It got off to a bad start. I was ready to call in on Skype when I discovered that BlogTalkRadio doesn't offer a direct connection via Skype anymore. You have to use their DirectConnect service.
It hadn't been that good in the past but maybe it improved so I was ready to use it but the site told me that I should switch to Firefox or Chrome if I wanted a good sound.
Now, I use the Pale Moon browser which is Firefox tweaked for Windows but I thought that maybe it wouldn't be recognized as Firefox so I opened a new browser and logged in there without logging out on Pale Moon.
Unfortunately, DirectConnect wouldn't let me in. It kept processing me and processing me until I gave up and tried to call in to the host phone number using Skype. But I kept getting a busy signal.
I was a bit frantic by then because BlogTalkRadio was telling me that the show had already started so I called in on the phone but maybe it hadn't started. I don't know. Anyway, I didn't have time to review my intro before the show started so it might seem a bit stilted. It's about building rapport with candidates and clients based on this article by Scott Morefield in StaffingTalk.
That's not the end the technical problems, of course. Matt Charney apparently tried to connect via Skype as well and when he couldn't he decided to call in on his mobile phone and his sound was really, really bad. I wasn't the only one complaining this time; others did too so you know it was true. I had to go over the recording after the show and amplify every single thing he said. The sound's not great but at least, now, you can hear him. Jim Durbin had a bad connection, too, so I amplified everything he said, as well.
Enough, you're saying; why do I have to hear about this stuff? Well, let me tell you, when you can't hear what the other guy is saying it affects the conversation. Even if you can kind of hear him, your mind is focused on making out what he says instead of being free to think about what he's saying.
Now, to the subject. I planned the show around Matt's ebook about content marketing. It's a free 35 page pdf and I thought it was pretty good. One of our longest conversations was about sending candidates content at every stage of the hiring process. I thought from what he said in the book that there was more to it than there is.
The thing I found most interesting was Matt's announcement that Glassdoor is spending millions on Google keywords. He also told us about a new job description tool called Textio.com.
Matt referred people to Hubspot's resource library to get information about Inbound Marketing. He said that the process has already been perfected and adapts perfectly to the ongoing supply of information to candidates during the hiring process. Matty also wrote a little ebook on Inbound Marketing himself.
With all of those things going wrong, the show was a bit of a mess. Plus, Matt hinted that I waste a lot of time with my monologue and the singing and banter at the start of the show. So, I've solved that problem. I managed to extract a fair number of clips from the wreck and you can access each one individually here.
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Fiction seems to be more effective at changing beliefs than writing that is specifically designed to persuade through argument and evidence.
Psychologists Melanie Green and Tim Brock argue that entering fictional worlds “radically alters the way information is processed.”
Their studies show that the more absorbed readers are in a story, the more the story changes them.
Highly absorbed readers also detected significantly fewer “false notes” in stories--inaccuracies, missteps--than less transported readers.
It is not just that highly absorbed readers detected the false notes and didn’t care about them (as when we watch a pleasurably idiotic action film). They were unable to detect the false notes in the first place.
When we read dry, factual arguments, we are critical and skeptical. But when we are absorbed in a story we drop our guard. We are moved emotionally and this seems to leave us defenseless.
Inotherwords, a story is a Trojan Horse. What you can't get in battle can be had by guile and a story is a trick for sneaking a message into the mind.
I like Seth Godin. But when I read point number one in this interview, I had to wonder if I was dumb.
He claims to be saying something radical but it seems to be a confusing restatement of the most basic business principle: If you provide a product to a market that wants it you are going to be successful.
Or is he saying that if you want to really be successful you should create a product that can become a cult brand for people who are not going to be mere customers but enthusiastic fans who long to rub shoulders with members of a product-oriented clan.
What I'm calling a fan club, he calls a tribe. And someone who wants to sell to a group with very specific tastes, can't worry about trying to please everybody. The decision to turn away from that which is broadly appealing (and therefore bland), he calls leadership.
His examples: Barack Obama, Adrianna Huffington and Harley Davidson.
Harley D is a famous cult brand. But should all motorcycle companies aim at the same kind of appeal, is that what he's saying?
Obama's popularity is simple pop stardom which at times can resemble messianism. In 1968, the new Canadian prime minister, Pierre Trudeau, had a fan base resembling that of The Beatles. But once he started governing, it didn't last very long.
The Huffington Post is something I haven't figured out. I thought that the needs it aimed to meet were already being served by an endless number of blogs. What does it offer that is unique? Its size?
How does this apply to recruiting? He's telling you to become a cult brand for a niche.
And in case you're thinking of writing a blog to attract your niche, Seth's ideal posts are as short as they can possibly be.