Here’s the thing… podcasting can be as complicated, or as easy, as you make it. And, although I am very much of the belief that in order to have a successful and effective podcast, the audio is very important… I’m also of the belief that done is better than perfect.
Oh wait… who am I? I’m ex-radio, an in demand voice over artist/agent and an avid podcaster. I started my podcast, Karlosophies, earlier this year… and let’s just say it’s been an absolute game-changer. But, this isn’t about me… this is about you; starting a podcast.
We’ve all got to start somewhere… it’s real
ly only important that we start. The rest we can figure out as we go.
So, what do you physically need to start podcasting?
Let’s keep this super simple… because I know, and I’ve seen first hand, what happens to the vast majority of people when they are considering stepping into the wonderful world of podcasting (particularly if they haven’t worked with audio before)… extreme overwhelm!!!
It starts with a little confusion, and ends with a bad case of severe procrastination; almost paralysing.
Let’s break it down. You need some kind of mic… and a phone, or computer. That’s it.
If you record your podcast using your standard issue apple headset, into your phone or your computer, you’ll likely sound better than many podcasts out there.
Of course, you can spend thousands of dollars on recording equipment, building a studio, etc, etc, etc… but the fact of the matter is… right now, you don’t know where this journey will take you – forking out thousands in equipment is not necessary.
While we don’t know where this journey might lead, there is one thing I do know… if you don’t start, you’ll never find out.
The mistake I see most budding podcasters make is jumping 10 steps ahead of where they are now… making sure all the conditions are perfect before really committing. Like anything in life, if you are waiting for the perfect conditions, you’ll be waiting some time (perhaps, even forever).
If you are a blogger, it’s likely you were one of two types of people:
- You just started… dove right in. Set up a blog with the skills you had, and started blogging. You might have learnt how to design the blog yourself… and then, when you had a bit of cashola, hired a pro to do the work.
- You procrastinated… hell, you might still be procrastinating. It was too overwhelming. Which platform? I don’t know anything about coding? I’m not a web designer? This is too confusing! So you wait…. to find the perfect web designer, or the cash to pay someone. If you did move past this point, remember that feeling, once it was out there? That sense of ‘Wow. That wasn’t as painful as I anticipated’?
Same deal here.
You can dive straight in and start. On your own. You’ll learn as you go. Make mistakes. Learn from them.
Let’s be brutally honest, if you are the first type, you probably need my help less than the latter… although, you could save yourself a lot of time and effort trying to do it all alone. And get it done right, the first time.
And, if you are the latter, you have a couple of options:
Firstly, take things one step at a time. Ask yourself ONLY ‘what is the next step?’… take that step… ask again… take that step. If you try to figure it all out before starting, you’ll have invested way too much time into the process… and then, yes… your concerns about return on investment are valid.
Or, let’s do it together! I can reduce overwhelm. I can keep you focussed on that next step. I can give you all of the information and answers you could ever possibly need in your podcasting journey. And there’s the amazing growing community of Radcasters to bounce ideas and support you.
Here’s the thing… My number one tip for starting a podcast? Start.
Start on your own, with what you have on hand… Start with me and the Radcasters… but, please, start. Their are people out there who desperately need to hear what you have to say.
So, what is your next step?
Perhaps it’s joining Radcasters Podcasting S’cool…