How to Start a Podcast
It’s easy for people to say that they want to launch their own podcast, to write their own scripts, to feature guests, and to record everything. But, what’s hard is taking actual actions regarding these. We get thrilled when some popular #Podcasters release one podcasts you can relate to, but we easily get scared and then we just wash away the thought of producing our own.
Not to deny, nothing ever comes off easy. So is Podcasting. But what makes a thing easy for people to do is when you commit yourself to actually doing it, and believing more in yourself and your capabilities.
But then again, where to start?
Well, I’m here to guide you step-by-step as to how you can start your own podcast as a beginner.
1. With an inspired brain, comes a great idea!
- First, you have to think about the theme of your podcast. You have to label it with a brand that will set it apart from all the other podcasts out there. Considering that there are millions, you have to think of what could be a good identity for your own, for people to distinguish its difference from others.
- Secondly, you have to identify who will be your audiences, and you do researches about them. The more insights you have, the more you’ll know how to connect to them.
- After knowing who will be your listeners, you have to formulate the contents of your Podcast. Focus on thinking what could be the first bomb to be thrown that will surprise the audiences. Think like you’re launching a rocket to space, yes, that big. Because the success of your Podcast lies at the hands of your first release. You have to really get them at the first appearance.
Basically, step one is all about using your brain. Formulating, brainstorming, and planning. When you have already chosen the content that you want to discuss in your podcast, you may now incorporate it with the overall design of how the show would look like.
2. Know your Equipment.
Podcast involves recording, and so the audio-visual part should not be compromised. Producing your own podcast, should make you mindful of everything you’ll need for recording.
- Microphones — You don’t need the most expensive microphone to have a quality recording. Always check your budget and your future finances so you don’t get short when things get ugly. As long as the microphone could register voice effectively, it should work fine.
- Recorder — This is just as important as the microphone. You have to store recordings here so you always have a back-up when files are missing. Again, it doesn’t have to be expensive or the best one in town, it just has to function well, and it shouldn’t produce a poor quality of recording.
- Software Editor for Audio — When plans A and B failed to work, there must be a proceeding plan. In this case, it’s this. Even if you made sure that the microphones and recorders are all set, we could sometimes overlook some technical problems and natural noise. But when you have software for audio editing, you’re good. Choose an editor that could fix the audio’s problem or one that could improve the recording more.
Now, those are all the equipment that you have to take care of. However, what is equipment without the skills? You also have to train yourself how to speak. Consider the tone, the emphasis, the voice quality, clarity, and confidence to top them all. Of course, to remind, these things should be incorporated with the contents and theme of your Podcast.
3. Getting a guest to be featured on your Podcast.
This portion really does help the podcast to grow big. Same as how podcasts can help the guests to gain more audiences. Feature guests that will surely be appealing to the audiences — the ones who can tell compelling stories and knowledge, and ones who can even invoke emotions.
Now, after completing all these steps, off you go and share your podcasts to different platforms! Let it grow big and reach more than your targeted audiences. Let your title, “beginner,” changed through time! From one who just started, to becoming a professional podcaster, maybe one of the bests of all time.