• Joanna B.

7 Things To Consider Before Hosting A Live Podcast Episode

Hosting a live podcast can be more challenging and more fulfilling than a pre-recorded podcast. However, the thing is, it is important that the podcast be done right, or else the results will disappoint. The thing about live podcasts is that the podcaster won’t have the opportunity of editing out certain things that should not be in the podcasts.


Before recording the podcast, there are a few things that need to be secured in order for the podcast to run smoothly. Although live podcasts are never perfect, it is important to make sure that the podcast is still in the best shape possible. There are a lot of reasons why live podcasts are sometimes better than pre-recorded podcasts.

Why are live podcasts better than recorded podcasts?


Live podcasts do have certain advantages in comparison to conventionally recorded podcasts. Although they might be more difficult and delicate, they do have their own strengths. Live podcasts can be used strategically to give a little extra flair to the podcast channel.


Instant information dissemination


If the contents of the podcast are absolutely important, hosting a live podcast will allow the audience to get access to the information instantly instead of having to wait for the podcast to be released. Sometimes, guests would also prefer the podcast to be a live podcast especially if they have an announcement.


Live question and answer


The good thing about live podcasts is that the audience can ask questions and be answered by the podcaster or the guest instantly. Having a live podcast with a Q&A section every once in a while would add a really personal touch to the podcast.


They require less work after


Although the setup might be quite heavy, the after-work is not as heavy as other recorded podcasts. Since a live podcast is released as is, the podcaster does not have to worry too much about editing the podcast after.


What to consider before starting a live podcast?


There are a few things that need to be considered before even starting the podcast. Make sure to check this list before starting the live podcast itself. Randomly starting a podcast could have its benefits but the risks are too high. The podcaster also risks being unprofessional which could then affect the future podcasts that they put out.


1. Script or guide


Make sure to have a well-detailed script or guide of certain questions or topics to talk about. Anything can happen in a live podcast but the most important thing is to make sure that the podcaster does not get lost. Dead air cannot be edited out which is why the podcaster has to keep talking.


2. Equipment


Podcasting doesn’t require the most expensive equipment, it requires reliable equipment. No matter what equipment the podcaster is using, the most important thing to do is to make sure that it will not malfunction during the podcast. It is also important to have a backup mic just in case.


3. Guests


Make sure that the guest is also prepared for the podcast. Make sure that the guest is comfortable and prepared for the podcast as well as the podcaster. Going to the bathroom, relaxing, and being able to clear one's head is important before starting the official podcast.


4. Location


The location of the podcast does not just refer to where the podcast is going to be held, it also includes the setup of the podcast. If the podcast is outside, the equipment and setup need to be able to clearly record what the podcaster and the guest are saying in the podcast.


5. Promotion


Podcasting includes promotion and this means that the podcast must be well-promoted before even starting. Make sure to properly announce the live podcast before starting as opposed to spontaneous surprise podcasts. The success of live podcasts is more reliant on the promotion as to recorded podcasts since recorded podcasts can be shared and spread after the recording.


6. DO NOTS


It is very important to set some ground rules like no bad words, no saying this, no talking about this, and etc. it is important to talk to the guest and agree on these terms to avoid conflict when the official live podcast starts. There might be some things that the guest does not want to talk about and it is very important to stay away from these topics.


7. Know when to end


When ending a podcast, it is important to end with a bang and not end since both parties have run out of things to talk about. A solid podcast, live or recorded, has a good ending. Instead of suddenly ending the podcast, making sure to thank the guest, provide a summary, or have a signature ending is important. The ending also has some sway as to whether or not the audience will follow the podcaster after watching the podcast.

What happens if something goes wrong during a live podcast?


There are a few things that the podcaster can do if ever they commit mistakes during a live podcast. Once again, nobody’s perfect and mistakes are expected. The thing that makes live podcasts a bit riskier is that they can’t be edited out. There are a few things that can be done in order to save the podcast if ever something goes wrong.


Apologize to the audience


Whenever something unpleasant happens in the podcast, simply apologize to the audience, pinpoint the mistake, and continue with the podcast.


Take a step back


If something bad happens and things get messy, take a step back and continue the podcast from a certain point of the conversation.


Recognize but divert


Recognize which part is at fault but choose to focus on something that allows the podcast to continue. Make sure to choose a continuous topic instead of a dead-end one.


Live podcasting can be quite hard and it is better to be more familiar with prerecorded podcasting before starting. Whichever works better for you, live podcasting or prerecorded podcasting, make sure to cover all bases before starting.


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