Podcasting Tips for Beginners
Starting your own podcast is exciting! So, we’re going to help you by going through a few podcasting tips for beginners you might find useful.
Blog vs Podcast
Why choose to do a podcast, rather than a blog? For most bloggers who have gotten weary of the constant writing and posting, most will be looking for new ways of sharing ideas or telling stories over the internet.
A podcast allows you share your content and ideas beyond written words and helps you connect with your audience on a more personal level. It also allows you to reach a different type of audience to those reading blogs online. More and more people these days prefer to listen to a podcast rather than actually read a blog post. In a recent study, it was concluded that more than 33% of Americans listen to at least one podcast every day. Just imagine that amount of traffic being directed towards your content each day, wouldn’t that be amazing?
Furthermore, a podcast not only helps to increase your followers, but it also helps create a bond between you and your audience. When your audience listens to your podcast, they feel like they are connected to you personally by simply hearing your voice rather than reading some words on a blog post.
If you are able to solidify this personal connection between you and your followers through your podcast, you will definitely be able to get their attention easily and gain their trust in a lesser amount of time, which is far lesser than the time it will take to actually read your content.
So, if you think you have what it takes to share your ideas through speaking and you definitely want to connect with your audience more than you used to, then I see no reason why you shouldn’t start your own podcast.
Here are 10 podcasting tips for beginners that can help you get started;
Podcasting Tips for Beginners
1. Be creative
If you are just starting, know that you might run out of new topics to talk about on your podcast. When this happens don’t panic because it is totally normal. You just need to focus on what you already know and rebrand it in your own way. Essentially, just find new ways not to repeat what someone else has already said on their own podcast. Be creative and give people a reason to listen to your ideas.
2. Create a backup file
If you intend to bring remote guests on your show as a beginner, we suggest you record the conversation on their end as well as yours. This is especially important if they are not in the same recording studio with you. This takes away all the unnecessary stress during the editing process because you have two clear audios from both guests. It can also serve as a backup in case something happens to your own file.
3. Buy better audio devices
Since podcasts are essentially audio based, then it only makes sense that you invest more on quality audio equipment. Getting yourself the best microphones and editing software is a good way to get started on your podcast. Without these top-notch devices, your podcast could be very hard to listen to. So, it helps you and your audience a lot when what they’re listening to is of the best quality possible.
4. Do a podcast for your audience
Every now and then, try to do a podcast specifically for your current followers. If you do this, it will solidify their loyalty to your show and make them want to share your ideas with friends. If you decide to create a podcast that will appeal to a wider audience, it may not be as productive as you might want it to be. In fact, you might even end up losing some of your current followers if you don’t acknowledge them at all.
5. Be engaging
Unlike videos, your podcasts don’t possess any visual content. Your voice is essentially the whole show. In trying to be engaging, we suggest you add a little bit of your personality to your podcast. If you have a comedic character, try to chip in a little joke once in a while in your podcast. But make sure you practice, as projecting your character is not as easy as it sounds!
6. Be sure to convey information with your podcast
Believe it or not, the major reason why people will always listen to your Podcast is if it is informative enough for them. They don’t want to spend their time listening to nonsense. Be informative enough with your work as it will continue to attract followers, both old and new. Use an anecdote if you can, but only use it to engage your listeners. It shouldn’t contain the major content of your podcast.
7. Talk at your own pace
Most podcast beginners don’t know how to talk at their own pace. By talking at your own pace, we mean keeping your flow natural and as conversational as possible. Don’t be too fast or too slow simply because you want to keep up with your time goals. If you allow your pace to interfere with your flow and the way you change from one subject topic to another, it will ruin your podcast. Your listeners wouldn’t be able to get your point and you would have wasted your time.
8. Have a few ideas ready before your first podcast
As a useful tip for podcast beginners, before your first podcast, have at least three ideas for your subsequent podcast ready to go, because it is extremely vital you maintain a regular appearance with your podcast as a beginner. Don’t wait too long to release your next podcast simply because your first was a huge success. If you do so, you might lose your audience. Being consistent with your podcast is just as important as how you start with your first podcast. As a beginner if you don’t have the resources to stay consistent with it, then I suggest you hold off a little longer, at least just until you are sure that you can be a regular podcaster.
It might even be a great idea to launch a few episodes on the first day, to give you listeners more to listen to and to get to know you.
9. Be brief as possible
For starters your podcasts should not be too long. Keep it as brief as possible. It doesn’t have to be a long podcast for it to be a good podcast, it’s the quality that matters not the length. As a way of helping you to be brief, get someone to listen to your content. They can help you edit out some part that are not necessary in case you are too invested in your work or too busy to do it yourself. Keeping your podcast as brief as possible helps because if it is too lengthy it might get boring and exhausting to listen to.
10. Be sure to use transcripts for your podcasts
If you have a YouTube channel, upload your podcasts there so it can generate a transcript for you. Transcripts will help pass your message across to people who are too busy to listen to your content and simply want to skim it, people who want to cite it, or even deaf people who are still interested in your work.