PC 110 | This Is The End

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Profitcast FeedburnerThis is the end. The end of the line for Profitcast. And though there might be no more developed road beyond this point, the journey is far from over. The journey of discovery, both into defining what it means to profit and in making an uber customizable model apply for a specific situation, is one that always eventually meets undeveloped terrain. It is very rare for the same model to produce identical outcomes for two people and deviations are, at some point, necessary. So podcasters trailblaze as explorers did when settling in new places all over the world: when no road was paved, they made their own ruts.

We heard from a wide assortment of podcasters across all different genres and styles and audiences about the challenges of making new ruts in undeveloped roads. But with every challenge, we also received encouragement about the benefits of endurance and confidence. Clearly there are a multitude of ways in which a person can profit through podcasting, so how does anyone pick the right way? Because there are so many options, it’s easy to get stuck headed down a path that isn’t going to be successful, or perhaps stuck in the “paralysis by analysis” phase. Sometimes the hardest task can be to switch gears, to revamp or rebrand, to purchase stock in something when funds are low; but sometimes the hardest tasks now lead to some of the most amazing outcomes further down the road. We were privileged to hear from so many podcasters who experienced this and were willing to tell their stories of overcoming obstacles, not so that we can copy the way they did it… but so that we can be encouraged to endure!

Perhaps many of you regulars will know by now that I primarily consider myself a hobby-podcaster. By which I mean, I’m not interested in making a living off of podcasting; I enjoy it as a hobby. Even so, even though I’m not interested in the monetary aspects for myself, I’ve still absorbed so much more than I realized! Just by listening and investing to the stories shared on Profitcast, I have such an incredible breadth of knowledge on the topic. Several times over the last couple months I’ve been asked about podcasting and whether any money can be made by doing it. From my resevior of Profitcast knowledge, I pulled out YOUR stories. Stories about sponsorships, about Patreon, about hard work and vigilance.

But most importantly, I pulled out stories of your passion. Because no matter what methodology was adhered to, whether it was Kevin Bachelder as the first guest in episode 2 or the final guest Lisa Woodruff in episode 109, your methodology was fueled by a passion for producing something worthy of that passion. For the last couple years there has been no better place to share that passion than on Profitcast. If you need a reason to follow Brian to The Real Brian show, let me tell you now that seeking out the answer to “why do you do what you do?” will not stop here when Profitcast ends!

Before we push you out of the nest, we have two final profit and success stories to share! So hit play, sit back, and enjoy the ride! Thank you for being part of the Profitcast journey and we cannot wait to interact with you on The Real Brian Show!

Paul Sating
Seeing an audience develop before he’s launched! That’s where Paul is now, almost eight months after being a guest on Profticast. Back in December, Paul and Brian talked about leveraging a community and how Paul’s efforts toward re-branding were going to take Paul from “faking it” to “making it”. And since then Paul has learned a lot and he shares some of those lessons in his update on this final episode of Profitcast.

Dave Jackson
A couple weeks after we got Paul, the one and only Dave Jackson appeared on episode 80 with Brian! I remember this episode very well because Dave and Brian got down to the nitty-gritty of how uncomfortable conversations can often lead to the most profound breakthroughs and can pave the way toward critical things to master. Like Paul, Dave’s made some changes too! And it sounds like they’ve been for the better.

In case we don’t see ya…

… good afternoon, good evening, and good night!

That’s it. No more movie quotes.

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PC 109 | Empathy and Transparency with Lisa Woodruff

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Profitcast FeedburnerWelcome back to the penultimate episode of Profitcast! Before we close this chapter of the Profitcast journey, Brian sits down to chat with Lisa Woodruff, a professional organizer and host of Professional Organizer’s Think Tank (P.O.T. Tank). Lisa’s journey goes back 8 years and she shares the passion behind what she does and why she does it.

The Real Brian Show

To kick things off this episode, Brian re-addresses the question he got last week about the business plan he’s utilizing for the show. As you can imagine, it isn’t a traditional business plan, but Brian’s approach is intentional as he seeks to defy odds and squash preconceptions about what is possible with an objective that has more to do with entertainment and encouragement than education. Industries exist whose sole purpose is to provide entertainment, and many of those subscribers make a decent living off of that lifestyle! So let’s open that can of worms together and figure out how to make it possible for everyone!

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Empathy and Transparency

Lisa‘s story is fun because it is full of refined advice that comes from a vast amount of experience, and that’s basically the premise for the majority of the work Lisa does. From her blogs to her business to her podcast, she seeks to guide others to success by providing insight from intimate experience, by demonstrating empathy through transparency, and encouragement through the sharing of stories.

