How effective recording methods will increase your podcast viewership
Here we are! The moment of truth! After long deliberation and set-up you are now sitting in front of your microphone and ready to record your first show! Where do we begin?
Some helpful tips when recording.
1). Microphone Positioning
There are several different types of microphones and all pick up different types of sound. Traditionally you’ll be using a cateroid microphone, which provided a heart shape area. What does this mean?
Traditionally you’ll want the microphone about 6 inches from your mouth. Enough space where you aren’t yelling into the mic, but you’re not catching to much sound. Try some test sound checks and see what sounds the best.
2) Use Pop Filters
Pop Filters are easy to use and helpful with excess external sounds and hard sounds from you (Hard t’s and such). They are super easy to find and fairly cheap to purchase. I’ve seen them as cheap as 7 dollars on Amazon!
Pop Filters are essential for good sound
3). Write Out Your Intro
This may seem silly, but it helps; especially the first few shows. Having a script Things to include in your Intro:
- Introduce yourself
- Social Media Drop (Facebook/Instagram Etc.)
- Call to Action to Subscribe to the Show!
- Offer your Awesome website, where they can check out more shows
- Quick Intro to the show and talking points
Here is a helpful rubric for a good intro:
Hi and welcome to [Insert Podcast Name], my name is [name]. Don’t forget you can check out all of our other podcasts at [website name] and check us out on [Social Media]. Also, don’t forget to check out [website], for all new episodes and don’t forget to subscribe to us on Itunes, Spotify, etc. Today we will be talking about [insert topics].
Keeping your intro simple and easy allow the listener to know everything they are going to need to know about the episode. The more effective your intro, the better listener retention will be. Always make it your own!
4). Write a Schedule for the Show
Keeping yourself on track with a schedule, the worst thing you can do during your show is linger.
- First, determine the length of your show. Traditionally keep it between 30 minutes and an hour.
- Next, break down your talking points and give them each a time limit: 15 minutes for topic A, 20 minutes for topic B.
- Break down your intro and outro and you have a nice schedule set-up.
5). Pace yourself
If you’re like me, you get nervous trying something new, and with that begin to speak faster. That’s completely normal. The best thing to do is pace yourself, take a breath between sections. Relax, podcasting is fun, enjoy yourself while you do it.
Keep these things in mind while working on your first show and you’ll ace it!
Have a suggestion for first time podcasters, let me know @BillLazerman on Twitter