This page is the session page for my Podcasting: Removing Roadblocks talk I’m presenting at Boise State University on Saturday, March 21st 2015 from 4:30 pm to 5:45pm. I’m part of the awesome Boise Code Camp 2015.
Thank you to those who attended. I really appreciated your input and questions. This was my first time presenting at Boise Code Camp. I feel like the section on creating a podcast could have been clearer. Would you give me some quick feedback?
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Below are notes for a talk titled Podcasting: Removing Roadblocks that I gaveSaturday, March 21st 4:30 pm to 5:45pm. This is part of the awesome Boise Code Camp 2015. It is my goal to give people an awesome exposure to creating podcasts.
The tentative location is the Ah Fong room in the Boise State University SUB (Student Union). Map
I Won’t Bore you
I love connecting with people and I love sharing interesting stuff, so public speaking is a great combination for me. I’m always looking to improve my public speaking. Here is the problem:
The image above is the problem. I don’t want to talk to this guy. I’m nervous. He’s angry and I think I am going to stop talking now.
Same guy! In his head he is thinking:
homigosh podcasts totally work as a wonderful content delivery system I’m definitely going to use this stuff dear speaker pleaseoplease keep talking about this amazing stuff
How do I know? Because I have a bitchy conference talk resting face. Or a church sermon jerky resting face. Really. So, I commit to not boring the people I’ll be giving a talk to. Or the one person who is signed up to attend. Le Sigh.
Get More Awesome-r
I think I do a great job at public speaking. I’m funny, witty, handsome and have great hand movements. Move them to the left, move them to the right… With so much media in front of us, public speakers have to be on their game to impress. With the widespread interested in TED Talks, the expectation is that normal, geeky people should be able to present their ideas in a very understandable way. I’ve really enjoyed Zach Holman’s fresh approach to technical speaking. Most of his suggestions are pretty standard (make an outline, practice) but I’ve enjoyed the nonstandard tips:
talk about something you know really well
focus on a very specific topic
use massive fonts
I took his advice. Here is a slide that has way too much text on it:
How can I expect people to focus on me and my words if I’ve just puked a bunch up unto the projector? Here, please read this paragraph and I’ll talk and walk around at the same time and move my hands to the left and to the right and..
oh, what’s that? You had trouble focusing on one thing? Here is my revised slide:
I’m excited to focus on speaking versus showing people a bunch of bullet points. This is the same as conversation, right? Conversation starts and stops- it is a two-way street. If I present bullets to you, it isn’t conversational and thus isn’t easy to remember. If I show you three words and tell you a story about it, this is more like a conversation. Your mind gets a couple milliseconds to absorb the words on the screen and think how they relate to the ones coming out of my mouth.
As Podcast producers, we create content for others to hear. So, we love to hear hear what people’s comments about what we create, but we need to make it easy for listeners to get in touch! Be specific why YOU want your listeners to share their ideas with you and others. Do you want someone to stroke your ego, or are you looking for your listeners to engage and enhance what you are sharing?
In this podcast, I interview Yannis Vatis from The Crossroads Podcast to talk about their struggle to engage listeners and we brainstorm ways to get their audience talking, such as:
Participating in online forums that reference their niche
Create a Google Hangout Live (although this would be hard in the Beijing time zone)
Join a life-hacking podcast directory website (or, as Yannis said- make one!) (11:04)
Display a “contact us” form right on the main page (12:11)
Tackle a controversial topic (13:50)
Before the interview, I browsed through the past 32 episodes they have completed. This podcast has a very wide range of topics- they discuss what we can learn about Anime to extreme retirement savings and even share their tips on traveling. They even discuss how to overcome writer’s block and become someone who is known as a DOer of life. Here is my plug- if you like a productive life and want to hear a solid hour of people discussing it, subscribe to The Crossroads Podcast in iTunes, visit their site TXRpodcast.com or get in touch @TXRpodcast.
Too many times beginner podcasters have interesting things to share but they are never published. In this episode, I share my podcasting mistakes and give you tips to get you started quickly:
Submit your podcast into iTunes as fast as you can- it takes several days for iTunes to approve podcasts, so the sooner they have approved, the sooner you can start sharing your content.
Don’t worry too much about equipment for now. This episode was recorded using a Guitar Hero USB microphone you can buy at a local used XBox game store for $10.
Submitting your podcast
It takes several days for iTunes to approve Podcasts, so the sooner they have approved, the sooner you can start sharing your content. Take a tip from the Reply All podcast– they created a small test podcast episode and submitted the podcast to iTunes. When it came time to officially launch, iTunes had already approved them and they were able to release their show on time.
Don’t worry about equipment (for now)
Early on, I spent days and days learning about obscure audio recording methods in my attempt to find the best recording gear. “Clothes don’t make the man” and gear doesn’t make you good.