How to Start a Podcast – Before you hit record

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So, you’ve read all about podcasting you could find. Picked a topic that really suits you, bought the right podcast equipment, and you are ready to record your first episode. You think. Before you hit record, you might want to check in with yourself before starting your podcasting journey towards success.

Over the past few weeks, we asked our community about their best piece of advice to new podcasters. Today, we will talk about the phase every podcaster will recognize between an idea and a first recording. We’ve collected some interesting and hopefully meaningful advice for you.

Gain confidence before you hit record

We want to start with giving you some confidence. Starting a podcast is no small feat. And Johnny La Pasta from the What’s the Pasta Podcast describes it perfectly:

“Starting a podcast can feel intimidating, overwhelming, and challenging in the very beginning. But just as with anything, with a little practice and time, it all becomes easier and more comfortable. So my advice is nothing technical or logistical; it is simply to know and trust that if you keep working at the craft, you will get over those beginning trials and find your way to a space where podcasting is not only easier but also more fun!”

For the ones who are looking for a bit more technical and logistical advice. Take a moment to take a deep breath and remember the following:

“Concentrate on producing content in terms of 1) quantity, 2) quality, 3) improving sound.
In that order.”
– Heather Faye – Watching Netflix Without You.

Preparing your storyline is king

Preparing a few episodes (our community advises 3-5) before even thinking about recording helps you get the vibe going. Still, it also gives you some more time to think about your storylines. You remove some deadlines for yourself, and less stress often makes better content.

When you created your storyline, or at least think you plotted your first few episodes. It could be helpful to plan it the same as Walker Raigh from the Scratch & Sniff podcast. What he says about wanting to be flexible and creating a good story arc is essential.

“Plan your podcast with post-its! Being able to map out and move interviews or stories around to craft your schedule or a good story arc is critical to embrace the flexibility of podcasting. Post-its make it feel like you have permission to change rather than feel you’re formally locked in place due to everything living in a pristinely crafted google doc. Try and give yourself as much permission to flex and flow as you can when you’re starting.”

Come up with a creative podcast rhyme

Talking about a good story arc, Mal McCallion from The Growth Execution Podcast makes sure his audience is coming back because each of his episodes rhymes. He does it through a question, but this can also be something else. Try to be creative here!

“Always have the same specific question that is answered or point that is returned to each episode to keep the audience coming back. Each episode should rhyme – the more it does, the more people wonder what will happen next time out. They love to hear different people’s answers to those questions – and they love to know that you honor them enough to keep asking it or talking about it.”

You are not a well-established show (yet)

Are you satisfied with this last check-in moment before you’re going to hit record? 100% ready to kick things off? Alright, we’ve got one last piece of advice for you from Leo Allen from the Voluntary Input Podcast:

“Don’t over-think because of listening to what well-established shows are doing, especially when it comes to recording equipment. It’s important to remember that many well-established shows were built over time and may have large production budgets. Stick to your content and be genuine!”

Have fun!

Read previous episodes from our ‘how to start a podcast’ -series.

1. The Basics.
2. Pick a Topic.

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