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Jun 26, 2015

This is a bonus episode for our series on how to podcast.

Brad Clayton from the Entrepreneur Uncovered podcast comes on to share some of the struggles that he's had over the past couple months getting started with his first podcast.

 

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Jun 26, 2015

This is a bonus episode for our series on how to podcast.

Brad Clayton from the Entrepreneur Uncovered podcast comes on to share some of the struggles that he's had over the past couple months getting started with his first podcast.

 

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Jun 5, 2015

There are a TON of resources for podcasters to help them take their podcast to the next level. I'm going to be listing just a few of them here.

To start off, here are some of the podcasts about podcasting I listen to regularly:

School of Podcasting
The Audacity to Podcast
Podcast Answer Man
Ask the Podcast Coach
Podcast Review Show
The Podcasters’ Studio
Podcasters’ Roundtable
Podcast Talent Coach
The Podcast Report
The Podcast Producers

There are many other podcasts and blogs about podcasting, and you can find a great list at PodcastPlaces.com, which is a resource put together by Daniel J. Lewis of The Audacity to Podcast.
iTunes Reviews
Every week, I get all of my iTunes reviews from around the world sent to my inbox via MyPodcastReviews.com (another awesome service from Daniel J. Lewis). If you were to manually check on these, you would need to go through a long process of check each country's store in iTunes.
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Podcaster's Library
Phillip Swindall (Show Notes Guy) created a library of resources for podcasters. This library includes tons of information on the following aspects of podcasting to prepare you to launch, or even to re-launch your podcast to a more successful future:

WordPress
Podcasting
Email Marketing
Social Marketing, and
Mobile Marketing

For a limited time, you may be able to get this great resource for $49 (normally $299).
Podcast Production Services
As I've mentioned before, I am helping podcasters to take their podcasts to the next level and recover their time. I started doing this in February 2015 through PodcastGuy.co. If you use the discount code "CSA", you can receive 20% off the first month of whichever package you choose. Plus, the first episode is always free.

One of my clients, Scott Barlow, created this video, sharing his comments about us working together.

http://traffic.libsyn.com/simpleliving/podcastguy_htyc.mp4

The post Resources for Podcasters (3-13) appeared first on Creative Studio Academy.

Jun 5, 2015

There are a TON of resources for podcasters to help them take their podcast to the next level. I'm going to be listing just a few of them here.

To start off, here are some of the podcasts about podcasting I listen to regularly:

School of Podcasting
The Audacity to Podcast
Podcast Answer Man
Ask the Podcast Coach
Podcast Review Show
The Podcasters’ Studio
Podcasters’ Roundtable
Podcast Talent Coach
The Podcast Report
The Podcast Producers

There are many other podcasts and blogs about podcasting, and you can find a great list at PodcastPlaces.com, which is a resource put together by Daniel J. Lewis of The Audacity to Podcast.
iTunes Reviews
Every week, I get all of my iTunes reviews from around the world sent to my inbox via MyPodcastReviews.com (another awesome service from Daniel J. Lewis). If you were to manually check on these, you would need to go through a long process of check each country's store in iTunes.
WordPress Plugins

Blubrry Powerpress
Pretty Link Lite
Social Subscribe and Follow

E-mail Newsletters

Hot Pod
Pod to Pod

Podcaster's Library
Phillip Swindall (Show Notes Guy) created a library of resources for podcasters. This library includes tons of information on the following aspects of podcasting to prepare you to launch, or even to re-launch your podcast to a more successful future:

WordPress
Podcasting
Email Marketing
Social Marketing, and
Mobile Marketing

For a limited time, you may be able to get this great resource for $49 (normally $299).
Podcast Production Services
As I've mentioned before, I am helping podcasters to take their podcasts to the next level and recover their time. I started doing this in February 2015 through PodcastGuy.co. If you use the discount code "CSA", you can receive 20% off the first month of whichever package you choose. Plus, the first episode is always free.

