A friend of mine was invited as a guest on a podcast and was so worried about sounding nervous, rambling and unintelligent.
The interview was fine. But regardless of that, many listeners wouldn’t have noticed anyway.
Why not? Because a growing number of us speed up podcast audio as we listen. Some apps also take out some of the gaps in between speech. Even a nervous or slow performance can sound confident and well-paced.
This is an example of how everything we experience requires our perspective.
We don’t simply consume external voices. We use our current internal state of mood and perspective to translate those external events into our own internal experiences.
That means we can shape our mood and perspective to engage with the same content in different ways.
You may already know this, but it’s easy to take for granted. Unless you constantly meditate on the moment and have a deep awareness of your surroundings, life probably happens without you checking in every few minutes. Your perspective feels fixed, even though it’s constantly changing throughout the day.
But it’s good to change your perspective. Familiar things can feel fresh and new. Give it a try.
On episode 023 of TUB-Thump, I talk about this in terms of audio. Try listening to podcasts faster or slower than usual. How does it make you feel? How do you engage with the information, with the personalities, with the setup?
Where will your new perspective take you today?
Here are the show notes for the 7-min episode:
- 00:40 – What speed do you listen to your audio?
- 01:40 – People sound far more confident and competent when you hear them at a faster speed.
- 03:00 – What is your perspective when experiencing at a normal speed versus a faster speed?
- 04:30 – Can you find new perspectives and viewpoints when you immerse yourself in other things that you are otherwise used to?
- 05:50 – Find new ways to engage so you can find something new. The content hasn’t changed, but your analysis might.
- 06:30 – You don’t always need to up your game. Sometimes you just need to change it.
TUB-Thump is part of the Learning Always Network.
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