How To Start A Podcast With Libsyn

How To Start A Podcast With Libsyn

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How To Start A Podcast With Libsyn

Chris Michael Harris, Entrepreneur

04/07/2021

Do you have a podcast? Host it on Libsyn and let the tool automatically push to hundreds of podcast players.

Today, I’m going to talk to you about Libsyn – why all the major podcasters use it, and how you can sign up on it in under five minutes.

Quick Sign Up

To get started hit Sign Up, then put in the URL’s name that you want. 

Then you’re going to go to choose your plan. It’s going to show you Classic versus Advanced.

You have three options in your Classic, ranging from $5 to $15, and then Advance, $20 to $150.

The biggest thing that you’re going to note is the storage. You’ll get 50MB for a $5 Classic plan.

So this would mean you would have enough storage space to do a 50-minute podcast episode for a $5 Classic Plan. 

After choosing your plan, you could add a promo code if you had one. And then just put in some basic information. 

Something new that Libsyn has added is a step-by-step guide on how to start a podcast, and migrating a show to Libsyn. If you’re brand new to podcasting, you take advantage of those resources because that would be extremely helpful.

Settings

So the first thing you want to do is to go to Settings. Here is the required information.

Add a brief description, your slug, add your website address to your actual website address.

Then let’s go to the Recommended Information section. For Show Type, you’ll pick between Episodic (if listening in order isn’t all that important), or Serial (if you’re going to have a show where they need to listen to the episodes in a particular order). 

If you want to put in a sub title, you can. 

Actual categories are essential. Make sure your categories are related to what your show is about. If you use multiple categories, make sure you do it in the order of importance according to what your podcast is about.

The public contact email is optional. Add the owner’s name, email, and author. For content rating, if your show will have a lot of bad words, add Explicit or Clean. For language, you can change from English or to a different language if you want.

Keywords will help people find your podcast especially if they are searching for particular topics. 

The Default Show Feed is new. You have to choose between Libsyn Classic Feed or the Custom Third Party Feed. Then you can have the Copyright notice if you like. 

The Thumbnail is going to be a crucial aspect here. Use the parameters that they suggest. But you also have to make sure that when you create your thumbnail, it looks good when it’s small because that’s how people will see it when they scroll to your shelf. 

A few more final settings are to choose your primary theme color and add all of your social media handles. Make sure you hit save.

Adding New Destinations

So Libsyn automatically publishes to the majority of podcast players like Stitcher, Pandora, Spotify. You can also go to Add New Destination, and Libsyn gives you a lot of other options.

Adding New Content

To add a new episode, click Add Media File and select the source of your podcast episode. 

Once it’s uploaded, you’ll go to Details. This is where you will add the name of your episode and add a sub title if you like. 

In the Description, I recommend having a default template. You have to make sure that you have a consistent call-to-action. You can insert links that are contingent upon that episode. Then if you want to add keywords and tags to that specific episode, you can.

For the Artwork, if you want to change it for that particular episode, you can. If you’re going to keep it consistent and just use your show’s basic thumbnail, you can do that as well. 

You have the option to schedule the publishing too. If you’re editing it on Tuesday and you want to release it on Thursday, then you can schedule it. Libsyn will publish when you want them to, which is suitable for your audience because they will know when to expect your content.

If there’s anything else you want to add, you can do that in the Advance column. Or you can just hit Publish at the bottom, and it’ll be good to go. 

Once you hit publish (or hit schedule), you will be given an embed code. If you want to take that embed player, there are options you can choose from. You can add it to your website or blog, which I highly recommend. Having an accompanying blog post for your podcast episode will help you have searchable content.

Statistics

In your dashboard, you’ll have a quick view of your podcast statistics. The numbers are necessary. You want to know where your downloads are coming from, what age group, and what episodes are being downloaded versus just the overall episode. You will also want to know which podcast players are getting the most downloads.

