If you are looking at how to make a podcast, then I thought it best to put together a format that you can work too, from start to finish, so to speak, along with some tips and tricks.
HOW TO make A PODCAST – QUICK LIST
- What do you want to communicate?
- Do a loose plan/script based on 1.
- Rehearse it
- Could you do it for real and save it? Edit it if needed
- Host it, either yourself or through a third-party provider
- Get an RSS feed and test it to make sure it works
- Put it out to as many podcast directories as you can or want to
- Promote by other methods too, for example, through your email list, website, etc.
Now let’s look at this in a bit more detail.
What do you want to communicate?
If you decide to use podcasting, you need to communicate something. Only you know what that is. You may be passing on your expertise, training, motivation. That is your call. What I can tell you is that:
- Telling stories works well
- Whatever you talk about, as with all communication, it must have a beginning, a middle, and an end
- Don’t ‘pad it out’. If it’s five minutes fine, if it’s twenty minutes fine
Do a loose plan/script.
They work best when you plan a loose outline based on the subject you are covering, and by what you hope the listener will have learned by the end of it. If you read from a script, people can generally tell and are unlikely to sign up for podcast number 2. Rehearse by all means but do not try to learn it line by line.
Some people suggest using a cue prompter. I’m not sure, but if they work for you, then why not? There is a number available online. You could try this one. It’s free and easy to use.
This is an important step, not least because your podcast will go better if you are comfortable that you know what you are doing. The key points that rehearsing allows you to do are:
- Become familiar with the technical stuff
- Listen to yourself and how you come across. You may well find you repeat yourself, this is common, but by assessing yourself, you can correct it
- Listen for background noise that you may not have been aware of, tapping the keyboard, etc.
- Learn how to save – so important and so easy to forget
Could you do it for real and save it? Edit it if needed
Forgetting to save is an easy and annoying mistake to make. I cover editing software elsewhere.
Host it, either yourself or through a third-party provider
You can put the podcast as a file on your own web serving space, or, commonly, you can use a third-party provider.
Costs for hosting can vary from just a few dollars a month to a couple of hundred dollars for significant podcasters. Try these: Podbean, Podhoster, Podcastfm, Jellycast, Cyberears, Podomatic. Or this free one: Lifehacker.
If you are looking at other free options, then ensure that it is open, not advert-supported or that in some other way, the service is restricted.
Get an RSS feed and test it to make sure it works.
Put it out to as many podcast directories as you can or want to
Try any from here: List Of Podcast Sites
Promote by other methods too, for example, through your email list, website, etc.
The same way as other events, your email list, partners lists, your website, your social media networks, Twitter etc.
RECORDING AN INTERVIEW
If you interview with someone elsewhere, you will want to ensure that both are recorded, and Skype is the standard way for this to be done. Here are two links that will help you do this. The next web or this one Labnol
Another option is to ask them to record their side, send it through to you, and then splice it together.
This paid-for product is highly rated by many for audio editing Adobe.
You might probably have the question in your mind that Where can I find free music for podcasts?
ROYALTY-FREE MUSIC SOURCES
You may find these resources useful if you want to add music or effects to your podcast. Most of you will not need them, but some will.
Make sure that you read licenses and any terms, also, some of them do sell music, but I would search through the free stuff first as there is plenty available. You may encounter the word ‘Podsafe’, which means, quite literally, it’s safe to use in podcasts. Try from: Find Sounds, Soundjay, Audiomicro, Freesound, Freesfx, Grsites.
What Are Others Saying?
So, finally, you got the answer to- How To Make A Podcast. If you have any doubt, you will try the above others.