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300: 3 lessons from 300 episodes – How to Grow Your Authority with a Podcast

Hey, Movers!

300 episodes. Big learnings, big changes – and an invitation to a different way forward. Let’s go!

Today – what’s moving me – is that this is my 300th episode!! And I’ve learned SO MUCH about showing up weekly – and how that can serve your audience… or not.

So, let’s dive in.

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Inspiration If you can't find a platform to speak on, build one yourself.




300 episodes, 300, 300. Oh my gosh. Big learnings, big changes, big ideas, and an invitation to a different way forward. Let’s go. Woo.

Hey everybody. And welcome back to this. Move to me a show all about the art of moving your audience with speaking. My name is Sally Z, your speaker coach.

And if you don’t know me, I empower big hearted entrepreneurs, coaches, and change-makers like, you. To leverage the power of speaking. So you can massively grow your impact, your authority and your revenue without sacrificing your authentic voice. That’s right, because that is the key. In other words, I’m going to help you grow your speaking business so you can grow your business with speaking both of those things, and we’re going to do it without you being smarmy and gross.

It is possible. Yay. And today, what is moving me is that this is our 300th episode. I cannot believe it. Whew. That’s a lot of episodes. You guys. And have you listened to them all? I bet not. I mean, I make them and I love her and listen to them. We don’t have to talk about that. That’s right. I have to tell you, I have learned so much over the last many years.

It’s been many years that I’ve been doing this. I’ve learned about showing up consistently. I’ve learned about what you want, how I can serve you best how I can utilize this platform. So let’s dive in on that right here in celebration of 300.

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And I was kinda like, ah, I kind of find my way. I don’t really need e-comm and then I saw what you could really do with it. And I’ve never looked back. I finally started using it about a year and a half ago. That was like major pandemic time because I started really leaning into video, going live in my Facebook group once a week. Turning. Audio podcast into also something you can consume via video. So now I use it all the time. I use it for my podcast and interviews. I use it for my virtual presentations. I use it for my keynotes. I use it to MC I use it for my STS showcase for my speakers who go through the signature talk studio with me.

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And PS, if you want to see. All the ways that I use E cam and all the ways that we can make this look awesome and use this tool. And there’s probably so many things that I’m even not doing yet with it. I want you to come inside to the emerging speaker society, Facebook group, and see how I put this all to work.

So join us there at dot com forward slash E S S port emerging speaker society. All right, now let’s get back to the show. Way back in 2014, I felt this poll to create a podcast. Y I honestly, I am not sure what pulled me out front in this way, because what I can tell you is I knew I did not want to do video. I was like, no, to the way on the video, no way I wanted to start sharing my own authority and my ideas, and really build out and carve out a space for myself.

As a speaker coach and around speaking so way before people were listening to podcasts like they do. Now, I created this, moved me. The show that you’re listening to right now, and truth be told I had no idea what I was doing. Absolutely no idea. I joined the Podcaster’s paradise group way back when John Lee Dumas was doing that.

And it was truly when I look back, that was my first big investment in my own business. And believe you me, I followed that thing step by step. And what’s really awesome is I launched the podcast. And within the first few weeks, my show had landed on the new and noteworthy page of apple podcasts. That was a big moment.

I thought, oh my God. This is really cool. It’s awesome. Now the idea of the show way back then was to simply talk to people who move their audience, and to have a conversation about the art of public speaking. Which is really what we doing.

And I got to talk to some incredible people in those first few years, Jeff Goins, Rob bell, Julian treasure of like top 10 Ted talks of all time. Jen Evans, bred Montague, BT Harmon. So many really incredible people. And I surprised myself at how much I fell in. With podcasting. I fell in love with creating content.

It was this creative outlet for me for years and years and years. So I went all in on this and what’s cool. Is that along with it being this incredibly fun, creative thing that I got to do, what I realized. Eventually it was that it was also an incredibly powerful marketing tool. Duh. I mean, now we all know that we all know that podcasting and having your own show is a powerful tool, but because I went all in on my podcast, a few things happened.

