Author: Patricia Jenkins

I’m finally launching my podcast

Finally. It is happening!! I am recording my podcast!!  It’s all shiny and brand new!!  Hang out the bunting and bake a cake!!!

This week I have spoken to four amazing women about:  how they created their businesses, lessons they have learnt, fears they struggle with and what advice they can give to someone in the first 1-3 years of their business.

Podcast Interviews
Finally recording for my podcast

 

What fears hold you back when you think about creating your podcast?

Are you secretly struggling? What do you want to ask? Who would you love me to interview?

From the research I have done it seems that people are waiting from a year to 18 months before finally biting the bullet and starting their podcast. 

Is that you? 

I can tell you that it was me, I was happy to edit and advise but I was too scared to put myself out there.

I listen to a whole bunch of podcasts, but I felt that sometimes a route wasn’t followed or a conversation was at a surface level or that some people make freelancing and or owning your own business sound like a walk in the park.

Hint: It’s not.

So I have questions I want answered, I want to create a community that asks the questions that I do and is looking for support.  The goal is to add value for the listener to be a resource.

 

When I speak to women who want to start their podcasts, the question I get a lot is “do you think it’s a good idea”?

 

My answer is almost always yes, as I know how scary it can be to put yourself out there, to be seen, to make your opinions known.  So how can you grow your confidence muscles?  I love affirmations. (There are some great podcasts to get you started if you can’t come up with your own). What I’m working on is a short course for you to crush negative thoughts and dig deep into your idea for a podcast. Do you know who you want to talk to? What you want to talk about and why you want to podcast?  My 10day Podcast Inspo course will help you get there.

 

That’s what I have been working on here at Maven HQ (aka my desk)

I promise there will be a link soon. Keep checking back.

Have a great weekend.

What’s on your playlist?

Hello short and sweet for today. Every month I send out a playlist of great podcast I have listened too and want to share with my list. So I have decided that each week  here on the blog I will share an episode of a podcast I have discovered and loved.

What are you listening too?
What’s on your playlist?

If you want the full list, don’t be shy please join my mailing list.  This week I want to introduce you to The Trip : Roads and Kingdoms.

Start with Goats, Gods and Garlic – find out about “goat twitter” (yes that’s a thing) a fathers secret goat meat supply and the beauty of Nepal.

Have a listen tell me what you thought, do you have a show I can recommend?

If you did listen and love please leave them a rating and review because… well because it’s a nice thing to do. Have a good one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My podcast workshop didn’t quite go as planned

So I had a workshop planned last week, and I had been advertising for a while and I had 4 people signed up. The night before there was a stom and rain was forecast for the whole week. I wanted to cancel before people cancelled on me. Ever felt that way?

Podcast Maven workshop
What I learnt from my workshop

I turned up anyway and only one guy turned up. (Sidenote I’m feeling nervous about putting this story “out there”) I wanted to cancel, go home and re-plan for another day. Instead I had the time to really get more involved with this podcaster and his awesome idea. I can’t wait for him to release his podcast!!!

I got to understand what was tripping him up, what I need to explain in more detail  and how to explain some concepts in better detail. The whole point of this is to share that what looked like a loss turned into a huge opportunity to share my love of podcast tech and planning and to get one more person on the road to launching.

 

When have you turned what looked like a loss into an opportunity?

Let me know. I’d love to hear it.

Your First Podcast Interview – How to be a great guest!!!

Has your emailing campaign and outreach paid off? Have you finally booked your first podcast interview? Great!! Where are you going to be when they call you? You hadn’t thought of that? It’s fine, zip through the infographic and learn what you can do to make this as successful as possible.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret, just because you record the interview, it doesn’t mean it will be released.

 

What can send your interview to the “not great” pile?

 

Podcasters are protective of their audiences time, so bear in mind that the selection process ends at the end of your interview. If the interview is a dud,  it might go into the “didn’t work out pile”. This can have a lot of factors, perhaps there wasn’t a conection between you and the host, perhaps you were in a noisy place, or maybe you didn’t read the prep notes your host sent.

 

I say this alot but please, please, please make sure you are in a quiet place when you are being interviewed. Life happens but  your spot at Starbucks during lunchtime is not ideal as there will be a lot of background noise.

I could go on for ages (wink, wink)  but it’s easier for you to look at the infographic. Questions? Feel free to get in touch.

 

Rock your first podcast interview

How to be a great podcast guest: Give away the good stuff

You will get the chance to tell people about who you are and what you do. Then make sure before the interview that you have one place to send them where they can find out what they want to know about you. If it’s your website great. No website yet? A landing page will do. Also make sure that you have some sort of “gift” offer for listeners.

Make sure it’s not fluff, if it’s a download make sure it is something that saves people time, teaches them something and that they might have been prepared to pay for.

Remember you want to create value!! Also your links will live in the show notes as well so make sure you have suitable working links.

Most hosts will also link to your social links in the shownotes as well. So make sure these are set up.

How to be a great podcast guest: You have 90 seconds

You have 90 seconds

Be mindful when the host gives you a time limit.

Especially when the host says something like “you have 90 seconds to tell us ….”

Try and stick to that time frame, actually do not try. Do it. This tip was given to me by @blackpillradio who commented on my IG thread.

I was on a panel with 5 other awesome ladies talking about:

  • Women in podcasting
  • The equipment you need
  • What holds people back from getting started and how to push through that

Do you have something to add? What do people need to remember when they are being interviewed?

How to be a great podcast guest: Be on time

No long explanation for this one be on time. Put a reminder on your phone. Yes life does happen, but treat this as you would any other professional engagement. Full disclosure I was crap at this last month when I was interviewed and was a little fraught with things, but now I’m back on track.

Watch the clock
Be on time for your interview

 

The podcast will normally use the first minute to check levels and make sure you are comfortable, it is time well spent and neither of you want to be flustered and rushing to get everything in.