Podcasting Purely To Entertain
Michael-Oneal-headshotIn this week’s episode, I share a conversation with my friend Michael O’Neal from The Solopreneur Hour podcast.

We discuss how he got into podcasting just for the joy of getting to interview interesting people and how he’s developed his own business model around his podcasting efforts.

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446 – My Biggest Takeaways From SMMW16

by Cliff Ravenscraft on April 22, 2016


In this episode, I allow myself to do use the “live to drive” format to share my thoughts following my experience at Social Media Marketing World 2016.

Update: I totally neglected to share two major takeaways from this event. Much like the others, these takeaways are about taking relationships to the next level. I had the opportunity to walk with Tyler Anderson and Chris Brogan from the speaker party to the opening night networking party held on Midway Aircraft Carrier.

During this 20+ minute walk, we had the type of conversation that takes relationships to a whole new level. I’m deeply honored to have gone much deeper in my friendship with both Tyler and Chris. Guys, I’m so sorry that I neglected to mention just how much of a valuable takeaway our time was together in this episode. I assure you that, looking back, it was at the top of the list.

Links Mentioned In this Episode:
– Michael O’Neal on Snapchat – @SoloHour
– Joel Comm on Snapchat – @JoelComm
– Shaun Ayala on Snapchat – @ShaunAyala
– Michael Hyatt on Snapchat – @MichaelSHyatt
– Andy Traub on Snapchat – @AndyTraub
– Ray Edwards on Snapchat – @TheRayEdwards
– Sean Edwards Book – American Resurrection

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445 – Thoughts On Ambition

by Cliff Ravenscraft on April 15, 2016


Back in September of last year (2015), I recorded a podcast episode titled “What do I want my life to look like in 10 to 20 years?”. In that episode, I shared some pretty loft dreams of what I might want my life to look like in the future.

Since then, I feel that I’ve seen possible glimpses into what my future might hold and have a vision of myself standing on a stage in front of a stadium packed with 40,000 to 50,000 people who have come to hear a message from me.

As I have started to share my vision of the future with others, I have found myself pondering the virtue of having such high ambitions in life. Oddly enough, this topic provides some insight into why I’ve become so obsessed with Alexander Hamilton.

In this episode of The Cliff Ravenscraft Show, I share my current thoughts as they relate to “ambition.”

Links Referenced In The Episode
The Google Podcast Episode
PABL Episode 624
The God Journey Episode 521

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Have I Abandoned The Live To Hard Drive Approach To Podcasting?
In last Thursday’s vlog post, I had shared that I spent a total of two hours editing last week’s episode of this podcast. My friend, Riley Blanton, reached out to me, via Snapchat, to tell me that a while back, I had inspired him to go with the “Live To Hard Drive” approaching to podcasting. He wanted to know if I have abandoned this approach altogether and if so, why. In this episode, I explain what “Live To Hard Drive” means and I answer Riley’s questions.

Batch Processing & Episode Schedule Deadlines
Also in this episode, I share my thoughts on why I feel that brand new podcasters should not batch process their podcast episodes. I share why I haven’t been batch processing my episodes over the past few weeks. And to wrap things up, I share some thoughts about my setting a deadline of having new episodes every Friday at 5am Eastern Time.

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My Current Thoughts On Social Media Platforms

April 6, 2016

This vlog contains my most recent thoughts as to where I am finding value in the available social media platforms. VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE TO THIS VIDEO: I don’t know how it happened, but when I was recording this vlog, I completely forgot to mention Youtube & Instagram. The following video is a new vlog that […]

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443 – Why Am I Vloggging Daily? And Is It Worth It?

April 1, 2016

Earlier this year, I began using SnapChat and, as a result, I’ve been producing a daily vlog, without missing a single day, since January 27th, 2016. When I started, I never intended to commit to creating daily vlog content. In spite of the low production value associated with using Snapchat, it’s still an incredible amount […]

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Yes, People Will Probably Criticize You!

March 30, 2016

Earlier today, I had one of my Podcasting A to Z students tell me that she now has cold feet about publishing her first podcast episode. She’s spent the past two weeks tweaking her equipment setup and figuring out the audio editing process. She’s produced a sample audio file that I gave a “PERFECT” rating. […]

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442 – Please Don’t Snap And Drive

March 25, 2016

This week’s episode is very brief and to the point. It contains a message that I am very passionate about. If I have any amount of influence in the lives of those who listen to this show, I hope that I might influence others to make a commitment to never “Snap and Drive.” Beyond that, […]

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Is It Worth It For Me To Continue My Daily Vlog?