As you publish, make sure you see the unique download statistics for date ranges for episodes and destinations. Below the graph, what you’ll see is Storage Usage. You will see how much you’ve used. The good thing is your storage will archive every single month. Your 50 megabytes is going to go over 50 megabytes again in the next month.

Libsyn also has Monetization options where you can apply for certain things and sell subscriptions, which is good for securing advertising. 

So that is how you get your show up and running, plus understanding the basics of Libsyn. If you’re interested in podcasting, subscribe to my Youtube channel and hit the bell for notifications.

I can talk about the rest of launching your podcast, about editing, equipment runs, and microphones. We’re going to cover all those basics.

 

If you want me to do more of these tutorials, let me know in the comments section below!

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Binaural Beats Explained [Productivity Series]

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Binaural Beats Explained
[Productivity Series]

Chris Michael Harris, Entrepreneur

03/26/2021

Here’s a fact about me: I’m extremely ADD and Binaural Audio has been one of the most effective tools in my toolkit. It helps me alleviate some of my concerns and tap into a level of productivity and flow state that I wouldn’t otherwise accomplish.

So if you want to learn more about what Binaural is and its power, stick around. Let’s start.

What is Binaural?

Binaural Audio is an audio illusion effect. It is comprised of conflicting frequencies.

You have one frequency at a certain hertz and another out of different hertz. The difference between those two creates an auditory illusion; that illusion is what you hear.

And so what that does is you can have various frequencies that are effectively meant to create a brainwave state.

5 Brain Waves

Gamma is essential for problem-solving, learning, or simply being at a heightened state.

Beta is more of an active brainwave state. It’s when you’re working, reading, speaking, or thinking. It’s whenever you’re focused on what you’re currently doing.

Alpha is when you’re transitioning from a neutral state to a meditative state. They help calm you down and promote feelings of deeper relaxation and content. 

Theta is when you’re in a flow state or a very creative or meditative state.

Delta comprises your deep levels of relaxation and deep sleep zone effectively.

So here’s the deal. We enter into the states usually and naturally on our own. Your environment will dictate how easy it is for you to tap into those various spaces. Binaural helps you tap into it more seamlessly.

My Experience Using Binaural

If you Google Binaural beats, you’re going to find a ton of controversy. You’re going to see some studies that showed how it had helped lower anxiety, depression and how it has increased focus. In some cases, this is true.

I want to get into some of the benefits of what it claims to help you accomplish a health standpoint. Let me share my experience.

Binaural has helped in reducing my anxiety and stress. It has increased focus and relaxation. It has helped foster positive moods, promote creativity, and manage pain. I don’t think this is a placebo effect because I didn’t know them before using Binaural.

So I’m going to show you Binaural, it’s an app that I use. I think it will help you, and I want you to try it out for yourself.

Quick Tip

Binaural is fantastic for helping you to enter into deeper states of sleep. But, you have to be realistic and put yourself in the best-case scenario. You can’t drink a cup of coffee at eight o’clock at night and then say, “Binaural doesn’t work, Bro.”

It is not a miracle worker.

If you don’t watch TV, you wear blue light blocking glasses before you go to bed at least two hours before going to bed, and you listen to Binaural audio, you won’t have an issue getting a night of deep sleep.

How It Works

If you listen to classical music, instrumental, or more relaxing meditative music, it cannot create that same effect with Binaural.

So here’s how it works.

I recommend getting any pair of noise-canceling headphones and then pop them on your ears.

Then turn on your audio file.

And then what you can do is slide your scale in Binaural, all the way up to Gamma, you can drop into Beta, Alpha, Theta, and Delta. So that’s amazing because you can dictate where you want it to be on your own.

What you’ll find as you listen is you’re going to feel like your heart has shifted to your head.

That sounds so ridiculous. I know. But, one of the things that you’ll notice is you’ll start feeling like there’s pulsate in your brain.

Binaural won’t work the way it’s supposed to unless you can have those two different frequencies in each ear. And if your headset is not noise-canceling, you’re going to be picking up other sounds and can’t get fully into it.

