Whether it's doing the dishes or mowing the lawn, doing the same thing over and over again (like the same old podcast segments) can be mind-numbingly dull. So why do we often find ourselves in these situations?

One reason is that our brains are wired to seek out novelty. When we encounter something new, our brains release dopamine, which makes us feel good. This helps explain why we get bored when we do the same thing day after day – our brains simply crave new experiences.

Fortunately, there are ways to combat boredom. By introducing some variety into your routine, you can help chase away boredom and make even the most mundane tasks more bearable. Today we look at ways to change things up, without a complete rebrand of your podcast.

You keep doing the same thing you've been doing and you're not seeing your podcast numbers moving up. You're not sure what to try. To this, I say check out the book 101 Podcast Episode Templates by David Hooper of Build a Big Podcast.

All of these templates are short and to the point and for me the book provides a great tool to “brainstorm by yourself.” To we cover four of the templates and Dave demonstrates a bonus template.

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David Hooper Shares 5 Templates

Dave shares four templates from his book 101 Podcast Episode Templates. You find that Dave loves to write, but he has to focus to finish his books. (so if you are in this boat you're not alone)

Templates Covered:

#4 Listener voicemail (see links below for tools
#5 Criticize Something with #8 a Weird Viewpoint
#10 A Day in the Life
#19 ______ with only $100

Dave demonstrates the Sidecar template on this episode where he plays a clip of this show.


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Owner of the School of Podcasting. Also produces the "Ask the Podcast Coach." He is also the author of the book "More Podcast Money" and is a regular speaker at podcasting and media conventions.

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