5 Podcast Improvements You Can Start Today

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Sometimes your podcast needs a little sprucing up but you’re not sure where to start.

Improving your podcast doesn’t mean gigantic changes need to be made. Start small with these five podcast improvements you can start today:

  1. Record at a regular time each week.
  2. Take notes of mistakes in the audio.
  3. Record with Riverside FM.
  4. Make sure your guests have the right equipment.
  5. Build out a content queue.

Hear about these little tricks that make a big effect. 👆

Keep reading for all of the deets.

1. Record at a Regular Time Each Week

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When you block off time for recording, it makes it easier to get into the interview mindset.

Plus, you’re setting aside intentional time each week for your podcast. Otherwise, tasks tend to pile up and become burdensome.

While you want to keep recording times regular, also give your guests a couple of options within your calendar scheduling tool. For example, say you can block off time from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Reflect those openings in your calendar tool.

Then, your recording times are consistent and your guests have options to work with.

Remember: Once you’ve made a new recording, notify your podcast producer so the episode can get into production.

2. Take Notes of Mistakes

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It helps your podcast production team out a ton when you jot down problem areas in the audio.

Your guest wants to restart an answer? Take a note. The dog starts barking in the background? Take a note. There’s a long pause in between a question and an answer? You get the picture.

Additionally, include the timestamps where the issues come up in the recording. Not only does this save everybody time in the long run, but we can also be certain that no mistakes go unedited.

3. Record with Riverside FM

Riverside FM is the easiest way to record studio-quality podcast and video interviews. You will literally never want to go back to recording Zoom calls again.

There are some major advantages of using Riverside to record your podcast interviews:

  • Your producer automatically has access to all of your recordings.
  • It’s extremely user-friendly.
  • You get uncompressed, crystal-clear audio.
  • Have up to 4K video resolution.
  • Files upload to the cloud-based dashboard immediately.
  • You have more control than with Zoom.
  • There are live streaming capabilities.

4. Make Sure Guests Have the Right Equipment

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No, they don’t need the highest-quality recording gear. But, it does help to capture the best sound when your guests have two things:

  1. Headphones — They’re a must for your guest to hear you clearly and cancel out unwanted noises. And please no AirPods.
  2. External mic — Your guest should not be speaking into the built-in mic on their laptop or desktop.

In your pre-interview call, ask your guest what they plan on using for the interview. Suggest that they use a pair of headphones with a mic or a USB mic that can be plugged into their computer.

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It’s important that your guest sounds as professional as possible. They’re not going to like it if they sound low-quality on the podcast and there was something they could’ve done to sound better.

5. Build Out a Queue

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Pushing up against deadlines hardly ever produces the best work, no matter what a journalist will tell you.

To relieve the stress and mistakes that rushing episodes can cause, build out a queue of recordings. A queue helps you and your producer be more strategic about the direction of the show. You’ll have more opportunities to get creative and have fun with it, too.

We recommend building up a content queue for 4-10 weeks’ worth of episodes, depending on how frequently you’re releasing them.

No one likes to be stressed about hitting deadlines — including your producer.

Small Changes Make a Big Deal

We hope these five podcast improvements make it easier and more fun for you as a host. By nailing down your process, you’ll become more confident with your podcast and listeners will notice.

Remember:

  1. Record at a regular time each week.
  2. Take notes of mistakes in the audio.
  3. Use Riverside FM to record.
  4. Make sure guests have the proper equipment.
  5. Build out a content queue.

If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Sweet Fish producer. 😊

Emily Kingland

Lead Writer at Sweet Fish Media

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