If you’re thinking of starting a podcast, your first consideration is user experience. Later, as you complete series after series, your most important priority remains user experience. The reason is that podcasting is a broadcast medium that lends itself to a myriad of possible quality flaws. When you get it right, quality sound will resonate with your listeners, transforming them into subscribers $$$$!
I’ll never forget two years ago, early into my podcasting career, recording after office hours, I was startled by the office cleaner whilst recording mid-podcast. Screams followed by doubt over how to progress. I panicked, thinking I’d have to start again: a concept my guest would not be keen on exploring. However, the best practice response was quickly confirmed by my producer: keep rolling!
I learned, over time, that there will be many things that bring your podcast recording to a halt. Dogs barking, emails pinging, doors slamming, paper shuffling, guests heading into a danger zone wanting to back track. All these experiences will happen to you. Key is to keep going.
Whilst you can not control all the unknowns, one aspect you can control is sound quality. I have been known to record in my walk-in wardrobe when external commotion in my immediate surrounds compromised sound quality!
This blog is the first to announce my new website page: the Essential Guide To Podcasting. However, what’s even more important is that you, the podcaster, develop an innate persistence for sound quality. Consider these top five tips:
Set expectations for yourself and your guests
Provide briefs to guests to help them prepare the technology requirements in advance of the recording time
Always conduct pre-recording tests with guests
At times, decide to re-record when you’re not 100% happy with the quality
Enlist expert producers (highly recommended) to tidy up your recordings
Many podcasters use video recordings simultaneously with sound recordings. This could be because YouTube is their channel of choice for amplification. My opinion may be controversial in the podcasting circles but I believe that, unless you have someone or something visually appealing to enhance the user experience, stick to voice recordings. Many podcast hosting platforms now convert podcasts to YouTube posts in any case and, until Australian bandwidth reaches desirable upload/download speeds, it’s best to stick to the original medium!
If you follow all of the above and purchase the equipment recommended in my guide, you’ll be ready for podcast fame and fortune as well as subscribers, adding credibility and the likelihood of sponsorship deals sooner than you think. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s talk.