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Q & A with Mark from The Mark Struczewski Podcast
When did you start podcasting?
I launched The Mark Struczewski Podcast on July 7, 2017. I proceeded to post 16 episodes in my first 60 days of being on Apple Podcasts. My normal schedule is to post a new episode every Tuesday.
Why did you start podcasting?
I created my podcast after posting videos on YouTube for about 6 months and getting nowhere. Crickets.
After reading an article on Medium by Gary Vaynerchuk about the power of audio and voice, I decided to figure out how to do this thing called a podcast.
To be honest, on YouTube, I was just a talking head. I wasn’t SHOWING anyone how to DO anything like fix a car or plant a garden.
Plus, unlike video, with podcasts, you can do other things as you listen: run, walk, ride your bike, mow your lawn, work around the house, etc.
As a former radio DJ (in another lifetime, brother – that’s a Lost TV show reference), speaking into a mic and creating podcasts was very natural to me.
Did the transition from YouTube to podcast work?
Well, you be the judge. In my first week, I had more downloads of my podcasts than I had in TOTAL views on YouTube videos in SIX months! Yeah, I know!
And that’s no exaggeration.
I told my wife I would be happy if I had 50 downloads in my first month. I had no idea if this would take off. Well, I far surpassed that goal.
What’s your show about?
On The Mark Struczewski Podcast, I discuss simple and practical ways anyone can take their productivity to the next level. I believe that complexity is a barrier to productivity.
What does next level productivity even mean?
Imagine a scale of 0–10, with 10 being super productive (you always get everything done every time!) and zero meaning you never get anything done (you are the world’s best procrastinator).
Spoiler alert: I don’t believe anyone is a zero or a ten!
If you consider yourself a 2, I can eventually help you get to a 6 or 7 but I have to get you to a 3 first.
If you’re a 9, well, I don’t believe anyone can be a 10 but I can get you to a 9.1!
What I teach is not what I’ve read or heard somewhere else and I am just repeating. Rather, it’s what I actually do every day. That’s not to say that anything I say is new. After all, there is nothing new under the sun.
Full disclosure: I don’t know everything when it comes to being productive. But I’m a lifelong student. In fact, I am rather obsessed with productivity.
I choose to not edit my podcasts. I prefer them to be just like a real-world conversation (which you can’t edit). I prepare my notes (which are the basis of my show notes) and just press record. Feedback from listeners has told me they like it.
What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.
I record my podcasts into an ATR2100 microphone directly into GarageBand on my iMac.
I used to use Auphonic for post processing but after hearing Rob answer my question about the loudness of The Feed podcast , I now process my audio completely in GarageBand (thanks, Rob!) and then upload to Libsyn.
How have you promoted your podcast?
I promote my podcast via Facebook (Page, profile and Group), Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, my Next Level Productivity Digest email newsletter, in my email signature and whenever I speak.
In truth, I tell everybody who will listen to me!
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
I have to be me.
There are many, many awesome podcasters out there that I have learned from (Daniel J. Lewis, Dave Jackson, Rob Walch, Elsie! and others) but I need to be me – not a clone of these great podcasters.
Also, I learned not to make podcasting complicated. Have fun. Complication only leads to frustration and procrastination.
If you’re interested in being a guest on my podcast, please send me message. Just go here or send me a DM on social media (just look for markstruczewski – I’m everywhere!).
Who doesn’t want to be a bit more productive? If you’re ready to step into your best productivity, then subscribe to the Mark Struczewski podcast! You won’t regret it!
If you happen to not wanna listen just yet but want a little productivity in your life, consider subscribing to Mark’s Next Level Productivity Digest email.
Has reading an article on podcasting made you feel like you want to start a podcast? We’d love to help you out! Every month we have a FREE Podcasting QuickStart, and if you’re ready to get started, we’d love to host your podcast!