I get messages almost daily about starting a podcast. They're HUGE right now, and growing. It's the new blogging, and I am so glad I got in over a year and a half ago before it felt so saturated.
I love the medium so much, because you can't game the system. You have to have a good personality, and you need to be interesting and likable, period. You can't hide your personality on a podcast.
What I'm saying is, go on with ya bad self. I never felt more fully expressed until I started podcasting. There's so much more to say that I convey in my tone, my speech, my jokes and during a natural conversation where I seek to share someone with you.
But I wanted to write about starting a podcast and share a few tips if you're thinking about starting one.
If you want the full low down, check out my Podcast Guide - it goes into detail, the steps to starting and growing a podcast.
What you must know first about starting a podcast:
Make sure you're sound is on point: Oh honey child you need to have good sound. It messes up the flow of your conversation, and gets really distracting if there's popping, crackling, differences in volumes...you can lose people easily. To make sure your sound is quality, you need to be in a quiet space (duh) you and your guests need to have headphones or headsets in, and if you want, hire someone whose professional to help out. We've done that from square one and it's been a huge differentiater for us. Make this a priority.
If you want to buy equipment, you can use this link here to buy what we use on Amazon!
Practice, practice, practice: People have REALLY short attention spans y'all. If you didn't notice when you're on your phone the entire time that you're watching TV, while making dinner and ordering things you need on Amazon...it's hard for us to pay attention to one thing at a time. Take this into consideration when putting out your podcast. You need to make sure your first episodes hook em in :) it may be your only chance to get listeners, and if they don't like it at first listen, you could lose em. So, practice, be in your voice, and make sure you get out all the shitty parts, awkward parts, uninteresting parts, before you share your gold with the world.
Have something to say: This is so major man. I cannot express it enough. This can't be the message to buy certain products, or to join this e-course...it needs to be the message of your soul. It's corny but the message of your soul, is channeled from your higher self. It's a message from source, God, whatever, that the person on the receiving end needs to hear. If you're being inauthentic, or hiding something, or have an ulterior motive, people can tell. The #1 reason for our success is the fact that from day one Lindsey and I have been our authentic selves. We have not held back in any way shape or form, and everyone's seen the process. The messy, messy process.
There's a lot more about technicalities marketing and growing an audience in the guide, and I could go on for days about how much work it is (I don't take weekends off and spend most mornings and nights working on things). But that could be boring :).
I'm always here too if you have questions, etc. just email me and I am here to help ya!
Oh yes, and you can download The Almost 30 Podcast here.