People started coming to me to be coached. So there was something about just having a podcast that people thought, wow, she really knows what she’s doing, which I do, but also just kind of comes with the territory a little bit. And I was able to take my freelancing business at the time. I was speaker coaching on the side when I could.

Coaching speakers, which was my day job. And I was able to turn that into a full time gig. So what was I doing that my podcast helped me in my business. I want to talk about that for a moment as part of the lessons, as we look back at 300 episodes, I want to share with you what some of those intentional pieces.

Because I wasn’t intentional at first and I became more intentional along the way.

Focusing on creating a good show each week was intense. At some point I was like, I’ve got to make sure that I’m getting something out of this. And I know, you know what I’m talking about because we spent a lot of time as speakers out, being visible.

Right. We talk a lot about visibility. We’ve got to be out and be visible, but are we being intentional with those opportunities and that effort to make sure that it is deriving business for us as well?

As speakers, here’s the deal. It is so critical that we are building our authority. We know this, it’s why we’re posting on social.

It’s why we’re doing Facebook lives. It’s why we find places to guest post and why we want to be on other people’s podcasts all the time. Because when we show up consistently and. Our authentic voice and our expertise will people begin to associate us with that idea and that builds trust and authority.

That’s what we are doing. So that then people come to us and they say, oh, you need to speak around this topic, check out this person. Right?

So as I was approaching episode 300, I thought about doing a lot of things. Truth be told, well, some of the ideas were really, really fun and brilliant. But as you know, I just got finished launching the signature tech studio and you launch things, you know, I just, I could not pull off a brilliant new idea unless we wanted to really celebrate episode 300 around episode three 10.

I don’t know. I could do that to my show. I can break the rules, I just decided, Nope. You know what? One of the things I can do. Is look back and share with you a few key lessons from the last seven years of showing up consistently. So that as you are out building your authority, you can do what I did learn from me.

Not I made a lot of mistakes just to be absolutely clear. It took me way too long to get intentional, but once I did get intentional, I want to share with you some of the awesome things that happened. So you can do.

So the first one is that if you can’t find a platform to speak on build one yourself.

I didn’t want to wait to be invited to go speak. And I mean, I knew I had some skills to offer in this creative pursuit. But truthfully, I wasn’t quite sure how to go about this, but I knew that I wanted to speak about these things. So instead of waiting to go and speak about it on other people’s platforms, instead of waiting to build that out, that funnel and that whole experience.

On somebody else’s land. I just decided, you know what, I’m going to build my own platform and control the message, create it to be what I want it to be. So right now you’re feeling like. Oh, I’m frustrated. Cause I can’t seem to find any opportunities and I’m waiting for this and I’m waiting for that.

Maybe it’s time to stop waiting and create your own experience, create your own platform to speak on one of my awesome speakers is doing that right now. He could absolutely go out and go pitch and I’m sure find some things, but he decided, you know, what, why am I tapping into other people’s. Platforms when I can build my own.

Now, this second lesson I want to share with you is that the best platforms are relationship builders. So it was long as the platform that you create is a relationship builder. Then it is a powerful thing for the longterm. And it’s not just about the content that you create and how it serves your audience in that.

It’s also about the relationships, the collaboration’s that happen because of the platform. When I was at a conference in 2016, I was sitting in the audience and I had one of those moments where I was like, I’m going to speak there. I’m going to be on that stage. I don’t know quite how I’m going to get there because I don’t know anybody here.

I don’t know anybody who runs this conference, but I just know this is where I’m going to be in a few years. what I decided to do was leverage my podcast. I got super invested in the conference. I showed up at lots of workshops. I talk to speakers afterwards. I went to make relationships and connections genuinely.

So it wasn’t just like I got to find people for my podcast. I was really looking to, to say, who has brilliant ideas that sparked me, that moved me and I want to share them with my people. So I went to a particular workshop with one of the main stage speakers and I went to his workshop because he was an awesome speaker.

