Tips & Tricks

Podcasting Word of the Week: Courage

Whether you’re just getting started with your podcast or you’ve been behind the microphone for years, it’s always scary when you put something out to the world.

Even if you’re a veteran podcaster, some little part of you may still get that jolt of panic as soon as you press Publish. So many “what ifs?” can come into our head in those milliseconds as we watch our show upload to the world.

This week’s word is COURAGE.

Podcasting Word of the Week: Dream

Do you remember the moment you first said, “Hey, I should start a podcast!”? Do you remember what that idea felt like? It wasn’t just an idea; it was a dream. A dream you may have already turned into reality.

This week’s word is DREAM.

Coinciding with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, today can be seen as a reminder of the dreams we all have, including yours.

Podcasting Word of the Week: Commit

Now that 2019 is underway, time to honor your intentions of making 2019 an amazing year for both you and your podcast!

This week’s word is COMMIT.

In last week’s post, we took some time to rejuvenate your podcast, as well as yourself. Hopefully you thought about what changes you wanted to make to your show and how you can come to your audience as fresh as possible.

Podcasting Word of the Week: Rejuvenate

Happy first Monday of the year! Now is the time to brainstorm all you want to accomplish with your podcast.

This week’s word is REJUVENATE.

You've let your past go with last week’s Word of the Week and now you're starting a new year! What are you going to do to rejuvenate yourself and your podcast?

Podcasting Word of the Week: Release

Happy new year, podcasters!

I’m excited to announce that this year, I’m starting a series on Instagram and on this blog of Words of the Week.

You may have heard of picking a word or three for the year to focus on. Last year, I picked “Nourish” and it really helped me slow down and ask myself if things were nourishing to me or if they were holding me back or dragging me down.

But I also found myself wanting more variety, so I decided in 2019, I would be doing a word of the week, and because I want to share these with you, I’ve decided to relate them to podcasting.

5 Things To Include in Your Podcast Intro & Outro (and 1 Thing You SHOULDN'T)

5 Things To Include in Your Podcast Intro & Outro (and 1 Thing You SHOULDN'T)

So you’re ready to start your podcast but … oh, what do you say?! Well, you know generally what you’re going to say. You have ideas for your episodes, but what do you say to get started? And how should you end the podcast?

Listen to a handful of podcasts, especially from different genres, and you’ll find a multitude of different ways to start a show. None of the suggestions below are set in stone, and people are coming in all the time to change how “things have always been done,” and that’s awesome. But for those just starting out and need just a little bit of guidance, here are what I look for in a podcast intro and outro.

Quick Tip: Stop Adding Keywords to Your Podcast Title and Author Tag

Quick Tip: Stop Adding Keywords to Your Podcast Title and Author Tag

Apple has been cracking down on podcasts using lots of keywords in their titles and author tags over the past few weeks. Podcasts have been removed and new podcasts have been rejected when submitting to Apple.

If you are using keywords in your show title or author tags or even subtitles with keywords, it's safer to remove them now rather than have Apple remove them.

Submitting your Anchor RSS Feed to Podcast Apps

Submitting your Anchor RSS Feed to Podcast Apps

Anchor has been rising slowly to become a contending player in the podcast space. There's no denying it. Many well-known personalities are now using it to easily create their podcasts. Although I don't recommend them as a hosting company for a number of reasons, there is one major thing to be aware of if you're using them for your podcast:

YOU should be the one to submit your show to podcast apps.

Even though Anchor makes it simple to let them do it for you, I really recommend this is something you should do yourself, especially if you want access to your podcast stats from Apple Podcasts. I go into more detail about this in the video.

Tips for Interviewing Podcast Guests

Tips for Interviewing Podcast Guests

While your comfortable (or getting comfortable) behind the microphone, your guests might not be. Although they may have amazing insights to share and your audience will love them, it's still nerve-wracking to be put on the spot.

While I can't do much to take away their nerves (aside from give you my recipe for Sangria, maybe), I can offer some tips to help them feel more at ease about sounding good.

While it might be easier to have your guest join you in your studio, it's not always possible. The tips in this post are for podcast interviews done remotely.

Quick Tip: Podcasting with a Blue Yeti

Quick Tip: Podcasting with a Blue Yeti

If you've ever gone into a podcasting Facebook group and asked about microphones, you may have noticed some contention around the Blue Yeti USB Microphone

"It picks up everything."

"It sounds like you're in the bathroom/tunnel."

"You can't use it with a mixer."

For the most part, the first two can be fixed with some tweaking, as you'll see below. And with some extra cables and software, even the third problem can be fixed.