Hello, Austin Podcasters!
Another month, another great meetup and chai latte’s at Genuine Joe’s.
Austin FB Community
We’ve joined forces! Now when you talk about the Austin Podcast Community and the Austin Podcast Meetup, they are one in the same. Todd, Moby and I will be working together to make the Austin Podcast community awesome.
Check out Austin Podcast FB Community.
PS. Add your podcast to the spreadsheet Moby has created so that we can track and help promote each-other: FB – Let’s Do This…
Put A Hash On It
When posting on social media, add our hashtag, #atxpod, to your post so that we can find you!
Here are the podcasts and soon-to-be podcasts from the meetup attendees:
The Contrarians by Julio Olivera
Your Bucket List Buster by Karen Duncan
Jett Theory Radio by David Jetter
Tanya is working away on her podcast and already has 12 episode ideas loaded and ready to go!
Yolanda is working away on her podcast idea that focuses on the service industry and has already utilized the Galvanize podcast studio!
Lana Thomas is also working away on gaining story craft but would love to get in on production and editing. If you need some help, let Lana know!
Jo Spall is fine-tuning her podcast concept regarding rhythm and patterns in an essay format. I’m looking forward to this.
Nicole Morin will be recording her first episode this coming Monday at the Galvanize Podcast Studio. Woot! The podcast is titled Universally Seeking. Good luck!
Austin Podcast Studio
In September, the Austin Podcast Studio was announced at our meetup by Galvanize and Mediatech.Ventures. In October, we had a Meetup at Galvanize to dive a bit further into the studio.
Startup Studio Website
Mediatech Ventures has launched the Startup Studio website. There you can book time at the studio, view podcasting partners, and listen to a “radio” stream of partners podcasts by selecting the On Air logo.
How do you become a partner? You submit your show! For requirements, your podcast must be in Texas (check), or you focus on Media and Tech. Their focus is to build Texas up as a market before tackling other regions.
Be sure to check out Startup Studio website to see all that you can do and book your time to record.
Also, check out Todd’s tutorial for the studio podcast equipment: video & post
We talked about show planning and coming up with episode ideas.
Ways to get started is nailing down your idea or topic. Is it something that you know? If so, how did you get started? What were the questions you asked when you first wanted to know more about that subject?
Each question or area you focus on can then become an episode where you answer the question, or you interview someone that does.
To get ideas, you can also go to places where people hangout discussing your topic. Web forums, Facebook, coffee shops, wherever! Listen to what people are asking and provide them an answer through your podcast.
Now you have your ideas and list of topics and questions people have. If you are a solo host, then write what you know for that topic and then research the rest. This can be your source for your show outline, or for your show script.
The above aren’t the only ways to come up with show episode ideas. Got some to share? Post in our Facebook group.
Thank you, Tanya! Planoly helps you schedule your Instagram posts. So if you need to something to plan your Instagram wall and everything else ahead of time, this looks pretty cool.
In sharing how I plan, I shared the tool I use to plan episodes. You can get Trello on your computer, web browser, phone or tablet. You have a board that you use to create items of work. I run my business, podcasts, meetup group, and everything else out of Trello. Here is a sample of a potential future podcast episode for me and you can see other episodes in the background in different columns:
Speech / Storytelling / Scripting
We touched on the below again throughout our conversation, so, why not repost from last month?
In our talk, one such thing that I recommended was Toastmasters. Toastmaster focuses on public speaking and leadership, but through membership, you navigate through various types of speeches that help you get over your fear of public speaking, and help you craft stories that pull people into your world. Not only that, but it helps you center yourself and eliminate those pesky um’s, ah’s, and other filler words.
Find one near you, visit, and see what it’s about. I can’t rave about it enough.
Another resource that came up that I shared was NPR. Specifically, their Write how you talk series. There are two pieces that I feel are difficult. First is the writing if you are doing scripted episodes. You must write like an actual human being would speak. The second is that you must deliver it as a human being would as well. (AKA not sound like a robot) The delivery is where Toastmasters came into play.
Here are some books that you can take a look at:
- Out on the Wire by Jessica Abel (There is also a podcast)
- Sound Reporting by Jonathan Kern (NPR)
- Reality Radio by John Biewen, Alexa Dilworth
- Screenplay by Syd Field
Here are a few podcasts that came up in our conversation:
- The Sound and the Story (local podcast!)
- Dissect Podcast
- Longform Podcast
- Tape Radio
- Twenty Thousand Hertz
Getting ready to record your podcast for the first time? Great. Record your first 3-4 episodes and then trash them.
What!? Yeah, really. As you begin recording you will start to become at ease behind the microphone. You’ll start to develop your rhythm and workflow in how your show is run. You’ll start developing a sense of what you like and don’t like. And when you re-record your first episode, you would have already had 3 episodes worth of experience at that point.
Do the 3 episodes you trash need to be your ACTUAL show episode? Not really. You should need some recording and production time under your belt to shake off those nerves.
Next Austin Podcasters Meetup
No official meeting for December as many people travel for the holidays. The plan is to resume meetups in January 2018.
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See you next time!