Easy Podcasts How to Guide Part 1

The hardest part about creating and publishing podcast is getting enough courage to hit that record button and feeling comfortable enough to publish it.  I decided to write this because after last weeks interview I received some comments and e-mails asking if I would share how I did it.  I had planned to do this at some point but was going to wait cause I still don’t like a couple of the podcast things about the publishing process but it does work. 

I encourage others to offer any advice in the comments when it comes to topic as I am still learning.  I am not an expert at this but with a little help from google I was able to find all the answers I needed to create and publish a quality podcast on my wordpress blog with ease.

I going to split this 3 parts as follows.

Part One will Cover Preparation
Part Two will Recording Options
Part Three will be about Publishing…

Preparing for a podcast.

Before you begin I strongly suggest you make an quick little outline or bullet list of the topics you want to cover.  You want to do this for a couple reasons.

  • Make sure your cover all your points
  • Keeps you going if you lose you mojo (rambling and pauses not good)
  • Gives you a little more organization to you podcast
  • Create an intro or script to help get you started

Another thing you should do after you listen to yourself it make notes of any bad habits or annoying things you find yourself doing so they are in front of you to help prevent yourself from doing them which will greatly improve the quality of your Podcast. 

Here is a sample of my list.

  • Hit Record! (Very Important)
  • Don’t Say Umm
  • Don’t clear you throat or cough
  • Speak Clearly
  • Don’t speak to fast
  • Focus on your words!!!

Addition Tips if you doing this with another person.

    If you doing the podcast with another person you need to spend more time on the preparation process.  For the interview I did with Keller I did the following things to prepare.

  • I spend time learning about her and developing question which I sent ahead of time. 
  • I put together a script
    -This included a intro and 8 question for her review so she could have time to prepare her answers and really had a good idea of how things were going to flow.  I wanted to make sure interview went at least 16-40 minutes so 8 questions was a good number which gave about 2-5 minutes per question.
  • I included clear bold instructions for Keller as to what she need to do. 
    -Call this number and when, in addition I gave her a couple ways to contact me if she had any problems or additional questions. 
  • Before we began to record call we talked for about 20-30 minutes.
    -This helped to break the ice and make the both of use feel more comfortable.  We had never spoken other then e-mail.  This set the tone and made for a nice warm and personable interview.

In Conclusion

You can create an easy podcast just shoot right from the hip and hit record but remember you podcast will not be as good.  I did this for my 1st podcast but really my goal was just to see what I sounded like and how my equipment work.  It will take a while till you get comfortable with your voice so you might just want to hit record to so you can actually hear yourself and see what you sound like.

A couple other things I learned from doing my 1st podcast.  The 1st time I hit record I talked for about 5 minutes and realized that at least for me it took a lot of energy to talk nonstop for 5-10 minutes.  I immediately then challenged myself to do a 15 minute recording just to see if I could do it.  Another reason good reason your should have a outline or some sort of script.  If you plan on doing a 15-30 minute podcast you better be organized, focus and in the right frame of mind.

You will be seeing a lot more podcast and interview on this site as I think that add a lot of value and go over very well with my readers. Please stay tuned for the next two parts of my how to podcast guide.

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9 Responses to “Easy Podcasts How to Guide Part 1”

  1. Easy Podcasts How To Guide Part 1…

    The hardest part about creating and publishing podcast is getting enough courage to hit that record button and feeling comfortable enough to publish it. I decided to write this because after last weeks interview I received some comments and e-mails as…

  2. Greg Ellison says:

    I think you did an excellent job with your first big interview. It looks like you prepared yourself with the interview that you did. I can’t wait for the rest of the series on how to do a podcast. Greg Ellison
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  3. LetUpdate says:

    So,here you way to make the great interview before. :D
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  4. Dave Jackson says:

    While too many ums are annoying, I don’t want to listen to people reading a script. Bullet points are great. I recorded an intro (with music) and outro (with music) for my podcasts. Then I record the middle, and sandwich it in between the two. Saves time, and makes you sound professional

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  6. Brad Harmon says:

    Jared,

    I love that you started with Hit Record. I am not sure if that is a real reminder to make sure you are not talking unrecorded, or whether it is a challenge to get over your fear. Maybe it’s a little of both?

    I like the 15 minute challenge. I have played around with making a podcast, but like you, I found it took a lot of energy to talk very long knowing you are being recorded. There is just something about knowing I am being recorded that changes the way I talk.

    Thanks for sharing your experience. It is helpful as always!

    Brad

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    Thanks for the lovely framework for a podcast.

  9. Zola Goodell says:

    Wow, what an eye opener! Very Nice

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