I just read a post on the Creating Passionate Users blog that talks about creating a better beginning for a presentation or story. It can easily be applied to podcasting, too.
I found the post while reading this entry in Tim Bourquin’s Trade Show Startup blog. He applies the principles to creating passionate show attendees. I certainly learned a couple things to apply when I present as well as when I podcast.
Give it a read to find out why maybe you need to get rid the first 2-3 minutes of your podcast episodes.
In the same post, Tim mentions the importance of not falling in the middle.
It’s better to be hated or loved than be somewhere in between.
Words of wisdom for someone like me that can fall into a people-pleaser trap. To quote one of my marketing mentors, Dan Kennedy, “You know you’re doing something right when you piss some people off.”