And I was like, well, sometimes workshops are really bad. So I was like, I know it’s going to be good for him because he was awesome. So I went to his workshop and I approached him afterwards and invited him onto. He was jazzed to get the insight, because what you’re going to learn is that when you have your own platform and you invite people on it, it’s truly one of the easiest asks you’ll ever make.

Even though guarantee he had no idea who I was or the quality of my show. I mentioned a few people who had been on it and it was like, awesome. Let’s do it. So I followed up a few days later, I with the official invite and I made the most of that podcast conversation when we had it. And all I was really focused on was getting really curious about who that person is and building an authentic, genuine connection.

Because once that connection is built, he became an advocate for me and my show afterwards, he introduced me to a handful of people and said, this person would be great on your show. And one of them was the conference producer of the conference that he had spoken. I had him on the show. And now I have a connection to that conference with that person, because it is a genuine connection.

Wasn’t transactional. Ultimately looking back, I was like, oh my gosh, look at how that worked all because I had my own platform that I could use and leverage for growth.

The third and really important lesson I want you to take from the last 300 episodes. I almost said yours was not yours. 300 episodes is once you have a platform and once you are building your authority consistent. And you’re showing up and you’re being visible and you’re doing all the things, allow yourself to evolve and to change because if you look back on my 300 episodes for a long time, all I did was in.

And then I realized that I was interviewing people about things that actually I knew quite a lot about myself and I wasn’t really sharing my own expertise. And people started to say, well, what do you think about this, Sally? So then I shifted that a little bit to some interviews, some just for me, then I shifted again and I started really embracing video.

And now at episode 300, I am shifting again.

Mora on this in a moment.

But it’s a reminder to you just like with your talks. It is important that we continue to evolve, that we change, that we stay really in tune with what our audience needs and the response you’re getting from your audience. But. Do you need, what do you need right now? And does this align with who you are, your values and where you’re taking your business in the present moment?

Because not only is it okay to evolve, it’s really important. Your audience appreciates it too, because they are also evolving. Nobody is stationary in this world. don’t go crazy and change it up all the time, because then people don’t know what you’re doing and they’re having a hard time keeping up, but also don’t be afraid to change.

When you feel a pull towards something new, you get to have a place where you can experiment and play. In fact, John Aycock talks a lot about just having a, a part of your business that you are willing to play. But you’re as a laboratory of sorts. And when you get your laboratory going, guess what? That’s when sometimes the most creative stuff happens.

Episode 300 is kicking off a new way forward for this moved me and I am thinking of this as laboratory time for the next chunk of months on. I don’t know when, we’ll see. I want to experiment more with my con.

And I was going to just decide and say, here’s what I’m going to do. But actually what I want to do is try a bunch of things and get your feedback. What are you loving? What are the episodes that you’re like more of that please? And what are the episodes? You’re like less of that, please. So I’m going to be doing lots of things.

There’s going to be some ask Sally segments where you’re going to send in your questions to me and I’ll answer them. There’s going to be some episodes that are just this moved me moments. I have 300 episodes. I have a whole content library full of incredible. This moved me, mama. You probably haven’t even heard of you prob my guesses, you haven’t gone back and listened to all 300 of them.

So I’m going to be pulling out some of the genius ones from the past and looking at them now from a future perspective or like a present perspective, it was a future then, but you know what I mean? And saying, interesting. Look what we were talking about in 2017. And now here’s what I would say to add to that or whatever who knows.

So in the spirit of this next chunk of episodes, being a bit of an experiment, a bit of a laboratory, I want to invite you into evolve and change with me. Yay.

I can’t wait to hear from you about what’s working. What are you enjoying? What do you love? What do you want me to do? More of a be on the lookout for lots of fun and different, interesting approaches to our content here on this movie.

If you have something for me, if you have an idea or a question, just reach out and send me a note over an Instagram.

If you are in my emerging speakers society group. And if you’re not, you shouldn’t be send me a message over there as well. You can join us over in the ess at right friends. This moved me. What is moving you see next week.


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