Audio Postcard: Teaching by Telephone

Scroll down for an example of an audio postcard.

  • I use an app on my phone and share a 3-5 minute tip.
  • You can either write up what you want to say ahead of time, and record it… or you can share your message and transcribe it.
  • Posting an audio, and it’s text, in a blog posts makes for great blog content.
  • Scroll down to enjoy the text and the audio postcard!

Teaching on the topic of your book, not only generates more book sales, it can lead to people participating in your online courses or coaching programs.

While live, in-person events are powerful and amazing, they require a lot of time and effort and most importantly, only allow you to connect in “real time” with a limited number of learners.

Listen in to the Audio Postcard via the player below.
Scroll down for the written version and the comment section. Enjoy!
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By teaching via the telephone (or your computer headset) you can transcend time and space. Not only can listeners learn from you in real time, they can also access the call replays and listen in at a time that works for them.

This opens up all kinds of possibilities as listeners can access your calls now and into the future. Additionally, you can connect with listeners across the globe, without having to leave home.

In today’s online world, there are many technology options available to help you get in front of your ideal readers, via telephone!

  • You can host or be a guest speaker on an Internet radio show at BlogTalkRadio.com. This technology allows you to call in via your telephone and access a global audience.
  • One of the most popular presentation platforms is the Instant Teleseminar platform, at WebTeleseminars.com – where you can dial in via phone or your computer headset, and teach on your topic. Listeners can call in via the telephone or listen online, from anywhere in the world, without having to pay a toll charge.
  • Other options for teaching by telephone include Skype, webinar platforms, and free conference calling services.

If you could pick up the phone and teach on a topic of interest to your ideal readers, what would you talk about?

D’vorah Lansky, M.Ed., is the author of many bestselling books, including the Action Guides for Authors series of workbooks and journals. She has been “teaching by telephone” since 2007 and has taught thousands of authors across the globe, to do the same. Check out D’vorah’s books over on Amazon at: www.BooksByDvorah.com

Scroll down to join in the conversation.

  • If you could pick up the phone and teach on a topic of interest to your ideal readers, what would you talk about?

Book Marketing Challenge Members – If inspired… please also share a link to a recording of you (being interviewed on a podcast, sharing an audio tip, or participating in a practice interview as part of our training!

Comments

  1. D'vorah Lansky says:

    If you could pick up the phone and teach on a topic of interest to your ideal readers, what would you talk about? Also, feel free to share your ideas and questions.

    • Absolutely, leadership and learning. Oh, btw, Learning Chaos: How Disorder Can Save Education is published. Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks and Kobo. You can find out more (and read the intro.) at http://www.learningchaos.net.
      As always, love your stuff (that’s feedback and an order!)
      XOXO,
      Mac

    • mgboskovitz says:

      We all know that teens and young adults love to talk about themselves. Why? Are they just self-centered or narcissistic? Well, no. The truth is that they’re trying to make sense out of what they are living. Remember your teen years, how things seemed either so easy or way too hard. It was a scary and confusing time. My book: I Want To Be Me But I Don’t Know Who I Am, is a Guidebook for teens and young adults. It speaks directly them, engaging them on how to understand their experience and manage their life through their teen and young adult years, so as to make their dreams for their life become their reality.

  2. Isnt this pretty much the same as a podcast (without the schedule) ?

    I have two different topics/subjects I could do with this – Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and Protecting your Online Presence.
    Also, I pressed the play button on the player at the top of the page but no audio ever came out.

    • D'vorah Lansky says:

      Hi Ron, yes, the “audio postcard” is a way to provide a 1-5 minute audio tip or message with your audience. This concept makes it easy for you to share important information and makes it easy for your audience to access in a brief period of time.

  3. kayvree says:

    Where is the audio postcard?

    • D'vorah Lansky says:

      Hi Kay, scroll do the top of this post to locate the audio player.

  4. Isabel says:

    Is this poscard different from podcast ??? Thank you for your teachings ! I am so happy !!

    • Isabel says:

      I probably was writing at the same time !!!! so now I do have another question : What service do you use for this postcard ???? Is it a recorded file , you mention the audiance, it is live with some people or not ? I did listen on Facebook… Thanks again for all you share with us!!!

      • Isabel says:

        I did a podcast – when I learned to do it ! on CHLOROPHYLL and I had one member of my list who loved it !! was very encouraged ! My idea was to read some portion of others authors that would educate my audiance on happy juicing! but the recording was tough ! I imagine its easier with the phone !!!!

      • D'vorah Lansky says:

        Great question Isabel. The easiest way to record and get the call onto your website, is to record with a service such as FreeConferenceCalling (www.FreeConferenceCalling.com or Instant Teleseminar (http://www.WebTeleseminars.com)

        These services not only provide you with an easy way to record your audio, they also provide you with the “embed” code for the audio player.

        Because it is not a good idea to “upload” actual audio files – because they will bog down your site and cost you more in web hosting costs – you need to have a way to have your audio show up on your site. Copying the embed code from the above mentioned services, and pasting it to the “text” tab of your WordPress site, will provide you with an audio player.

        You can use the same concept for “video postcards” by uploading your video to YouTube and then copying the embed code to your video.

