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Ready to start your very own podcast? Awesome! Before you jump right to it, there are some things you need to think about, prepare, or maybe even purchase in advance.

Checklist for New Podcasters

Ready to start your very own podcast? Awesome! Before you jump right to it, there are some things you need to think about, prepare, or maybe even purchase in advance. Much of it is pretty self-explanatory, such as ensuring all is in place so you sound great, and knowing the upkeep of network maintenance of your service provider.

There is way more to it than what meets the eye. Here are some things you need to factor, consider, and implement before you start podcasting.

 

Establish your Niche and Format

  • Finalize the topic you will talk about
  • Know your audience
  • Name your podcast something that communicates to your niche
  • Determine the length and frequency of your podcasts
  • Determine whether you will go solo, have co-hosts, or have casts that are interview-based
  • Figure out how you want to let your audience know about what to expect, and when to expect it

 

Make Any Necessary Purchases Beforehand

  • Make sure your main devices for recording (PC/laptop/phone) are up-to-date
  • Purchase a high quality microphone, or headset, to ensure that background noise and air won’t wash out your voice
  • If you wish to edit your podcast in any way, research the software that would suit you best, and practice using it
  • Purchase a domain name that is ideally identical to the name of your podcast

 

Things to Consider Creating

  • Artwork- this includes your icon, cover art images, or any background graphics you might want to use
  • Intros and outros
  • Content plan
  • Templates to present to guests
  • Management system for time, guests, etc
  • Social media plan for growth

 

Before you Start Recording

  • Turn on all your necessary equipment. Consider anything that might need time to warm up
  • Check equipment settings, such as battery levels, storage space, connectivity, etc
  • Load necessary programs
  • Turn off /silence noisemakers such as air conditioning, humidifiers, and cell phones
  • Keep children/pets distracted elsewhere
  • Close doors and windows
  • Clear your workspace
  • Silence computer sounds
  • Tend to yourself- use the bathroom, drink water, clear your throat, sit comfortably
  • Research guest speakers
  • Prepare resources and read your notes
  • Conduct a test before you actually start recording

 

Have the Right Mindset

  • Understand that success won’t happen overnight
  • Do it because it’s enjoyable. Not necessarily because you want to make money out of it. That can happen, but you need to have a loyal audience first
  • Don’t get discouraged by the success of others
  • Be as friendly as you can be with your guests, and be respectful of their requests

 

From a distance, podcasting seems relatively simple because it is audio-only. But it calls for time, love, and dedication. Be sure you are able to devote time, love, and dedication to your podcast, because announcing your intention to regularly create one.

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