Editor’s Note: Here’s a contribution from Shawn Smith, The Mobile Pro.
Have you ever dreamed of being able to record a quick interview on your iPhone at a conference, trade-show, or meeting? I have…for years. Can you imagine…recording 10-12 podcast interviews, all in-person, with key leaders in your niche, in less than 3 days? What if you did, and as a result, you were offered, say… a joint venture, two guest webinars, four offers to be a guest on podcasts, and an offer to write a guest blog post for a world-class conference in your niche? This is what happened to me…3 weeks ago! It happened at the first annual Podcast Movement Conference in Dallas, TX (AWESOME conference by the way).
How? Because I contacted potential guests through the event’s community pages a week before the event, and I brought a pro-quality mobile podcast set-up with me – in my backpack! (that’s it on the floor, in the photo above between me and Natalie).
(To hear audio clips recorded on my iPhone of interviews and promos with Natalie Sisson, Cliff Ravenscraft, Lou Mongello, Ray Ortega, Dan Franks, and our own Philip Taylor, go here)
I have attended 3 awesome conferences in the past year (Platform Conference, NMX Live, Podcast Movement) and now next week…FinCon. I can’t wait! Attending conferences has helped me network, and connect with key people in my niche more than any other step in building my online platform.
Philip Taylor “PT” Founder and CEO of FinCon and Shawn Smith, The Mobile Pro.
In fact, I was invited to share this blog post, because of an interview I conducted at PM14 just last month! (Thank you, P.T.!)
After we wrapped the interview, we talked off-mic a bit – about music, etc., and then…as an afterthought…he mentioned how he wished more people at FinCon would create content on-site (blogging, podcasting, vlogging). I said I think I can help…
I don’t believe that conversation with P.T. would have happened on a Skype interview. I really don’t.
Skype is an amazing, invaluable interview tool. However, nothing beats the power of a live, in-person, one-on-one interview – both on-mic, and off.
Here’s 7 reasons why you should record a podcast interview on your iPhone at FinCon14 next week: (even if you don’t have a podcast)
1. You can knock out 10-15 Podcast Interviews in 2-3 days – that’s 2-3 months of high-quality, high-value weekly content!
2. You can secure on-the-spot interviews – with Keynote Speakers, Session Leaders, Event Organizers, and leaders in your niche – many that you might not get by phone or Skype.
3. You’ll learn a ton, they’ll benefit from you promoting them, and they’ll remember your name afterwards. This creates a much stronger bond than a business card swap
4. If you have an iPhone or iOS device, you already have a pro-quality recording studio in your pocket! No need for lots of expensive, complicated recording equipment – and no extra batteries, and chargers.
5. Killer new, cheap, simple, pro-quality apps are available NOW (i.e. BossJock Studio is one of my favorites)
7. Your audience loves to take road trips – take them with you! You can feel the excitement, and buzz – both in the room, and in the voices of you and your guests.
Don’t put it off until the next conference or event…do it now!
If you have an iPhone or iOS device, for about $100 more, you can get a pro-quality mic and be in the big-leagues! (really! And it’s NOT that complicated. See my link below.)
Recording a podcast interview at FinCon14 can be the opportunity of a lifetime (it has been for me already, and we’re not even in New Orleans yet!)
So…Here’s Your Call To Action:
BEFORE you arrive in New Orleans, commit to recording at least ONE podcast interview at FinCon – even if you’ve never done one before!
In the comments below, tell me who you’re planning to interview at FinCon14 – go public with it! Or, tell me what is holding you back: Tech? Lack of Interview skills? Public speaking? No podcast yet? Give me your best reason, and let’s see if we can help you solve it together.
Speaking of help…you can get my free e-book guide, “5 Ways to Record Podcast Interviews with your iPhone“ which includes all the mics I recommend, pros/cons of each set-up, and links to all the equipment and apps needed to record a pro-quality interview on your iPhone at FinCon.
Plus, I have a special offer only for FinCon participants, of how to get my new video guide for 30% off. It walks you through, step-by-step, how to set up all of the mobile podcast equipment in the e-book. But the offer ends next week, so go check it out.
To get my free E-book, and your Special FinCon Offer that ends Sat, Sep 20th, go to: themobilepro.net/fincon14
Finally, don’t miss my FinCon Community Event Meet-Up, “Mobile Pro Podcasting MeetUp” on Thu, Sep 18 at 5pm in the Acadia Ballroom (FinCon Lounge). Newbies and Pros are welcome! I will bring gear for all of the set-ups in my e-book, and be on hand for demos on how to set-up your mobile podcasting gear.
About the Author: Since 1994, Shawn Smith has carried a backpack on his shoulder, and run several businesses from it with a laptop, and mobile phone. He’s flown over 750,000 miles all over the world and driven countless miles thru nearly every state in the U.S. as a full-time touring musician, keynote speaker, and missionary. Now he also writes, podcasts, and speaks about mobile entrepreneurship. When not on the road, Shawn lives in South Florida with his lovely wife.