Are you thinking about starting a podcast, but you’re not sure where to start? Then you’re in the right place! Here are the 5 steps to start a podcast.
Step 1: Develop Your Idea
It all begins with your idea. What do you want to say? What are you passionate about, and what would you be excited to talk about on a regular basis? Once you have a basic idea, spend some time researching similar podcasts and consider what makes your podcast unique. As you work on developing your idea, you can begin brainstorming a name for your podcast. It’s okay to take some time with this step; you don’t have to make these decisions overnight. Give yourself time to daydream about what you want your podcast to be and what you feel called to say. Have fun!
Step 2: Determine Your Format
The format you choose will inform the technical elements you choose in the next step. Will you have a co-host? Are you recording solo episodes? Would you like to record guests? Also determine if you want your podcast to be scripted or unscripted. Remember, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to your podcast format.
At this stage, you can also begin brainstorming potential guests (if you’re planning on having guests). Interviewing guests can be a great way to expand your network and reach new audiences.
Step 3: Decide on Your Technical Elements
How are you actually going to record your episodes? What equipment do you need to do it? Are there any aspects that you need to outsource? These are some of the questions you’ll need to answer in order to start your podcast.
A basic breakdown of technical elements you need to create a podcast is:
- A microphone
- A computer/laptop
- Recording and editing software such as Audacity or GarageBand
- A hosting service to host and distribute your podcast to podcast directories such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc.
One of the great things about podcasting is how accessible it is. You can begin with this basic setup and then if and when you’re ready to grow, you can add to or upgrade your equipment.
Step 4: Consider Your Ideal Audience
Before recording your episodes, consider who you are trying to reach. What kind of content would those people appreciate? What tone and style will they relate to? Thinking about who your ideal audience is and what they would like to hear is a great way to come up with episode topics as well as ensure your podcast stays aligned with your mission.
Step 5: Create or Outsource Your Creative Elements
The most essential creative element that you will need to launch your podcast is your cover art. Cover art is required in order to add your podcast to Apple Podcasts and other directories. Your cover art must be:
- In the RGB color space
- 72 dpi
- Maximum size of 3000 x 3000 px
- JPG or PNG
Other creative elements could include theme music or sound effects. If you’re not comfortable creating these elements on your own, you can work with a freelancer.
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