Podcast

Everything You Need to Know to Start a Podcast

September 9, 2019

What better way to kick off the first episode of The Podcasting Party than to dive into to a full overview of podcasting, an A to Z, if you will. 

When I began podcasting I had no idea where to start or what to do. I would have given anything for someone to break it down for me so I could understand it from a wide view, long range perspective. It’s so easy to get bogged down  by all the things when first starting out. I think that’s probably normal, but my goal is to take the overwhelm, frustration and stress out of this process for you and I believe that if you could see podcasting from a birds eye view that might help so it doesn’t seem so overwhelming.

We’ve got a lot to cover in todays episode, Everything You Need to Know to Start a Podcast so let’s not delay, let’s jump in! 

This episode is organized into two parts the first is 8 tips that are helpful to know before you start podcasting.

Then I’ll move into what you need to know from a podcasting production standpoint. I’ll go over preproduction, production, post production.

I’m going to assume if you’re listening you have a pretty good idea of what your podcast will be about and who your ideal listener is.

If you don’t have the answers to those questions then grab this FREE resource I created for you, this resource is going to help you create a crystal clear vision for a podcast in just six simple steps.

I use this same exact guide to help my coaching clients, I’ll walk you through the steps that many podcasters skip when beginning their podcast, it will help you not only create a clear vision for your podcast but also build a firm foundation to grow your podcast on.

1.You’ve heard  the saying before that “Content is king” right, well in the podcasting  world, content is important but your listeners are going to be taking that content in auditorily. If listeners are distracted by your audio then no matter how good your content is no one will come back to listen. Think of it like the radio -if you’re listening and the station keeps cutting out, with static youre going to turn the dial- well so will your listeners if your sound is scratchy or fizzing or has a poor echo. Produce the very best audio you can, create the very best content you can. And then work to improve both. 

2.With that said remember, your a one-woman show, you can’t compare yourself to multimillion dollar podcasts. You don’t have to invest thousands or even hundreds of dollars into your podcast, or create a sound studio in your spare room. It’s just plain silly to uphold yourself to unattainable standards but you should try to produce the very best product that you can. And then stand tall and be proud of what you created. That may take some trial and error to find what produces the best audio. Which brings me to my next point: 

3.Try, try, try again. If something isn’t working, if you’re not happy with the results, if you fail- Keep trying. And don’t be afraid to try new things. Don’t be afraid to pivot. My co-host and I, on the mom wants more show, both live in rural areas. So we both can have spotty internet at times. Which can make recording via the ol’ inter webs a challenge sometimes. When we first started we used Skype, and it worked, but we noticed that we had some scratchiness in the background. We didn’t quit, we tried a new recording platform and then another one, until we came to one that works pretty darn good. My point is, keep trying things until you get the results you want. It took us our almost twenty episodes to figure out what worked best. 

4. You are going to stink before you get better! You will listen your first few episodes and cringe. You will probably record that first episode twenty times, But I have good news, it’s only going to get better! You’re not a professional. You’re a beginner, and that means you’re going to make mistakes. ANd you’re going to have room to grow and improve your craft but you must first be willing to stink! 

5. The technology is figurableabout. It may seem confusing but like anything-  if you work to understand it, you will. There are so many ways to figure it out: this podcast is one of them. There are tons of free resources but there are also some wonderful paid ones. You just have to be willing to put in the effort and figure it out.

6. Podcasting isn’t going to make you rich or famous. But if you stick with it, you can and will make some money.  And it’s a powerful way to serve an audience and have your voice heard and grow a loyal community of like-minded people. Which is basically like being famous. 🙂

7. I say this all the time but it’s worth a mention here: your podcast is your podcast you are the boss. You get to make the big decisions like format and what guests you’ll have on.  There really is no “right” or “wrong” answer to podcasting.

8. You can do it! You can!

Now let’s talk Production!

Preproduction is the period of time before you start recording, it includes all the tasks you perform before you hit the record button. 

Production is time during the recording/editting/uploading process. 

And post production encompasses the period time, and all the the tasks after you’ve finished your episode. 

Well there you have it! Everything you need to know about the Podcasting Process. 

Links in the Episode

Create a Clear for Vision for Your Podcast

Calendly– Scheduling Calendar

Zoom

Zencastr

Skype

Auphonic– Leveling Software

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