If you’ve never tried it, you should. Audio books are a great way utilizing your time. Still, some audio books experiences are not meant to be…
I’ve been reading Think Traffic (Now Sparkline, which I don’t like) for 1-2 years now. I like the guys there. It’s a casual build your online business kind of website (and NOT a get rich quick kind of websites).
I like their new podcast “The Fizzle Show“, It’s something I enjoy listening while riding my bicycle.
They make all sorts of jokes along the way, which as a non native English speaker, I sometimes don’t get. Which is funny on it’s own.
The reason I’m listening to their broadcast is to be inspired (which you don’t get from listening to podcasts in Chinese yet…) , not so much for their offering. I get new ideas to blog about and enhance my knowledge about new tools I can use.
While listening to them for a couple of weeks I found that they keep mentioning a book called “Book Yourself Solid” by Michael Port. Since my reading time is really limited I decided to hop on and try an audio book experience (My first full length audio book I’m “reading” ever) .
I like the fact that I’m using my time more effectively; I used to build my Chinese listening skills while riding my bicycle, and it became boring at some point, so I needed to find new materials. Meanwhile, I downloaded the book on Amazon, and listen to it through their library service Audible.
Update: Slow-mandarin just restarted publishing new podcasts, so I’m alternating between Chinese and Think Traffic now. I have finished Book Yourself Solid
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I really anticipated to read it and discover what they recommend about so much, why they like it so much and of course learn from it.
The Author, has a system on “Book yourself solid” for people who have a service business, to get more client and…book yourself solid. Great!
It’s actually a set of questions to ask yourself in order to get yourself going with your online business, and these questions are really good and to the point! They make you think about the core value proposition of your business.
The problem is that one of the benefits for “reading” an audio books is the ability to do something else at the same time. So, Book Yourself Solid is not a good candidate to be an audio book. With “book yourself solid” you get assignments to write about your business and build it properly.
How would you do that when you commute to work on a subway? So, utilizing this book as an audio book is not such a good idea…
Also, the book is very systematic, which is good method when actually reading, but hard to follow with all the chapters, sub chapters and bullet points if you can’t really see them.
sayings like: “The 7 steps method to book yourself solid”. Then you listen to them, and you think to yourself, what was #2? It’s like you’ve heard it but haven’t absorbed it.
Also, at least for me, I feel like I thought through many of the questions he raises and know most of his system, so doing those assignments wasn’t my thing.
Overall, I think that The Fizzle Show guys, are more entertaining and straight to the point if you want to listen to something. ‘”Book Yourself solid”, is a book, and should be used as a book.
Now Over to you
Which podcasts inspire you? Which inspirational eBooks are good to be listened to? Would love to hear about those in the comments and recommend others.
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