I'm really excited about today's show because I get to address what I believe is one of the most important topics in the freelance community—boosting self-confidence.
This is a topic I've addressed before in my High-Income Business Writing Podcast (Episode #22: "7 Tips for Developing Stronger Self-Confidence.")
But for this episode, I wanted to bring in someone who talks about this subject every single week.
His name is Jared Easley, and he's the host of the Starve the Doubts podcast.
In a very short period of time, Jared has created one of the most popular business podcasts in iTunes. He's interviewed business leaders such as Seth Godin, Pat Flynn, Gary Vaynerchuk and others.
And in this interview, he explains how we can develop and nurture greater self-confidence in ourselves and in our work.
He discusses some of the biggest fears he's had to overcome to succeed in business. And he tells us how he used Kickstarter to validate a dream of his: creating and hosting the biggest podcasting conference in North America, The Podcast Movemement, which will be held next week in Dallas, TX.
It's a great talk that includes both inspiration and practical information.
The notes that follow are a very basic, unedited summary of the show. There’s a lot more detail in the audio version. You can listen to the show using the audio player below. Or you can subscribe in iTunes or Stitcher to get this show delivered straight to the Podcasts app on your smart phone, tablet or iPod.
Tell us about yourself
Jared started his podcast, Starve the Doubts, in April 2013. He interviews experts on the topic of overcoming self doubt.
Don’t be discouraged by critics when you have an idea you want to implement. If you don’t do it, you may be holding others back.
Tell us about your background
Jared’s most recent corporate gig was project manager for a software company. Achievement in the corporate world had often left him feeling empty. When he was laid off, he was moved into entrepreneurship.
Do you believe self-confidence is a personality trait? Or can anyone develop it?
You CAN build your confidence. “Doing” encourages you to do more. If you’re feeling anxious about doing something, get advice. Talk to people who’ve already done it. Don’t be reckless, but allow yourself to take the next step.
Doubt and fear can be positive. They make you pause to consider if you’re prepared. If you ARE prepared with advice and support, then keep going.
Tell us more about your upcoming conference, and how you used Kickstarter to make it a reality
The Podcast Movement conference is a new, large event with attendees coming from all over the world.
For a long time, Jared had thought that there should be a conference for podcasters; but he had no experience putting together big events.
When attending the New Media Expo, he heard people asking, “Why isn’t there a podcast conference?” He recognized the market demand for such a conference.
He connected with Garry Leland, who had organized smaller podcasting events. He then aligned with Dan Franks of Entrepreneur Showdown. Together, they talked to Philip Taylor, founder of FinCon (a conference for the financial media community), to get advice.
To further validate demand for the idea, Jared and his partners used Kickstarter. Within nine hours of launching their Kickstarter campaign, they hit their goal of $11,000. At the end of 30 days, they had reached 300% of their goal.
Initially, their goal was 200 attendees. They’re now expecting 550-600.
This is an example of “market before you manufacture.” Test your ideas before you create something.
Jared recommends the podcast Internet Business Mastery. In it, Jason Van Orden and Jeremy Frandsen talk about “just in time learning,” which focuses on learning what you need to know NOW, so you can take the next step.
What were the biggest fears and doubts you had to overcome to stage this event?
No one else in the podcast space had ever staged an event like this before.
Once they had the money and interest to move forward, they worried about how to pull it off.
Can you share some simple ideas we can use when faced with a big decision, idea or opportunity?
The best way to get noticed is to start noticing other people. It creates a rapport. Be sincere and authentic. Once you have a rapport, it can lead to reciprocity.
You can’t do everything yourself. Sometimes it makes sense to strategically align with other people. This also increases the visibility of what you’re doing.
Any parting thoughts?
Keep listening to Ed’s podcast! The more you listen, the more encouragement and insight you’ll gain. It’ll help you progress.
Where can listeners learn more about you?
Jared’s podcast: Starvethedoubts.com
Jared’s conference for podcasters or future podcasters: Podcast Movement, August 16-17, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.