Updated: May 19, 2021
Podcasting today is no longer a hobby but can now be considered a profession. With every profession, having the perfect skills is very important. The good thing about skills is that they are something that the podcaster can improve on and aren’t really something that only a few people have.
Although some podcasters might be better than other podcasters at certain things, podcasting, in general, is about growth, improvement, and also working with what skills the podcaster has. There are a few things that the podcaster can improve on and all it takes is practice.
Top 10 skills for podcasters to improve on
1. Podcasting voice
It is important for the podcast to be aware of how their voice sounds and how they should talk. Having the podcaster record their own voice and listening to their voice is very important. The podcaster can still work on adjusting their tone, their speed, and even their diction. Listening again and again to the podcaster’s speaking voice will allow the podcaster to find out which parts they should focus on.
2. Writing the podcast
Depending on what the podcast is about, it is important to do a good amount of research in order to be fully equipped about the topic. One technique is to look at other similar podcasts and find where the audience is more responsive. There’s no shame in learning from other podcasters and writing down a good script would really help in controlling the flow of the podcast.
3. Podcast interviewing
The thing about podcasters is it’s not just what the podcaster says but rather what the podcaster asks. Since podcasters usually have guests around, it is important for them to learn how to ask the right questions. One key is to always look for open-ended questions that can’t be answered by a simple yes or no. Allowing the guest to give their opinion is very important and that is why asking questions that beg these kinds of answers are important.
4. Podcast editing
Podcast editing is different from other types of editing since it generally focuses more on the audio instead of the visuals. Although the visuals are included, they are usually a way to enhance the conversation. It is important to know how to edit the podcast by cutting out unnecessary parts.
5. Podcast sound quality
Paying attention to the podcast's sound quality is important. Knowing how to play with the audio from the setup of the mic to the after edits is very important. A lot of people misplace expensive mics and expensive software with good mics and good software. It is more important to know how to use basic software than slowly learn more complicated software and equipment later on.
6. Podcast marketing
Knowing how to market the podcast is very important especially if the podcaster is doing the work themselves. Learning about search engine optimization and how transcription could benefit the podcast is very important especially for beginners. The podcaster has to know at least the basics of marketing in order to kickstart the podcast into success.
7. Making the podcast special
It is important to make sure the podcast offers something special to its audience. Having authority over a specific niche gives the podcast a competitive advantage in competition with other podcasts. Having maybe a special source of information or something that the audience can find only on the podcast is very important.
8. Podcasting creativity
Podcasting, at the end of the day, is still a form of art that requires the podcaster to be creative. One thing that the podcaster can learn to improve on is how to come up with creative conversations. Creative conversations are those conversations that are both said in a really interesting way and also tackle a very interesting topic. How does the podcast make a normal conversation special?
9. Podcast productivity
Since podcasting requires consistency, the podcaster has to make sure they are productive when making the podcast. Since podcasts have to be uploaded regularly and in a timely manner, the podcaster also has to make sure they are productive in setting up, shooting, and editing the podcast. Time management is very important as well as the use of the right tools.
10. Podcast community
Building a community for the podcast is very important since they will be the regular listeners and audience for the podcast later on. When a podcast is still starting out, getting regular listeners can be very difficult. This is why a podcasting community is very important since it provides a regular audience for the podcast itself.
The good thing about skills is that they can be improved. It is a given that a podcaster could be good at one thing and not so good at other things which is why it is important to work on the podcasting weaknesses. Skills can be developed over time through practice and this is why getting the right practice procedures down from the start is very important.
When starting out, it is important to first focus on what to do in order to improve instead of going straight for an instant alternative. While there might be ways that the podcaster could fake a good podcast right away, it is still very important for them to improve in certain skills especially if they are planning to take their podcasting career to the next level.
Since a podcaster is not doing the podcast all the time, their free time can be spent researching, practicing, and improving on the skills mentioned above in order to come up with better quality podcasts. Spending that extra time learning and improving will really go a long way.
Another thing that is very important for podcasters to improve is to learn from their competition. Learning is not copying and the podcaster should focus more on how they are doing something right instead of just what they are doing right. By doing this, the podcaster can come up with practice techniques in order to generally improve their podcasting skills.