One of my clients, Scott Barlow, created this video, sharing his comments about us working together.

http://traffic.libsyn.com/simpleliving/podcastguy_htyc.mp4

The post Resources for Podcasters (3-13) appeared first on Creative Studio Academy.

May 29, 2015

Shawn Manaher is the host of the Author Hangout and the Sidepreneurs podcasts, and comes on today to share his tips about podcasting and podcast promotion. In episode 101 of the Sidepreneurs podcast, Shawn shared 101 tips that he has learned regarding podcasting.

Shawn start by sharing his best podcasting tips:
[Tweet "Absolutely everything will take long, be harder, and won't matter as much as you think. - @ShawnManaher #podcasting"]

[Tweet "Create templates for everything. Systematize everything as much as possible. - @ShawnManaher #podcasting"]
Follow your routine!
What is the greatest tip that Shawn has been able to gather from the many interviews he's done?

On his podcast, Shawn asks his guest what the number one thing that contributes to their ongoing success. A common answer among high-level performers is to have and follow a routine. This helps to get them in the flow and maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of what they do.
Shawn's promotion tips

New and Noteworthy in iTunes
Strategic tweeting 20+ times per day to connect with influencers
Create systems and utilize virtual assistants
Strategic posting on social media
Create Quote posts for each episode
Include an image with social media posts
Be consistent with your promotion

Bonus session next week
I originally planned on having this session conclude this series, but I feel compelled to bring one more. There are a lot of resources available to podcasters. I'm going to share some of those next week.
Semester 4
Over the summer, we'll be having our Semester 4. These sessions will be scaled back some between June and August. I am working on getting back to the original intent of this site and podcast, which is to create resources that are easy for people to get and consume.

One of the resources will be some tutorials/courses about podcasting. I'll be using some of the content from the podcast episodes that we have done in Semester 3, but there will be much more content as well. I will be creating several levels of accessibility to these: some will be completely free and available, some will be for those subscribed to the newsletter, and some may be used in a paid/premium course.
PodcastGuy.co
I am doing some podcast production, and I'd love to help you with your podcast. As a listener of this podcast, I will give you a discount if you use the code 'CSA' when you inquire about one of the three packages on PodcastGuy.co.

The post Podcast Promotion and Tips with Shawn Manaher (3-12) appeared first on Creative Studio Academy.

May 29, 2015

Shawn Manaher is the host of the Author Hangout and the Sidepreneurs podcasts, and comes on today to share his tips about podcasting and podcast promotion. In episode 101 of the Sidepreneurs podcast, Shawn shared 101 tips that he has learned regarding podcasting.

Shawn start by sharing his best podcasting tips:
[Tweet "Absolutely everything will take long, be harder, and won't matter as much as you think. - @ShawnManaher #podcasting"]

[Tweet "Create templates for everything. Systematize everything as much as possible. - @ShawnManaher #podcasting"]
Follow your routine!
What is the greatest tip that Shawn has been able to gather from the many interviews he's done?

On his podcast, Shawn asks his guest what the number one thing that contributes to their ongoing success. A common answer among high-level performers is to have and follow a routine. This helps to get them in the flow and maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of what they do.
Shawn's promotion tips

New and Noteworthy in iTunes
Strategic tweeting 20+ times per day to connect with influencers
Create systems and utilize virtual assistants
Strategic posting on social media
Create Quote posts for each episode
Include an image with social media posts
Be consistent with your promotion

Bonus session next week
I originally planned on having this session conclude this series, but I feel compelled to bring one more. There are a lot of resources available to podcasters. I'm going to share some of those next week.
Semester 4
Over the summer, we'll be having our Semester 4. These sessions will be scaled back some between June and August. I am working on getting back to the original intent of this site and podcast, which is to create resources that are easy for people to get and consume.

One of the resources will be some tutorials/courses about podcasting. I'll be using some of the content from the podcast episodes that we have done in Semester 3, but there will be much more content as well. I will be creating several levels of accessibility to these: some will be completely free and available, some will be for those subscribed to the newsletter, and some may be used in a paid/premium course.
PodcastGuy.co
I am doing some podcast production, and I'd love to help you with your podcast. As a listener of this podcast, I will give you a discount if you use the code 'CSA' when you inquire about one of the three packages on PodcastGuy.co.

