As a Podcast Coach l like to tell people to plan their podcast first before going out and buying the microphone you saw on Social Media.
That’s a gripe for another post!
For me, it is so frustrating to see a great podcast description and then see that the last episode was released in March 2017.
Where should you start?
So here are a few tips when you are at the planning stage to get clarity on what you are really trying to achieve and an outline plan of action. I had feedback on a Get Your Podcast Started Virtual Summit that I was a speaker in. What was said is that we all want to run with our shiny new idea, but two (2) months down the line after editing each episode for 2 hours. Having a guest that you thought was a great fit be a great dud and looking at the slow growth of your download numbers. You decide that you’ll not put out an episode this week, then next week you are busy with…..
Let’s put some structure around your great podcast idea.
Here are my 5 tips
Podcasting is personal: Tell people who you are and what’s your story.
What is your podcast about?
What’s the end goal of your podcast? Do you want to connect with people who love the same horror films like adore? Do you want podcasting to be your full-time job? Are you doing this for personal development? Is it a project for you and your kids?
What topics do you want to cover?
What will keep you consistent?
If you need help creating a solid plan for your podcast I’d love to chat with you. Book an obligation Free Discovery call here.
If you want to move forward and have committed 2019 to launching your podcast then ask me about Maven Podcast Coaching. I will take you from idea to launch.
P.S. My podcast is launching at the end of this month I would love it if you would rate and review. Follow the IG page @theenterprisingexpat to know when I launch.
Launching a podcast is hard, but so worth the effort, to make the process easier here are 5 tools to kickstart your podcast.
Headliner. This app will help you create short shareable audio clips with picture backgrounds that you can share on social media to promote your show.
Tip: Send a different audio clip to your guest and ask them to share it widely to promote their episode.
Auphonic. New podcasters often do everything themselves. Your audio doesn’t have to be perfect and this app will help you “even your sound out”. The first 2 hours are free, I think and their pricing is fair.
Canva. If you want to make excellent graphics but have the artistic ability of a one-year-old who eats crayons, this is the website for you. You will find templates that are sized for most social media platforms so that you can create social posts to go with your episodes. You can also put in your own dimensions, a lot of people create their cover podcast cover art with Canva.
Temi A transcript can help with the discoverability of your podcast. This service is automated and produces a “good enough” transcript of your podcast, for a good price. You will need to go back in a do minor corrections but it’s budget-friendly and easy to use.
Tip: Use the transcript to look for quotes to use in your social posts for the episode.
Speakpipe: I love this app! This app allows people to leave you a short and sweet voice message. You are using the medium of audio to reach your audience, let them contact you in the same way. You will get an email notification when you have received a voicemail.
Tip: Ask for your listeners to leave you a voice note with feedback, tips and questions. Also ask them to leave their name!! Send them a shout-out in your next episode. Use their name. Make it personal. Make use of the medium that people prefer to use.
What apps make your podcasting life easier? Let me know.
This past week on IG @the_podcast_maven I have been posting tips on how you can record remote interviews easily.
Some of the software I mention you’ll be familiar with but there are some new players that I think deserve recognition and support.
Your first option is to use the old fav Skype. It’s simple to register for a Skype handle even if you haven’t used it for years. It’s free and you can talk to anyone anywhere. So how do you record this conversation? If you have a Mac then your best bet is ECamm recorder for Skype. It’s excellent, it works quietly in the background and if you tweak the settings you will get a really good quality recording. When you end your call the file is converted and saved to a designated file on your computer. Are you on a PC? You have a few options too. Amolto has been around for a while and users give it good reviews. When the call is done, stop the recording and your audio file will be saved to your hard drive.
Everyone’s favourite. Every time a new podcaster is starting out I am asked if they can just record their interviews with Zoom. The short answer is yes, you can. The longer answer is I’d prefer if you didn’t.
Zoom is a conferencing software excellent at what it does but it wasn’t created for podcasting. If you have great sound on your end but your guest does not. It’s a real mission to clean up the audio as I only have a single MP3 recording to work with.
Your life will be easier if you have a separate track for yourself and each of your guests. Now some people have said that Zoom allows you to have a separate track for your guest if you can do this go for it.
If you are doing remote interviews and Skype has given you problems. Ringr might be the solution for you. As the host you will send a link to your guest (they can download the app on their phone) They get a code to join the call connect and get on with your interview. When you’re done you get a recording of fantastic quality. Go to the website it’s easy to follow. If you want to try it out I’m happy to get on a call with you
Zencastr. I love Zencastr, I have been a fan since they started out and up until today, they work really hard to smooth out any kinks and answer any questions users might have. How does it work?
Register for an account, login to Zencastr, create an episode and send a link to your guest(s) record your interview. when you are done you will get an audio file for each guest. This will make your editor very, very happy. Try it out, let me know what you think.
This is a relatively new player on the block. I need to tell you about have not tried it yet. I found these guys at #PodcastMovement18.
The bare bones it’s you register you send a link to your guest. You record, you get an audio file at the end. They also you to record video. Have you tried Squadcast yet? I love the innovation that’s happening around podcasting. Go check them out.
Do you have any questions? I’m here to help, go ahead and book a discovery call on the contact page. If you’d like to try out one of the options above I’m happy to do that.
Please do not record without wearing a pair of headphones.
Yes, it’s important for sound quality, feedback is a bugger to deal with in post-production. That’s it.
Before you say it, yes there is a way to do stuff on your phone or iPad but I’m talking about the easiest way and the quickest way for you to feel comfortable and learn.
So whether you have a PC or Mac. Connect your gear. Make sure your computer is picking up your microphone. You might need to check your settings. Next is DAWS.
You will need to cut out odd noises, false starts and “umms” and “uuhhhs”. This is what your editing software is for. Aka DAWS here are a few of the options:
Okay, most of these can be put on a Mac or PC. Don’t let the acronym scare you off (techy speak actually irritates me!!) I always recommend Audacity as a good place to start. It’s a solid platform that you can grow with as your skills get better and you gain confidence. I will say I am not a fan of Garageband personally, but if that’s what you have and you are comfortable with it. Go for it!!!
Do you have any questions? Are you stuck somewhere between idea and execution? Book a discovery call, I’d love to help you move forward.
Let’s make it simple, here’s what you need to start your podcast.
Let’s make it simple. This week I’m stripping it down to the bare basics, what you need to start a podcast. Yes, getting a fab looking mic is fun but it’s not necessary. So before buying anything, you need a plan. You need to be clear about what you want to podcast about. It doesn’t matter that someone else is doing it; you just have to be clear on:
What you want to talk about
Why you want to talk about it
Who you want to talk to (who is your podcast aimed at? Who do you want to listen to your podcast?)
“I don’t know” is sometimes a valid answer to this question, get started anyway and work it out along the way.
To summarise the first thing you need before you start a podcast is an idea and a plan.
2. A Microphone
The second thing you will need is a microphone. Please do your homework before running out and getting the most expensive mic you can find. As a general rule condenser mics (like the Blue Yeti) these are a lot more sensitive to the noise around you. The mic pictured is a dynamic mic and I can’t talk enough about the ATR2100.
It’s excellent, it’s tough and it does everything you need it too. I nearly forgot the round disc in front of the mic is a pop filter. Get one of these!!!! They are cheap and will save you a lot of time editing. We all make weird mouth noises this will minimise or eradicate them. If you just want to get started, use the Apple earbuds, they are good enough you will grow as you know more. Questions? Are you lost when thinking about what you need and what to do to get your podcast idea out of your head onto Apple Podcasts? Book a Discovery Call on the Contact Me Page