If you only hear those frequencies, it’s not the full effect.

Using With Other Apps

What’s remarkable is, you can layer Binaural on top of your downloaded music that you want to listen to.

So you’ll just be going to hit PLAY.

And you’ll also be able to go to your settings widget and then go to the actual Settings. And then, mixed with other apps, turn that ON.

Using other apps is powerful because, once you turn that on, you can then go to Spotify or YouTube and turn on some channel that you find that you like, and you’re going to get the benefit of Binaural with music that you want to listen to.

So something I highly recommend, definitely check out the Binaural app.

Discernible Difference

One of the things that I experienced is that when I come up in my office, even if I have music on in my room. I pop my noise cancellation headphones, turn on the Binaural app. I can tell there is a discernible difference. 

I don’t have the proof. I don’t measure my brain waves in my room to tell you if it’s happening. But I know it’s different. Those are some of the most productive days that I have, or I feel like I’m really in a flow state.

Look, if it only made a 1% increase, it’s worth it. If it’s only making moving the needle just a tad, it’s worth trying it out.

So here’s what I would recommend you do. Try it out, download the app, go to YouTube, get a pair of 20 $30 noise-canceling headphones, pop them on, and see if it helps you.

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The Ultimate Guide to Outsourcing This 2021

The Ultimate Guide to Outsourcing This 2021

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The Ultimate Guide to Outsourcing This 2021

Chris Michael Harris, Entrepreneur

02/15/2021

In the previous blog of this series, we talked about finding your virtual assistant where you learn about where you can post your job posting, the hiring process, and how you can pay them, but it doesn’t stop there. In this episode, I’m going to show you how I keep my remote team aligned with my goals by creating a streamlined workflow using Trello.

You don’t wanna miss this out because I’m going to walk you through the whole process, and I’ll also provide a sample board that can help you kickstart your workflow.

Let’s dig in ..

1. Record yourself doing it

So when you’re doing things in your business, record yourself doing it. Record yourself going through the process, explain why you’re doing what you’re doing, get your thoughts out on digital paper as much as you possibly can.

In that way, you do it once you never have to do it again. We are using Screencast-matic to record our screens, and this will serve as a training resource to the newly hired VA.

 2. Provide the link to the resources

Some of the cards that we have here, we’ve actually put in a checklist too, as well as other links for resources. If there’s a specific resource that they need, like an image for a thumbnail for YouTube, you’re gonna include a link to your Google Drive.

 

3. Utilize Trello basic features

In Trello cards, you want to make sure that you use the description area to include any other details that they may need to reference that you’ve talked about in that specific video.

Now, the beautiful thing is you can also add a comment inside the Trello card, So if they still have a question, they can see that and then new hires that come on, if they’re going through this, they can actually look through the lineage of conversations, because it’s going to turn into an FAQ.

 

Build your Workflow using Trello

Braindump ideas in your board 

 I typically put in ideas, so these are all video ideas that I’ve had of different things we could talk about. We use certain things like labels, if it’s a green label, I know this is a high ranking video using VidIQ.

 

Tag the person assigned to the task

So when I put them on the content board, I will tag one of our analysts, and she will go through the process of researching that. And then she’ll provide all kinds of suggestions and things that we could talk about in the VidIQ scores.

Communicate using the comment box

You’ll notice that we’re constantly leaving notes for each other when emails were sent, who the contact person was, so on and so forth. So we’re able to communicate back and forth with the team in real-time

Move your cards

 Once the task is done and the VAs are finished with their assigned task, it’s time to move the cards to the next step, or I can just put them in the Done list.

 

 This is how we handle that process. Everything is very streamlined, and everything makes sense in terms of natural flow from left to right. You want to create something like this doesn’t have to be exactly mine, this is just our process. I’m continually tweaking this like it’s never perfect, but you want a general flow of something, that’s why I love tools like Trello and Slack.

