Chris is also the author of “Virtual Freedom.” He was suffering from this ‘Superhero Syndrome’ in 2009, but by the end of 2010 he had cured himself and in the process was building his business faster and in a more profitable manner than ever before.
Chris began the process of removing himself from his company, slowly relinquishing control of different roles until he was completely free. The company continues to grow and deliver service to their customers, while Chris explores new entrepreneurial projects, including a blog where he teaches others how to become a “virtual CEO”. Chris knows how you can get the help you need with resources you can afford. Small business owners, consultants, and online entrepreneurs don’t have to go it alone when they discover the power of building teams of virtual employees to help run, support, and grow their businesses.
In this episode we talk about:
- How did Chris Ducker manage his business so far and build it successfully?
- How he values his team and community
- The importance of connecting people on the daily basis
- A matter of experience and learning as you go along with business
- Chris Book entitled “The Virtual Freedom.”
- What his perspective or idea about fear?
- Taking risks and Re-branding Youpreneur podcast
- The big changes and happenings since the re-brand
- Being part of Rainmaker FM
- Why is Podcasting so hot all of a sudden?
- What are the key factors to have a quality podcast?
- The importance of having, at least, decent equipment and consistency as the keys to getting high downloads
- Why does he like podcasting format
- Chris point of view about the introvert- extrovert conundrum when someone considering a podcast
- When did Youpreneur come about
- The Mastermind Event
- The cure for Entrepreneurial loneliness
- The whole point of a mastermind group
- The support and accountability of a mastermind group provide business owners something they need badly
- Attracting good people in a natural way
- How Chris treasured relationships
- What made him get into Periscope?
- The benefits of periscope and how easy it is to use
- The audience engagement caused by Periscope
- The importance of trying whatever platforms and just give a go and be consistent
When someone is considering a podcast as a medium, how do I know if it's for me? How complicated is it to be a podcast entrepreneur?
“I don’t think that it’s the extrovert-introvert thing. If you want to do it, you can do it. But I do believe that people are looking to audio mediums for content consumption and sharing more, and because of that, it’s going to pay off.”
What are the most important things to consider?
Well, I think first and foremost, you need to try and get as original as possible in terms of your show format. In terms of the way that you are and the way that you put effort into the show, because of that right there is already a step ahead to a lot of podcasts out there.
I think secondly, you do have to invest a little bit of money now and, at least, get a decent microphone. Gone of the days when you can podcast and be taking seriously by using your iPhone headset. I mean its ok on a hop now and then, but ultimately, I think you do need better equipment which can sometimes be as little as a $100.
I also believe that consistency is a critical factor. A lot of people would stop podcasting even with good ideas and good quality audio, but they will disappear after a period of time. And then they'll just appear for a month, to do a show. I think consistency is key.
Which podcast should I follow, why and how often?
“I don't subscribe to any podcasts but I'm an ad-hoc listener. I follow shows but don't actually subscribe to any of them. So on my list right now, I've got Jay Today with Jay which is unfortunately done. I love that little short form video podcast. I've got Smart Passive Income. I've got James Schramko Super-fast Business. I have an employable by Brian Clark and I also have New Rain Maker by Brian Clark.
Where to find Chris Ducker
Author: Ronsley Vaz
Ronsley is the founder & chief day dreamer at AMPLIFY. He is an author, speaker & serial entrepreneur.
He has a Masters’ degree in Software Engineering and an MBA in Psychology and Leadership. He is known as the creator of We Are Podcast – the first Podcasting Conference in the Southern Hemisphere, and the host of The Bond Appetit Podcast and Should I Start a Podcast. He has an audience of over 3 million in 133 countries.