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Day 7 NaPodPoMo: Content Friday: Brainstorming

It’s Friday and one week into NaPodPoMo! Which means we are going back to where we started: Content Friday! We’re building from last week’s concept and talking about brainstorming. I’m going to walk you through a short exercise using a white board and Trello.

This is Video Friday, so if you are a visual person, you can watch below. Stay tuned to the end for this week’s news about my upcoming Summits and Panels!

To catch up on more episodes, you can go to the Episodes Tab on the website!

gritty birds #NaPodPoMo DAy 1: Content Friday 1: Morning Pages

Last Week, we had our first content Thursday video. The next day, my friends in Podcasters’ Lounge threw up the idea for a Friday video challenge in November.

PLUS, I’m happily participating in the National Podcast Month Challenge. Every Friday episode and video are going to be totally focused on Content.

You can check out the podcast here:

LISTEN

Watch the video here:

And read the article below!

Speaking of content, today is the LAST DAY to sign up for my month long Content workshop intensive. 4 weeks, small group meetings where I’ll be supporting you in developing your content, with systems, creative exercises and more.

http://www.grittybirds.com/contentplan

Last week, I posted our first video, and we covered these 3 big ideas of content creation.

LISTEN LIKE YOU EAT

  • Develop skills in active listening. 
  • All experiences are fuel for future stories.

TALK LIKE A FLASHLIGHT

  • Set the tempo
  • Our job is to guide our listeners and to keep them engaged
  • SHOW IT DON’T SAY IT
  • When sharing something with your audience, SHOW it
  • What can you do to paint a picture using your words and questions

While they seem simple, they’re pretty key to developing the foundation for your content creation. Check out the video for a little more depth in the idea!

This week we’re going to head into another really important basic idea, and one that is at the foundation of my month ahead:

You can listen to the podcast, which is back today for a 30 day

MORNING PAGES

When I taught Montessori elementary, every morning my kids had a prompt. The first thing they did, was to get out their work journals and write their morning list.

It would have the date, the time the sun rose, their work plan for the day, and … that days writing prompt, which they would write in their writing journal. The amount they needed to write depended on their age. A fourth grader would have a paragraph due, a sixth grader, 3 paragraphs.

In these writings, they were encouraged to use proper grammar and spelling, but.. Most importantly they were encouraged to WRITE.

As a musician, it’s similar. Every day I try to sit at my piano for a few minutes, just to play, freeform and record it. Most of the greatest writers didn’t only write those amazing tracks. They wrote a lot of crap, but they wrote constantly, and kept growing.

And as content creator, it’s all about waking up and trying to write for 15-30 minutes. No restraints, just WRITE.

In the book The Artists Ways, the author even suggests not ever reading back what you wrote. It’s not about quality, frankly it’s about showing up to the page.

SENSORIAL WRITING

This is not a new concept. I first began doing it regularly, with sensorial writing.

While you’re writing, you can put down anything that comes to your mind. Absolutely anything. But, also take that time to note your surroundings. Write about how your fingers feel, what the sound is like from the heater. Note how the light is falling on your comforter. What are you smelling. What is your experience in the exact moment.

The great thing about morning pages is that it doesn’t need to follow any real format. If you are tired of writing about sensory and start thinking about something else, you can switch gears and write about that. Or you can sit there and write out your grocery list.

NO JUDGEMENT

What we’re really building in Morning Pages is a practice where you are able to tap into new ideas in your brain. Where you are SHOWING UP.

By rewiring your thoughts, you are setting a platform for new ideas. AND if you need to, you have some of these incredible ideas that you can access later, tapped while your brain is at it’s freshest, with that morning coffee.

When I’m feeling stuck in my writing, I find going back to these really inspires me. Sometimes it gives me new ideas for structured writing practice. And it’s really helpful for when we get to that amazing next step in the process, Brainstorming.

If you don’t want to do them as morning pages, find another time that works. next time you are sitting in a waiting room, pull out your phone’s notepad and start doing some sensorial writing instead of jumping onto socials.

Just a few minutes a day will do wonders for your creativity.

If you’re looking for prompts, there are a ton of resources online. I really like using the DayOne Journal. I also have used the community 750 words in the past. Both are great places to archive these ideas. DayOne also gives daily prompts if you are looking for more structured practice.

No matter what, if you want to create, WRITE!

She Podcasts Live and Podcasters Kit NOW!

Whoa!

This week there are two awesome opportunities to get support for your currently existing show OR the show you’ve got developing.

And guess what, I’m part of BOTH!

SHE PODCASTS LIVE

Next week I’ll be speaking, on two panels AND doing one on one coaching at TWO different locations at the inaugural She Podcasts Live!

Tickets are sold out, but if you are attending, check out my schedule!

You can also see my schedule here: https://www.shepodcasts.live/meet-our-speakers

PODCASTERS KIT

Since not everyone can attend She Podcasts and not all podcasters have a budget to travel YET, I’m really excited that I’m part of the Podcasters Kit.

50 podcast leaders including myself.

Less than $40

You’ll get access to all the talks PLUS a ton of downloads.

I’ll be offering a link to a live version of my talk at She Podcasts Live on Content Development available only to Kit followers AND also including access to the slide deck of my years ongoing Podcast workshop with Portland’s Siren Nation.

Since I’m not giving the talk this year, this is the only place you can get this info this fall. It’s filled with an insane amount of content on creation, gear, hosts and more.

Pre registration is open now, click HERE or the photo below to sign up for registration reminders as we hit next week!

 

If you haven’t yet, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook!

XO

Jeni

Lets Talk Content: PT 1

Lets talk Content.

As an audio producer, editing is far from the only part that matters. If we aren’t looking at what we’re making intentionally, even great audio can lose a listener.

Yesterday I spent my day working on my podcast, Grittybirds, which has been hiatus while I was focused on launching the company side of my life as a podcast editor and producer.

My show is a little different than some. While it is developed from interviews, it’s also narrative and works best in seasons. Looking at how I want to put it out, I’m spending a lot of time thinking about a few different things and it’s a perfect time to share some thoughts over the next weeks on creating great content.

What do you want to say?

First, you can say anything you want. I mean anything. I can’t promise people will listen, but you can do whatever you want.

But in content creation, really taking a minute to know what your core story is and building around it is really important.

We’re talking episode archs. One thing I appreciate about my show is that there is no rule that says that you need to release your episodes from those guests in the order you recorded it.

Say for example you are a comedy show and your topic is wine and the Bachelorette(ps this is a shoutout to a couple different friends who have some great shows in this realm).

What if for the month, you threw in a segment about wines from certain regions the tv show favs are from? And then, match them with guests from those places who have opinions! You could then use those interviews as the show favs have big moments, while adding your own personal commentary to the intro and outro to keep it fresh.

How fun would that be? Plus it’s built in content for your ‘gram and more. At the end you could ask people listening is to give their favorite wine picks in a march madness style game.

Like I mentioned before, you can say anything. But setting it up in a thought out month-long concept lets you dig and create a conversation with the people who are in the show.

Someone once told me that storytelling is about shining a light to guide your listeners to the next part.

That’s what this is. You’re capturing the strength of content in whatever your niche is, to keep the conversation with your listeners going.

Check out my youtube video from the FB live the other day!