A Histroy of the Podcast: Pen & Paper to AudioBlogger

A Histroy of the Podcast: Pen & Paper to AudioBlogger

Podcasting is the act of creating an audio file for distribution upon the internet. This media platform has been around since the early 1990’s, called ‘audio-blogging’, with the advent of the internet and growth of software engineering. It was very quickly realized that voice recordings could be created and distributed to others via dedicated websites. However, it wasn’t until the release of the iPod which really facilitated the expansion of the podcast. The term ‘podcast’ was coined as a combination of two words: ‘iPod’ and ‘broadcast’. We know that podcasting had its beginning in the creation of MP3 files which … Read more…

Improve Your Communication Style: For Your Podcast & Life

Improve Your Communication Style: For Your Podcast & Life

Here are six tips for improving your communication style: Know Yourself Knowing how to improve communication skills will come easier once you become aware of your own communication style. Each person has a unique way of communicating. Listen to your own speech. Try recording yourself during daily discussions or during work meetings. What sorts of words do you use? Which sort of body language and what tone of voice are you using? Now, think of someone who, in your opinion, is a good communicator. Compare your style to theirs. You’ve just taken an important first step in how to improve … Read more…

Podcraft: Ideas To Find Relevant Interviewees For Your Podcast

Podcraft: Ideas To Find Relevant Interviewees For Your Podcast

If you decide you would like to invite guests to be interviewed on your podcast, there are a number of ways to find people connected with your topic or niche who will be able to deliver the kind of relevant information that your audience will be eager for. People you know Start with people you already know. Ask them if they would like to participate. They should be able to talk about the niche in an intelligent way. Even ask people you don’t agree with. It could make for a very lively podcast. People to ask might include friends, family, … Read more…

The Audio Classroom

The Audio Classroom

The classroom as we know it is changing. The ability to look-up vast amounts information, near instantly, from a digital archive is remarkable. It has become so common place that we often forget the technological feat that this is. Nonetheless, our demands to quick information are changing. With an ever increasing speed at which our lives progress, we are beginning to demand more passive methods of receiving information. The era of the mobile classroom. Imagine a mobile classroom that’s accessible to the student wherever they may be. A method of accessing lectures whenever they are in the mood for it. … Read more…

Follow The Yellow Brick Road – 10 Detailed Steps To Starting A Podcast

Follow The Yellow Brick Road – 10 Detailed Steps To Starting A Podcast

Understand why you want to start a podcast It is important to know that you are going to commit your time and energy into your show. Making great content, being consistent and engaging with the audience are all essential, but time-consuming activities. Ensure you are going to have the motivation, or in the absence of that – commitment & dedication, to continue with your show. Ask yourself: What am I going to get out of podcasting? How will I know if my podcast is a success or not? What am I going to do with the attention I get? (Examples: … Read more…

Podcasting Basics for Beginners: Terminology

Podcasting Basics for Beginners: Terminology

Podcasting is the entertaining medium of user-generated audio content. Rather than read an article or watch a video, your target audience will listen to your pre-recorded “internet radio show” as you provide content on topics of interest to them. Once your podcast is recorded, it can be broadcast to a wider audience in a number of ways. It can be listed in directories so it can be discovered and listened to. It can also be broadcast to other websites and listened to anytime, anywhere, by people who subscribe to your podcast. Podcasts are available via a service known as RSS … Read more…

How to Find Inspiration for Your Podcasts

How to Find Inspiration for Your Podcasts

There are many places to get inspiration for your podcasts. In the same way that you will often find inspiration for your blog posts, so too can you find inspiration for your podcasts. 1. Brainstorm When you are first starting your podcasting, it is probably because you feel inspired to do so and have at least a couple of topics on your mind that you would like to speak about. Don’t lose those ideas and that momentum. Do a brain dump in which you write down every idea you have. Then start tackling them one by one. 2. Look at … Read more…

On The Road Again – Sponsorship Part 2

On The Road Again – Sponsorship Part 2

If you haven’t already read part 1, I would suggest that you go and give it a read. It will provide you with the essential understanding and background of sponsorships needed before moving forward.  Now that we understand the sponsorship jargon, let’s create a road map on how to secure a sponsorship for your podcast. We shall try to keep this brief so we have created a spreadsheet to compliment the journey and to hopefully make your life a little easier. Who Are You? This can best be achieved by answering these questions: Who is your target audience? Why is … Read more…

Learning The Ropes – Sponsorship Part 1

Learning The Ropes – Sponsorship Part 1

In each of our articles, we like to present information we have discovered as unbiased and objective as we can. We will allow you to make your own conclusions You are now starting to realize that there is a lot of time (and money) which goes into the production process of a podcast. If you aim to produce a high-quality show, you require equipment, planning, networking, audio post-production, marketing and finally audience engagement. All of this time and effort going into a product for the enjoyment or education of others can be spiritually rewarding, however, let’s face it, you would … Read more…

FAQ: 11 Commonly Asked Questions about Podcasting

FAQ: 11 Commonly Asked Questions about Podcasting

Once an online marketer begins to think about starting their own podcast, they will often get nervous because they have so many unanswered questions. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about podcasting, so you can decide whether or not it is right for your business. 1. What is podcasting? Podcasting is a way of creating internet-based audio files for the purpose of offering information and entertainment to a wider audience. 2. How do I create a podcast? You need a microphone, software to record the audio file, and a place to store the audio file so other … Read more…