 

Wrap Up

All right, so what I’ve created for you guys, I think it will benefit you a lot is let’s go to the example training board. So I’ve already given you some general topics to include these general lists like email marketing, YouTube, podcast, blog, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest tools, and then you can add whatever you want to do once this is yours, you can make it your own, you can add other things to the list. Grab your copy here.

Establish your training resources first, whatever job you’re looking to hire. That’s your focus. You’re going to spend a week before you hire that person going through and creating training videos. 

Hope this is helpful, see you in the next one!

-CMH

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How to Hire a Virtual Assistant (And Take Back Your Life)

How to Hire a Virtual Assistant (And Take Back Your Life)

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How to Hire a Virtual Assistant (And Take Back Your Life)

Chris Michael Harris, Entrepreneur

02/11/2021

If you are wearing yourself out, from creating your blog to managing your admin task and needing some help, hiring a virtual assistant is the best option. 

 

We have been hiring people in the Philippines for years now. The reason we chose the Philippines is that there’s just a lot of cultural overlap and their English proficiency is tremendous. Now, let’s dive in.

Where to find your applicants?

If you’re looking for a website where you can create a job post for hiring a virtual assistant, I suggest onlinejobs.ph. It is no different than an indeed or a monster, any hiring board that you’d find here to hire somebody in the States, but it’s just specific for the Philippines. They provided guides, blogs, and other free resources when outsourcing in the Philippines.

In the dashboard, what you’ll do is you go to add a job post, you gonna add the job title, you’re gonna mark whether it’s full-time, part-time, or freelance and put in your wage.

Next, what you’ll put in is your contact name, if you’re going to be the direct point of contact, and then the skills that you’re looking for, for that specific role.

My suggestion would be to try the free version. It tells you the pros and cons of having a free account versus a paid account. Use it until you hire somebody and then just cancel the account, so you pay $69.

 

What’s the hiring process?

What I’d recommend you do is this, when you see a resume come through, you got 50 people, I’ll create a Google form. I made this to check their cultural values, it’s just like you’re treating them like a normal hire in the States. You want them to incorporate into your team and to be involved.

Next, whittle it down to about five to 10, based on company culture values. 

After that, you can select 3-5 applicants and add personality tests like 16personality, Enneagram, and Positive Intelligence.

Also, I would recommend that you have some dialogue at least once a week, some communication with your virtual assistant, bring them into the fold, bring them into the mix, and make sure you have a structure.

 

What’s the payment process?

Another reason why we choose onlinejobs.ph is that, beyond the hire, you can use something like Transferwise where you can pay them directly versus some platforms that make you pay through the platform itself. Transferwise is a great platform. It’s pretty quick, in some cases, almost immediate, but at least within one to two business days, that payment will go through.

 

Wrap Up

The last piece of advice I would give you is to make sure you treat them like an actual employee. You make sure you treat them like they’re a part of your team because that’s what they are.

We’re going to continue our productivity series In the next blog because I’m going to teach you how to build an actual outsourcing guide. You basically build a system that you have that back and forth communication. 

That’s it! hope to see you on the next one.

-CMH

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Think and Grow Rich Takeaways

Think and Grow Rich Takeaways

Think and Grow Rich Takeaway

Chris Michael Harris, Executive Producer

11/11/2020

General Summary: Whatever the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve.

The starting point of all achievement is desire. Your dreams are just wishes unless you have the desire. The desire is what makes you pursue it with the tenacity required to do big things in the world. Big things require big energy without desire. The big energy can not happen. 

Your greatest success will usually happen right after defeat has seemingly overtaken you. 

Every time the defeat seems to be right on the brink, it’s probably when you’re about to turn that corner. As an entrepreneur, that’s very liberating because if things aren’t going too well, maybe you’re at a point where you’re turning the corner, and you’re about to experience success. 

Dreams are not born of indifference, laziness, or lack of ambition. To do great things, you have to tap into the power of the subconscious mind. Utilize your mind.

