Three ways to improve your podcast by taking time to analyze what you are creating
You’ve started your podcast, which is great! While celebration is in order, as many never get to this step, you should now be asking yourself “What’s Next?” Where do I go from here?
Figure out what makes your podcast great!
As you are relistening to your work or as you are recording it, take a break and think about what makes your podcast unique, interesting, or something that was done really well. Also looking at your audience and seeing where they frequent. Does you talk about these things? Is this part of your market that you may be missing? I always frequent places like reddit and other forums of the internet to find inspiration for new episodes.
Re-listen to your work
The most critical person of your work will always be you. It’s like rewatching a play in football to see where you went wrong. I always wait a couple weeks until the podcast isn’t fresh in my head and I re-listen to EVERY SINGLE PODCAST I release. I look for several things while I’m re-listening
- Sound Quality
- Minor Changes
I look at these three things for ways to improve. Was the content that week entertaining and enticing? Is the sound quality up to par? Are there any minor changes I can make to improve in the future? Relistening to your work will always give you ideas for better development of your craft, your show, and future productions.
Ask for Help
Asking for help is the easiest way to get a new perspective on your work, having friends listen to your work not only helps with promoting the show, but gives it a fresh perspective.
I am always willing to listen over podcasts and give advice, and others are as well. Always be polite and never have any expectations of a yes. While it is a nice gesture, many podcasters are very busy (which is understandable because we as podcasters have a lot to do with our shows).
Always ask friends and family to listen to, not only as a fans and supporters of your work, but to give critiques of your show as well. I always appreciated the casual, “Hey, when I was listening to (insert recent episode), I had a hard time hearing (insert co-host).” Or “With this last episode I loved (insert topic).” Your fans are always a great source of inspiration and critique, so don’t be afraid to ask.
Go out and ask people for help, while this is your show, different perspectives on your topics can help you see things from different perspectives!
You can always send your podcast to me and I can definitely give you feedback, find me on Facebook or Twitter @BillLazerman.
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