Recently, I sat down with Podcasting and Personal Branding Expert Rom Raviv, and asked him about his history and why he became an entrepreneur. Rom is the Host of The Top 100 Business Podcast, Spreading Success Podcast and the Founder of PodBlade, which helps podcasters edit and produce their podcasts at scale.
1. What caused you to start in the entrepreneur space?
I was always interested in the idea of being different than other people and escaping the natural route that society has in place for us (the traditional 9-5). In addition, my dad is an entrepreneur himself which I believe gave me that entrepreneurial bug from a very young age. People like Gary Vaynerchuk have also shown me that there is a way of being “free” but it definitely isn’t easy and stable.
2. Best book you’ve read in the past 12 months? Why?
The best book that I have read in the past 12 months is Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki because it has allowed me to see the power of money in a way that I wasn’t able to before. I highly recommend this book not only for business people but for anyone who has an interest in personal finance and making their money work for them.
3. How has podcasting changed your career trajectory?
When I first got to college, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I knew of entrepreneurship but when I got to a place like a college, it just felt like a dream. That’s until I went to an entrepreneurship event in which I learned that people that are even younger than me are doing it and they’re still in high school. This gave me the confidence to build an online presence for myself (podcast) as well as start my own business in the future.
4. What are your plans for podcasting in the future?
I currently have a podcasting agency called Podblade that offers a range of podcasting services. I plan to continue to use the Spreading Success Podcast to build my credibility in the space of podcasting and continuing to help podcasters across the world become more serious about their shows and take them to the next level. I also plan to continue having top-level guests on my show to provide golden nuggets of valuable information to my listeners.
5. Tips/tools to people who want to start their own podcast?
The one major tip that I would give to anyone that wants to start would be to start immediately. The number one reason why people don’t succeed in the world of podcasting is that they never start and because they give up too quickly. The average podcaster stops their show after only 7 episodes. So what I would recommend would be to order a basic microphone off of amazon and sign up to a hosting platform (I use anchor.fm).
6. How can someone grow their show once they’ve gotten started?
Most top podcasters will recommend paid advertising and while it can be very effective, I do not recommend that in the beginning. I use the power of social media and hijacking my guests’ audiences to get more traction for my show. Something that I personally like to do is send my guests a piece of content from the show for them to post on their social media accounts.
7. What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
Just like Gary Vee has his Jets, I am a huge fan of the North London soccer team Tottenham Hotspur. I have been following them for over four years now and even personally gave Gary a banner that is now hanging on his wall at Vaynermedia.
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