The conscious mind has control over the subconscious mind. You have the rational and the emotional brain. Your rational brain is rationalizing things at more of a conscious level.

And you can use the subconscious brain to train the language of the emotional deep-seated subconscious brain with the language of emotion. 

It’s hard to shift things in your subconscious brain because it is really at a deep-seated level. Many people struggle with changing some of their belief patterns because they can’t shift the subconscious brain.

You have more power in that equation than what you realize. It is just a matter of figuring out what modality and what language important that it actually speaks.

The subconscious mind is always working. Every time you scroll your newsfeed, every time you’re exposed to something out in the real world, your subconscious brain is making determinations about what it is going on and how to feel about it. 

So, expose yourself to the things that you want to be exposed to and protect yourself from the things that are toxic for you. You need to constantly be feeding your mind with positive thoughts. 

The practice of mindfulness, meditation, and things of that nature are powerful mechanisms.

What are you doing to promote happiness? What are you doing to promote excitement? 

The subconscious mind is objective. It speaks the language of emotion. Program your mind with the goals that you want. But how? Well, there are five keys to program your mind. 

#1 Definite purpose. Define and decide what is your definite purpose.

#2 Autosuggestion. It’s doing an act to feed a message back to yourself. One way to do it is to affirm yourself every day to reach your ultimate goal. That’s a form of autosuggestion because what you’re doing is you are speaking to your subconscious brain.

And it is scientifically proven that 43%, you are more likely to achieve your goals just by writing them down. 

#3 Use the power of emotion. Don’t just write down the goal, but think of the emotion that you feel as you’re writing it as imagine as though that’s happening already.

#4 Visualization. Do you visualize yourself experiencing the life that you’re trying to create? A form of meditation is a fantastic way to do that.

We can actually tell now that within just four days of doing 10-15 minutes a day of meditation, your neurological wiring shifts and changes.

#5 Persistence and repetition. It’s just to continue to push down that path and continue to do the things that will lead to that success. And first, figure out what those need to look like. 

Each of us is what we are because of the dominating thoughts occupying our minds. It really goes back to the importance of your subconscious mind. You become what you think you are.

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Put yourself over the top by burning your ships.  Put yourself in a situation of urgency, not in desperation

Napoleon Hill talks about in the book that if you’re not all in, it’s not going to happen. It’s the fire to your gasoline that makes things ignite. It does create tremendous windfall and the direction that you’re seeking, just make sure you do so in a responsible way. 

When the survival is at stake, the subconscious mind goes into overdrive. Maybe you’ve experienced that where there is a high emotional state, and the adrenaline rush enabled you to produce an out of the ordinary response.

So can you utilize the mechanics of that in a more controlled environment? 

 

Wishing will not bring you riches, and it must be a burning desire that leads to obsession.

Entrepreneurs succeed because of their obsession to succeed. They are immersed in their industry completely. If you need to get realigned with your purpose, you got to have that obsessive drive. 

Another little exercise for you, five methods of acquiring riches:

1. Fix the exact amount of money you desire. Do you strive to be a millionaire or a billionaire?

2. Determine what you intend to give in exchange for that money. So what are you willing to do to acquire that?

3. Establish a definite date. What is your actual definite date? Be specific.

4. Create a definite plan. It’s one thing to just wish upon a star, but it’s something else entirely to have an actual plan that coincides with that wish. What’s the execution plan, and what’s it going to look like? 

5. Write a clear and concise mission statement with steps 1-4.  And then read your statement aloud twice daily, at least. All those who succeed, pass through many heartbreaking struggles. So part of the failure aspect, but many heartbreaking struggles.

Another powerful lesson in the book is that you are not defeated until it is accepted as a reality. So until you tell yourself, you failed, and it’s over, it’s not over. 

Say fall instead of failure because failure indicates finality while a fall indicates you fell, but it’s implied that the next thing you do is getting up on your feet again.