The post Podcast Promotion and Tips with Shawn Manaher (3-12) appeared first on Creative Studio Academy.

May 22, 2015

Darrell Darnell is the founder of Pro Podcast Solutions, taking care of podcasters by handling their audio editing, show notes, and many other aspects of their podcast. Darrell has helped many people start podcasts and has a great podcast launch strategy to maximize their efforts. We also talk about the different podcast directories that we should consider having our podcasts in.

Darrell has

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May 22, 2015

Darrell Darnell is the founder of Pro Podcast Solutions, taking care of podcasters by handling their audio editing, show notes, and many other aspects of their podcast. Darrell has helped many people start podcasts and has a great podcast launch strategy to maximize their efforts. We also talk about the different podcast directories that we should consider having our podcasts in.

Darrell has

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May 17, 2015

Jeff Brown from the Read to Lead Podcast joins us to talk about his post production and editing philosophy and workflow. He was also on the School of Podcasting sharing some of his podcasting experience and tips.

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May 15, 2015

Jeff Brown from the Read to Lead Podcast joins us to talk about his post production and editing philosophy and workflow. He was also on the School of Podcasting sharing some of his podcasting experience and tips.

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May 10, 2015

You would like to get a better recording. And you don't want it to take forever.

One thing you can do is learn to make improvements while you are recording. Last week, we talked about some things we can do before we record (preparation part of podcasting workflow). I have 15 tips to help during the recording process.

This week we also have Bill Conrad from New Media Gold. He has recorded in many different environment and experimented with a bunch of different things. He shares some great insights and tips for podcasters.

Tips for better recording

Drink water
Use chap stick/lip balm
Breathe in through your nose
Speak over your mic
Use a pop filter and windscreen
Get close to the microphone
Turn up the gain only as much as needed
Room with soft features
Try to get children and pets away from your recording room
Gently instruct them on being quieter
Turn phone and notifications off
Mute computer sounds if possible
Have microphone on a different surface than computer
Get comfortable with silence
Make note of spots to make corrections

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May 8, 2015

You would like to get a better recording. And you don't want it to take forever.

One thing you can do is learn to make improvements while you are recording. Last week, we talked about some things we can do before we record (preparation part of podcasting workflow). I have 15 tips to help during the recording process.

This week we also have Bill Conrad from New Media Gold. He has recorded in many different environment and experimented with a bunch of different things. He shares some great insights and tips for podcasters.

Tips for better recording

Drink water
Use chap stick/lip balm
Breathe in through your nose
Speak over your mic
Use a pop filter and windscreen
Get close to the microphone
Turn up the gain only as much as needed
Room with soft features
Try to get children and pets away from your recording room
Gently instruct them on being quieter
Turn phone and notifications off
Mute computer sounds if possible
Have microphone on a different surface than computer
Get comfortable with silence
Make note of spots to make corrections

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May 2, 2015

Today, Dave Jackson from the School of Podcasting joins us to share some an experiment he's been working on: How to Podcast for free. He shares his experience after podcasting for 10 years, as well as insights from being the Director of the Podcasting Track for New Media Expo.

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May 1, 2015

Today, Dave Jackson from the School of Podcasting joins us to share some an experiment he's been working on: How to Podcast for free. He shares his experience after podcasting for 10 years, as well as insights from being the Director of the Podcasting Track for New Media Expo.

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Apr 24, 2015

Rob Walch joins us to talk about his journey in podcasting. He also gives us the low down on media hosting and how important it is.

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Apr 24, 2015

Rob Walch joins us to talk about his journey in podcasting. He also gives us the low down on media hosting and how important it is.

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Apr 18, 2015

Are you struggling to come up with a topic for your podcast? This is the episode to help you figure that out!

