More Tips to Help Perfect Your Podcast
Remember that once you publish your podcast, there is no way to know how many people are going to download and listen to it. Even if not everyone who downloads it may listen to it, as some may be subscribers who automatically downloaded and might not have gone back to listen to it, this number may still get significantly high. If you produce a successful podcast, there may be hundreds or thousands of people who have listened to what you had to say.
If you are not promoting a clear message, then your message and your voice are delivering something that you are not intending for your audience to hear. Remember that everyone will interpret what they hear, see, or read in a different manner. You need to take into consideration who your intended audience may be and make sure that the message you are trying to get across will be communicable to them. Closely monitor and edit your podcast in order to ensure that it will meet the quality standards you may hold.
Are you still waiting to hit the record button? Don't be afraid to start now, but there may be a few more lessons left in this book that can really help you before you start recording your podcast.
For instance, be very careful that none of the material in your podcast is slanderous. Slander is against the law and you can be sued over it. Be very careful or you are not stepping on anyone else's toes by releasing copyrighted material, improperly citing your sources, or slandering a person. If you are uncertain as to whether something is legal or not, it may be a good idea to consult with a lawyer prior to publishing the material. It is better to be prepared ahead of time and to be overly cautious than to get in trouble after the fact when there is nothing you can do to stop the spread of the published material.
If you are going to be using guest on your podcast, it is a good idea to remember that this guest is really doing you a favor by coming on your show. You need to treat your guests with respect and try to learn information about your guest prior to having them on your show. When you know details about your guess, this will show in your communication with them on your show. It demonstrates that you care about your guest and what he or she has to say.
Do some research on your gas prior to having them come on your show. If they wrote a book, try to read it. If they have a website, go visit it. If they produce podcasts, listen to them. If they are discussing a particular topic, go research that topic. You want to demonstrate that you actually care about having your guest on your show and are willing to put the time and effort necessary into knowing more about what is going to be discussed or what might be discussed during the podcast.
Just like any other type of production, whether for a movie, book, article, website, television show, or any other type of production, podcasts need to be edited before they are published. Many hours of editing are needed for every type of literary, audio, and visual piece of work and you should expect that the same amount of time may be needed in order to edit and perfect your podcast. You want to make sure your podcast comes across sounding very clear and concise, which is something you will not be able to be sure of without carefully listening to it.
Don't forget the discussion in this chapter and others about using a co-host. This is a great way to help expand upon your own ideas - two heads are definitely better than one when it comes to creative concepts and developing ideas. It also provides something different and a little bit of variety for your listeners.
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