If you are new to podcasting, you are probably nervous about how your voice will sound to your listener. Do I need to have a smooth and sultry radio voice? Do my sentences sound clear enough? Am I rambling too much? These can all be major sources of anxiety for new podcasters.
Randy King is a Northville, NY based communications professional with a focus on basketball related content. He has worked in a variety of news settings, including everything from web-based blogs and podcasts to traditional outlets such as radio stations and print publications. He shares his top tips for speaking on a podcast:
- Consider what tone your podcast has. Is it just you presenting information to the audience? Or are you having a conversation with either a co-host or guest? Is you podcast more serious, informative, or comedic? All of these factors will determine what kind of speaking tone you use.
- Try smiling or standing up while you are speaking. People won’t see it, sure, but doing these things can really bring some dynamism into your voice.
- Let any guests know what the tone of the podcast is, so they can tailor their answers for your audience.
- Do some prep work. At least have an outline of what you are going to cover, and have a list of questions to ask guests if you have them. The most information you are giving, the more detailed your notes will be. Keep the conversation natural and flowing.
- Don’t worry about every little mistake you make. You wan’t yourself to sound natural to the audience. You can re-do sentences if you don’t sound clear enough, but make sure to not edit out every small error. You still want to sound human.