Radio shows can be complicated and compromising.... they generally have to be shaped to fit a rigid time format. There's the pesky commericial interruptions. Many callers are not well outfitted to ask questions and so waste time with questions that are irrelevant, are already answered, or would be better answered elsewhere. Also, one keeps the company of god-knows-what-else on that particular venue or radio station. Hayhouse radio (internet: has new-agey stuff of every stripe) has some shows that are of value... others seem about the level of newspaper horoscopes. I feel a little sorry for the genuinely deep insightful hosts that get slotted between to fluff vendors.
But if you do choose to go with a radio show, I would, for one thing, have a focus topic each week. Two: screen calls heavily, if they are tolerated at all. Three: Yes, have Keith moderate/interact. Four: have it web interactive in a simple manner.... for instance poll a different question each week. This way you have an idea of the number of listeners, the time they are listening, the level of involvement, and a feedback mechanism in place.
A weekly internet teleconference might be effective in two senses... it will help persons that already interested understand things better. Also it can help develop a sense of group. That group can be simply social and learning in character. Or it may come to be much more profoundly useful in the future, in ways not now forseen. It (tele or web conferencing) probably won't be effective in reaching many new people though. The idea of real-time group meditations is kind of appealing. (Branding: Live! In two realities at once!) Too, Tom and Keith can get direct feedback, assistance with any project, etc...
If the primary objective is to reach more people, I can think of two ways.
1) Get Tom to write more books. Not such long books. Narrow spectrum topic specific books. Think of, say, Casteneda's Ixtalan: Autobiographical. Brief intro. A dozen or so 800-wordish chapters each with a tale of exploration presented as a teaching lesson about some basic principal. The last chapter should be a cliff-hanger. (opens towards future similar books). The great advantage of pumping out more books is fresh interviews on the BIG shows... if you can reach 5 million people on Coast2Coast, why mess with micro-operations? Tom can probably knock out that kind of book during 2 weeks of coffee breaks at NASA. Get the essential ideas down, have someone shadow-write the rest and put it in shape. I wouldn't rule out a "For Dummies" book (You know the familiar black and yellow "X for Dummies" series).
Um. Don't let Tom title any more productions "My Big TOE". It is a serious branding error. In a culture highly sensitized to marketing nuance and quasi-subliminal suggestion, it drives off much of his target market. (... just listen listen to George Noory's first reaction when he had TC on for the first time... it opened with something like... "So what is this Toe...? When I first saw it I thought "eeewwwww" ". ((It's on youtube) Same thing happened to me in real life years ago. I picked the book up in the new-age section, looked at the cover, and semiconsciously wondered 'even if it IS a TOE, why the allusion to some body part?', and put it back. I stumbled across the London lecture on youtube and my attention was drawn here through that).
Tom should not feel bad about this: scientific sensibilities have had a negative correlation with aesthetic sensibilities for a couple centuries now, at least. So: adds to science-guy cred.
Unfortunately Titles make or break many a book. Titles that tend to sell are Money, Sex, and Self Help. So maybe something along the lines of "How I made a mint, got laid, and lost 50 pounds!" (Leaving, of course, for the inside, that "The Mint" refers to spiritual capital, "got laid" refers to union with the godhead, and "lost 50 pounds" was the collision with the psi-uncertainty principle at the horse-track in Britain, and that the whole business takes effort and discipline.) Ya I am being a little humorous with that last.
2) It may be that Tom's market is already presorted and available in the form of other forums (I guess the proper plural is 'fora' ???? I just heard that the other day.... anyway...) There are a pile of these out there, each with its own character, temperament and personality. While persons here can bring up MBT-related ideation appropriately in discussions of matters there, itmight be productive to advertise on them.
Forums I can think of off hand:The TMI site, trustyourvibes.com, astraldynamics.com.
I wonder , too, if it wouldn't behoove all who have been involved with TMI adventurings and written about it to promote each other's work... there is Moen, Caudill, Atwater, McMonegal and more I am not remembering at the moment. Each has a distinct message of a different flavor, to be sure, but each also seems to bring greater depth to the others.
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