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Finding Your Voice — The Fizzle Show 001

The Fizzle Show, our podcast for creative entrepreneurs, is now live and ready for your ears, hearts and minds! We will release a new episode every day this week. Be sure to subscribe to get the next episode in your sleep.

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What We Cover in This Episode

We don’t start with a generic intro conversation — we get right into the meat of one of the deepest topics in online business.

This episode is the first of a two-part conversation on finding your voice as a writer, video maker, speaker, blogger or anything else. How can you be yourself and create engaging, memorable and shareable content instead of copying others (and fluffing out boring, tedious ignored work)?

We discuss loads of tips and tricks in this episode and even include an interview with a big time blogger about how he found his voice (and how that supercharged his business). We’ve included the show notes below with links.

What To Do Next

We’re so excited to release this to you! Give it a listen and then, if you’re up for it, leave the show a review in iTunes…

… It doesn’t cost you much and it means the world to us because it helps other struggling and hopeful entrepreneurs find the show and start making progress.

Review the Show in iTunes »

(If that link takes you to another webpage, click the blue “View in iTunes” button. Then click the “Ratings & Reviews” tab).

Thanks so much for listening and considering giving us a review. We’re committed to serving you guys… So here’s what we want to do:

If you leave a specific question about your business in the review we’ll do our darndest to answer that question on the air. We hugely value your thoughts. Here’s that iTunes link again (click the “Ratings & Reviews” tab to write your review).

What We Look Like When We Podcast

In case you were wondering, here’s what we look like when we’re castin’ pods.

That Corbett… so engaging :)

Subscribing In Instacast & Other Apps

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  • If that doesn’t work you can simply open the app and search for “The Fizzle Show.” Here’s a nice instructional video about how to do this in multiple apps.
  • Or you can copy this podcast feed URL and paste it into the “Add By URL” feature (each app is a little different).

We Can’t Wait to Hear From You

We’ve worked hard on this podcast (and on many more to come) and we can’t wait to hear what you think. We hope you enjoy taking us on your commutes, walks, runs, bike rides, bowling adventures, late night work sessions and more.

We’re grateful to be a part of your life, grateful to be on this journey towards all the fulfillment / matterful / business / joy / creation / moneys / life stuff with you and we think this podcast is going to play a major part in that.


Show Notes For This Episode

Steven Pressfield – the writer’s voice

Think Traffic – 5 signs you’re trying to be someone else (instead of being yoursef)

Nerd Fitness by Steve Kamb

Man vs Debt – how not to suck at blogging

Derek Halpern’s Social Triggers

Ice to the Brim – sell discovery instead of expertise

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  • Byron

    This is a great achievement for you all. Congrats on launching the new podcast series and I look forward to listening ad learning as we all attempt to find our voice and inner rockstar!

  • John Shea

    Awesome guys, I will subscribe tonight and check it out. I recently just launched my own Podcast as well, fun stuff! I will make sure to leave an honest review after listening to a couple episodes.

  • Darlene with BlogBoldly

    Dang.. you guys are tearing it up with the podcasts.

    You may have already mentioned this but I didn’t see it.. are you transcribing the podcasts?

    Podcasts are not my content consumption of choice but I don’t want to miss out on what I KNOW is epic info form ya’ll! LOL

    ~darlene :)

    • Chase Reeves

      Thanks Darlene! no plans to transcribe it yet. You should try out listening while you drive/run/garden/etc. I’ve become addicted to podcasts… love the deep + freeform style of the conversation (as opposed to typical “let’s get to the hits” kinds of interviews/shows).

    • Darlene

      You should transcribe! better for SEO, where’s Caleb on this?

  • Joel Zaslofsky

    It’s a pretty good start, guys. The production value is high – especially the intro and outtro segments – you play off of each other well, and the topic is relevant to why you three do what you do. More importantly, you say valuable things targeted to the people you’re trying to help.

    I’ll be listening to episode #2!

    P.S. Chase sounds like a classy curator with an appropriate quote for the right context (and that’s something I dig).

    • Chase Reeves

      Thanks Joel! You are *literally* the first one who’s shared what you’ve thought with us and I’m so grateful to hear you dig it. Cheers!

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  • Otiti

    I think this is the first time I’ve laughed so hard and learnt so much at the same time. I feel like I have to listen again just to make sure I got all the nuances.

    I particularly liked Corbett’s 5 ways to know if you’re expressing your true voice or not, and Chase, you were SO right when you said “we’re all infants and we just want to be snuggled.” Like our work has to be liked if it matters, right? That’s the first stumbling block, anyway.

    I’m gonna open an iTunes account just so I can leave a review for you guys. I don’t have an iPod so podcasts are a hassle to keep up with, but for you 3, I’ll make an exception. :)

    • Chase Reeves

      Oh man, Otiti, thanks so much! I really appreciate your feedback. And i’m glad it got you gigglin’ :)

  • Dean Deguara

    I’m a podcast junkie and I just finished listening and I’m looking forward to the next episode. I would think about trimming it to 25 minutes…gets a little long after 30 minutes. I liked the interview at the end and I think thats a great feature you should expand on. Great kickoff!

    • Chase Reeves

      Cheers, Dean!

  • Nate Fancher

    Just left a review on iTunes…. Stoked!!!!

    • Caleb Wojcik

      Thanks Nate! Means the world.

  • Natalie Sisson

    Off to listen and learn from you boys. And thanks for the tips on a few other places to syndicate my podcast too.

    Love that you’re going to get into the meet on this podcast of what it takes, plus potatoes and good laughs. Congrats!

  • Virginia S

    Great podcast guys, I learned a lot from it, keep em coming!

