Do you Want to starting a podcast ? You listen to it regularly and you would like to have your own, but you don’t know where to start? Having a podcast means being able to talk about a subject you are passionate about and send a message to your listeners. we love is that the podcast is a living format, which can be listened to everywhere and which allows emotions to be conveyed. And as with web writing, there are certain rules to follow for a launch with complete peace of mind. It is true that there is a multitude of information on the web, but it is not always easy to navigate. So with Olga, we want to share with you our journey to arrive at the launch of our podcast Tell me about you. So here are our5 top tips for starting your own podcast.
1. Find your subject before launching your podcast
Let’s start at the beginning. When you want to start a podcast, you first have to know what topic you are going to talk about. It may sound silly, but if you don’t figure this out from the start, you can quickly spread yourself thin and lose your listeners in the process. Finding the theme of your podcast is therefore the starting point.
If you do not yet have a precise idea, we advise you to focus on a theme that you master, that you are passionate about. This will be felt in your episodes. The people who will listen to you will be there for a specific subject, which will help or motivate them in their personal or professional life. You can therefore choose to talk about your job, but also about your passion, or even share a life experience, etc.
For example, Olga and I have chosen a global theme around online training, learning, entrepreneurship on the web. Every week, we share interviews with inspiring infopreneurs, or thoughts on how to move forward in your journey towards entrepreneurship.
2. Create a podcast: know your target
Once your theme has been validated, you need to know who you want to contact. Indeed, the angle you choose to approach your podcast will determine your audience. For the same subject, you can address beginners or experienced people, women, men, parents, young people, individuals, professionals, etc.
To take a more concrete example: if you decide to start a podcast on nutrition, your episodes can be aimed at a confirmed audience who wishes to improve their knowledge, or a novice audience who wishes to discover the world of food. healthy.
In our case, we are addressing people who are starting out on the web and who want to train to acquire and/or deepen their skills.
By knowing your target like the back of your hand, you will know exactly how to talk to them and touch them. She will feel understood and valued by listening to your episodes. So, she will be happy to find you with each new episode.
3. Find a catchy name for your podcast
You have your theme and your target, yes! Now you can start looking for a name for your podcast.
This name must be powerful for your target audience. Indeed, when a person searches for a podcast on a specific topic, if they come across a name that speaks to them, they will certainly click on it to listen to it. It can be related to the topic of the podcast by including a word that makes a reminder. Or it may be a name that piques curiosity. To intrigue your audience, you can include a touch of humor, an expression, an onomatopoeia, etc.
If your podcast is about a dynamic topic, feel free to use bubbly vocabulary. Conversely, if you have a more sensitive, calm theme, prefer a register around serenity, perhaps.
4. Getting started with a podcast: don’t forget the editorial schedule
Once your podcast begins to take shape, we strongly advise you to make an editorial plan. You can (or even should) plan several episodes in advance so you don’t find yourself running out of time, or running out of ideas.
Then, it is up to you to choose your publication frequency to start your podcast: one episode per day, per week, every two weeks, or even one per month. It’s up to you.
It is obvious that depending on the form of your podcast, the schedule will be more or less easy to establish. Indeed, if you decide to record interviews for each episode, you will have to adapt to the schedule of your guests and take it into account in your organization, for example.
Your calendar therefore helps you to see your episodes coming, but also to plan their publications. Yes, you will also have to save them, edit them and upload them. So good organization will be essential to avoid finding yourself underwater.
5. The material to start a podcast
Yes, we talk to you about the hardware last. It’s true that when you want to start a podcast, you immediately wonder what microphone you need for a podcast, what editing software, what to record the episode on, etc. But all this comes after what we have just seen. Yes, yes, really.
The most important thing is your message and who you want to convey it to.
Then you may wonder how it will turn out in practice. But honestly, for starters, headphones and a phone may suffice. Olga started with her headset mic, and it was just fine. You don’t need to invest miles and cents upfront. However, we’re not going to lie to each other, it’s nice to work with quality equipment.
For those who know us, you know that we never do things the same way both. When it comes to the equipment used to record our podcasts, we have our preferences. And for once, both are excellent:
- for Olga, it’s a lavalier microphone from the Rode brand, totally adapted to her life as a digital nomad.
- For my part, it’s an Audio Technica ATR 2100 stand microphone. With a jack plug, it’s the easiest way to plug it into your computer.
Tip: when you record, make sure in your settings that the microphone used is the one you have connected, and not that of the computer.
Then, to hear our voices when we record, we opted for very basic headphones. Again, you don’t need high tech equipment to podcast, the most important thing is to dare to start.
5 useful tips for starting a podcast: what to remember
We have just given you our best advice to get you started. Honestly, last February, we did not imagine launching a podcast when the blog Choosing your training started . We really thought we’d stick to articles and social media.
But in the end, listening to other podcasts was the revelation for us to launch ours. Talking to our audience with an open heart by giving them resources to embark on entrepreneurship in turn is an extraordinary experience. Whatever your reasons for wanting to start your podcast, if you want to, GO FOR IT!
It’s such original content, which allows you to be spontaneous and convey emotions to your audience.
So start by choosing the theme of your podcast, your target and a name. Then you can organize yourself to plan your episodes. As we told you, the material is not the first most important point, headphones can be enough. But hey, we admit, it’s a big thrill to have your microphone and put yourself in the shoes of a podcast host. It boosts his confidence and credibility.