So you want to catch the podcasting craze, eh? Not sure where to start? I found this via Nicole’s Useful Sounds blog—Eric Rice — How to build a 10 minute podcast. Very simple and straight forward. Here’s the basic plan:
00:10 date/promo/tease/banter/ad00:20 theme music/intro00:60 preview00:30 ad/promo05:00 small stories/top story00:30 IDENTIFY02:00 feedback/secondary stories00:15 thank sponsor00:15 outroNow go out there and kick some ass!
But this is my favourite piece of advice:
QUICK TIP: Stressed about saying ‘um’ and ‘ahh’? Don’t be. You’re human. Relax. Just don’t do it in the intro to your show. You should never, ever, ever, ever have a reason to hesitate when you are saying your name and your show. It’s an absolute! Practice saying, “Hello, my name is ____, and welcome to _____, the show about ______ and _____!”
Seriously don’t worry about the ums and ahhs. Just relax. And I agree, practice your intro. A lot. Do it over and over until you really like the way it comes out, or you’re comfortable enough you can do it with out faltering.
Beyond that all you need is a basic microphone and software like Audacity–open-source and free–and you could be the next podcasting sensation!
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