5 Golden Rules Of Podcasting For A Successful Show
Experts predict that the number of podcast listeners countrywide will grow by 20 million annually for the next few years. It’s clear there’s never been a riper moment to launch your show, but how exactly will you make it a success? Well, you could start by learning the five cardinal rules of making a good podcast. Let’s get you acquainted, shall we?
Have Good Equipment
Serious podcasters — the shows you’ll be competing with, specifically — use professional-grade equipment. While it might be possible to record using your smartphone, that’ll likely force the audience to strain, and not many of them will tolerate it for long.
For what it’s worth, you don’t have to break the bank for state-of-the-art equipment. A decent mic, a headset, and acoustic panels to soundproof your studio will only set you back a few hundred at most. Also consider paying for a capable audio editing platform; not that you can’t get good software for free, but it’ll probably require a lengthy setup. You’re better off biting the bullet instead of wasting time on the setup.
Refine Your Voice…
Podcasting involves lots of talking. Obvious as that sounds, you’ll probably be surprised by how much effort it takes to talk through an episode *and* churn out material that’s listenable. Singers are often advised to practice diaphragmatic breathing (filling your lungs wholly) for a sturdy voice and good pitch control. Make this routine and you’ll never run out of stamina while recording —yeah, that does happen!
Also important is warming up your vocal cords before you commence an episode. This could be as simple as reciting a few tongue twisters, and advisably some lines from your script so you don’t find yourself stumbling over words. Being able to speak your points flawlessly without having to repeat will make the effort worthwhile.
…Along With Your Mic Technique
“Measure twice, cut once.” Apply this tailor’s maxim to your show by making sure your mic is properly set up from the get-go. You want it sat about 6-8 inches from your mouth so that you record at an optimal volume with minimal interference from breathing sounds. Oh, and you need to be sat comfortably on the chair yourself. Few things have as much potential to derail your show as an awkward posture.
Needless to say, it will take a bit of experimenting to find the most suitable mic setup and technique. The reward is that you’ll record high-quality audio the first time round, and consequently won’t have to spend too much time editing.
Structure is Key
We earlier highlighted the need to work off a script, but what exactly are you going to include in yours? Talking points aside, you might want to have a flow chart outlining how the episode will proceed from start to finish.
Not that a little spontaneity would hurt, but a well-defined structure builds consistency with the audience and gives them an idea of what to expect. It will also minimize the likelihood of veering off topic on your side.
Make Every Show Compelling
Let’s just highlight this in case it isn’t clear yet — creating a good podcast requires commitment, effort, and discipline. Having interesting material for your episodes is only half the battle. You must spend time polishing the recording so that it makes a strong case for itself. You know, something one can look forward to on their next commute, work-out, or alone time. Churn out such shows on a consistent schedule, and you’ll have no problem turning listeners into your loyal audience.