I’m quoted on the CaféYak.com website in an article, “Eight Steps to Creating a Better Podcast,” by freelance writer Anna Harris. In the article, I make several recommendations to improve the quality of audio and video podcasts, which — as you already know — are recorded programs distributed over the Internet.
Some of the key points I make in the article:
- Tell me a story. That’s the same advice that [executive producer] Don Hewitt used to give to 60 Minutes reporters when they first started preparing the program 60 Minutes.
- Edit your podcast recording to remove superfluous or repetitive segments.
- One person talking in the microphone can be incredibly dull. It is always more engaging to listen to a group of people.
- Audio stories leave a lot to the imagination, so if you paint a picture with sound of the things you are talking about, it adds an interesting dimension to your podcast.
- Focus on sound quality – learn about compression, equalization, and how to edit to avoid disturbing jumps in sound quality.
What tips do you have about producing better podcasts?