Hello, Austin Podcasters!
Thanks for attending the meetup everyone. We had GREAT conversation.
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We all had our coffee’s and tea’s in hand and the conversation flowed. (The Chai Latte is amazing) Here are the podcasts for the attendees:
Wheatish by Pooja Iyer
Yolanda is working away at her podcast idea that focuses on the service industry. I can’t wait.
Lana Thomas is also working away on gaining story craft.
Yolanda and I gushed about our experience at Podcast Movement (PM17) this past August in Anaheim, California. It was refreshing to know that we both felt apprehension in deciding to attend PM17 and that there were others from Austin who went!
What is it? Podcast Movement is one of the big national podcasting events where everyone involved in podcasting (including big name podcasters) come together for a few days for training sessions, work groups, demos, relationship building and more. I highly recommend for others to attend if you’re able. If there is interest, we may see what we can do to try to make it easier to attend the 2018 event in Philadelphia.
Sorry for the self-promotion, but I shared some notes from some of the sessions I attended and even made a post podcast movement episode. Check that out here: Podcast Movement 2017 Notes
Check out PodcastMovement.com to get RSVP’d and let us know if you are going. If you are on the fence, be sure to find Yolanda or myself at the next meetup and we will tell you all about it!
Speech / Storytelling / Scripting
We dove into scripted episodes and how to sound natural, and how to clean up your speech.
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 like 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
Sponsorship / Affiliate
We talked about the differences between these two. A quick and dirty explanation is that Affiliate programs such as Audible or Amazon relies on your listeners/readers to buy something through a specialized link that you’ve provided them. If they do purchase something, you receive a kick-back. Sometimes a flat fee, sometimes a percentage depending on the affiliate program.
Sponsorships work through promotion via negotiated periods with a partner. Example: I sponsor your entire podcast by paying you enough to keep other sponsors off your show OR to gain prominent add placement within your show for the next X weeks. It really can vary and is all determined in your negotiation with a potential partner. Some sponsors approach you, and you can also approach potential sponsors that you think would be a good fit.
Entrepreneur on Fire has a great page regarding sponsorships. This page also includes a link to their Monthly Income Report if you want to dig deeper.
Sharing / Search / Rating Platforms
We talked about the rise of podcasting search and rating websites.
We also talked about podcasts that we loved. There were so many but a few stand out that I can recall. (Sometimes the convo is just too good to take notes)
Next Austin Podcasters Meetup
Save the date for Nov 11th. That is a Saturday. We will be back at Genuine Joe’s for lattes and great conversation. RSVP here.
The Austin Entrepreneurs Meetup by Thomas & Margaret Umstattd will be hosting a “How to Start A Podcast” Meetup October 23, 2017.
You can find more details and RSVP here: Austin Entrepreneurs
Have you heard of NaNoWriMo? It’s where you write every day for the month of November to create a novel.
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See you next time!