Deviate 001: Tim Ferriss

Bestselling author Tim Ferriss on how to create a successful podcast

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“If you never got paid for podcasting, would the skills and relationships you developed be enough to keep you doing it? If the answer is ‘no’, I wouldn’t pull the trigger.” – Tim Ferriss

In the inaugural episode of Deviate, Rolf goes meta and talks about podcasting with bestselling author and lifestyle-design guru Tim Ferriss (@tferriss), whose newest book, Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World, debuts this week.

Update (12/07/17): An abridged transcript for this episode is now available online in blog form, as “Tim Ferriss on his 17 principles for how to create a successful podcast.”


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Show notes:

  • What not to do in podcasting (15:58)
  • Crafting questions (19:58)
  • Learning from previous interviews (24:55)
  • Interviewing techniques (26:00)
  • The benefits of phone interviews (29:40)
  • The decision to start a podcast (32:28)
  • The anxiety of interviewing (40:45)
  • Pre-interview tips (45:20)
  • Editing / producing interviews / podcasts (52:45)
  • Intro music (58:38)
  • Guest selection 1:03:01)
  • Interview strategy (1:12:08)
  • Recording equipment (1:14:50)
  • Building a listening community (1:22:30)
  • Tim’s brand (1:33:25)
  • Building relationships (1:36:00)
  • Podcast logistics (1:43:20)
  • Podcast frequency (1:48:50)
  • The interview introduction process (1:51:35)
  • The preparation process (1:56:15)
  • Monetization (2:05:55)
  • Wrapping up podcasts (2:38:57)
  • Japanamation (2:19:40)
  • Psychedelics (2:27:16)

Books by Tim Ferriss:

  • Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
  • Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
  • The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life
  • The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman
  • The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich

This episode was sponsored by the Paris Writing Workshop, an intensive one-month course in the artistic heart of Europe.

The Deviate theme music comes from the title track of Cedar Van Tassel’s 2017 album Lumber.

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