In this episode, we share valuable lessons and advice that we’ve gathered over the past 88 episodes of our podcasting journey. If you’re starting a podcast in 2024 we highly recommend you listen, learn and implement some of the tips mentioned in this episode.
By doing so, you’ll save time, avoid our mistakes, and set yourself up for an easier podcast adventure.
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New Riverside users can get 20% off by using promo code CLIPPED at checkout.Follow These 12 Steps 1. Prepping is Key:
First and foremost, remember that podcast prepping takes time. Don't underestimate the importance of thorough preparation. Whether you're scripting your content or creating bullet points, putting in the effort upfront will result in smoother recordings and less editing in post-production.2. Avoid Interrupting Your Guests:
If you're conducting interviews, practice not interrupting your guests. Let them have the floor to share their insights. It may take some time and patience, but this approach ensures a more natural and engaging conversation.3. Finding Your Podcasting Voice:
Getting comfortable with your podcasting voice and style can take time—perhaps 50 or 60 episodes or more. Embrace the journey of self-discovery and strive to maintain a consistent and engaging presence on the microphone.4. Effective Use of AI:
While AI tools like ChatGPT can be valuable, be cautious not to over-rely on them. They should complement your skills, not replace them. Hone your editing, writing, and other podcast-related skills to ensure AI enhances your workflow, rather than becoming a crutch.5. The Importance of Lighting:
If your podcast involves video, invest time in perfecting your lighting setup. Good lighting can significantly impact the quality of your content, often more than the choice of camera. Experiment with different lighting setups to find what works best for you.6. Booking Quality Guests:
Change your mindset about booking guests. You'll be surprised how many potential guests are willing to join your show, even if you're just starting. Focus on building your show's reputation before reaching out to high-profile guests.7. Consistent Planning:
Plan your podcast content thoroughly and recognize that consistently coming up with fresh ideas can be challenging. Don't underestimate the effort required to keep your show engaging week after week.8. Stay Ahead in Production:
Stay ahead in your production schedule. Aim to have several episodes ready before launching your podcast. This practice helps reduce stress and ensures a consistent release schedule.9. Engage in the Podcasting Community:
Get involved in the podcasting community early. Attend conferences, connect with peers on LinkedIn, and participate in local meetups. The podcasting community is supportive and can provide valuable insights and networking opportunities.10. Embrace Editing:
Editing is your friend. Don't hesitate to edit out filler words, tangents, and unnecessary content to keep your episodes concise and engaging. A well-edited episode can make a significant difference in listener retention.11. Social Media vs. Podcast Growth:
Remember that social media following doesn't necessarily translate into podcast growth. While it's essential to build your brand on social platforms, focus your podcast growth efforts within the podcasting ecosystem, such as advertising on other shows and podcast swaps.12. Finding the Right Microphone:
Lastly, finding the right microphone for your voice is crucial. Expensive doesn't always mean better. Test various microphones and configurations to discover what suits your voice best.Closing Thoughts
So, there you have it—12 essential steps to consider if you're thinking about starting a podcast in 2024. Remember, podcasting is a journey, and these insights will help you navigate it more effectively.
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