David Perell

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Companies should onboard employees with an internal podcast. It would focus on: - Company history - How decisions are made - Industry 101 - How the company makes money - Long-term goals and company vision Fast, efficient, and fun for everybody.

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Unpopular opinion: Too many people praise “learning.” MAKING things is a better use of time. Building an audience around your interests is THE cheat code. Write articles. Record videos. Publish podcasts. Plus, making things will make you learn faster anyways.

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More people should have personal podcasts. 20 episodes, 5 minutes each. Each one is about a specific aspect of your worldview. No ads. No fluff. Then, send the podcast to job recruiters or friends who want to learn about you.

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After listening to hundreds of podcasts, I've realized that the best answers have a similar arc. 1) State your main point 2) For abstract concepts, use a metaphor 3) Share why your argument is counter-intuitive 4) Tell a story to explain the point 5) Re-state your main point

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I see a clear opportunity in podcasting. Make short, information-dense podcasts that are easy to binge. No fluff. Use them to tell your personal story or as a marketing channel for your company. Podcasts are the business cards of the future.

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Free business idea. Now that companies are going remote, help companies build internal podcasts. The podcast would focus on: - How decisions are made - Quarterly priorities - Industry 101 - Business models - Long-term goals and company vision Fun and efficient for everybody.

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Blogs are free. Podcasts are free. YouTube videos are free. Avoiding distraction is the hard part. The knowledge you need is right at your fingertips. And it’s free.

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If you plan to go on podcasts, make a two-page sheet with your life background. Things to add: • Favorite stories • Turning points in your life • Weird hobbies and habits • Projects you’re proud of • Your spiciest hot takes Do it, and your interviews will be much better.

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The books of the future will be a bundle. Authors won't just sell books. They'll sell supplemental videos, podcasts, and live Q&A sessions too. You won't just read the ideas. You'll watch and listen to them too.

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Audiobooks should be WAY better. Ideas: 1) The readers should speak with more passion and enthusiasm. 2) Write two versions of the book. One to read, one to listen to. 3) Add background noises to color-up the story.

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Three trends I'd bet on: 1) Monetization for individual creators, especially podcasts. 2) Live, community-based online education. The social experience is more fun and helps people learn faster. 3) Media companies that use content as a marketing channel, not a revenue stream.

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Kids can listen to better lectures on their commute than they do in class. Podcasts are the gateway drug to learning on the Internet.

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If you want to think originally, read outside your industry. • Avoid industry podcasts. • Put down the industry magazine. • Skip the top-recommended books. Borrow from other industries, so you can bring a fresh perspective to your work.

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Dear Brands, Create rituals. Send a daily email, publish a weekly podcast, or host an annual meetup. Rituals are the secret behind many great brands. By being consistent and predictable, they create customer loyalty.

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I love watching old interviews with successful entrepreneurs. They had nothing to lose back then, so they spoke from the heart. Podcasts and YouTube make this kind of learning possible for the first time in human history. It feels like time travel. What a gift.

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The online creator playbook. ∙ Grow your audience on social media. ∙ Deepen the relationship via email. ∙ Build trust with a podcast. ∙ Monetize the masses with a subscription. ∙ Sell a course to your most engaged fans. ∙ Coaching and consulting for your best fans.

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I love podcasts, but I can't stand audiobooks. Audiobook narrators should speak with more enthusiasm, production managers should add background noises, and writers should create books that are designed to be listened to.

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Lessons from more than 100 podcast interviews: 1) Talk to people about things they don’t usually talk about. 2) Prepare enough to ask good questions but little enough to be surprised. 3) People reveal their emotions in the beat of their breath and the dance of their eyes.

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Continuous learning is essential. Don't like to read? That's okay There are thousands of lectures on YouTube. There are podcasts available on every topic under the sun. No excuses. Keep learning. If you're curious, there's never been a better time to be alive.

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Podcasts made learning cool. In school, all the smartest kids were nerds so hard to learn wasn’t cool. Podcasts are changing that perception. People want to be like the big podcasters, which means that learning is cool again. Great time to be alive.

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I’ve been podcasting for 3.5 years. Some thoughts: 1) Audio quality matters way more now because there’s so much competition. 2) In the next decade, creators will learn how to monetize their audiences directly. 3) People still love deep dives. Go into the weeds. Be specific.

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Media forms to bet on: 1) Long-form writing: Few people can do it, and it builds incredible relationships with readers. 2) Long-form podcasting: People are hungry for intellectual depth. 3) Short-form podcasting: Easy to make. Easy to share. Lots of opportunity in all three.

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Tips for conversations with smart friends: 1. Take light notes during the conversation. 📝 2. Share links to relevant books and podcasts. 📚 3. Send a short summary to your friends afterwards. 👥 You’ll boost your memory and accelerate your learning. Strong recommend.

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Lesson from my podcast guests: Don’t rely on yourself. Instead of solving problems on your own, study how others have solved your problems in the past. Read history books and look for answers in other industries. The opposite of what I expected. Surprising.

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Business idea: Make content for people who want to sell their company. ∙ 10-part podcast about the business model ∙ Company history interviews with key executives ∙ Videos about the future of the company If they're good, they'll be shared widely which may attract a buyer.

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Subscription podcasting is under-rated. People are extremely loyal to their favorite podcast creators. Die-hard fans want AMAs, in-depth show notes, and exclusive podcast episodes. Best of all, creators can benefit from the software-as-a-service model without many of the costs

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Listening to fewer podcasts and more speeches. Podcasts are fun but all my friends listen to the same ones. Speeches are different. Less groupthink. More exploration.

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Podcasts are great but I spend much more time listening to old speeches on YouTube. With them, I spend less time following the present and more time studying the past.

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