ep19: The Authority Show
1. How to overcome fear
2. Establish yourself as an authority

Ask Mike Anything: (From Blab.im)

Question:  Do you recommend using Soundcloud to host my podcast?
Answer:     My answer is no. I love Soundcloud as a user and think their design is great. I considered hosting my podcast with Soundcloud, but I was advised against it and I am glad. You want complete control of your RSS feed if you can. As my Scottish online buddy, Kevin Scullion says all the time, you don’t want to build your home on other people’s land. Furthermore, Soundcloud is rumored to be in big financial trouble, so no need to take the chance. Without having control over your feed, it could be a big hassle to move your RSS feed to a new host. 

My recommendation and what I use: I use Libsyn to host my audio files and Blubrry/Powerpress to generate my feed using WordPress. You can’t go wrong with either company. I pay $15/mo for Libsyn.

1. How To Overcome Fear:

It’s all about Mindset:

The Impostor Syndrome: The Impostor syndrome can be defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy and It is experienced internally as chronic self-doubt, and feelings of intellectual fraudulence.

Resources Mentioned:
Austin Kleon
Anne Lamott, Shitty Drafts

2. Become An Authority:

[Tweet ““Try not to become a person of success. Rather become a person of value -Albert Einstein.””]

Resources Mentioned:
Derek Sivers, What’s Obvious To You

To Teach Online: Step out of your comfort zone and share what you know. Give your knowledge away for free. Establishing your authority happens when you stop focusing on yourself and start solving problems and offering help to others.

Creating content or solving someone’s problem no matter how big or small is valuable.

Being an authority does not mean you know it all. Remember that. John Lee Dumas from EOFire often references the legal definition of being an expert simply means that you know more than others in the room. Being an authority stems from you helping others and knowing enough to solve problems. The more you serve and engage, the more you will be perceived as an expert and the more you create and practice your craft, the better you become.

It starts with the Mindset shift and develops when you start sharing your knowledge.

Music: Life of Riley & Wallpaper (incompetech.com)