Me and the Podcast Expo

It’s been busy times lately, and I haven’t bothered submitting a proposal to speak at this year’s New Media Expo (aka Portable Media Expo aka Podcast Expo.) On the one hand, I hate the thought of not doing it. Having spoken at the first two, I’d like to keep that streak going. Also, as I listen to the other talks that get released via Gigavox, I really think it is important to keep the perspective from my side of the fence involved. The “how to get rich as a podcaster” stuff ranges from not so great to dreadful, so I’d like to ensure that the other side of that perspective is well represented. The best way to do that is do it myself.

On the other hand, I haven’t really thought about what I might want to do. I have vaguely thought about continuing the thread of the first two talks. The first was about connecting with an audience and the second was about doing it because you love it. For a third, I’ve considered something about how to improve yourself by podcasting. My half-formed idea is about the extra practice you get talking, forming thoughts and such. I think that writing a thousand words a day blogging for the last 4+ years have helped my writing abililties tremendously and podcasting 200 episodes have done similar things for my verbal communications. I think I talk off the cuff better, I find it easier to organize and gather my thoughts, etc.

If anyone has any suggestions or thinks this sounds like a good idea, come forth with the feedback and pronto. I’ve got to turn this in tomorrow so all the dilly-dallying time has already been squandered by me.

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Dave Slusher is a blogger, podcaster, computer programmer, author, science fiction fan and father.

6 thoughts on “Me and the Podcast Expo”

  1. Dave,

    I have always thought that your presentations at the PME (PNME etc. .etc.. he changes the name) are some of the best. Please keep participating, both for the attendees and those that get the sessions via our podcasts. (BTW we have secured the rights to publish the sessions from the 2007 event.)

    On another note, seeing your comments above… are my presentations “not so great or dreadful”? 🙂

    Please keep participating!

    Michael Geoghegan

  2. Mike, I haven’t actually heard any “big money, no whammies” type talk from you. The most recent one I heard I’ve thought about blogging about but I get in so many squabbles I think I’ll just let it drop. But whoo doggies, it curled my toes.

  3. I like the idea about improving the podcast, but in the past you have called upon your community of listeners to contribute to your presentation and I don’t know how you would do that with the improving topic.

  4. Not so much how to improve yourself by podcasting, but how podcasting improves you. You think you’re doing a show. In reality the show is doing you, forcing you to expand beyond your comfortable boundaries. If that’s not happening, you’re already podfading, because you’re in a boring rut and it’s just a matter of how long before the whole thing isn’t worth it anymore. Want to play that song you like? You’ve got to reach out to the people who can give you permission. Quite likely you’ve got to explain what you’re doing and why, why it matters, what’s in it for them. The first time I experienced this, it greatly clarified my thinking on a number of subjects. I talk about this on my first podcast (
    I once had a conversation with Mur Lafferty where I took the position that it was easy to start podcasting: Just press Record. Mur explained why for many people, pressing Record was the hardest part. Podcasting forces you to stand in front of the whole world and say, “Here I am. Here is my work for your consideration. You can leave comments on my website.”

  5. As one of those “there’s money in them there Podcast” types, I’d love to point out the irony that yours was the only presentation at PME I attended live. The rest I got by time shift. I figure we preach it, we better live it.

    I know this is too late for your entry but if they do pick you I’d suggest strongly an angle on not just better “Dave” but better people come from it as well. Instead of listening to the crap on the radio, we’re listening, hopefully, to stuff that makes us better people.

    Just a thought.


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