Understanding The Value Of Others’ Input

The launch of this site is looming and with it is the growing urge to want to maximize the experience, I am hoping to create, for the audience (you, the reader). With that, I have been looking back at the past few months of podcasts and videos I have been recording. While I know I am covering topics I am interested in and making points to educate, I have made a discovery that something major was lacking – OTHER PEOPLE!

Finding What To Change

While I do like myself, I would get sick of seeing only my own face and hearing my own voice pretty quick. I assume that my audience would not stick around as long as I would. I have also felt that I am only providing a single perspective to many topics that really need to have additional thoughts and ideas beyond my own.

So, the solution was very apparent. I needed to include others in this process – the process of story telling and passing guidance and value to those who want it, in a way they want it. A combined concept from Customer Development For Entrepreneurs and All Marketers Are Liars.

I began by reaching out to people who I had already shared the construction and building of this site with. I like to have people testing new ideas, to really know if a project is important and worth completing or if I should make a change or two. I was pleasantly surprised to receive a nice response from the small group I contacted, with feedback and constructive criticism. I took it and immediately began to make the changes. But, I did not stop there.

Making The Change

The whole reason of starting this thing, the project, was to have a podcast. At this point, I had pre-recorded a batch of 10 episodes that featured… only me speaking. Each of these episodes I have listened to repeatedly for quality control, which lead to a realization. For the lack of better words, I found myself to be a bit on the “boring” side. Trying to not get too bummed out about it, the answer was staring me right in the face. Again, the answer was I needed to include more people in the process. In fact, I needed to include them in the podcast.

With only weeks until the launch, I made a big shift in the direction of the podcast and began scheduling podcast interviews with people I knew had great stories to share. At the time of writing this post, I can already tell you that this was the right decision to make. The interviews have been a lot of fun and packed with valuable lessons and stories.

The lesson that comes out of this for me and for you, is that it is always a good idea to include others and get honest feedback to make improvements. Taking this to heart, I have also sought out beta testers (true audience members) to get more feedback before the launch.

How has sharing ideas helped you make better decisions?

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