I’m coming up to releasing the 15th episode of The Dobcast podcast, and while I certainly wouldn’t call myself an expert podcaster yet, I have learned quite a few things over the past 9 months since beginning it.
I first started a podcast simply with the curiosity of how it worked, and the desire to learn something new. I have learned since then that it has also had a number of additional benefits.
It certainly hasn’t been without its challenges though.
I have had to development and implement systems and processes to assist with keeping it on track and achieving our fortnightly publishing schedule, as well as pay close attention to my time management.
That being said, I still take many episodes very close to the wire, but having the fortnightly schedule has kept me going and accountable.
If you are thinking about starting a podcast, either for a business or personal interest, I definitely recommend it!
Interest in and consumption of podcasts are growing rapidly both globally and within Australia. And in Australia it remains somewhat of a “new frontier”, allowing early adopters to get a head start on others.
And if you’re keen to learn my benefits of having a podcast, read on…
1. Practice talking and asking questions
While my husband would say that I am very good at talking, I have no formal training or background in presentations or interviews.
With an interview-style podcast, my approach has been simply to try and have an interesting conversation with the guest, that ideally stays relatively on topic, and I use an interview outline template and draft questions that I share prior with my guest to help us both prepare.
What I noticed early on was the frequency of audible cues I use when listening to someone: “ah”, “oh yeah”, “really” etc. Which are quite normal in everyday conversation, but I find irritating as a listener and they are also annoying to edit out! As are “um”, “ah”, “you know” etc.
But I have found that the simple practice of showing up, having a conversation, asking questions, and listening back to interviews is gradually improving my presentation, speaking and interviewing skills.
2. An excuse to chat with interesting people about interesting things
To be honest this was probably the third reason I started my podcast in the first place!
I have always loved chatting with people about their areas of expertise, interests and business, so being able to do that regularly feels almost self indulgent!
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