Basic Tips for Podcasting

Some basic tips from a podcaster who spent hours reviewing people's podcasts and put together this list of advice.
Basic Tips for Podcasting

(Note: This was written by Luis from Trooth Be Told Podcast. You can find a link to his podcast at the bottom)

Intro

If you don’t have an intro, MAKE ONE! Take 15-20 seconds to introduce yourself and tell us what we’re getting into.

Review

Listen to your podcast after you upload it and make sure your volume levels aren’t all over the place. You don’t want any one co-host to sound louder than the rest or for a host to overpower a guest. If you have music in you podcast this is a good time to make sure your music also doesn’t overpower your voice, remember they are here to listen to you. Lastly you want to make sure your intro isn’t super loud since a lot of people listen to podcast on headphones and typically listen at loud volumes.

Edit

Edit your podcast. It takes work and time but it’s worth it. What I mean by editing is make sure you remove such things as: too much breathing in the mic, too much background noise, pauses that are way too long and most importantly people talking over each other. Be careful not to over edit, some “uhms” are ok. Over editing can make a podcast sound choppy.

Notes

Make notes of key points you’d like to discuss or questions you might have for a guest beforehand. You don’t want to leave your listeners hanging while you search something up or come up with the next question or topic. This will save you time in the editing process.

Slow Down

If your podcast deals with facts, slow down! Give your listeners a chance to process the information before you flood them with more. Remember most people are being active while listening to podcast. Whether driving, working, or cleaning around the house. There’s nothing worst than feeling lost when listening to a podcast or not understanding what’s going on.

Listen

Listen to understand and not just to reply. Too many new hosts make this mistake and it’s obvious to the listener. Usually one can tell because the host will start talking before their guest or co-host finishes talking. This leads to people talking over each other.

Be Professional

Remember there is a time and place to be serious and funny (joking or laughing in the middle of a serious topic takes you out of the moment). Have fun with the podcast but if your co-host or guest aren’t making a joke try not to laugh. Some topics will remind you of a funny situation or a joke but remember to stay professional.

Avoid Crosstalk

A very well executed one-person podcast can be more interesting than a group who talks over each other.

Length

Most of the podcasts that have great content and keep me entertained are around 25-45 minutes long. This doesn’t mean your podcast shouldn’t be longer but if there’s too much filler, banter or insides jokes you could lose some of your audience’s attention. Make sure you track your analytics and pay attention to the average listening times.

Social Media

Make your social media links clearly visible. A lot of people are visual and will like to see pictures of those they are listening to. If they have to go searching for you, they might just lose interest.

Descriptions

Give your episodes clear descriptions. Don’t make your audience play a guessing game of what your episode is about.


Author: This article was written by Luis from the Trooth Be Told podcast. He spent a few hours listening to people’s podcasts on reddit and put these tips together.

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