Speaking is something we do every day, every hour of the day normally. Previous research by Louann Brizendine at the University of California found that women speak an average of 20,000 words daily compared to only 7,000 words for men. This means that on average, women talk nearly three times as much as men. Speaking, then should be an easy thing to do for a project, right? WRONG. Recording a podcast is much different than having a casual conversation in the living room of your house, it isn’t like talking with a group of people in a class room, and it definitely isn’t like what you imagined it would be like prior to recording your first podcast episode.
So… Yeah I recorded the first episode of my podcast series. I had my introduction all laid out, my guest made it to the recording studio on time, I knew how to use all the recording equipment, everything was right on track. What could possibly go wrong?
Well, talking, getting into the natural flow of a podcast, that is what. The first podcast is on the history of the co-operative movement at the University of Michigan. There was a lot of information we had to talk about, but no real structure that I had planned out. I thought it would be easier to just let the conversation flow, and the let my guest talk about what they found interesting from the research they had done. However, it is really important to plan out what specific talking points you will be using in your podcast and the order they will be in, prior to recording your podcast. Make sure you have some sort of starting question for your guest, something to get them thinking and talking in a natural way.
My first podcast recording experience definitely did not go as planned, but it will still make up an entire episode in my project. I will be able to edit it and make it more cohesive and naturally flowing with some time, and it was definitely a great learning experience that no amount of research could have replaced. Now that I have that first episode under my belt, I know that I have to research more podcasts tips and tricks, which I have already begun doing. Googling “How to record a good podcast” and “Tips for podcast conversations” has been helpful already.
I look forward to my next recording experience. I hope this post can be helpful to anyone working on a project, be ready to be caught off guard at some stage in your project, and try make the best of it!