I was swept along on a wave of adrenaline. Getting the opportunity to talk to an audience about Internet Marketing was both exciting and surprising. As I prepared my slides and organised my thoughts, a creeping feeling of self-doubt crept in.
“Who was I to give such a talk?”
“I’m certainly no Internet Marketing Guru!”
“There are far more qualified people than me…”
I almost talked myself out of going. I’m glad I didn’t. I enjoyed the experience and so did the audience. In fact one of the audience members would become one of my biggest clients.
Imagine for a minute that I’d declined the invitation. I’d be left with the feeling of ‘what could have been’ and I would have missed out on the opportunity to help a room full of people. The thing is – we all have self-doubt. It’s a fundamental human emotion. Even the most confident of people suffer from this.
Hang up Your Hangups: The Series
While everyone has their insecurities, we can’t let them define us. The World is littered with great ideas for fantastic podcasts that never make it out of the starting blocks. The aim of this series is to help you overcome these barriers. I’m not a psychologist, but I’ve shared my perspective on some of the common hang ups that we all face. I’ve also shared some practical ways to work around these challenges.
My hope is that it gives you a sense of perspective and helps you create the podcast that’s inside you. And, if you’re already podcasting, the advice in this six-part series will help you deliver more engaging podcast episodes.
What we’ll cover
Over six episodes we’ll cover the concerns often voiced by podcasters, old and new.
- Episode 1 – I hate my voice
- Episode 2 – I’m no expert
- Episode 3 – I’m Boring
- Episode 4 – Will people like me?
- Episode 5 – What if nobody listens?
- Episode 6 – Dealing with bad reviews
Throughout the series, it would be great if you could take the time to share your own barriers and podcasting hang ups. What else is holding you back? What scares you about the podcasting process? It would be great to get as much feedback as possible to show that insecurity is part and parcel of the creative process. And that it can be overcome!