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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What Should I Podcast About? Find Your Why

One of the biggest mistakes new podcasters make is not thinking about the purpose of their show or why people would listen. ‘Start With Why’ is a common phrase in business these days thanks to the book and Ted Talk by Simon Sinek. The same idea should be applied to your podcast. Why do you want to start a podcast, and why will anyone care about it? What's in it for them?

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