Thanks to advances in technology and innovation there are a handful of things that simply were not around a generation ago. One of them is podcasts. While podcasts originally were used a lot by television shows for directors and producers to give running commentary to run concurrently with the video content, podcasts do not have to parallel another media file. Podcasts are used weekly or on staggered schedules by businesses, organizations and sometimes just individuals with hobbies and passions. If you want to learn how to start a podcast, keep reading.
Steps on How To Start a Podcast
Start a Podcast
First, you need to consider why you want to start a podcast. Is there a subject that fascinates you and you want to spend more time focused on it? Do you have a business or professional angle in mind? It’s easier to market yourself towards potential employers if you come across as an expert on a particular subject. Likewise, you can use podcasting to establish a business you are associated with as an authority. This can help earn the trust and respect of prospects and existing clients.
Brainstorm Topics to Discuss
Second, you’ll need to come up with a list of possible podcasts within your chosen subject matter. Fortunately, you don’t need to write out or plan out every podcast you’ll ever do. Having ideas for one or two dozen to start with is plenty, as you’ll either decide to not continue the podcast, find a new direction to take, or watch it unfold and start presenting more ideas to you along the way.
Starting off with reacting to and discussing current events within the field or topic of choice is always a good place to start. Also reach out to any personal or professional contacts you know involved in the field, and arrange to interview some of them one on one. If you think about it, you probably know at least one or two people that you know can captivate an interested audience for an hour or so. Also keep an eye out for chemistry between multiple individuals, as creating podcast panel discussions can make a recurring podcast as an easy way to come up with recurring material.
Tools and Software
Third, you’ll need a place to record your podcasts. Luckily, you don’t need a professional sound studio in order to capture clean, crisp, clear audio. A quiet room without a lot of background noise, a recording device, and a good microphone are really all you need. Try out a sample on your smartphone in a comfortable room conducive to conversation, and then listen to it for any odd or distracting sounds or noises that would detract from the listener’s attention. It doesn’t take much work to create a safe space for recording your podcasts on a regular basis.
Fourth, decisions have to be made about what mediums to release podcasts through. Posting the file on your website is always a good idea where people can download it, although embedding it into a webpage can mean capturing ad banner revenue while people listen. Releasing podcasts through distribution services like iTunes is also very common, although the podcasts are often for free. While some podcasts are premium content, it is challenging to create something of such value that people will pay to just listen to it. Don’t be afraid to aim for that if it interests you, but be realistic about the difficulty in that. If you decide to stay with free content, consider posting your files to YouTube as well to start a channel of content that people can follow easily or even subscribe to.
Learning how to start a podcast is not complicated with today’s tools and technology. First ask yourself what your motivation is, whether it is enjoying a personal hobby, marketing yourself as a professional expert, or trying to grow your business. Then work on a list of potential podcast topics or ideas until you have ten or twenty potential blocks of content, always with an eye on other people who can join you so you avoid monologues. Identify a place where you can record professional level content without distraction, and then record your initial files and test out a few distribution mediums in which to get your podcasts out to the world.