Hopefully you at least have a broad idea of what to podcast about, but here are some questions to ask yourself:

What do you love?
What do you like to talk about?
What do you want to learn?
Which influencers do you want to connect with?
What will help grow other aspects of your business?
What will provide you with enough content to carry on long term?
Would you do it for free?

The ideas above help to figure out how to choose a podcast topic for the show overall, but sometimes you need help figuring out what podcast topic for each episode.

Start by making a list of ideas
Follow different blogs in your niche
Search social media hashtags for related questions from people
Ask questions of people, especially in social media groups
Always be on the look out for content
Plan ahead as much as possible

 

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Apr 17, 2015

Are you struggling to come up with a topic for your podcast? This is the episode to help you figure that out!

Hopefully you at least have a broad idea of what to podcast about, but here are some questions to ask yourself:

What do you love?
What do you like to talk about?
What do you want to learn?
Which influencers do you want to connect with?
What will help grow other aspects of your business?
What will provide you with enough content to carry on long term?
Would you do it for free?

The ideas above help to figure out how to choose a podcast topic for the show overall, but sometimes you need help figuring out what podcast topic for each episode.

Start by making a list of ideas
Follow different blogs in your niche
Search social media hashtags for related questions from people
Ask questions of people, especially in social media groups
Always be on the look out for content
Plan ahead as much as possible

 

The post How to choose your podcast topic (3-6) appeared first on Creative Studio Academy.

Apr 9, 2015

In the last session, we talked about different podcast formats. Several of these involve more than yourself, and you need to learn how to work with these podcast guests. Whether the other person (or people) is a regular co-host or an interview guest, there are some great practices that will help the relationship grow and move the podcast forward better.

David Hooper from the RED Podcast (Real Entrepreneur Development) also joins us today and talks about his experience with podcasting, radio, and the music industry. He shares a lot of great stories and advice.

I've been podcasting for over 2 years and have done several different show formats. For one podcast, I had a regular co-host with some other guests from time to time. On this podcast and my other podcast, I periodically have interviews with people. Here's are 10 tips I've learned:

Don't cold call. Have meaningful interaction before you ask.
Make easy for the other person to schedule the interview.
Make it clear on how the interview will take place (phone, Skype, etc.).
Make sure you have the timezone right!
Send a reminder before the interview time.
Make sure you're ready when it's time to start.
Start with a little light conversation to ease the guest into the recording process.
Give the guest a quick overview of what to expect.
Be mindful of the time. Confirm the guest's time availability.
Follow-up with the guest afterwards.

David Hooper:

Working with guests and co-hosts
Solo shows
Scripting a show
Dealing with negative feedback
Tip: Just jump in

 

If you're interested in getting help with your podcast, check out PodcastGuy.co and see how I can help you!

The post How to work with podcast guests – David Hooper (3-5) appeared first on Creative Studio Academy.

Apr 9, 2015

In the last session, we talked about different podcast formats. Several of these involve more than yourself, and you need to learn how to work with these podcast guests. Whether the other person (or people) is a regular co-host or an interview guest, there are some great practices that will help the relationship grow and move the podcast forward better.

David Hooper from the RED Podcast (Real Entrepreneur Development) also joins us today and talks about his experience with podcasting, radio, and the music industry. He shares a lot of great stories and advice.

I've been podcasting for over 2 years and have done several different show formats. For one podcast, I had a regular co-host with some other guests from time to time. On this podcast and my other podcast, I periodically have interviews with people. Here's are 10 tips I've learned:

Don't cold call. Have meaningful interaction before you ask.
Make easy for the other person to schedule the interview.
Make it clear on how the interview will take place (phone, Skype, etc.).
Make sure you have the timezone right!
Send a reminder before the interview time.
Make sure you're ready when it's time to start.
Start with a little light conversation to ease the guest into the recording process.
Give the guest a quick overview of what to expect.
Be mindful of the time. Confirm the guest's time availability.
Follow-up with the guest afterwards.

