Tag: learn to podcast

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.

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 

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.