Effective Podcast Tips
Many people assume that podcasting is all about audio and fail to
acknowledge the writing behind the show. Skilled communicators
understand the type of planning required in order to pull off a clean
final product. The most memorable and effective podcasts are always
well planned. Some of the best podcast shows use a script and follow
a structured format. The preparation that occurs behind the scenes is
similar to what would take place for a radio show.
Podcast Pre Show Preparation Tips
Preshow development, while monotonous and time consuming, will
determine the quality of the finished production. Prepare for your
podcast by following these simple steps:
Prepare interview questions in advance of the show. In addition,
develop possible follow-up questions and responses.
Anticipate how much time each segment should last. Make a schedule,
and keep in mind that you can edit audio segments down if necessary.
Inform your guests about what they can expect. Familiarize them with
the show’s format and give them an idea of the anticipated length of
the segment and the general theme of your questions.
Podcast Post Show Production Tips
Do not underestimate the importance of a transcript when it comes to
a podcasting. Transcripts boost search ranking and allow you to
re-purpose your show’s contents.
Just as in the movies, your podcast should be melded together with
smooth transitions between thoughtfully edited segments. The editing
matters! Use software to polish your production.
If a show is recorded in one large segment, it should be edited down.
Extraneous audio should be removed. Transition effects, background
music, and intro or extro can be added.
Provide your guests with a link to the show. If they are active on
the web there is a good chance they will promote the segment on their
Do not forget to add a section with links to any material cited in
the podcast show.
The planning and work that takes place before and after a podcast is
an important part for a professional show. Do not neglect preparation
or post-show production tasks.
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages marketing for RecordForAll http://www.recordforall.com audio recording and editing software.