The Art Mastering Podcast Production.
Are you wanting to start a ? Do you love the idea of speaking into a mic, talking about the things that matter to you and then publishing your for the world to hear?
Sounds pretty simple, no? It goes without saying, there are few platforms that allow you to build such strong and emotional connections with a than a does, but there’s much more to it than speaking for 30 minutes about something you care about and calling it a day.
To produce a you need to master great .
What type of do you want to produce?
There are various formats to choose from, but making sure you pick the right one to suit you and your audience is essential. Let’s take a look at a few of the options.
Co-hosting is a great way to create conversational and social to flow, be dynamic, energetic and draw the in. . Co- podcasts can be with two or more people and the naturalism that comes with individuals talking helps the
Solo podcasts are the most challenging for many. From coming up with the ideas to creating the – everything is down to you. Usually, in these types of podcasts, it will always be only you – no interviews, no co- , just you. Although speaking alone and having to keep the engaged can seem daunting; if you are capable they are a great way to build a great connection with your and make them feel as if you are on a one-on-one. However, of course, co- or interview podcasts allow you to have a dynamic and energy to bounce back and forth. That being said, there is one key benefit to a solo show, your can be done when ever and you can record for as much and as little as you want.
Interview podcasts mean you can have something new and interesting to talk about in each due to having different each time. For this reason, it means you don’t have the same pressure to come up with different topics each time and similar to co- podcasts, they are conversational and hold the same type of energy.
Now you’ve chosen your format it’s time to start prepping!
Although most people think that being a is sitting down, having a chat and then putting it out into the world, this, unfortunately, is not the case. Before getting to that stage you have to prepare. Thinking about the various topics you will cover in different episodes and how long will the podcasts be?
When deciding on a topic you have to understand what it is your audience want. Research them, and identify their interests, their likes, dislikes, and their problems. Once you have collected this information, coming up with topics should seem a little easier.
Research other podcasts
to have a look at another that is in your niche and see what topics they cover is another great way to get inspired and have a better understanding of what your wants.
If you already have an existing audience on a page you’re in a fortunate position and you can pretty much just ask them what they’d like to listen to. With platforms such as Instagram allowing you to do polls and questionnaires, this will massively help you figure out your topics.
The ideal length
First of all, there is no perfect the , long podcasts can be great and create even stronger emotional connections with the audience. length. While short podcasts can be great to keep them sweet, snappy and grab your audience’s attention, it really depends on what your is about. As long as your is interesting and provides value to
To decide what is the perfect length for your – think about a few of these questions:
When does your audience listen?
If your short and snappy can be beneficial, between 25 – 30 minutes is great for these types of shows. is aimed more at individuals listening in on their morning commute, then keeping the
What topics are you talking about?
If your topics are complex and require in-depth conversation to truly give value to each one, then longer podcasts are much more suitable, the last thing you want is to be discussing a powerful topic that has the potential to help people and you end up rushing or not covering enough due to not having the right amount of time. A good will be responsive to the trending topics and themes in their niche.
How often will you be publishing?
If your aim is to publish a short. Alternatively, if you are releasing a once a month, you want each of them to bring value and therefore it is recommended to produce longer episodes. daily, then long podcasts might be a little much with the , & publishing. Instead, it would be recommended to keep the
How much time to do have for ?
If you are short on time then you should look to divide the evenly between, pre production, production, & post production and . Always leave time to market and engage your . You can always hire help from a or other professionals to .
Inviting to your is no easy task, especially if you are new to the game. However, they can be a powerful way to attract more listeners and boost engagement.
You need to ensure that firstly you are researching your ideal guest, there is no point having a well-known influencer on when they have nothing in common with the . Make sure you are choosing people who will be able to talk about whatever it is you decide to base the on.
As most will tell you, finding can take time, there can be a lot of back and forth and conversation before a guest agrees, for this reason, it is imperative you give yourself time and don’t leave anything to the last minute.
Personalise and sell
You are asking someone who possibly has never heard about your before. This is why you need to personalise each pitch, tell them what they will get out of this, why this suits them, your strategy, your and how this can be a great opportunity. Make an argument that is irresistible and compelling, one that they won’t be able to resist.
People are busy, and just because you don’t hear back the first time doesn’t mean you should give up – always follow up!
Structure is essential. The last thing you want is to lose track of what you are saying and have blank moments in your . . Once you have chosen your topic, research and decide what it is you want to cover. This doesn’t mean you have to write out word for word what you say, but simply write a list of subjects you wish to discuss; this helps the to flow and for you to feel more relaxed when . This has the additional benefits of reducing the time it takes to and helps map out for your
Choosing a title
When choosing a title you need it to be engaging and you need to capture the audience’s attention. Here are a few things to consider when deciding:
Make sure it describes your topic well so that it is clear what the is going to be about.
What is the problem that is going to be solved in this ? What are the listeners going to gain from this?
Use SEO to make your title easily searchable on Google and all the .
Now, you’re halfway there to mastering , however, you’re not quite ready to start producing like a pro – make sure to keep an eye out for our next blog post to find out how to conquer and .