Podcast 101 – The 5 Things You Need To Start A Podcast

Let’s make it simple, here’s what you need to start your podcast.

 

Clear creative ideas are the basis for a great podcast
Podcast 101: The 5 Things You Need To Start Your Podcast – A great idea

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.

Dynamic microphone with a pop filter
A good dynamic mic will take you a long way

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 

How to Choose A Name For Your Podcast

What should you think about when choosing a name for your podcast?

 

How to find a name for your podcast
5 rules for naming your podcast What’s in a name?

 

 

It can be hard to stand out and be clear. We all know that we need something a little memorable until people hear our fantastic content and start recommending us!!! Here are 5 great tips on how to come up with a podcast name.

 

 

Your title should be easy to remember.       

 

If your title is long and complicated, can you simplify it a little?    Have you ever been out walking and searched for a show and you know it really well but all you get is ” No result“?    

 That drives me crazy! It’s normally because I made one typo. Don’t make it hard for people to find you. Keep the following in mind:

 


     Easier to remember – easier to find – easier to share.   


         

 Is it Easy to Work Out What Your Show is About?

Tip 2: Is it easy to work out what the show is about?

Can anyone work out what the show is about from the title? Have you chosen something a little obscure or quirky?

If people in your field will search for that term then that’s great; but if it’s an in-joke that you explain in your podcast. You are making things difficult for yourself.

                             Be fun, be creative but also be clear.                                                                                                                                                                 


       

 Question? What’s in it for me?   

 

Does your title explain your podcast's purpose
What’s in it for me?

 

If I’m glancing at a screen of titles, will I quickly be able to work out if I should choose yours?

Does your title explain what your show is about?


 

Your podcast title should be easy to spell

 

Make the name simple

 

 

Finally a Rule of Thumb.

Use fewer than 5 words in your podcast title
5 words or less.

Your podcast title should be 5 words or fewer.

 

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.