Show Lisa some Profitcast Love and check out her websites, blogs and podcasts! Then drop her a line to thank her for being a guest on Profitcast.

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PC 108 | Profit and Success Part 3

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This week we have two fantastic updates to share with you all, and some commentary, of course. Sit back and enjoy the wonderful wisdom of our two profit and success stories!

Noah Lugeons
From $1200/episode to $2400/episode, Noah Lugeons has come a long way since we last heard from him in episode 36. Back in Noah’s episode, he and Brian talked strategies for using Patreon and how it has worked for Noah. Since then he’s put in a heck of a lot of work, brought in a lot of talent, and, most importantly, kept at it. Congrats Noah!

Nick Gelso
The discipline to stop working, while working from home, is still a challenge for Nick, who we first heard from in episode 15, but he’s learned a lot from some mistakes and has some helpful tips for us… like scheduling one day for recording and forcing people to work around your schedule. Nick shares some updates on his networ, Beats and Eats (not weekly anymore, but is seeing growth in spite of it), CLNS Radio (more visual aspects has been driving viewers to the podcast), and podcast consultations.

Send in your success stories!

We’ll have one more week of stories! The intention was to share 4 stories this week, but there was a lot to cover between Nick and Noah’s stories. So there’s still time! Brian will keep producing these update podcasts while you keep sending in content!

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PC 107 | Profit and Success Stories Part 2

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Profitcast FeedburnerThese Profit and Success Stories from previous guests on Profitcast have been like a colorful montage of the podcast’s run. I was thinking about montages I’ve seen recently… and whether they’ve been at a wedding or a birthday party or someone just taking a few minutes to show me a slideshow of their recent vacation, I always seem to find myself with this big, goofy grin on my face as I watch an experience unfold before my eyes. And that’s what Profitcast has been. It’s been an experience. The Profitcast Experience is something we can live and relive because even though the episodes in our archives capture a very specific moment in time, we know that the story goes beyond what we have captured for posterity. The adventures and passion live on!

The Real Brian Show

If you’re not signed up for the newsletter yet, what are you waiting for? Brian is pushing for a late-August release. You. Don’t. Want. To. Miss. This. Sign up now!!

Profit and Success Stories Part 2

This week we hear from four incredible guests with four incredible ventures. While last week the common theme was success via television show podcasts, this week we cover a lot more ground with a lot of different takeaways.

Jen Briney
We heard from Jen Briney, of Congressional Dish, back in episode 48. Brian and Jen talked about effective non-marketing methods to grow a podcast, and in this update Jen is excited to share that her efforts have paid off! She’s no longer sitting in the back of seminars at Podcast Movement, scribbling notes on a pad. She’s in the thick of it, making her mark on podcasting and giving back to the larger community by sharing what she’s learned.

Daniel Jay Lewis
The Professor of Podcasting himself shares what’s been going on in the School of Podcasting, and the DJL world, since his appearance on episode 20 of Profitcast. He met goals, he learned what worked, what didn’t work. He built relationships. He saw his income increase. But perhaps most importantly, he learned how to say No to some things in order to say Yes to others. A takeaway we all need to hear from time to time, right?

Wayne Henderson
By far my favorite sports podcaster, I’ve been following Wayne and the Packers Fan Podcast for years and it has been a blast to see the podcast and the opportunities he and Troy get continue to grow. Football podcasts are some of the hardest to acquire support for from the organizations that run the major institution, particularly for a team like the Packers, but Wayne and Troy have a blast anyway and have been able to take advantage of some incredible opportunities. Wayne was on Profitcast way back in episode 3!

Erica Duran
One of the coolest stories, by far, is Erica’s. Not only does she reveal the web of inspiration her podcast has inspired amongst her listeners since appearing on Profitcast in episode 89, she also shares some amazing tips about what she’s learned through this process. Through sponsorships and a wee bit of tweaking, she’s helping her clients and seeing their success.

Send in your success stories!

Be like Troy, Jason and Rich and send in your success story! Even if you weren’t on Profitcast, you have been part of Profitcast and we count you as one of the family. How have things changed in the last two years for you? What successes have you seen? What lessons have you learned?

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PC 106 | Profit and Success Stories Part 1

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Profitcast FeedburnerIt’s a bittersweet installment of Profitcast this week. As excited as we all are for The Real Brian Show to begin and for Brian to let the Real Brian loose, there will be many things to miss about Profitcast. In the words of Geoffrey Chaucer, the late 14th Century poet who knew how to write about love and loss, “All good things must come to an end.” (That’s from Troilus and Criseyde if you’re looking for some light summer reading.) Unlike the tragedies of our favorite dead poets and playwrights, the saga of The Real Brian will continue! This is real life, people.

