Ep. 25 - How to start a podcast in 2023
What we've learned from 25 episodes of Metacast
Since January, we’ve released 25 episodes and interviewed some prolific podcasters on our show. In this special edition episode, we put together insights from the last six months into a 1.5 hour video (and the usual audio episode, of course).
You’ll learn the basics of starting a podcast and hear advice directly from some of guests of our prior episodes. I had a lot of fun finding and mixing in those clips, please enjoy!
All of what we talked about and a lot more is also available in our new book (yes, a book!) that we’ve written to help aspiring creators jump-start their first podcast.
There are lots of steps to start a podcast and it can feel daunting but… it need not be! The book explains podcasting and makes getting started easy.
The book is split into a three-part roadmap:
Day 0: Before you record your first episode — choosing a microphone, creating cover art, sourcing your first guest, setting up your room, etc.
Day 1: Recording and publishing your first episode — how to record, what software to use, basics of post-production, publication and marketing of the first episode.
Day 2: Improving your skills and workflows — once you’re on a roll, you can make improvements with each new episode and the book offers you a lot of tips for becoming a better podcaster.
Now back to the episode.
Here’s what we’re covering in this one. Click the timestamps to go directly to that segment of the video on YouTube.
[01:03] Starting a podcast can be daunting
[02:08] Microphones for podcasting
[06:35] Headphones for podcasting and post-production
[08:23] Recording on an iPhone
[09:28] Pop filter
[10:20] Preparing the space for recording a podcast
[12:39] Reverberation and echo
[15:10] Recording with remote guests
[17:22] When to add video
[19:37] The content of your podcast
[24:53] Naming your podcast
[26:56] Creating cover art
[28:45] Theme music and sound effects
[30:53] Style of your podcast
[33:46] The sin of using Airpods for recording
[34:38] Narrative episodes
[36:19] Guest episodes
[39:02] Sending cold emails to potential guests
[44:48] Preparing for an interview
[47:53] Pre-interview calls with guests
[51:36] Recording time!
[57:09] Building rapport with the guest
[58:14] Human-made noises
[59:53] A primer on post-production
[01:11:16] Publishing the episode to the world
[01:12:15] Priming podcast platforms
[01:13:06] Staying consistent
[01:14:10] Marketing your podcast
[01:17:44] Ratings, reviews, comments
[01:19:54] Helping listeners build a habit around your podcast
[01:22:23] Benefits of podcasting
[01:25:37] Taking show notes
[01:26:36] Getting used to your own voice
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