You've got the tools to make a great podcast, but there's more to it than just stitching the tracks together. Your takes should be tight, your sound quality professional, and your content concise and interesting. Here are a few tips that will help you as you work towards that perfect podcast.
Keep it short and sweet – Most podcasts are too long. Short attentions spans mean that every word has to count.
Give your listeners a road map – Tell them what they're going to hear and when. Give them the opportunity to listen to what interests them and skip what doesn't
Try and try again – Record as many times as you need to for the best possible take. No matter how interesting your subject matter is, listeners aren't going to suffer through commentary that's squeaky, static filled, or hard to hear. They'll just turn it off.
Take small bites – Don't try to record your whole show all in one take. Your odds of getting a high-quality recording of high-quality content, organized in a high-quality manner are very, very low. Just because some other guy rambles into a microphone for 60 minutes straight doesn't mean you have to.
Easy on the mood music – or not – Musical interludes between topics can be great mood-setters, but if they're too long – more than 30 seconds – the show can lose momentum. Unless, of course, your podcast is about music. If that's the case, keep the commentary to a minimum and focus on the music.
Think forward – If you can plan your next show in advance, try to give a preview of upcoming podcasts at the end of each recording. This will keep people tuning in and help to build your listener base.
First impressions matter – If your first minute isn't fabulous, nobody will ever know about all the great stuff that comes later in your podcast. Consider devoting half of your effort to making a spectacular first minute.
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