Top ten tips for effective podcasting
Podcasts are audio blogs you can subscribe to, listen to on your computer or download to your MP3 player. As sound media they are accessible, direct and potentially very powerful ways of telling stories. They can also be boring, self-indulgent and top-down.
Top ten tips for effective Podcasting
- Think stories. Structure the podcast with a beginning, middle and end.
- Think content not messages. You’re involved in a relationship with people, you’re not delivering a message to a niche.
- Use a human voice. Your delivery doesn’t have to be perfect but it does have to sound like you mean it.
- Use different voices. Get your service users or stakeholders to add their stories.
- If you're trying to talk to young people, don't sound as if you're trying to talk to young people! Don't pretend you're 16, get a 16 year-old to do it.
- Be creative. Use music, sound collages, recordings to vary the story.
- Use talent. If you know young people who make music commission an intro or a soundtrackand give them a full credit.
- Make it regular. People subscribe to podcasts give them regular programmes.
- Invite conversations. Use a Blog to get your listeners discussing the podcast andcontributing ideas and content.
- Just do it. If you can’t host your own podcast, use www.clickcaster.com or www.loudblog.de.
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