Firstly, thank you for agreeing to do my podcast. I really value your input and I recognise how valuable your time is; so these instructions are about saving you time and making the process as seamless as possible.
Are you booked in?
You’ve probably already booked in your timeslot to record your podcast, but if not, you can do it here.
What follows are some simple guidelines that will give listeners the best experience.
The Technical Stuff
- Watch this 2 min video describing the podcasting software that we’ll be using. https://vimeo.com/335330315
- My written instructions cover everything else you need to know:
Recording – Please find a relatively quiet, non-echoey room where you won’t be disturbed. Try to avoid too much moving about or tapping pens or typing on the keyboard while recording. These small noises are often picked up by your mic and detract from the professional presentation of the podcast. I use zencastr.com as the recording software; you’ll receive a link via email prior to recording. As per the video above, it’s pretty straightforward to signin. You’ll need a laptop open using a Chrome browser.
Microphone – normally a set of iPhone earbuds (plugged in) will produce a decent audio sound so will be adequate. It’s worth noting that quality audio is a podcast’s best friend, so having a decent USB microphone can make a difference. If you haven’t got a mic and are likely to do other podcasts, then the ATR2100 will do the trick. I found one at umart online for $75, which is pretty good.
Headphones – If you’re using a set of iPhone earbuds, that’s fine, we’ll just ensure the settings are correct inside the zencastr recording software. If you have a USB mic, it’s important to use headphones (without an inbuilt mic) so the audio doesn’t loop back into your mic. Zencastr.com will ask you which headphones/mic you’re using when you sign in, so be sure to choose the correct one/s.
On completion of the recording, DO NOT close your browser until the software say’s you can. It should only take about 30 seconds.
If the connection drops for any reason during recording, no dramas, just return to the same zencastr.com url that you were sent via email and we start from where it dropped out.
At the end of the show, your locally recorded file will automatically upload to the server. When we finish recording, we’ll chat for a few minutes while it uploads; your browser will tell you when it’s done.
While we have 60 mins booked in, we’ll try to keep the recording to 30 mins. this will give us some time to set up and run a little over if need be.
We can always edit the recording, so don’t stress too much about saying the wrong thing. I can re-ask a question and you can record a fresh reply; I can just mark the recording to where we want to edit stuff out. For the most part, let’s just keep it rolling and see where the conversation goes. Fresh and authentic is always better than stale and rehearsed.
It’s worth remembering that voices tend to go a little flat when recording. It’s good to keep it animated and even try smiling while you’re recording; it’s amazing what comes through on audio.
The following questions are generalised examples. They will give you a gist of the types of questions you’ll likely be asked. As an expert in your field, you have a well of wisdom within you. It’s my job as the podcast host to draw it out of you, so we’ll let the conversation free flow as much as we can.
- What led you into your current filed of work?
- What are you really good at inside what you do?
- What are you not so good at?
- Do you remember the first time you imagined doing what you’re doing now?
- Who do you admire in life?
- How do you manage stress?
- How do you reconcile creativity with process?
- How do you balance commitment and flexibility?
- How do you contextualise the pressure of external expectations?
Who is the Audience?
The target audience is investment professionals in Australia and individuals with a general interest in investment.
The goal of the podcast is to learn from each other, sharing experiences and thoughts so others can build on that knowledge. Try approaching the show with a “pay it forward” attitude. Don’t be afraid to collaborate on the show, none of us have all the answers.
Please email me the following so I can get the show notes and promotion ready:
- A headshot I can use for the promotion
- Job title and company
- LinkedIn profile URL
- Twitter handle (if you have one)
- A 3-4 line bio OR are you happy for me to lift on from LinkedIn?
When the show is live, I’ll post the show on social media and send you some info so you can share it too.
If you’re not sure about any of the above, please feel free to book in a quick pre-show session at a time that suits you so we can chat. https://calendly.com/davidhobart