PodSchool | Professional podcasting tips to help you create a kick-arse show

68 EpisodesProduced by Rachel Corbett | Professional Podcaster, Founder of PodSchool.com.au & Head of Podcasts for Mamamia

Want to learn how to create a podcast people will want to listen to? Then this show is for you! Each week professional podcaster and Mamamia's Head Of Podcasts, Rachel Corbett, shares tips and tricks to create compelling content, connect with an audience and keep listeners coming back for more. If… read more

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Are these podcasting myths holding you back?

November 26th, 2018

16:12

Starting a podcast can be daunting and there are plenty of reasons you might be talking yourself out of doing one. Are you worried you don’t have …

What is Anchor?

November 19th, 2018

20:39

Have you heard people talking about a podcasting platform called Anchor? Interested in the fact it promises to make podcasting easy? In this episode, I take you through the pros and cons including some of the features I …

Do you need a mixer?

November 12th, 2018

10:04

If you’re at the stage where you’re looking at buying podcast equipment you’ve probably heard the word “mixer” thrown around a bit. So what is a mixer? What does it do? Do you need one? Or is it just overkill when …

Why you should create a podcast trailer

November 5th, 2018

5:26

When you’re kicking off your show it’s a good idea to give potential listeners an audio example of what they can expect from future episodes. This will help build buzz since it’s much more compelling than a well written …

Why you should stop telling your audience to subscribe

October 29th, 2018

8:28

As podcasters one of the things that’s drilled into our heads is to ask our audience to “subscribe” to our show. But what if that’s confusing new listeners? Or even worse, turning them away? In this episode I take you …

How to write great episode titles

October 22nd, 2018

9:40

The title of your episode is the first thing a subscriber will see when your show pops up in their feed. So how write titles that entice them to …

How to write great podcast descriptions

October 15th, 2018

10:56

Your podcast description is the thing new listeners will read to determine whether your show is for them. So how do you write descriptions that encourage people to subscribe to your show and listen to each episode? …

How to choose your podcast name

October 8th, 2018

15:48

Naming your show is a big responsibility and you want to get it right. It’s the first thing your potential audience will see and something you’ll need to shout from the rooftops for the life of the show. So it’s …

How to come up with your podcast idea

October 1st, 2018

15:54

Coming up with an idea for your podcast can be tough. So, how do you make sure it’s interesting enough that an audience will love it but that you will love it too? In this episode Rachel Corbett shares her top tips for …

Best podcast microphones

September 24th, 2018

10:09

Not sure which microphone you should buy to record your podcast? It can be really overwhelming when you’re starting out. So today on the podcast I …

How to record a podcast

September 17th, 2018

9:05

In this episode we go back to basics and cover how to record your podcast. Check out the show notes for this episode at podschoolpodcast.com (type …

How to come up with content for your podcast

September 11th, 2018

17:19

Coming up with content can be one of the toughest parts of the podcasting process and a burden that often results in podcasters quitting their show. …

How to prevent podfade

September 3rd, 2018

15:37

For every podcast that’s a success there are a lot that never make it part the first few episodes. This is called “podfade” and in this episode Rachel Corbett takes you through how to avoid it. Check out the show notes …

How to be a good podcast co-host

August 27th, 2018

11:57

Sharing the mic with someone can be a wonderful thing but it can also be a punish if one person is doing more work than the other. So how do you make …

How to cover up recording in different locations

August 20th, 2018

6:58

If you record parts of your podcast in different locations the audio will often sound different. So is it possible to make it sound like you recorded everything in the one spot? It is! And in this episode Rachel Corbett …

Podcast logo design tips

July 30th, 2018

8:26

You podcast logo is the first thing new listeners will see when they come across your show. So how do you make sure your image not only stands out from the crowd but also encourages people to check out your show? In …

The 4 things you need to start a podcast

July 23rd, 2018

9:22

Podcast equipment can be a confusing rabbit hole to get lost in when you’re starting out. Do you need a mixer? Can you record onto your computer? Do …

What are the different types of podcasts?

July 16th, 2018

25:46

Thinking about starting a show but you’ve got no idea about the different styles of podcasts? In this episode Rachel Corbett takes you through some …

What's the ideal number of co-hosts?

July 9th, 2018

7:53

When you’ve got the right mix of co-hosts on your show it can really make your podcast sound amazing but there is such a thing as too many cooks.  So how many co-hosts is the ideal number and what happens if you’ve got …

What are the steps to release a podcast episode?