David Hooper:

Working with guests and co-hosts
Solo shows
Scripting a show
Dealing with negative feedback
Tip: Just jump in

 

If you're interested in getting help with your podcast, check out PodcastGuy.co and see how I can help you!

The post How to work with podcast guests – David Hooper (3-5) appeared first on Creative Studio Academy.

Apr 3, 2015

There are two things that many podcasters don't like to deal with, and one of those is the show notes. Philip Swindall is the Show Notes Guy and comes on today to share his podcasting journey and how he created a business around helping podcasters with their show notes.

There are two main purposes for show notes:

Increased SEO value
Providing information/links for podcast listeners

Each of these two purposes target different audiences, so you want to create show notes that makes it as easy as possible to accommodate each one. The podcast listener is primarily looking for the links and other goodies mentioned in the podcast episode - they're not necessarily looking to get all the details. Provide this information in an easy way by using headers in the content and providing a summary of the links and calls-to-action. The details on the show notes page, if done right, can help boost your search engine rankings, too.

Phillip starts out by talking about his journey working with TV and radio many years ago. He became interested in early podcasting efforts, but never jumped in. In 2010/11, he started to touch the podcasting world a little. In 2014, he jumped into the podcasting world with both feet as he launched his business as the Show Notes Guy during Podcast Movement 2014.

In the interview, Phillip shares the importance of having show notes and how to have better show notes. He shares how to get his guide on writing better show notes. I am downloading this myself so I can improve the show notes here! (The show notes for this episodes should be updated and improved soon!)

Phillip also shares the editing cheat sheet he put together about how John Lee Dumas edits 8 podcast episodes in one and a half hours!

 
Here's a transcript of the episode:
Joshua: "Alright welcome to the show Phillip. How are you doing?"

Phillip: "I'm doing great Joshua it's good to be here."

Joshua: "Yeah definitely glad to be able to have the opportunity to talk to you. I've been listening to you for several months now on your show the podcasters brought to you by the show notes guy."

Phillip: 'Hey you got the phrase right."

Joshua: "Like I said I've been listening."

Phillip: "It's all in branding dude, you got to brand it."

Joshua: "It is and so you do a very good job with that. And so everyone knows you as the show notes guy and they know you as the show with the podcasters. And I definitely love the show that you got there and you have a good mystery there with bringing interviews on and doing some solo stuff and answering questions; and definitely a very good resource. So for the person that's listening to this I would recommend going over there and checking out the podcasters by the show notes guys podcast. But what I want is to start out is just kind of start with your story because you haven't been podcasting for very long. Not even in the podcasting space for very long so can you go ahead and tell us your story about how you got into it and then kind of what you're doing with it."

Philip: "Well Joshua I started working in radio and television in the 1980s. I was working in a lot of different areas of broadcasting doing some news, some print journalism even; doing a lot of different things. And then I got out of the broadcasting arena for a while. And that bug once it gets in you just don't ever get rid of it."

Joshua: "Yeah!"

Phillip: "And so when I was in Seminary in the late 90s blogging was just coming on. My first blog actually was on a movable type blog and then they started charging. So we had to start finding other platforms and I eventually landed on WordPress which now is just a beast. But back then it was a bit of a struggle. But even when blogging was just starting guys were thinking hey why can't we do this with audio? We can do it somewhat with video. YouTube wasn't around just yet but you know there wer...

Apr 2, 2015

There are two things that many podcasters don't like to deal with, and one of those is the show notes. Philip Swindall is the Show Notes Guy and comes on today to share his podcasting journey and how he created a business around helping podcasters with their show notes.

There are two main purposes for show notes:

Increased SEO value
Providing information/links for podcast listeners

Each of these two purposes target different audiences, so you want to create show notes that makes it as easy as possible to accommodate each one. The podcast listener is primarily looking for the links and other goodies mentioned in the podcast episode - they're not necessarily looking to get all the details. Provide this information in an easy way by using headers in the content and providing a summary of the links and calls-to-action. The details on the show notes page, if done right, can help boost your search engine rankings, too.