Success Stories Part 1

To commemorate the incredible journey of Profitcast and to celebrate successes, as we like to do here, we’re going to spend the final episodes checking in with those fabulous individuals who’ve sat in the co-host seat next to Brian.

Troy Heinritz
We first heard from Troy in episode 10, when Under the Dome was still a thing and The Blacklist Exposed was just a blip on the Internet’s radar. Troy has some awesome news to share about how his television podcast grew beyond his own imaginings.

Jason Cabassi
Before Troy, there was Jason. Yes, it was all the way back at the end of July in 2014 when we first heard from Jason in episode 6. Brian and Jason chatted about growing a podcast’s listener base, and now Jason has some updates about how his love for podcasting has opened up many incredible doors in the form of Walker Stalker Conventions and how it encouraged him to launch his own network.

Rich, The Armchair Ninja
More recently than either Troy or Jason, we got to hear from Rich of The Armchair Ninja podcast in episode 87. Extreme hustle was the name of that game, and Rich also has an amazing story of the success he’s seen and the benefits he’s reaped from niching down, pursuing his passion, and unashamedly loving what he does.

Kevin “The Podcast Overlord”
Last, but certainly not least, is Kevin Bachelder of Tuning Into Sci-Fi TV, Arrow Squad and, most recently, Tales of The Black Badge. We first heard from Kevin in episode 2! He was Brian’s first official guest. Though I count it a privilege to podcast with Kevin on a regular basis over at Arrow Squad, I am beyond thrilled to see the success that has come with his podcast about the Syfy show Wynonna Earp. Have you heard the stories about a podcast taking off? About a true fandom rallying for an exciting new series? About writers, producers, show runners and actors volunteering their time to come on the show? Well, you’re about to.

Send in your success stories!

Be like Troy, Jason and Rich and send in your success story! Even if you weren’t on Profitcast, you have been part of Profitcast and we count you as one of the family. How have things changed in the last two years for you? What successes have you seen? What lessons have you learned?

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PC 105 | Why Podcast Movement is Essential

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Profitcast FeedburnerWelcome back from Podcast Movement! In this week’s episode of Profitcast, Brian shares some stories and experiences from his time at Podcast Movement 2016, the biggest takeaways and what’s next for The Real Brian Show. We’d love to hear about your experience and takeaways from PM16. Leave a comment or shoot Brian an email!

Why Podcast Movement is Essential

Why is anything essential? No, I’m not being facetious. I’m posing a pragmatic thought-exercise. What makes something essential? What makes something essential to YOU? There is a difference between the two, and Brian nails it in this week’s episode when talking about what we are doing versus what we should be doing. If you are serious about podcasting, then Podcast Movement should be essential for you; networking, exposure to technology, software and techniques, thought-provoking seminars, and tons and tons of enlightenment that you cannot get anywhere else. When surrounded by individuals who are just as passionate as you about your craft, it’s hard not to feel that surge of renewed vigor toward that craft you love.

Brian, your introverted wife and I are both very relieved you got your extroverted time!

Work itself has fundamental properties that describe its nature, properties that are central to what work is. But the beauty of work is that it is implemented in millions of different ways every day across a multitude of industries and disciplines. What is fundamental to my work is not necessarily fundamental to yours, and yet we can both agree that whatever properties we’ve identified is essential to the work that we do. Podcast Movement is such a unique experience because of the spectrum of specificity it offers to podcasters spanning dozens of industries! There are very few professions which can attest to the breadth of opportunity that podcasting provides.

Every industry has its own brand of convention or gathering where individuals from across the country or globe are invited to join together in bridging ideas and modus operandi to drive innovation, encourage collaboration and incite competition. I’ve been to the Minnesota Developer’s Convention, in which I attended a couple seminars that introduced me to various platforms that I haven’t had time to explore on my own. Somtimes these gatherings, if nothing else, reignite inside of us the passion that made us think it was a good idea to go in the first place. Maybe it seemed like a good idea when we bought the ticket, but it ended up being a really good idea after it was all said and done.

The idea of something being essential, however, is a great way to assess and gauge where you are on The Continuum of Passion. If Podcast Movement isn’t essential to you, right here right now, perhaps you’ve lost a fire that was spurred you to begin your podcast. If it’s not essential, maybe you’ve lost sight of what you’re trying to do with your podcast. This week, Brian challenges that perspective and calls you to take a good hard look at where you are, where you want to be, and what is standing in your way of achieving it.

Oh, and he drops a big bombshell… You might want to listen. Like now.

We welcome all reactions to Brian’s experiences and his Bombshell. Leave a comment or send an email, we’d love to hear from you!

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