July 2nd, 2018

7:17

So you want to start a podcast but you’ve got no idea what’s involved? In this episode Rachel Corbett takes you through the steps you have to go …

How long does it take to put together an episode?

June 25th, 2018

7:48

When you’re thinking of starting a podcast it’s understandable that you’d want to know what kind of time commitment you were going to be in for.  Problem is there’s no easy way to work that out until you get started. …

Does your podcast need to be niche?

June 18th, 2018

7:11

When you're trying to come up with an idea for your podcast it's hard to imagine how being more specific would help you reach more people. Surely …

How to share your podcast to iPhone AND Android with one link

May 21st, 2018

5:21

People listen to podcasts on all sorts of different devices which means it’s been hard to find a way to get everyone to subscribe with a single click.  iTunes links don't work on Android phones and vice versa.  But now …

How do you promote your show before it's live?

May 14th, 2018

13:50

So you want to get plenty of ears on your podcast but you don’t have a show yet?  How do you build buzz for something that doesn’t exist? In this episode Rachel Corbett looks at how to pre-promote your show to increase …

Why you need to build your ideal listener

May 7th, 2018

5:55

How do you plan a show for a listener that doesn’t exist?  How do you know you’re making the right content decisions when you don’t have someone to ask? I this episode Rachel Corbett looks at how building your ideal …

How to improve your podcast interviews

April 30th, 2018

16:14

Getting guests onto your show can be a great way to add variety for both you and your listener and inject some really interesting content into your podcast.  So how do you make sure you get the best out of your podcast …

Should you podcast in seasons?

April 23rd, 2018

4:18

Podcast seasons can be a great way to keep things interesting for your listeners and get on top of your podcasting workload. So, in this episode Rachel takes you through how you can introduce seasons into your podcast. …

Do you have to pay your podcast guests?

April 16th, 2018

4:18

A lot of podcasts involve guests and if you’re thinking about going down that path maybe you’ve been wondering whether all those people need to be …

To co-host or not to co-host?

April 9th, 2018

9:09

Podcasting solo can be a scary thing so it’s easy to think to yourself “maybe I should get a co-host?”  But it’s not always the best option and in …

What are show notes and why do you need them?

April 2nd, 2018

11:11

​Some podcasters treat show notes as an after-thought or don’t bother with them at all but they can be a useful resource for your listeners and also …

How do you get callers on your show?

March 26th, 2018

7:12

What is batch recording and why should you do it?

March 19th, 2018

6:00

Getting ahead of yourself in podcasting is one of the best things you can do which is why batch recording is something you should definitely be doing …

How should you end your podcast episodes?

March 12th, 2018

7:55

Wrapping up your podcast episode can be awkward if you don’t know what to say and the end of your episode is a great place to put information your audience can use to find you, subscribe to your show or get further help …

What directories should you submit your podcast to?

March 5th, 2018

6:27

When you create your podcast you want people to be able to find it and for that to happen you have to submit the show to your podcast directories of …

Should you put episode numbers in the title of your show?

February 26th, 2018

4:45

In this episode I talk about whether or not should list your podcast episode numbers in the title of each show or whether it’s a waste of space. …

Why you need to wear headphones

February 19th, 2018

9:22

In this episode I talk about why headphones are the most important piece of equipment in your podcasting kit and why everyone on your show should be …

How to attract high-profile guests to your podcast

February 12th, 2018

6:17

If you want to attract high profile guests to appear on your podcast there are a few things you can do to give yourself the best chances of success.  However, if you’re only approaching people because you think it’ll …

Why you need to define your podcast concept

February 5th, 2018

5:27

If you’re a multi-passionate person who has a lot of competing interests you might think creating a general podcast that covers a lot of different …

How to deal with podcasting self-doubt

January 29th, 2018

10:17

Is self-doubt holding you back from starting your own podcast?  In this episode I take you through some of the ways you can make podcasting less …

Do you need a 'radio voice' to host a podcast?

January 22nd, 2018

4:39

In this episode, I dispel the myth that you need a ‘radio voice’ to host a podcast. Check out the show notes for this episode at podschoolpodcast.com …

How to make money from your podcast

January 15th, 2018

12:59

In this episode, I look at some of the ways you can monetise your podcast that don’t involve selling ads.  If you have a show with a small audience, …

Why you need to get on with your content

January 8th, 2018

5:21

In this episode, I look at why you need to hurry up and get on with your content rather than keeping your listeners waiting. Check out the show notes …

How to make your podcast look good on your website

December 18th, 2017

3:53

In this episode, I look at what options you have to improve the look of your podcast player on your website. Check out the show notes for this …

Do you need to release your podcast on the same day?

