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Marc Meets Obama Podcast

Last week, an amazing thing happened. The President of the United States walked into a garage in Los Angeles to record a podcast with a scruffy comedian named Marc Maron on his WTF show. This event rocked the mass media and political world in a big way and sent a message that radio was not as relevant as podcasting in enabling intimate and personal connections with voters. This WTF episode garnered about a million downloads within 36 hours. This is another tent pole moment on the scale of “Serial” for podcasting and on demand audio.

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Podcasting Tips

Podcasting Tips: Practicing Towards a Golden Voice

What’s more important? What’s being said, or the voice that’s saying it?

It’s the question that the communications analytics company, Quantified Impressions, is trying to answer. Whether it’s smooth and rich, or nasally and whiny, your voice can affect how you’re seen by your peers, and even whether or not you’ll land that next job. In fact “[t]he sound of a speaker’s voice matters twice as much as the content of the message.”

This may sound like scary news to those of us lacking in golden pipes, but there are ways of working around it. A vocal coach or voice therapy can smooth out any rasp, and affectations such as up-talking or the overuse of fillers (such as “like” or “um”) can be remedied with a little bit of helpful feedback and practice.

Read up on the study here at the Wall Street Journal. It’s a real “ear”-opener, and something to keep in mind next time you’re up at the mic.



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Podcasting Tips

4 Tips on Making a Great Podcast

Podcasting is simple, but it’s easy to have some doubts when you’re approaching the microphone. Here are some tips regarding questions you guys have been asking us:

-Pick a good name It doesn’t have to be the snappiest title, but it does have to be memorable, and easily searchable on Google.

-Set up a time limit It all depends on what your objectives are, but 30-50 minutes is a safe bet. It’s long enough to allow the conversation to flow, but if we consider when our listeners are actually tuning in, it’s just about the right time for a commute to work, the typical drive, etc. Once you pick your time range, try your best to commit to it.

-Create a place for your fans to go when you’re not broadcasting Set up a solid network around your podcast where listeners can interact. Like to talk about movies? Get a site up, and include links to other reviews, show times, and more. Set up a Facebook page and Twitter account so fans can follow your updates. It’s what the pros do, and you have the same resources they do.

-Be flexible Don’t be afraid to make changes and develop the podcast as you go. If you need to scrap it and start new, that’s ok too. Sometimes a blank slate is just the thing to get the creative juices going.

So take these tips and go forth broadcasting away!

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3 Basic Podcasting Tips

If you love podcasting, then I’m sure you agree with us when we say there are just never enough tips to go around. Let’s get back to the basics:

-Be passionate We just can’t say this enough. Of course, why else would you do it in the first place, right? Nothing is more contagious or attractive than hearing enthusiasm in a podcaster’s voice. Plus, podcasting is a commitment you need passion for. Which brings me to my next point…

-Commit to a regular schedule Which is perhaps harder than it sounds but is so important. Your fans will rely on your schedule to know when to tune in. Even if you broadcast only once a month, at least your fans will know when to expect it and will be there. Broadcasting every two days and then disappearing for 6 weeks could just cost you listeners.

-Set up some guidelines You don’t necessarily need to script your show, maybe improvising is what works for you, but if you don’t want to risk losing your rhythm, or worse, dead air, make a list of topics to cover. You can wing it more easily if you have something to talk about, and once the conversation runs dry, switch to a new one.

More tips coming soon!

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