March 22, 2016

Is it worth it? I’ve been producing daily vlog posts for two months now. Even though I’m using Snapchat to create these posts, which is easy enough, it is actually a lot of work to turn them into video formats that work for my YouTube channel, my video podcast feed and even to upload them […]

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What Are All Those Screens Used For?

March 21, 2016

Many folks have been asking me why I have so many screens in my office. Do I use them for anything other than branding? I’m devoting today’s vlog post to answering these questions. While I share the primary purpose for each of the screens you see in my office, the reality is that they each […]

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441 – What Does CliffEOTC Stand For?

March 18, 2016

For years, I have had several online accounts that carry the username “cliffeotc.” When people come across some of these accounts, they immediately ask the question, “what does cliffeotc stand for?” Until now, this question only came up a few times a year and I simply took the time to explain it to each person […]

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Ask Me Anything About Launching A Podcast (Webinar Replay)

March 12, 2016

I recently hosted a free webinar, “Ask Me Anything About Launching A Podcast.” The purpose was to give people a taste of what my weekly group coaching calls are like during my, four week, Podcasting A to Z online coaching program. The video below is an edited replay of the webinar featuring the most relevant […]

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440 – What Am I Using To Do My Online Courses? A Few Snapchat Tips & Thoughts On Being Approachable.

March 11, 2016

What Am I Using To Do My Online Courses? My friend, Beth Spellacy, reached out to me via a private Snapchat message. Her husband is a web developer and he is interested in putting together an online course about website accessibility and was wondering what software I use to put together my online courses. I […]

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How I Can Track 80% of My Income Back To 10 to 11 People.

March 7, 2016

In episode 42 of my vlog, I mentioned that I could track 80% of my income, over the past eight years, back to 10 to 11 people that are within my community. One person commented… “Ok, so 80% of your sales stem from 10 to 11 of your business network referrals – not organic sales […]

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Who Is Cliff Ravenscraft? [VLOG]

March 7, 2016

I recently had a significant number of new folks start following me on Snapchat recently and I decided to introduce myself. It was pretty interesting trying to come up with a way to explain who I am given that I’m in the midst of a transitional season of life. This is what I came up […]

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Did I Just Screw Up By Rebranding My Podcast? – [VLOG]

March 6, 2016

In today’s vlog, I share my thoughts about why I’m confident that I made the right decision about rebranding my podcast. Unfortunately, I had to re-record my thoughts due to a technical glitch that happened today. What I shared the second time around is nowhere close to the awesome insights that came out the first […]

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439 – I Am The Podcast Answer Man, But This Is Now The Cliff Ravenscraft Show

March 4, 2016

    Renaming This Show: In this episode, I share why I’ve decided to rebrand this podcast as The Cliff Ravenscraft Show moving forward. I plan to continue adding valuable content here on the Podcast Answer Man website. I plan to continue creating new products and services related to podcasting. I plan to continue offering […]

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438 – Why I Have Fallen In Love With Snapchat

February 26, 2016

    Why I Have Fallen In Love With Snapchat In this week’s episode, I talk about how Snapchat has quickly become my number one social network of choice. If you want to see an example of some of my snapchat stories, check out my YouTube VLOG where I’m archiving my stories each day. I […]

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437 – Podcasting As A Tool To Help You Clarify Your Thoughts On Important Topics – An Interview With Leary Gates

February 19, 2016

In this week’s episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share an interview with Leary Gates from the Reinventure Me podcast. Leary is another graduate of my coaching program that has produced well over 100 podcast episodes. I’m always interested to learn what motivates others to create a podcast and what keeps them coming back to […]

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436 – Why Do I Still Use Feedburner Today?

February 12, 2016

What Is Feedburner? Why Do I Still Use It Today? Every now and then, someone will reach out to me and ask me why I still use Feedburner. I created this podcast episode to share the story of how and why I started using Feedburner many years ago and why, in spite of a few […]

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435 – The Podcast Is The Thing We Love Most Out of Everything! An Interview With Scott Stratten

February 5, 2016

Scott Stratten In this week’s episode, I’m delighted to share an interview that I did with Scott Stratten, president of UnMarketing. He is an expert in Viral, Social, and Authentic Marketing which he calls Un-Marketing. It’s all about positioning yourself as a trusted expert in front of your target market, so when they have the […]

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My SnapChat Tutorial

January 31, 2016

I have recently fallen in love with the stories functionality of SnapChat. I’ve been using it to record a daily vlog. I encourage you to follow me on SnapChat. Username = cliffeotc. If you are on your mobile phone, you can click here to add me. The SnapChat App Is Confusing: This was my first […]

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434 – How Do You Know If Your Idea Will Succeed? An Interview With Pat Flynn

