How to Tell a Great Story

Have you ever tried to tell friends a story...and it falls flat? Your words just aren’t matching up with the experience you want to convey. The good thing is, storytelling is both an art and a science, and we podcasters can learn techniques to become better storytellers. Matthew Dicks, Moth GrandSLAM storytelling winner and the author of Storyworthy, teaches us how.

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Want to Grow Your Podcast Audience? Communicate What You Stand For

How do I get more listeners to my podcast? Have you ever asked yourself that? I’m sure you have because we all ask this. Until we get clear on what we stand for, we won’t be clear in what we want to share with the world, on our own shows and on the ones we guest on. If we don’t know what we’re all about, why would an audience rally behind us?

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How to Record a Podcast Interview with a Remote Guest [Free Checklist]

At some point, most podcasters recording a remote interview will flub it up in some way, whether that’s by technical or human error. On Podcasting Step by Step, I talk you through exactly what you need to do to minimize those snafus that happen when recording an interview via your computer (Plus free downloadable pre-record checklist).

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The 5 Best Ways to Make Money with Your Podcast

There’s a myth out there that anyone can start a podcast and the money will just start flowing in. This is not at all true. But your podcast can help you generate income, especially if you use your show to build your brand and business in a way that serves listeners and potential clients. Here are the five primarily categories in which podcasters can make money with podcasts — plus a bonus.

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Someone's Doing the Podcast I want to Do...What to Do

Let’s say you have a brilliant idea for a podcast, and then learn that someone else just started something similar. Or, maybe three others already exist and they have a lot of ratings and reviews and loyal fans. This is actually great news because it means there is an audience for what you want to do.On episode 14 of Podcasting Step by Step, I’ll share how you can take an existing idea for a podcast and make it your own.

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Elsie Escobar: How Podcasts Saved My Life

Elsie Escobar is a Hall-of-Fame podcaster, actress, advocate, one of the most significant voices in podcasting today, co-Founder of She Podcasts, manager of all things community at Libsyn, and an all around amazing woman who I am honored to know. On Podcasting Step by Step, we talk about what it takes to make it as a podcaster; why downloads are not the best way to gauge your podcast’s success; the conversation she wants to be having right now; and she shares how podcasting saved her life.

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James Cridland: Podcasting in 2019 — What You Need to Know

James Cridland, host of the daily podcast Podnews, has been an industry expert in both radio and podcasting for years. A veteran of Virgin Radio and the BBC, James is a self-described radio futurologist, a consultant, speaker, and writer, and I invited him onto Podcasting Step by Step to talk about the state of podcasting in 2019; the potential growth of the industry and opportunities for indie podcasters; and how he got into podcasting himself.

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Feedback: How to Ask for Input to Improve Your Podcast and not Cringe

The thought of asking for feedback on something we’ve created strikes fear in the hearts of many us. We’re asking people to critique something we’ve poured our heart and soul into, and this puts us in a very vulnerable position. We anticipate the worst and often feel like feedback is a critique of us and our worth.  We shrink up a little, preparing ourselves for the blow.

But we need to get over this and get comfortable being uncomfortable. Because, as cliche as it sounds, feedback really is a gift. It helps us grow personally and professionally and it takes our creative work, like our podcasts, to the next level.

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Recording Environment: 11 Tips for Capturing Quality Audio When You Don’t Have a Studio

My housing situation is pretty random: I’m a lodger living with a Sri Lankan family and two other guys renting rooms at the beach. While the view is stunning, this is not the ideal podcasting environment. There are always people chatting. Seagulls squawk outside my very large, glass window, which lets in a ton of street noise because a little road runs along the coast between my room and the sea. On episode six of Podcasting Step by Step, I talk about how to create a quality-sounding podcast when you’re recording environment is not so great.

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What Mic and Other Equipment Do I Need to Podcast?

Before I launched my first podcast, I spent hours googling microphones and other equipment. I just wanted someone to tell me exactly what I needed, but I kept reading conflicting advice. Or, I’d see someone ask an equipment question in an online forum, and they’d never get a straight answer. So on episode five of Podcasting Step by Step, I share the exact hardware and software I use to podcast and why. These products and services will likely work for you, too.

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