Author: Patricia Jenkins

5 Reasons You Should Go To A Small Podcast Conference

Last weekend I attended DC PodFest and it was excellent. This got me thinking about why I prefer smaller conferences and the benefits of attending especially for new or budding podcasters! Here are five reasons I hope will convince you to attend a smaller podcast conference.

A picture of Patricia Q Jenkins (aka The Podcast Maven) at DC Podfest

The people attending are your community and you should connect with them.

Spend a little time talking to people who are a little further than you in the medium and encouraging someone who isn’t as far as you yet. Larger conferences are great places for going to specific tracks and getting what you need. With a smaller conference like DC Podfest there was time to really chat with the strangers next to you.

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Introduce yourself to people and get a little more interaction than a rushed business card swap. 

Spend time with the experts. 

Smaller conferences still attract well-known podcast figures. Not to brag or anything but  I sat next to Dave Jackson in a workshop. 🙂

I was late to the conference (thank you dodgy food truck, and missed the morning session) but I made it to the afternoon. A smaller venue means more time to sit with the experts at their tables. It means chatting with the SEO expert after their presentation and getting some answers. For me, I struck gold!! I missed Timothy D Craggette’s session. When I had to take an introvert moment,  I found him downstairs and we got chatting. He took the time to run through his presentation for me. 1 on 1! Does it get any better than that?!! 

Expense 

Few people make money from their podcast or enough money that they can live on it. (#podcastgoals). Entrance fees and travel costs can add up. Have a look back at the podcast conferences that were held this year, are there any local ones? Get on their mailing list so that you can get early bird pricing for tickets.  If it’s still out of reach consider volunteering for the conference. You get to help out, connect and still attend.

People with your Issues. 

I remember the first time I went to DC Podfest, I didn’t even have an idea what my podcast was going to be about, I just wanted to be around people who loved podcasts as much as I did. Like I said above, you’ll meet people who are in the same position as you, who want to know what you know about SEO, can tell you about how to cut down the time you spend editing or whatever your pressing question is!  

If you ask you will find answers and every single one started where you are – like I said community. 

People to grow with. 

I am still in touch with some of the people I met at my first  DC Podfest, cards will be swapped, social media will be tagged and that first email will be exchanged. There’s a different vibe to the interaction when you are looking for support but also giving it. You will meet people that you grow in podcasting with. Sometimes it’s better to look at who is around you. 

Which podcast event has been your favourite this year? Which ones do you have your eye on for next year? Comment below and tell me if you prefer the larger or smaller conferences.

Your Podcast Needs A Newsletter

Your Podcast Needs a Newsletter

I think each podcast needs a newsletter.  Why?

You always want your audience to know what’s happening in your pod world and with your show. When people give you their email, you can be sure they want to hear from you and support you.

What really prompted this post was the “dark day” when I couldn’t post to my IG account (www.instagram.com/the_podcast_mavenand I was totally locked out from FB.

I could see other people’s posts on IG but I couldn’t log in to my account, it was annoying. I run an online business this is how people find out about me and what I do.

No matter how small your list it’s important to keep in contact with people who have asked for your content.

What To Put In Your Newsletter

This is the part I find tough as I don’t consider myself a content creator but of course tell them

  1. What’s coming up in your show.
  2. Can you link to content that they can only access if they are on your list?
  3. A training they might be interested in
  4. An opportunity to participate in your show
  5. They can have a question answered on your show
  6. Have the chance to get a shout-out
  7. A member-only competition for your subscribers

You can also include snapshots from your life if that’s appropriate when I post pictures of my dog she gets far more likes than I do!!!

Don’t just use as an opportunity to promo and run think of it as another thread of the conversation. One that you have real control over.

Before You Pick Your Microphone

5 Tips To Plan Your Podcast Properly

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

  1. Podcasting is personal: Tell people who you are and what’s your story.
  2. What is your podcast about?
  3. 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?
  4. What topics do you want to cover?
  5. 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.

Listening List

Headphones on a pink background
What are you listening to?

This is what’s playing in my earbuds this week. Let me know what you are listening to. Please when you are listening Rate and Review!!! This will help smaller podcasts be seen.

  1. Blackwood
  2. Affirmation Pod (there’s no better way to get a dose of positive uplifting energy for the day)
  3. Expat Happy Hour Sundae chats with a great mix of guests who are Expats and her solo shows always provide great tips.)
  4. Immunities
  5. Learn Spanish   This is quite old but I want to learn to speak Spanish).
  6. Tea and Tattle

The 5 Tools You Need To Kickstart Your Podcast

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.

 

 

Podcast 101: Remote interviews – What can you use to record your podcast interviews?

Recording Remote Interviews For Podcasts

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.

 

You can record interviews on Skype,

 

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.

Zoom

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.

Zoom is a popular tool to record your interviews

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.

Ringr

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

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?

How to record remote interviews- Zencastr

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.

Squadcast

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.

How to record remote interviews- Squadcast

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.

 

 

Part 2: The 5 Things You Need To Start Your Podcast

The 5 things you need to start your podcast

Headphones

Please do not record without wearing a pair of headphones.

Always wear headphones when you record your podcast.

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.

Editing software you can use on a Mac or PC

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:

Audacity

Reaper

Adobe Audition

Ableton

GarageBand

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.