Do you believe your story matters deeply to advancement of the Kingdom of God in the world?
I certainly do because it's as you bring the Gospel to bear on your niche that people hear that message of hope.
Today, we talk with Hope Writers and Hope Story Conference founder, Brian Dixon about why your story needs to be shared, what happens if you don't share, and why taking action today is the most important thing you can do to move forward.
Plus, Brian and I make a special announcement about the Hope Story Conference! (Hint, it's a special discount on your ticket for CPA! Save 30% when you sign up before November 23 and use the code CPA at check out.)
Quotes from the episode:
We built our company on 1 Peter 3:15, which is "Always be ready to share the reason for the hope that you have." - Brian Dixon
We start with, how was I designed? How was I made? Because God knitted you, right? The Bible says, you're his poem, you're his workmanship, created to do good works. - Brian Dixon
Think about the power of sharing your message. Proverbs talks about a righteous man leaves an inheritance to his children's children. What better legacy to leave than to lead a messenger life and to share your message by sharing it in a podcast, writing a book. - Brian Dixon
Meet our Guest:
Brian Dixon is an expert in helping podcasters, entrepreneurs, and authors grow their impact and income online. He is the creator of the Hope Story Conference, a gathering where Christian content creators can come together to encourage, inspire, and support one another in sharing their message of hope with the world.
Brian's passion for spreading hope stems from his own personal journey, including a life-changing car accident that challenged him to make the most of his second chance at life. With his expertise in technology and his belief in the power of podcasting, Brian is dedicated to empowering Christian podcasters to use their voices to bring hope and inspiration to listeners.
As a guest on the Christian Podcaster, Brian shares his insights and experiences to help content creators effectively share their unique stories of hope.
In this episode, you will be able to:
Learn the secrets of Christian podcasting and entrepreneurship to make a lasting impact online.
Unlock the key steps to starting and growing a successful podcast that reaches a wider audience.
Craft your own XYZ statement to communicate your unique message of hope effectively.
Form meaningful relationships and network with like-minded creators to expand your reach and influence.
Discover the transformative power of sharing your hope story at the Hope Story conference and get an exclusive discount.
Embrace technology and podcasting as a powerful tool for evangelism, encouragement, and exhortation.
Recognize that as a podcaster or content creator, you have the ability to bring the gospel to bear on your niche and share the hope that you have for free on the internet.
Timestamped summary of this episode: 00:00:02 - Life-changing Moments The guest reflects on how the small moments in life, such as something someone said in passing, can have a profound impact on us. 00:00:41 - Introduction to the Hope Story Conference The host introduces the guest, Brian Dixon, who helps messengers like podcasters grow their income and impact online. They discuss the upcoming Hope Story Conference, a gathering for Christian writers, speakers, and podcasters to encourage and inspire each other to share their messages of hope. 00:03:22 - Exciting Announcement The host announces that he will be attending the Hope Story Conference and offering coaching sessions for podcasters. He emphasizes the power of coaching in helping podcasters overcome roadblocks and grow their shows. 00:06:12 - Apologist for Hope Brian shares that he has always been an optimist and believes that as Christians, we are called to be excited about God's word and work. He sees technology, particularly podcasting, as a powerful tool for sharing the message of hope and believes that podcasters have a unique opportunity for evangelism and encouragement. 00:09:34 - Hope Writers and Hope Media Brian discusses his vision for Hope Writers and Hope Media, emphasizing the idea that each person is created with a purpose. He believes that in today's world, with the accessibility of the internet and technology, there is a tremendous opportunity to share hope freely and be good stewards of the time we have been given. 00:13:49 - A Life Rededicated Brian shares his experience of waking up after a car accident and realizing he still has hands that work. This led him to rededicate his life to creativity and pursuing the Lord. He later became a teacher and found fulfillment in helping others through social media and writing. 00:15:26 - Making the Most of Time Eric and Brian discuss how we all have the same amount of time each day and how important it is to make the most of it. They emphasize the need to be faithful and question if we are doing enough in our lives. 00:16:27 - Influencing Others Brian highlights the importance of sharing our stories and the opportunities we have to influence people. He mentions fear of loss and hope of gain as motivators and encourages listeners to think about who they are burdened for and how they can help them. 00:18:36 - Using Our Gifts Brian reflects on the parable of the talents and how not using our gifts can be seen as wicked. He encourages listeners to make the most of their gifts and create something that will inspire and encourage others. 00:21:58 - Overcoming Obstacles Eric and Brian discuss the struggles people face in sharing their message, specifically the fear of not being perfect. They emphasize the importance of pressing record, publishing their work, and seeking feedback from the audience to improve. 00:27:46 - The importance of recording and knowing your audience Brian emphasizes the importance of recording your thoughts and experiences, as well as knowing who your audience is. He suggests looking back at past calendars or journals to identify struggles and lessons learned. By understanding your audience's needs and sharing your own experiences, you can help them move forward. 00:28:49 - Consistency and discipline Brian encourages the discipline of consistency in podcasting. He shares his personal strategy of using a workout calendar and not breaking the chain of daily workouts. Similarly, committing to a regular podcasting schedule can help you stay on track and build momentum. 00:30:02 - The Hope Story Conference Brian introduces the Hope Story Conference, a unique event focused on helping Christian messengers discover and grow their message of hope. He highlights keynote speaker Lisa Turkers and the practical podcasting track offered at the conference. The conference aims to bring people together and foster connections. 00:31:29 - Building relationships and networking Brian emphasizes the importance of networking and building relationships in the podcasting and entrepreneurial world. He highlights the symbiotic relationship between podcasters, writers, and entrepreneurs, where guests and shared experiences can lead to life-changing connections. 00:33:41 - Special discount and invitation Brian offers a special discount of 30% off for the Hope Story Conference, emphasizing the value of Christian podcasting and the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals. He encourages listeners to take advantage of the limited-time offer and attend