS
Let me help you on your journey to success!
Join my email list and receive a complimentary copy of my motivational ebook, Leading You Out of the Darkness Into the Light.
Email me. My email address is email@example.com. I want to hear from you!
Skype me. I’m mister.midway on Skype.
Find me on Twitter, @maxwellivey.
Call me. Let’s get to know one another. I offer a free 15-minute consultation (an exploratory call), too. My phone number is 1-979-215-1770.
Don’t let fear stop you from contacting me!
Until next time, take care!
P.S. Are you interested in becoming an affiliate?
I have published this course to Gumroad as it allows me to offer affiliate sales opportunities. This means that if you help sell the product, you would receive a percentage of those sales. You do have to have a Gumroad account, but it is completely free to create one. They only charge when a sale is made. They receive a small commission on every transaction. If you are interested, then apply for an account and then email me about your interest.