        • Isabel says:

          🙂 woaw ! It seems easy ! I love doing videos to show my recipes but to teach it seems to me mor appealing via teleseminar and now this quick little postcards make me sing ! I will do this !!! I do not like loooooooooooong teachings! I get bored!!!! I used to teach little children… and it is stuck with me to be short and fun !!!!! Thank you D’vorah for sowing so much enthousiasm today in my little world !

    • D'vorah Lansky says:

      Isabel, a “podcast” is an audio series that people “subscribe” to, via a Podcast site such as iTunes. There are many ways to share “audio” online…

      – Audio Postcards (brief 1-5 minute tips or food for thought messages)
      – Teleseminars (where you offer trainings, book studies, interviews, etc.)
      – Internet Radio Shows (on sites such as BlogTalkRadio.com)
      – Podcasts (by publishing a daily or weekly audio tip, training, or interview and syndicating on sites such as iTunes. etc.)

  5. Virginia Reeves says:

    I always appreciate when people put their idea across in less than 5 minutes. I learned the importance of that in Toastmasters. Thanks for good tips on how to accomplish recordings and distributing them.

  6. Uma says:

    I host a 5-minute weekly podcast on loss called The Grammar of Grief. It was D’vorah and Doug who taught me how to do this. My podcast is on iTunes and Stitcher Radio. I love to speak and teach on all topics related to grief, loss, death and dying. Thank you D’vorah for ongoing inspiration!!

  7. Wow, D’vorah! I hadn’t thought about an audio postcard. This is very cool! Well, I suppose I might talk about writing and publishing, which is part of my coaching business. However, my newest book, “Grandma Honey, I Turned into a Mermaid!” is about make believe…so I might talk about the importance of children engaging in make believe and creative play. The book I’m working on now, “Destiny Gets Bullied,” which is part of the same series as my newest book is about bullying, so that could also be a good topic!

  8. Thanks for another fantastic idea along with the “How To” get it done, where to go and what to do! Being so thoughtful, you include the printed version. We all are learning so much, D’vorah.

  9. Thank you for your helpful clues! My book, You Are Your Child’s Best Teacher: A Holistic Guide to Link Home and School, has had good reviews, but I’m working on how to get people to purchase the book. I know the topic is somewhat threatening, but also know that the book hits so many things that could help families engage better with their families and with schools. I will begin a blog as soon as I rewrite the book into shorter and less expensive booklets and revise my website into wordpress. A 5 minute conversation might be what I need to introduce concepts to harried parents who I know need a little help at times!!

  10. Larry says:

    Here is a resource/technology for recording interviews, then embed on your website as part of a course, etc, http://ringr.com/

  11. Can audio postcards work on Typepad?

    • D'vorah Lansky says:

      Hi Jean, if you can post the embed code for YouTube videos and audios, then you can post audio postcards.

  12. Jean says:

    On line teaching sounds very interesting, Dvorah. I will re-listen to your podcast though to find out how may be able to benefit from this. I have written at least two on-line courses for the the oldest university in my country, but did not earn money for my self on my own but got paid by that institution for my writing.

    I guess the other services you mentioned sounds doable.

  13. I love this idea!! Besides the business way to use it…I could record something for the grandchildren and send it to them ~ along with photos 🙂

  14. I love this idea! I could certainly do nuggets like this on family and personal history writing. I am going to make a note about audio postcards as an avenue to explore later this year. Right now, it’s a BSO as I am working on getting my opt-in out there and creating the first journal for my journal series. Thanks, D’Vorah!

  15. Janet says:

    Hi D’Vorah, great idea. As long as we are able to move the tribe it is worth a try. Here is the lesson I’d like to share to my tribe. Young men and young women I know how difficult it is to crawl out from under that warm blanket on mornings. Listen up. I know because I am still at that place. Let’s re frame the thought process a tiny bit and ask yourself this question. What is the one thing for which I would get out of bed on these dreadfully cold mornings because my life depends on it? With that picture in mind jump out of bed and go for it. Its your gift waiting to be shared with the world. Recognize the reason you are on the planet.Serve your purpose.

  16. I am considering teaching on my book called, Why Can’t He be More Like Me? It’s full of tips and good information on getting along with, and understanding that you didn’t marry your clone–and how to make it work. I need to get more information about doing this. I’ve been a speaker at women’s events for years so presenting is not difficult, just understanding the techy part.

    • Hi Poppy!

      I heard you speak at a Navigator Women’s Staff Conference in either 2004 or 2005, and Babby Mason presented the music. : )

      I am new to this from writing a book, Change Your Mind, Change Your Body: How to Have Permanent Weight-Loss Success for a More Confident and Happier You!. I am just beginning, and I am also tech-challenged! I am slowly getting better, and this program has been helpful!

      By the way, youtube is really helpful to figure out some of the tech stuff!

  17. Fabulous information D’vorah and motivation from the group. Although I did a number of interviews for the release of my book last year, they were organized by my publisher so now I have a way to independently promote my book – thanks D’vorah! A question: would I have a section on my website dedicated to my ‘audio postcards’ or intersperse my normal, written blog posts with these short audio’s?

    Re’ the topics I’d cover – maybe, initially, a series of which vitamins and minerals are critical for brain function and where to get them from our food .. and then later delve into short tips for stress, sleep, etc …

  18. aldertree says:

    What an awesome idea. Since my topic is Alzheimer’s and caregivers have such limited time tips of the day and supportive messages would be a great way to reach out and let them know they are not alone.

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