Bob Baker likes to call himself an “inspirationalist.” His mission in life is to inspire and empower people, especially creatives. Over the years, his work has included books, podcasts, music, coaching, and improv comedy. He co-authored the book The Improv Comedy Musician with Laura Hall, who you may be familiar with from the TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? Bob’s YouTube channel currently has over 117K subscribers and includes guided meditations, audio affirmations, and more.
In the first part of my discussion with Bob, we covered a variety of topics, including:
- His book Guerilla Music Marketing and other written works
- A mental block people often experience when writing a book and how to get past it
- How the interests that drive people (including Bob himself) to certain career paths often can be traced back to their childhood
- How Bob was a bit awkward as a child and how he used humor to break through that awkwardness
- Bob’s history playing music
- How he’s always had a knack for keeping audiences engaged
- Bob’s involvement in theater, acting, and improv comedy
- How Bob formed his first improv troupe and the two types of comedy they utilized
- How musicians and improv actors can perform well together, even if they’ve never met before
- Bob’s 15 years doing standup comedy
- The differences between improv comedy and stand-up comedy
- Bob’s biggest tip for public speaking (it may surprise you!)
- The three Es of communication
- The importance of focusing on the message (the topic) instead of the messenger (you) when doing public speaking
- The importance of getting out of your head when doing improv
You can find Bob in a handful of places online, including:
- His YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/MrBuzzFactor)
- His website (http://www.bob-baker.com/)
- His podcast The Creative Entrepreneur (http://www.diycareermanifesto.com/p/the-podcast.html)
- His Creative Entrepreneur VIP List (http://promoteyourcreativity.com/)
This episode was very skillfully made to sound beautiful by the talented Humberto Franco (http://www.humbertofranco.com/).
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