“There has never, ever been, in the history of mankind, a better moment to be someone who has something to say.” – Seth Godin
Is that you? Do you have something to say? This is your time. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to podcasting. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never given a speech in your life. In fact, if you are an experienced public speaker and/or broadcaster, you may have some challenges that others don’t have in podcasting. Podcasting is not public speaking. If you’re used to standing up delivering a speech to an audience, this is different. There are some commonalities. Public speaking and podcasting are both means of verbal communication. And for that matter, so is broadcasting. If you have been on the radio or on television, you may have some bad habits to break when you podcast. And make no mistake. If you’re brand new to podcasting, it’s not as simple as talking into your computer and uploading a recording to a free podcast site. Not if you want it to be good anyway.
But if you’re a beginning podcaster, you are welcome here. I want to help you learn this medium of podcasting. If you have something to say, you can podcast. And if you can podcast, you can be a leader. The key to beginning is simply to start. Now. Don’t wait until you have all the best equipment or until you have all the perfect artwork, website, and a professionally trained speaking voice.
And, don’t forget the Cardinal Rule of Podcasting: DO NOT ABUSE THE ATTENTION OF YOUR LISTENERS.
Attention is gold online. If people give you their attention, it’s just as good as if they gave you a fistful of money – Maybe not to you, but to them it is. They don’t have to give you their attention. YOU don’t have to give me your attention and I don’t ever want to take it for granted. THANK YOU for listening. Thank you for inviting me into your life. I know how big of a deal this is. Think about it. I don’t give strangers my undivided attention for a half hour every week. I only do that with people I genuinely care about. The people whose podcasts I listen to may not know me as well as I know them, but I do feel like I know them. It may not be a traditional friendship we have, but it’s something special. The relationship between a podcaster and a listener is special. Don’t ever forget that.
When I started podcasting, I bought a Roland R-05 digital recorder. That was the one piece of equipment I bought initially – and I sat in my car on my lunch break talking on my iPhone over Skype to Todd Wilson. As I spoke into my iPhone I also held a cheap, old Electro-Voice microphone that I had left over from my college rock band days. I had it plugged into my Roland R-05 and I held that mic to my face and recorded my side of our conversation while Todd recorded his side of the conversation and uploaded it later to a Dropbox folder. I then edited the two tracks together using the free program, Audacity. That was how I started producing the Familyman Show.
Two years later, I’ve produced almost 200 podcast episodes. This, the Podcast Leaders show, is my fifth podcast that I’ve produced. And, by the way, I’ve been getting paid to podcast since the beginning. Not many podcast coaches will tell you that you can make money from the start, but I’m here to tell you that you can. We’ll get more into that on a later episode, though. For now, let’s focus on getting started.