How To Podcast
When we got the idea to start The Creator’s Life Podcast, it was mostly a joke until it wasn’t, and also knew we needed to take our content creation to the next level for our Striv teachers and students.
Have you ever had that moment where you’ve been dreaming of something for what feels like forever, and then when the time actually comes, you realize you have no clue what you’re doing? Yep. That was us.
Along the way, and by along the way, I mean 10 podcasts in, we’ve learned a lot, and one of the main goals of the podcast from the beginning was to have this “If I can do this, you can do this too,” kind of thing. And that’s exactly what we are trying to communicate and model to our audience of teachers and students. If we can podcat, you can podcast too.
So we wrote this blog to give you a general idea of what it takes, and what it doesn’t take to create a podcast (from our experience). Below are some of the main things that we’ve realized on this new creative pathway, and I’m sure we will continue to learn more. Regardless, we hope this serves as a resource for those who are wanting to create a new kind of content.
Things that we’ve found “easy”
-Finding Cheap Equipment
A person might assume that finding podcast equipment is only for professionals or that it’s really expensive, but that’s not the case. Depending on the quality you want for sound, you don’t need any equipment at all. If you’re just testing it out, try recording the episodes on your phone, or through headphones that have an external mic. If you’re wanting to go just a step above, there are plenty of cheap options on Amazon. I think our whole set up cost us maybe $50. Click here to order the USB mics we use.
Depending on your style of podcasts, getting people involved has also been a fairly simple process for us as well. People love to talk about things they are passionate about. If you can give people a general idea of the meaning behind your podcast, and it’s something they are passionate about, chances are, you found your first guest. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people outside of your normal circle of friends to get some new ideas in.
-Finding something you’re passionate about
This should be the easy part! If you’re starting a podcast, it’s probably about something you love! The Creator’s Life podcast was previously a blog series on our website with the same concept; interview people and share their stories, but in blog format. Being comfortable and knowledgeable about your topic is key!
Things that we’ve found “hard”
-Figuring Out Garageband
There are lots of software out there that you can edit podcasts on. We chose GarageBand, and if you’re familiar with iMovie, then it’s a fairly similar system. However, if you’ve never used an apple editing software, then GarageBand is totally new. For us, we had minimal experience with the software. We’ve spent a lot of time watching youtube videos and how to’s so that we start to figure out what we are doing. It’s been difficult, but it has gotten easier
Finding our Audience
While this was a difficult piece of starting the podcast, we would say it’s still a very important one. When creating your podcast, take time to think about who you want to listen in. Do you want people your age? Boys? Girls? People who like science? People who like art? Thinking about your audience will help you determine the kind of things you want to cover in your episode, and help your audience feel more connected to the show because they feel like they have something in common.
-Meeting New People
By far, our favorite thing so far has been getting to talk with our interviewees. We are super passionate about our conversations with everyone who’s been on and it’s been so incredible to hear parts of people’s stories that we didn’t even know were out there.
– Conducting Interviews
If you’re a social butterfly, then coming up with questions and asking them is your gold mine. We both enjoy talking with people, and we hope our podcast feels like grabbing a cup of coffee with a friend.
-Need to Have Good Interviewing Skills
On the contrary, if the above things don’t sound fun to you, here are some things you should think about. Interviewing skills are very important when having guests on your podcast. Learn how to write good questions, speak in transitions, and leave room for your guest to talk. If interviewing isn’t one of your strengths, then host a podcast that’s just you! Talk about the things you have knowledge about and share stories that way.
-Need to Have Good People Skills
Same goes for people skills. If you’re super introverted, maybe a Q&A style podcast wouldn’t be your cup of tea. Having good people skills means that you can make small talk all day long, awkward pauses don’t phase you, and you are willing to sit and actively listen when people are talking in order to ask good questions.
Not obvious things:
-Double triple listen to your episode
Read that again, double, triple, listen to your episode. After you’ve gone through the first part of editing. Listen to it again. I guarantee you’ll find an awkward pause you don’t want, someone getting cut off mid-sentence, or a volume spike in the middle of someone talking that almost makes you go deaf. Listen to it once or twice to make sure you got all the kinks worked out. Side note: listening to yourself talk will get easier. I promise.
-Don’t forget to blog and create a social copy
There’s really not a social media platform for sharing podcasts, so each time you release an episode, don’t forget to share it on all of your social media! It’s really the only way people will know that you’re making one.
-Don’t forget your cover art
Here’s the fun part: cover art! Design something clever or catchy that will serve as your graphic on podcasting apps. You can take a photo, create a graphic, or even digitally draw something like we did. Just make sure it captures what you think the podcast is about.
Did we cover it all? Doubtful, but these are just a few of the things that we’ve learned along the way, and we can’t wait to see what you guys come up with. Happy Podcasting!