In the Fall of 2018, I recorded my very first podcast. It was energizing. The guest had a great time, the recording went without major issues, and I had the microphones backward.
(Turns out, I had the mics the wrong way for about four months before I realized it. Thank you, Nico, for helping me out).
The plan was to get everything ready by the end of '18 to launch in January of '19. Part of that process was reaching out to trusted folks to get a feel of what they thought about a leadership podcast.
When I began polling some of my friends to see what they thought about our idea, the responses were helpful and funny.
The best one was from my good friend Ashley. The entirety of her message read:
I knew we were on our way after getting that hilarious response.
We now have over 100 podcast episodes published and streamed in over 35 countries.
What the what?! Not too shabby for a guy who didn’t notice the word ‘Back’ was facing forward on the mic for several months.
If you’re looking to start a podcast, I want to help. What I have listed below isn’t exhaustive, but it could help save money and time, which both carry significant value.
https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/how-to-start-a-podcast/ (this was the most useful blog for me)
Audacity & Anchor are the 2 things I started with, there’s so many options
Audacity, recording/editing. Anchor, distributing.
*We currently use Zencastr for virtual podcast interviews, Blubrry for distribution and detailed stats, Wordpress for our podcast website/landing pages, and Audition for in-person interviews.*
Questions & Phrasing:
Tell us about ____
What don’t we understand about_____
Who or what has influenced you the most in ____
Give us a working definition of ____
What was it that sparked the _____
What resources have been most impactful ______
How do you view the role of ______
One of my favorites: What surprised you most about _____
Helpful checklist I used (physical copy in front of me early on):
End of September
End of October
End of November
End of December
In this process, you’re going to fail. The power will go out, you’ll forget to hit record, a person won’t show for the interview, or they will and be a total dud.
Bottom line—go for it. You’ll learn a ton and potentially bring value to 100s or even 1000s of people.
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