PERSONAL NOTES FROM THE TIM FERRISS PODCAST

FEBRUARY 10, 2018
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NOTES

Equipment that Tim uses on the road (and at the home)
  • same equipment that he uses at home
  • zoom x6 portable recorder
  • XLR3 pin microphone cable
  • panasonic eneloop rechargeable batteries
  • Ecamm call recorder
  • Zencastr

Being a successful interviewer

  • chatting via video/skype
      • asking a number of questions before hand
      • emphasizing he has final cut
      • letting the person know he can go to the bathroom or take a short break
  • having the first question before actually starting the podcast to not have the person be unprepared from the get go
  • Tim asks for the first question before his interviews as well
    • “during the first third we are going to bounce around your bio, your life”
    • “you will have a chance towards the end to talk about your book, your movie etc, to promote, to talk about”
    • “we want first for the audience to fell in love with you, the messenger, and then the message, with whatever you would want to promote”
    • “do you have a final ask for my audience? / any parting thoughts?”
  • laying out the ground BEFORE starting the podcast
    • “anything that you’re tired talking about?”
    • “anything you want to avoid talking about?
  • “do you have any greatest hits stories?” (by email even before the talk)
    • “are there any cues I could bring up to start the conversation for a specific story you have seen to be working or you like?
    • “any particularly funny stories that people enjoy hearing?
  • having these stories in the first 1/3 of the interview
    • this GUARANTEES to build confidence for the interviewer and also for the audience
  • ASK questions you want to know the answer to
  • DO NOT expect to have more than 5-10 questions answered if you really want a good conversation or podcast
  • ASKING about some side interests
  • example: Terry Crew’s interview started with his art skills (which he doesn’t talk much about)
“Let the silence do the work” – Cal Fussman
  • he has interviewed great people of our time
  • collecting questions from MAGAZINES or other INTERVIEWS
  • seeing for yourself what WORKS and what DOESN’T
  • TRIBE OF MENTORS – inspiration for crafting questions
  • Tim records several  podcasts weeks in advance
  • Tim Interviews on Mondays and Fridays
    • the point is to not have scattered interviews
  • It would be ideal to monetize after 100k downloads/episode
    • being able to have sponsors who can grow with you
  • Tim asks on social media, late at night, what his audience thinks about the products which he might get a sponsorship from
    • This helps to not get the attention of companies whose employees might spam the posts in order to promote their own products
Using a personal name vs. a company name
  • a company name can help you further along the way if you would be interested in selling it
  • Recommended book: Built to Sell
Platform for blogging
  • WordPress is recommended as a platform because, being open-source, it means that even if the company fails, you are still able to migrate without losing everything you have
  • WordPress has a great out-of-the-box SEO
  • email > social media, because you OWN the list, not another company
  • having all your eggs on one platform is like having the most profitable McDonalds, on an active volcano
Pointers on writing 
  • writing posts that you can target to 1-2 of your friends
  • if you write for everyone to LIKE, no one will LOVE it
  • Tim writes in order for 10% of his audience to LOVE IT
Things that should be outsourced
  • Tim doesn’t outsource writing
  • Logo’s through 99 designs
  • Intro’s of podcasts
Scheduling and automating social media or podcasts
  • Edgar as an example for social media
  • WordPress has integrated UI for posts in advance
  • For podcasts having several sets of eyes and ears that double check everything before it goes it
  • disclosures on your websites are insurance policies
  • The Blue Ocean strategy book for anreating your own category rather than having a battle on an oversaturated market
  • Tim’s most popular blog posts are years old
    • it’s important to think about its impact in the future as well, say 2 years
    • having them perennially revisited
    • these posts appreciate over time
  • optimising for EMAIL CAPTURE, even if you don’t send an email for 2-3 years
  • having RULES for comments, because it’s the same thing as letting people visit your house and just having them do whatever they want
  • YOU are the mayor of your town (blog or site)
    •  broken windows theory to better understand this
  • as an example, SETH GODIN doesn’t have any comments on his blog
  • it’s up to your preferences and personality to have your site look and function a way or another, so it is sustainable for you to handle
  • it’s important to do something that you are enthusiastic about, otherwise, you will compete with people that will outwork or outlast you

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Life enthusiast with a great desire to constantly perfect myself, get in better physical and mental shape, while also helping other people by sharing everything I’ve been able to learn.