Phillip starts out by talking about his journey working with TV and radio many years ago. He became interested in early podcasting efforts, but never jumped in. In 2010/11, he started to touch the podcasting world a little. In 2014, he jumped into the podcasting world with both feet as he launched his business as the Show Notes Guy during Podcast Movement 2014.

In the interview, Phillip shares the importance of having show notes and how to have better show notes. He shares how to get his guide on writing better show notes. I am downloading this myself so I can improve the show notes here! (The show notes for this episodes should be updated and improved soon!)

Phillip also shares the editing cheat sheet he put together about how John Lee Dumas edits 8 podcast episodes in one and a half hours!

 
Here's a transcript of the episode:
Joshua: "Alright welcome to the show Phillip. How are you doing?"

Phillip: "I'm doing great Joshua it's good to be here."

Joshua: "Yeah definitely glad to be able to have the opportunity to talk to you. I've been listening to you for several months now on your show the podcasters brought to you by the show notes guy."

Phillip: 'Hey you got the phrase right."

Joshua: "Like I said I've been listening."

Phillip: "It's all in branding dude, you got to brand it."

Joshua: "It is and so you do a very good job with that. And so everyone knows you as the show notes guy and they know you as the show with the podcasters. And I definitely love the show that you got there and you have a good mystery there with bringing interviews on and doing some solo stuff and answering questions; and definitely a very good resource. So for the person that's listening to this I would recommend going over there and checking out the podcasters by the show notes guys podcast. But what I want is to start out is just kind of start with your story because you haven't been podcasting for very long. Not even in the podcasting space for very long so can you go ahead and tell us your story about how you got into it and then kind of what you're doing with it."

Philip: "Well Joshua I started working in radio and television in the 1980s. I was working in a lot of different areas of broadcasting doing some news, some print journalism even; doing a lot of different things. And then I got out of the broadcasting arena for a while. And that bug once it gets in you just don't ever get rid of it."

Joshua: "Yeah!"

Phillip: "And so when I was in Seminary in the late 90s blogging was just coming on. My first blog actually was on a movable type blog and then they started charging. So we had to start finding other platforms and I eventually landed on WordPress which now is just a beast. But back then it was a bit of a struggle. But even when blogging was just starting guys were thinking hey why can't we do this with audio? We can do it somewhat with video. YouTube wasn't around just yet but you know there wer...

Mar 28, 2015

In today's session, our guest is Steve Stewart from the Money Plan SOS and The Financial Wellness Show. He talks about his podcasting journey, how it is helping him work toward self-employment, the different types of podcasting formats, and the Pretty Link plugin (both the free and the pro versions).

 
Solo show
The solo show is pretty obvious: you do the show alone. You prepare your notes or script and then record it by yourself. Of course, you could choose to have a live audience while you record, but yours is the only voice on the show.
Interview show
A popular podcast format is bringing different people on and interviewing them. This kind of format allows you to have another person to talk to, making it easier to have a flowing conversation. You are also able to bring (potentially) two audiences together (yours and your guests), making it a win-win for both people involved. Depending on your experience and personality, this can be an easy format to utilize.
Co-hosted show
A co-host can be great to provide an additional person, but brings more stability than the interview-based podcast. You and your co-host can develop a great relationship and the listeners can learn to expect the varying opinions. A caution here: both of you should love the topic, but if you both have the exact same opinion, then one of you isn't necessary.
Feature show
Box of Inspirations podcast is an example of a different format where the host is not on the show himself. He gets on Skype with his guests and has them share their inspirational story.
Story-driven show
Several podcasts, such as Serial, have become more popular. This is where there is a story that drives the podcast forward, usually spanning multiple episodes. Stories can be really engaging, but this format of a podcast can be more work than some of the others.

 

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Mar 27, 2015

In today's session, our guest is Steve Stewart from the Money Plan SOS and The Financial Wellness Show. He talks about his podcasting journey, how it is helping him work toward self-employment, the different types of podcasting formats, and the Pretty Link plugin (both the free and the pro versions).