December 11th, 2017

3:52

In this episode, I look at the importance of setting an appointment with your listeners and why you should be releasing your podcast at the same time …

How to sound like a one-take wonder

December 4th, 2017

5:10

In this episode, I look at how you can re-record mistakes you make in your podcast without sounding like you’ve edited anything in. Check out the …

How to make editing easier when you're recording

November 27th, 2017

7:29

In this episode, I look at how you can make your life easier, when it comes to editing your podcast, by focusing on a few simple things when you …

Do you need to edit your podcast?

November 20th, 2017

4:17

In this episode, I look at why you should always edit your podcast episodes so you’re putting your best foot forward and giving your listeners the …

The benefits of using segments in your podcast

November 13th, 2017

5:29

In this episode, I take you through the reasons for using segments in your podcast and how they can make your life easier and improve the quality of your show. Check out the show notes for this episode at …

What's the difference between a USB and XLR mic?

November 6th, 2017

5:46

In this episode, I take you through the differences between a mic that attaches via USB cable or XLR and which one you need. Check out the show notes …

How do you record your podcast with people in different locations?

October 30th, 2017

7:31

In this episode, I talk about how to record your podcast if your co-host or guests aren't in the same room as you. Check out the show notes for this …

Should you conduct a pre-interview with your podcast guest?

October 23rd, 2017

9:41

In this episode, I discuss why you should do a pre-interview with your podcast guest and what you should try to get out of it. Check out the show …

What is tagging your MP3s and why should you do it?

October 9th, 2017

4:15

In this episode, I look at a pretty boring part of the podcasting process...tagging your MP3s. It might not be fun but it's important if you want your show to go out into the ether exactly the way you intend it to. …

Should you transcribe your podcast episode?

September 18th, 2017

6:46

In this episode, I talk about why you should transcribe your podcast episode and how you can get it done quickly and cheaply. Check out the show …

How long should your podcast be?

September 11th, 2017

8:03

In this episode, I cover a question that stumps a lot of podcasters when they're starting out - how long should your podcast be? Check out the show …

Why you have to listen to your episode after it's been uploaded to iTunes

September 4th, 2017

9:09

In this episode, I talk about why your work isn't done once you press publish on your podcast episode and why you should always listen to the …

Do you need a podcast intro and outro?

August 28th, 2017

8:22

In this episode, I look at how having an intro and outro for your show is the easiest way to make your podcast sound more professional. Check out the …

How to keep an audience engaged when you're presenting your podcast solo

August 21st, 2017

5:07

In this episode, I look at how to keep your audience engaged when you're presenting a podcast by yourself. Check out the show notes for this episode …

Should you launch your podcast with Episode 0?

August 14th, 2017

8:00

In this episode, I look at the reasons for and against kicking your podcast off with an introductory episode. Check out the show notes for this …

Should you use music in your podcast?

August 7th, 2017

8:02

In this episode I look at some of the reasons why using music in your podcast is more trouble than it's worth. Check out the show notes for this …

How to record high-quality audio at home

July 31st, 2017

5:23

How to record high-quality audio at home without spending money on a voice over booth. Check out the show notes for this episode at …

Should you swear on your podcast?

July 24th, 2017

6:23

Should you swear on your podcast episode or is it better to keep it clean? Check out the show notes for this episode at podschoolpodcast.com (type …

Are high-profile guests a good way to grow your podcast audience?

July 17th, 2017

11:51

Are high-profile guests the silver bullet some people claim they are when it comes to growing your audience? Check out the show notes for this …

How can you grow your podcast audience?

July 10th, 2017

12:32

Should you write a script for your episodes?

July 3rd, 2017

4:22

In this episode, I explain why scripting your episodes disconnects you from your audience and what you should do instead.

Check out the show notes for …

Do you need a podcast host?

June 26th, 2017

6:58

In this episode, I answer the question "Do you need a podcast host when you're starting out?" Spoiler alert - the answer is yes but tune in to find …

The most important word to use in your podcast

June 19th, 2017

6:29

In this episode, we look at the most important word you can use in your podcast - "you." It's essential, if you want to turn your audience into raving fans, that every listener feels like you're speaking directly to …

The art of performance

June 12th, 2017

5:07

In this episode, we look at the importance of thinking of your podcast as a 'show' so you can strike the perfect balance between a natural conversation and a performance. This is the type of small change that helps you …

Welcome to PodSchool

May 23rd, 2017

5:17

Welcome to the PodSchool Podcast! Each week I'll take you through some quick tips and tricks used by media professionals to create compelling …

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