Recording Your Podcast - part 2
Continued from Recording Your Podcast (part 1)..
Your words should have emotion and feeling in them. Get excited. Laugh. Be personable. Be someone that YOU would want to listen to on a regular basis. At the same time, be natural. If you have a Southern accent, don't try to mask it and pronounce words as you never would in your normal everyday speech. People love accents that are different from their own, as long as they can understand what is being said. Most find it pleasant to listen to.
If you use slang, use slang that your audience will understand the meaning of - or be prepared to explain it. Often, if the audience won't understand the slang without an explanation, it is best to avoid it altogether. Above all, always keep your overall goal in mind, as well as your audience. While this is your platform, and you can say anything that you want to say, you don't want to offend or alienate anyone that may be your potential long time listener or customer. Don't say anything that is going to come back to haunt you.
At the same time, don't be afraid to be controversial. Think of Rush Limbaugh. Some loved him, some hated him, but all tuned into his show regularly - to disagree with him or to see what idiotic thing he would say next if nothing else. He was very animated and passionate in his speech and about his topics, and this is what you want to strive for - even if there are those that will disagree with you.
Use your normal voice. This is a mistake that many first time podcasters make. You don't have to sound like the radio announcers or show hosts. Use your voice, and speak as naturally as possible. You don't have to shout. People in Japan will be able to hear you just fine when they listen to your podcast. In fact, depending on the sensitivity of your microphone, you may find that you need to work at speaking softer than usual.
Hopefully your recording software will allow you to set the options where the same volume on the recording is maintained whether the actual volume of your speech changes or not during the recording. Note that not all recording software has this feature, and it can be expensive. So, if shouting or getting really loud when you get excited is not a problem for you, don't worry about it.
Purchase a good pop screen. These are also often called pop filters, and they go in front of the microphone. This reduces popping sounds that often occur when we say words that contain letters such as P, B, or F. You can get a pop filter from Radio Shack.
Watch the decibel mark on your recording software. You don't want it to go in the red. The ideal decibel mark on the meter is 0. On your recorder settings, set it to record at CD quality, which is usually about 44.1 kHz. If you have a higher quality available than that, use it. If you mess up in your speech while recording your podcast, don't sweat it. Just keep going. This can be edited out and replaced when you get to the editing phase. Pretty much everything can be corrected with editing.
Now, once you finish, if you feel like the entire thing will need to be edited, go ahead and take the time to redo it if possible. It will be faster. If you are interviewing someone else, you don't have to re-interview them. You can re- record your questions, and insert them into the recording before the answers.
Again, relax. Breath normally, speak normally, and just be yourself. There is absolutely no point in being nervous when you are recording your pod cast. It is just a recording, not a public live broadcast. Until you are ready for the rest of the world to hear it, nobody else, other than you and the people that you invite to listen, is going to hear it. It can be edited. It can be completely redone if necessary. Nothing is set in stone at this point.
While you just recorded the first five minutes of your podcast initially, for testing purposes, it is a good idea to run through - recorded or unrecorded - the first few podcasts for practice. This will get your relaxed, and it will even reduce stumbling over the words a bit, because after you've written it, and practiced it, you will be better able to know what is coming next.
Are you finished? Great. Save the file, and make two copies. Put one on your desktop to work with, and another copy in your documents file, in case you make irreparable mistakes while editing.
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