And it does not require more effort to aim high than accept misery and poverty. So, challenge the logic of failure. 

Impossible when desire is met with enduring faith. Faith is a big part of the equation. It may not necessarily mean a faith in terms of the existential, but whatever that means for you. What are you doing, and why are you doing what you’re doing if it’s not for something bigger than yourself?

Faith can be induced by autosuggestion. If you’re a person that lacks faith, use that autosuggestion to culminate more of that faith in yourself.

All thoughts, emotional ties in mixed with faith begin to materialize in the physical world. In terms of what you believe or what you don’t believe. Everything you want to achieve starts in your mind, and there’s just so much that we don’t know about what we actually do.

The efforts that you create are a big part of what you want to achieve. And you will see how an action will lead you to a situation and to another and so on. 

There are two types of knowledge—general and specialized. What you’ll find is that the most successful people are not focused on generalized knowledge. They’re focused on specialized knowledge.

Napoleon Hill cited that one of the most empowering and impactful things you can do as a business person is the obsessive pursuit of specialized knowledge.

Most great leaders were first intelligent followers. Find a mentor. Most people fail because they wait for the time to be right. YOU create the time to be right. 

There are seven positive emotions—desire, faith, love, sex, enthusiasm, romance, and hope. Now the thing to note is the presence of positive emotions cannot exist simultaneously as negative emotions. 

The major seven negative emotions—fear, jealousy, hatred, revenge, superstition, and anger. It’s really important to understand where they arise and present themselves in your life and to do everything you can to rectify those situations. 

The ghost of fears—poverty criticism, ill health, loss of love of someone, old age, or death. These are the things that you operate with that you’re terrified of. The things that linger in the shadows that you’re secretly kind of afraid of.

It’s very important that we deal with these things, whether that’s through counseling or a form of reconciliation, to make sure that they are not the guiding force or factor in your life.

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The Problem with Cancel Culture with Will Witt

The Problem with Cancel Culture with Will Witt

The Problem with Cancel Culture

with Will Witt

Chris Michael Harris, Executive Producer

10/28/2020

Will Witt of PragerU drops by to talk about the problem with Cancel Culture and how it is toxic in our society. He creates online content for PragerU and helps inspire young people worldwide to stand up for the values they believe in. 

The thing with conservatism that Will likes the best is the ability to be free from intervention from other people. So you can live out your dreams in whatever way possible in a way that’s not hurting anyone else.

And for Will, being someone who dropped out of college and moved to a whole different city, he wants to be able to have the freedom. To be able to speak his mind and put these things out there, and without those kinds of freedoms, he could never have the job that he has now.

So conservatism is definitely the way for him. And he thinks it is the best way to have a free and successful society.

In this episode, you will learn the following:

00:37 – Guest Introduction

02:50 – The pushbacks when making a transition with your values and beliefs.

04:43 – What is Conservatism?

06:55 – Where did the cancel culture came from?

08:35 – Power of Individual vs. Power of the Herd

11:27 – Social Media and The Society

16:42 – Dealing with Friction of Ideas and Differences

20:40 – How to Stand Up for Your Beliefs

27:40 – Rewarding Aspect of Standing up For Beliefs

To learn more about cancel culture, hit the play button.

Stand up for what you believe in. And the main thing you can do is actually have conversations with people. If people talk to each other, like think about how many conservatives there are if every single one of those changes the minds of someone else. 

So, stop wasting your time on some useless social media argument that goes nowhere and tries and change the mind of someone who you care about or you’re close to, it’ll do way more good and just be way more successful for actually helping this country.

Empower a person but not necessarily treat them like they’re less than or inferior, incapable of achieving anything else. Anybody can have success if they believe in the power of themselves, of individualism.

I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I do. Also, recommending the book called Influence by Dr. Robert Cialdini. He talks about pluralistic ignorance where you might feel something’s wrong, but if you see that everyone’s going along with it, then you kind of fall in line anyways.

And I’ll see you in the next one.

– CMH

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