January 29, 2016

Market Validation I’ve seen people spend months working to bring a product or service to the market only to find, after they have put all the work into creating that product or service, that there wasn’t enough interest to make that product or service a profitable venture. I have personally created a service that I […]

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433 – Year of Identity Part 2

January 22, 2016

The Year of Identity – Part 2 This week’s episode is part two of my “Year of Identity” story. This is one of those rare times that I will tell you that you do not want to listen to this episode before you listen to the episode previous to this one. So if you haven’t […]

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A Few Brief Announcements

January 19, 2016

This is not officially an episode of the podcast. Instead, I simply needed to drop in a few announcements for you. You see, I’m currently a few weeks ahead when it comes to producing this podcast. However, when I had recorded, edited and scheduled the two part series titled “The Year of Identity,” I didn’t […]

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432 – Year of Identity – Part 1

January 15, 2016

The Year of Identity – Part 1 This week’s episode may end up being one of the most confusing episodes that I have ever produced. This episode is a crossover episode between The Cliff Ravenscraft Show and Podcast Answer Man. As you’ll learn from listening to this episode, I have been contemplating several significant changes […]

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431 – Creating A Podcast To Interview People You Want To Build Relationships With – An Interview with Todd Uterstaedt

January 8, 2016

An Interview With Todd Uterstaedt I’m so excited to share a recent interview that I did with Todd Uterstaedt who produces the From Founder To CEO podcast. Todd is an alumni of my Podcasting A to Z Group Coaching Program. In fact, he’s gone through the program twice. However, the reason why I’m excited to […]

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430 Facebook Live Streaming Vs Periscope | Become An Author With Kary Oberbrunner

January 1, 2016

Facebook Live Streaming Vs Periscope In the open of this episode, I share my initial thoughts on Facebook’s new live streaming service that is now being rolled out to personal Facebook accounts. Stephanie and I tried out today while we recording our Family From The Heart podcast.     Become An Author With Kary Oberbrunner […]

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429 Podcasting As A Hobby That Pays For Itself – An Interview with Serena Travis

December 25, 2015

Podcasting Focused On A Geographic Region In this week’s episode of Podcast Answer Man, I am delighted to share a conversation that I had with Serena Travis. Serena hosts the podcast called Good Morning Scott Valley, which is show that she created five years ago, focused on her hometown in Northern California. I love stories […]

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428 Ten Tips For Dealing With Depression As An Entrepreneur

December 18, 2015

An article I recently read quoted a study that found that one out of every three entrepreneurs lives with depression. In this week’s episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share three types of depression that I have struggled with over the past ten years. I also share twelve tips for dealing with depression. The twelve […]

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427 Should I Charge Hourly or By The Month? & I Share My Must Have Mac Desktop Apps

December 11, 2015

Billing By The Hour or By The Month? Jonathan Gaby submitted a question for the podcast, asking advice on whether he should bill his social media consulting work by the hour or at a monthly flat rate. This is a very interesting topic as I’ve heard several people, including one of my most trusted business […]

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426 Asia Pacific Podcast Conference – In New Zealand |Thoughts On A Fixed Vs A Growth Mindset

December 4, 2015

Asia Pacific Podcast Conference I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to announce that I will be headed to New Zealand this February to deliver a Keynote for the Asia Pacific Podcast Conference. In this episode, I talk to Paul Spain who is the founder of the event to give you all […]

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425 How Podcasting Led One Man To The Bond Woman of His Dreams – An Interview With Shane Whaley of Juicing Radio

November 27, 2015

An Interview With Shane Whaley of Juicing Radio – 00:07:46 In this week’s episode, I am honored to feature a conversation that I had with my friend, Shane Whaley, from JuicingRadio.com. Shane is an alumni of my Podcasting A to Z Coaching Program and launched his podcast, Juicing Radio, on October 30th, 2014. Since the […]

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424 Do You Want To Become A Paid Public Speaker?

November 6, 2015

    Webinar: How To Get Booked & Paid For Public Speaking In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I introduce you to my great friend, Grant Baldwin. Grant and I are hosting a very special webinar this Wednesday, November 11th at 3pm Eastern Time. The webinar is devoted to helping you get booked and […]

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423 – Google Will Official Support Podcasting

October 30, 2015

It is official. Google is going to officially embrace the world of podcasting in a big way. Google recently announced the launch of their new Podcast Portal where podcast producers (initially only those from the United State) can submit their podcasts to the new Google Play Music Podcast Directory. What is Google Play Music? Google […]

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422 – Creating A Resource Knowledge Base

October 16, 2015

In this week’s episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share a recent idea that I to create a special notebook, in my Evernote account, to keep track of all the valuable insights that I gain from either my own experiences, the books I read, the podcasts I listen to, etc. The idea is that I […]

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