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  • Joey

    You guys straight up crushed this first episode. After listening to it I gotta admit, I have to dig even deeper to find my TRUE voice!

    Can’t wait for the next one ;-)

  • alex

    Great content. Can’t wait for the next one. I am also excited to dig into the blog more. Thanks for sharing.

  • Leon

    Loved the podcast guys!!! It was what I needed to put that Fizzle spark back in me ;)

    Got off my ass (well still actually sitting) and ordered my INC :)

  • Darlene

    iTunes sucks! I’ve added my review twice and it still hasn’t shown up. Anyway, this is it – so you can read it, hopefully it will show up on Apple sometime before the next millenium.

    I’ve been a follower and reader of Think Traffic for a long time and am also a member of the premium Fizzle site.

    I eagerly ingest every piece of content the Three C’s put out. It’s always informative, thought provoking, or ass kicking. Usually just what I need. Finding my voice is very relevant for me as I try to write me first paid ebook.

    If you are in business (any kind physical or online) you want to subscribe and listen to this podcast. It’s just real, honest, a bit gritty at times (with usually a touch of humor added courtesy of Chase) and valid, valuable information by real guys that are in business too. This is not a “do what we say” or a “do this and get rich” podcast – these guys walk the walk and talk the talk of doing business in the real world today!!

    • Chase Reeves

      Thanks Darlene! You’re the best. (also…)

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  • Ivan Valles

    Hey guys, I can’t wait to listen to the podcast. Quick question though, I can’t seem to find it on Stitcher. Is it just me? I tried searching for “Fizzle Show” but no luck. Thanks and good luck!

    • Corbett Barr

      Hey Ivan, we’re still waiting to be approved by Stitcher. We applied twice already, hopefully it comes through soon.

  • Bree Brouwer

    Holy crap. Did you read my mind?

    I know I’m not the only one who thought this, but I just thought I’d thank you. Incredibly useful for me as I’m learning to own my blog and not just “keep” it.

  • Joseph Rodrigues

    I just came across your podcast in the last few days and sat down today to listen. I took a pile of notes. The biggest takeaway for me is the 5 signs!

    I released my podcast last month and started creating YouTube videos so I really needed this information to keep me in check. From building an IT business which did not require me to do much talking other than when I was selling to now creating blog articles, video and audio content, this information is very helpful. Thank you!

    • Chase Reeves

      Awesome, Joseph! Glad to hear it.

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  • Clare Large

    I’ve been meaning to check your podcasts out for a while, and just got round to it. Great start. Great production value, clear audio, awesome they are downloadable – and really inspiring. I’ve had loads of online business ideas but none that felt right – or that I would want to actually write about for any length of time. Right now I have 11 weeks left of a 3 month DJ contract in the Maldives and I have time to think about how best to approach my best idea, and you guys have really helped. Thank you! Will definitely check out your course too now that I have time. :-)

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  • Nicole Brady

    My quote for the day after listening: “Sometimes you find your voice by trying to write like people, and sometimes you find it by trying to write unlike people.” – Salman Rushdie
    I’m going to really try to find my unique voice by not mimicking the tone of other blogs. I do this without realizing it.

  • Anthony Newman

    Hey guys! I came across your podcast after listening to Pat Flynn’s SPI and AskPat podcasts, where he recommended Think Traffic about a billion times. Think Traffic became Sparkline, which led me to Fizzle, and now I’m completely addicted to your Podcasts! I’ve listed to the first dozen or so at least twice each over the past couple of weeks, and the two-part “Finding Your Voice” discussion three or four times.

    I also joined Fizzle almost immediately, and I’m now a part-time Fizzler! Very excited about being a part of your community, and learning all I can about building things I care about.

    Now, let’s see if I can pull a couple things out of my pages and pages of notes from the inaugural podcast topic:

    *Admit who you are and what level you’re at regarding your business topic/niche. This will allow you to be comfortable, and you’ll be starting from an honest place.*

    Perfect definition of finding one’s voice: *Being able to fully express myself, through my writing, in a voice that fits who I really am.*

    *People come for the topic, and stay for the voice.*

    *There is a wide range of True and Good.* This is HUGE for me. I’ve struggled with the idea that I have to be the best and only voice in order to be successful in a topic/business/nice. This simply isn’t true. Thank you Chase! You’ve alleviated years of frustration for me, in the expression of this one idea.

    And finally, after going to the Show Notes, I clicked through to the Steven Pressfield article. I found the quote Chase mentioned in the podcast, but I also found this one, which I think might be more useful to this discussion:

    “To me the trick is getting your own ego out of the way. What voice does the material want? Find that. You the writer are not there to impose “your” voice on the material. Your job is to surrender to the material—and allow it to tell you what voice it wants in order to tell itself.”

    Maybe this idea lends itself more to fiction, but I feel like it applies to any form or writing, for business or otherwise. Every piece we sit down and write, be it a blog post, email, private journal entry, or whatever else…everything has a tone, a mood, and a therapeutic, instructional, and/or valuable idea and message behind it. Finding the perfect voice to express those things in…that’s the key to affecting your readers. That’s the key to moving them, or yourself, to action, and to imbuing your words within them.

    I’m loving everything you guys do! Totally addicted to your show, your mission, and the people I’m getting to know through it all!

    • chasereeves

      Wow Anthony. What a great comment. Thanks man.

Up Next:

Finding Your Voice Pt. 2 — The Fizzle Show 002

You’ve made our brand new show the #1 business podcast! It get’s even better in part two of the finding your voice conversation. This episode is the second of a two-part conversation on finding your voice as a writer, video maker, speaker, blogger or anything else.

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