Have you ever had the feeling that you’re not fully expressing yourself? That you have more to say? Maybe that there’s something missing?
Although I have a blog, The Hundred Blog, which is and has been an outlet for me in a myriad of ways, I knew there was more. I knew that I could connect with more people in a different way.
So I asked for more.
Seriously! I asked the universe for the missing piece.
As things would have it, Lindsey (Simcik), my future podcast co-host was brought in my life. Along with her fun loving spirit, desire for growth and love of life, she had that same feeling I did. Each time we’d talk about what we want to do next, I’d reference podcasts that I had listened to that had inspired me. Podcasts like Being Boss, Rich Roll and Tim Ferriss. After so many conversations, Lindsey said, “why don’t we start a podcast”?
Well, why don’t we?
Once Lindsey and I had that first idea for Almost 30, we got to work right away. Even though 99% of it was unusable, and will never see the light of day, we recorded. We spent 6 months, and countless hours cooped up in closets recording what we thought would be a great podcast.
Behind two microphones, we talked about everything. We didn’t really know the concept or idea, but we tried on a few different ideas and concepts we had pulled from all of the podcasts that I loved and listened to daily.
That’s our process. We’re do-ers, not planners. We like to try things out, physically do them to figure out our path. The plan, came later.
Although we didn’t know what the format would be, or if people would even listen, we knew what we wanted it to be about. Almost 30 Podcast is about transformation, about growth, and it’s about navigating some of the most formative years of your life (your twenties and thirties). These are the years when you’re choosing who to date, where to work, where to live, which friendships to keep, how to manage your finances, how to connect with your spirituality, how to stay inspired…it’s a super transformative time!
As a whole, Almost 30 Podcast is a fun way to approach topics that can have a positive impact on your life. We talk about career, dating, sex, love, money and so much more. It’s approachable, authentic, fun and available each week on iTunes. I recommend you listen!
The best part about podcasting is that when you hear me speak you’re able to catch my tone, and hear my cadence…You can actually feel that person that you’re listening to using their voice.
My impact has been so much greater, my connection to an audience and the listeners of Almost 30 Podcast feels so much deeper and more authentic than ever before, too. When people recognize me, or reach out, or give me a compliment, its feels so much more real because they’ve heard me say something as it was intended to be said. There is only so much emotion you can put into writing sometimes.
If you’re thinking you’d like to start to do more, and maybe doing video or YouTube seems intimidating, having a podcast could be it! I knew that YouTube intimidated me way too much. Unless I was committing myself to be a full time YouTuber, it wasn’t going to happen. Plus you can podcast without makeup on, I mean how amazing is that?
Tips on how to start podcast:
Listen to Podcasts: This is/was key for me! You need to hear what you like, what you don’t like, how they are structured, what is the flow, how do they work with sponsors…it’s so important to actually like the medium itself before you decide to get into it! I wrote about my favorite podcast episodes here.
Ask to be a guest on someone else's podcast: Join other podcasts and speak your truth in front of an audience. If you are able to collaborate with others who have podcasts this will give you practice sharing your voice, being recorded on a microphone. It can feel weird at first so working through the awkwardness is so important!
Record yourself on your computer: Try to use the microphone and Garageband on your computer for a while. Play around with editing sound and hearing your voice. Again you need to get and be super comfortable with yourself.
Be consistent: Nothing is worse than when someone starts podcast, or any project, goes full throttle for a month and then stops. Like any business venture, you need to be committed and commit yourself to creating consistent content.
Think about answering these questions:
- What is your podcast about?
- How will you position yourself in the market?
- What kind of microphone will you use?
- How will you produce and edit your show? Who will produce and edit your show?
- How will you integrate creating this into your workflow?
- How will you launch and market your podcast?
- Will you have other people on your podcast? If so, who?
I think the most challenging part is figuring out the audio and sound. We have a studio, sound guy and editor that we use, and it’s critical for the quality of our sound. Having quality sound allows a seamless experience for your listeners and keeps them focused on what you are saying instead of the other noises, or lack of clear sound they are hearing.
The most important part, of course, is to stay true to who you are. Authentically. If you love Harry Potter, create a Harry Potter podcast, and put everything into it. Whatever it is that you have to say, use this space to say it!
If you want more information, and ALL of the nitty gritty details, I'd suggest getting my guide, here:
What's included in this guide:
- Worksheets to help brainstorm your podcast name and niche
- Questions to help guide an exciting style and vibe that people will want to listen to
- Detailed help for getting your RSS feed, and understanding the 'HOW' of your podcast
- Tips and tricks to use when growing your audience
- A document with strategies for getting sponsors and amazing guests
- Information on the tools you'll need to record for crisp quality sound
I now work with babes who want to start their own podcast, to strategize and figure out the message they want to share. If you want to do 1-1 podcast launch help, I have that here. Having grown Almost 30 to a half million downloads in under a year, we've learned a lot! So I am so happy to work with and share with others.
OKAYYYY so questions? How can I help? Let me know let me know!
I love ya!