Over the last few weeks I’ve been doing lots of things related to podcasting and loving every minute of it!
Not only am I in the midst of a new season for my own podcast (check out the episodes here); I’m also working on a client podcast project and having conversations with people who are thinking about launching their own shows. All in all, it’s been a humbling experience.
Granted, I’m no Gimlet or Panoply (they’re major players in the world of podcast productions), nor am I the PodcastAnswerMan (he’s a go-to-guy for all things podcasts) but it’s been fun to in conversations with people who have an interest in launching a podcast.
My biggest advice to everyone who asks “how do I get started?” is quite simple – get a microphone, download some free audio editing software and talk about what you’re passionate about. This answer is obviously devoid of any technical advice or specifics on what to do next but it gets to what I believe is the most important thing you need to do if you want a podcast – you just have to do it!
Better Than Yesterday
My first episode was a little rough – my guest was great but you can obviously hear that I was a rookie! The technical and production quality of episode #1 was “fair to partly cloudy” at best. With every new episode, I got better. I became more comfortable, my interview skills got better and, as you can hear in the latest episode of Season 2, my technical and production skills have greatly improved.
The improvements came because I had the courage to start and, more importantly, to keep going.
The first time I do anything new I often feel scared, uncomfortable and overwhelmed. To stop in that moment is to deprive oneself the joy of getting better.
Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. ~ Brian Tracy
My advice – and this applies to anything you’d like to do – is this: