[00:00:00] Hey, Stuart here. Not too long ago, we wrapped up season three, and for now, we've wrapped up the series. It's been a great few years, and everyone here at castos would like to thank all the guests who helped make this show possible. And while the show is coming to an end, the creative process never has to.
[00:00:19] So, as a final thought, one last tarasso to speak. Here's all the podcasting tips from our guests from season three. Jonathan Mitchell from the fiction anthology the truth kicks us off.
[00:00:35] I think the natural default mode for shows is to be mediocre, and you have to really work to make something great. And it takes real discipline. And I think that's what we should all be striving for, is to make something that's great and not mediocre.
[00:00:53] That's what I would encourage, is for people to really see it as something they could take seriously and turn into a real art form and treat it with respect and not something that's easy or cheap, but rather something that's expressive and with depth and beautiful.
[00:01:15] Hey, y'all. I'm Anissa Khalifa from the podcast the broadside. And my podcasting tip is prepare ahead of time so that you can be in the moment when you're recording. And that's especially true if I've worked on narrative podcasts and interview and sort of like chat podcasts. But I think especially when you're having a conversational or an interview format, I find that having a really well prepared document or some kind of outline for myself means that I'm not trying to think of things in the moment. I already know all of this, or the references or the topics or the thoughts, the random thoughts that I had at 02:00 a.m. That I was like, oh, really? Want to ask this person about this, or I want to talk to this person about that. It's already there, so I can quickly refer to it. But then when I'm talking, I can just be in the moment with that person and be really listening fully. So that's my tip. It's a good one. Thank you. Hey, I'm Aaron Miller from the podcast Armchair explorer, and my podcasting tip is, don't wait for perfection.
[00:02:21] So many people wait to start a podcast. They think about it. They're trying to figure out the best, most perfect way to do it. And what I always say is, if your 10th episode is as good as your first episode, you've learned nothing. So your 10th episode is always going to be better no matter what you do. So don't wait for perfection, because it won't arrive by not working. It's going to arrive by sitting down and writing and talking and having fun and being loose and open and just going for it and speaking your message and your truth and finding and chatting with interesting people. Don't make it perfect. Just make it happen.
[00:03:00] Dude, that's golden. I like it.
[00:03:05] I'm Melissa hall from Gravy podcast, and my podcast Tip is tell the story you want to tell in the way you want to tell it right now. It seems that the podcast world is full of conversations.
[00:03:22] It seems that the podcast world is full of people trying to solve crimes.
[00:03:29] It seems in the podcast world that folks are spending a lot of time either presenting themselves as experts who know all the things or as vaguely clueless people who learned a thing and are excited to tell you. And those are all great ways to tell a story. But don't think that your story has to fit in one of those molds. I think Gravy podcast is an excellent example of the reality that if you've got a compelling story to tell and believe in your way of telling it, your podcast can find its footing.
[00:04:13] That's perfect. I wish I could high five you right now.
[00:04:21] Hi, I'm Charles Austin from e. One, and my podcasting Tip would be, I guess if you're on the first episode of the show, you should imagine it at like the hundredth episode of is this still something that I can keep expanding upon?
[00:04:36] I think it's pretty easy to do four, five, six episodes about any one subject if you're passionate about it, but you don't want to become a victim of your own success, where if people start listening by episode 40, episode 50, if you can't have the same amount of passion you had for it on the first episode, you're going to paint yourself into a corner. So it's important to choose a topic that is narrow enough to be meaningful to you, but broad enough that you can expand upon it in lots of different ways over time without becoming miserable in the process.
[00:05:06] I love it. That's awesome.
[00:05:09] I'm Elaine Appleton Grant, and my podcasting tip is to think about momentum from the very beginning. You want to think about how are you going to pull your listener on a journey with you through this episode, all the way through, and if you have a series from one episode to the next.
[00:05:36] Hi, I'm Jenna Flanagan, host of After Broad and market, and my podcasting tip is first and foremost, you can never go wrong with a good editor, somebody who can cut and splice and dice sound together to make your podcast sound as smooth and as clean as possible. But right next to that is the importance of having actual passion and compassion for whatever the subject matter is that you're dealing with. If you're just doing an interview style podcast, if you're doing investigative work, or if you're just chopping it up with your friends, the mic is incredibly intimate and people can hear if you're into it or not. So if this is something you want to do, make sure, regardless of what the subject is, you genuinely care.
[00:06:30] Hi, I'm Rick Wimberley with the podcast myths of selling to government. My tip kind of is drawn from the fact that in addition to doing a lot of consulting to help companies sell to government, I am an actor, a voice actor. Recently have become on stage actor and on camera actor. And one of the things that I've observed in working with directors and the pros in this field is that they're constantly looking for those moments, whatever a moment is. And to me, I think as we do our podcast, we too ought to be looking for moments. It could be a turn of a phrase that either you can make or a guest can make. It could be a point that is such a good point that deserves a pause or some space.
[00:07:27] But my advice would be look for the moments. Create a moment.
[00:07:43] I've got a podcasting tip. I'm Chris Lenane. I'm the host of the part of the Room podcast. I would say number one tip is to get a good microphone. I know that sounds obvious, but don't get a USB microphone. Don't get any of these weird microphones. Learn about the different types of microphones and probably do some research. I would say get a Neumann microphone or one of the shore microphones that everyone's using for podcasts. That's where I'd start. Golden. That's a stall word. I like it. Yeah.
[00:08:14] I'm David Weinberg. I have a podcast called Dreamtown, the story of.
[00:08:18] And here's my podcasting tip. This has served me very well many times, but I really am an advocate for grabbing your microphone and going out into the world without a plan and just talking to people and finding someone interesting to talk to and then building a story around that person. I think it's a great way to find stories that you wouldn't normally find. It's fun if you're not too terrified by talking to strangers. But yeah, that's a tip I have. Go talk to some people with a microphone. See what happens. Good idea. Hi, I'm Beth Anne Patrick from the podcast missing pages, and this is my podcasting tip. When I get on whatever platform we're using, I make sure to leave my video on, because one of the things I found is that using my hands when I'm talking really helps me not read straight off the page. It really helps me sound much more dynamic and lively. And I try not to look at myself, but I try to make sure I'm on screen so that my producers can see me and make sure I'm not going way off the edge. But I wanted to say that that's my tip. Look at your hands. Use your hands. It can really give you a little more oomph in your voice.
[00:09:49] My name is Tanya Mohammed, and I'm from the podcast undiscarded stories of New York from the city reliquary and Citizen race car. And my podcasting tip is trust your gut. If you think there's a story there and it's something you keep coming back to, go there. Dig deeper. Research it. Find out if someone's done before. And even if they have done it before, don't be discouraged. There's probably something uniquely you in your perspective. So go for it. What's the worst that can happen?