I just finished a 5-10 minute podcast for my Producing Media for Learning graduate course at the University of Colorado Denver and wanted to take a few moments to jot down some notes on the experience and process.
If you’re like me and fairly novice to podcasting, you’ll want to spend some time listening to and researching podcasts.
Here are a few sites I used for planning…
- CDC Audio Script Writing Guide
- How To Plan Your Podcast
- Scripting podcasts: Three tips for writing podcast episodes
- How to Podcast
- 5 Tips to Help You Write a Standout Script For Your Podcast Intro
And, a list of podcasts I listened to:
Once you’ve gotten a good feel for the structure and have picked a topic, you’re ready to start creating an outline of your podcast. There are a variety of ways to outline your podcast– I recommend creating one that works best for you.
Here is my final script. It went through several iterations before I settled on something I could use for recording. I tend to do better with scripted content but if you’re more comfortable winging it, your content will likely sound more conversational and natural. Again, it really just depends on what style you are going for and your level of comfort.
I went with an interview style podcast and recorded in segments. Before you record, you’ll want to spend some time testing your mic and recording/editing software. It will save you time in the long run. I used GarageBand on my Mac but Audacity is great open source option too.
I also used a Blue Microphones Yeti USB to record and purchased royalty free music from audiojungle.com for my intro/outro. If you don’t want to pay for music, GarageBand has a free and legal music library or you can search Creative Commons.
Of course, music is not a necessity, but I think it adds more depth to your podcast. If your podcast is longer than 10 minutes, you might want to consider adding in a “commercial break” to help keep your audience engaged. This could be another music clip or you recording your own commercial.
Lessons learned: As you can tell in my podcast, the audio levels are off and there is a “tingy sound” lurking in the background. I had recorded the vocals in two different locations, on different days. Although I tried to make sure the audio input levels were adjusted accordingly beforehand, the output proved I was off. I thought this was something I could fix in post production but quickly learned that it’s much easier to record correctly than fix after the fact. Something I will be more conscious of in the future.
Comments? Questions? Have more podcast tips? Please share them in a comment below!