 
Solo show
The solo show is pretty obvious: you do the show alone. You prepare your notes or script and then record it by yourself. Of course, you could choose to have a live audience while you record, but yours is the only voice on the show.
Interview show
A popular podcast format is bringing different people on and interviewing them. This kind of format allows you to have another person to talk to, making it easier to have a flowing conversation. You are also able to bring (potentially) two audiences together (yours and your guests), making it a win-win for both people involved. Depending on your experience and personality, this can be an easy format to utilize.
Co-hosted show
A co-host can be great to provide an additional person, but brings more stability than the interview-based podcast. You and your co-host can develop a great relationship and the listeners can learn to expect the varying opinions. A caution here: both of you should love the topic, but if you both have the exact same opinion, then one of you isn't necessary.
Feature show
Box of Inspirations podcast is an example of a different format where the host is not on the show himself. He gets on Skype with his guests and has them share their inspirational story.
Story-driven show
Several podcasts, such as Serial, have become more popular. This is where there is a story that drives the podcast forward, usually spanning multiple episodes. Stories can be really engaging, but this format of a podcast can be more work than some of the others.

 

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Mar 19, 2015

When it comes to podcasting, everyone seems to be concerned about the technology.

This is our second session about how to podcast, and we'll be talking about this topic. Technology covers both the hardware (like the microphones, mixers, and recorders) and the software. This will not be a deep dive into all of this - there's too much to cover in one episode - but we'll give you enough to get you going in the right direction. If you have specific question, feel free to reach out to either me or to our guest, Ray Ortega.

Ray Ortega comes on the show today to share his insight and excitement about podcasting technology. He's always playing with different equipment and experimenting with audio techniques. This is because podcasting is his full-time job and his night-time hobby. He is the host of The Podcaster's Studio and the Podcasters Roundtable.

Podcasting hardware
Here's some of the major podcasting hardware that you may use:

Microphone - A microphone is one of the basic pieces of equipment that a podcaster needs. There is a wide range of microphone options, from the built-in microphone in your computer/laptop to high-dollar, professional microphones. For podcasting (or any other "professional" audio recording), I recommend not using the built-in microphone - the quality is really low. In the episode, Ray explains a little bit about condenser and dynamic microphones. A strong recommendation for a good podcasting microphone is the ATR2100 or ATR2005 - they both have a USB connection (straight to the computer) and an XLR connection (to a mixer).

Audio mixer - An audio mixer is another great piece of equipment to help with podcasting. It's certainly not necessary. I only got a mixer recently and I've podcasted for two years without one. Again, there's a big range, and Ray talks about this a little bit in the episode.

Digital audio recorder - You can record using software on your computer or mobile device, but a digital audio recorder can be a great help. Software can occasionally crash or add noise to the recording, so a recorder can help with that. Ray discusses some of his recommendations in the episode.

Pop filter - A pop filter is a round screen that goes between your mouth and the microphone. It's job is to reduce the harshness of the plosives (p's, t's, etc.) and mouth noises (lip smacks, etc.).

Windscreen - A windscreen is the foam ball that goes over the microphone. It helps to reduce background noise a little, and it can also reduce some of the plosives.
Podcasting software
Audacity - Audacity is a free recording software that is fairly powerful. Some of the effects are easier with paid software, but Audacity can do a great job for many podcasters.

Adobe Audition - Adobe Audition is a paid piece of software that makes it easier than Audacity to work with the audio. I personally haven't used it, but Ray talks about this in the episode.

Bossjock Studio - Some people record into Bossjock on their mobile device. I haven't really used it for recording, but I have used it for mixing music and sounds. You can save different audio clips into the app that you can turn on and off with a simple button push. I have sound clips on my phone and then put that into my mixer so I can record some of the sounds as I record my voice.

Garageband - This is another popular app that people use to record podcasts. It can also be used for some editing and uploading the episodes. I haven't use it, but I've heard others talk about it.

 

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