Solo Podcast Ideas: Recording How-To Video

Why is it so awkward to record podcast
episodes when you’re in a room just like this by yourself? Hi I’m Krystal Proffitt
and today I’m gonna share with you 4 tips that I have for recording solo
podcast episodes. So before I share all of my tips with you I want to just kind of clear the air if you’re brand new to podcasting. Because if you have feelings
of uneasiness or uncomfortableness like recording in a room by yourself just
talking you and your microphone. Then you’re 100% normal! Okay.
I’ve been doing this for a while and I remember feeling like such an idiot
whenever I was talking to myself – in a room – totally by myself! And it’s just
totally normal! So if you’re brand new, you’re just getting started…just know
it’s okay! I’ve been there too. But the first tip I want to share with you that
kind of eases that uncomfortableness is have a picture of your ideal listener or
even a family or friend that you can put behind your microphone. Or pull up on
your phone. Or have somewhere that eases the tension that you’re just talking to
yourself. What I teach my students and my clients is to have an actual picture of
a person either that they know or that they cut out from a magazine and have it
taped to their microphone if they’d like. Or have it somewhere near them, that way
they know that they’re talking to someone and it matters. What you’re
saying to your audience matters! So it kind of takes the ego out of it. Because
I think that that’s what it is right? Like you don’t want to sound stupid you
don’t want to, you know, something like people to come in your home right? And
you’re in a room talking to yourself. It’s kind of what it felt like at first.
I was like, “Oh, they’re gonna like think that I’ve lost my mind because I’m in
here talking to myself all the time.” But this is totally normal! So find a picture
of some one that will ease that tension for you.
And just pretend like you’re having coffee with a friend. And, you know, maybe even play along and do some role-playing. You know, whatever makes your life easier. But saying like, “Hey you know like I’m so happy to have you here today!” I don’t
know. Is that a good idea? Maybe they will think you’ve lost your marbles if you
start doing that! I don’t know. I want you to comment below either “Loved One” or
“Potential Listener” if you would rather picture a total stranger that you’re
talking to or someone that is very close to you that’s gonna make you more
comfortable recording your show. So having a picture of a loved one or your
ideal listener is tip number 1. So tip number 2 comes with a practical
application. I want you to have the outline of your podcast episode open and
Audacity running in the background. So I can try to explain this to you, but I’m
actually gonna show you step by step how I do this when I record my solo podcast
episodes. So let’s go on over to audacity and my Google Docs. So this is a recent
podcast episode for my podcast, which is The Proffitt Podcast and it’s the “5 Best Podcast Marketing Tools”. And so as you can see I have outlined what I want
to say in the episode. And I have this open while Audacity is right here. So
what I’ll do whenever I first start recording is, well let’s just hit record.
So I can show you actually what I’m doing. Okay, you can see that you know
it’s going and I’m talking. Okay so Audacity is running in the background
well I have my Google Docs open while I’m recording. And what I’ll do is record
the Introduction as one track. So let’s pretend like that is the Introduction
and we will save it. We will save it. I will just put it down
here. We’ll say, “Intro for video”. Boom! Okay, that is done. Now, I will go in and I
will record this part right here. – The Podcast Main theme is something that I have saved: which is a great automation tip! And it is a track of its own and I
it’s already as an mp3 file. And I will drop it into Audacity when I go in to
mix everything at the very end before I publish an episode. The same with my self-sponsored ads. I have all of those already completed and they are in the
mp3 format. And then this is where it begins the outline for this particular
podcast episode. So as you can see in the outline, I have very detailed outlines. And there’s a reason for this. I use my podcast show notes in this outline. Like,
they’re the same thing. I eventually upload these to my website to share as
kind of like a blog post, but it’s really related to the podcast. And then I can
also use this for future content if I want to splinter it off and create
spin-off ideas. But I like to have really detailed outlines for whenever I’m
recording my show. It just makes things a lot easier for me. But what I’ll do while
I’m recording…Again I hit record. And then I start you know going through the
meat of the episode. I’m talking about all the points that I want to cover here
and I go through everything. And then I’m done. I hit the RECAP and I tell everybody what I’m doing and or what we talked about. What are “the main takeaways” that you really want to get from this episode. And then I do my Outro – that’s
what I have at the bottom. And that’s where I’m going to include my calls-to-action, which if you don’t do calls to action…do these immediately! I’m gonna
link to a FREEBIE below that’s 25 calls to action that you can make from
your podcast. So be sure that you go grab that. But I want to give you another
really important tip. This is actually number 3 for this video. And that is if
you mess up include a very long pause. That way it’s a lot easier to edit. So
I’m going to show you what I’m talking about. This is the same clip that I was
just working with. I’m gonna hit go and it’s going. Okay, I stopped it. Now, I’m gonna make Audacity bigger so you can see where there’s this huge long pause that was
when I started talking again. But I want you to know that if you do this your
episodes are gonna be so much easier to edit because you’ll know, “Oh I see a long
pause. That’s where I messed up in that one time so I need to make sure that I
go back and fix those edits!” Trust me, if you’re doing your own editing, this will
make your life so much easier when you go back to edit your podcast episodes! I
want you to comment below “OMG Yes!!!” if you have messed up recording a podcast episode and you cannot find the edit and they’re way too hard to
track down. I have totally been there! Okay, and the 4th and final tip that I
have to share with you is all about interviewing yourself. So that might
sound kind of weird, but what I do when I plan my solo podcast episodes is…I like
to have a concept or a topic that I want to talk about. And then I kind of put
like a “journalist face” on. Like, “What would I ask someone?” Someone besides
myself…I guess, but I am asking myself… That’s a little confusing. “What would I
ask someone who’s an expert in this field?” And hopefully, that is you. That is
why you have this podcast! So what are those questions that your audience is
dying to know? “What are the things that you would want to ask someone who’s an
expert in this field?” Those are the questions you need to ask yourself. And I
know that might sound kind of weird kind of funky, but it’s how I script out
everything for a podcast episode. So let me explain this further. I pick one topic,
and then I try to come up with 3-5 questions that I would ask someone
who’s an expert in this industry. Then I kind of…I don’t actually ask myself
these questions just to be clear… but it is what helps me script out my outline
for the podcast episode. So let’s go back to the example episode
we used earlier, which is the “5 Best Podcast Marketing Tools.” How did I come up with this topic? And how did I kind of script it all out? Well, what I did is I
found that there’s a lot of people that ask about podcast marketing. They have
already created this amazing content, but they can’t get it out to as a big of an
audience as they’d like. So I sat down and thought, “What are 3-5
strategies that I’ve personally used and I’ve watched other podcasters use really
really well?” And that is how I came up with the “5 Podcast Marketing Tools”
that you see in this episode. So even if it sounds silly and you may feel a
little awkward doing it at first, I want you to practice interviewing yourself
while you’re planning an episode. And then it will actually flow more
naturally when you hit that record button and you start recording your
podcast episode. But that does it for this video. I hope that you found these
tips and strategies useful for recording your solo podcast episodes. Be sure to
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