So you've decided to add a podcast to your blog-congratulations! You're on the fast track to the cutting edge. But what can you do to make sure that you get the listeners you need to reach the goals you have for your podcast? You can create a script.
You don't need a word-for-word script, but you should take the time to plan out what you are going to say before you begin recording your podcast. How do you go about creating a script for your podcast?
Jot down your ideas for the episode of your podcast-each idea should be centered around your main theme but should have its own twist. Start identifying the twist for the episode.
Consider your audience: What do you think they'll want to hear about in your podcast? Have you received any questions or comments on previous installments that you feel that you should address? If so, make it a point to include them.
Create an outline with a list of bulleted points that you plan to discuss.
If you are planning to do an interview in your podcast, jot down the questions you plan to ask-this will make doing the interview easier for both you and the interviewee.
Practice the script you've written. Either do a read-through for a friend or family member to get his or her feedback, or record the script and play it back for yourself, then listen to and critique the recording.
Make any changes to your script before publishing the podcast.
Tips & Warnings
- Once you have created an outline for your podcast, it will be easier for you to make notes to publish later in your blog for your audience.
- Although it's not imperative to create a script for your podcast, you'll find that you are more organized and that your podcasts are more effective if you've put time into planning out a script beforehand.
- Don't focus on creating the perfect script for your podcast. A script is not something you need to follow exactly when you record-it can be used as a guideline.