Can’t stop, won’t stop…LEARNING

Damn, 10 episodes went fast!

Whoa boy, I can’t believe it’s already been 10 episodes into Biznecdote, a podcast I started because I was interested in scratching that itch to try my hand at podcasting. While I’ll be the first to admit, I have a long way to go and a ton to learn it’s really been a great experience that’s exceeded my expectations (and my wife’s too – she put the over/under at 3.5 episodes). To commemorate making it this far, I wanted to share 3 lessons learned

Uhhhh… Well… Like.. Verbal Ticks Suck

This one was really difficult for me to deal with, because everyone has verbal ticks that they use to fill ‘dead space’ when talking so we don’t notice them in conversation. BUT when your medium is all audio, all the time that’s when you really start to notice them. For me, I have a nasty habit of saying ‘Uhhh’ a lot and also sounds of affirmation (‘Yes’, ‘Mmmhmm’, ‘Ok’, etc.), but after countless hours of editing an interviewing I’m starting to get better. If it’s in person, I’ll just nod and if it’s remote I’ll let the guest know not to be intimidated if I don’t respond it’s more for the audio quality, that and I’ll make liberal use of the ‘mute’ button. Believe me it can be painful to adjust, but it’s worth it, just make a little bit of progress each episode.

Set Your Guests Up for Success

This one seems obvious but I had to learn the hard way. I naturally tend to jump around from topic to topic without really ‘building a bridge’ from A to Z. That can cause issues when interviewing someone, especially if they aren’t on the same wavelength as you (one of the reasons its great to start with people you know well). It also is super helpful to set them up with introductions, prep questions and have a good amount of backup information in store to draw upon – just in case. Now I send each guest a prep sheet with questions I’ll work around and the general concept for the show, that way I still can improvise or go on a tangent but the guest will be comfortable with where we’re going and I’ll avoid awkward long pauses (but who am I kidding I cut those out anyway).

It Takes a While to Listen to…YOURSELF

In my head when I talk, I think I sound like Ryan Gosling from Crazy, Stupid, Love but when I listen to myself I feel like I’m editing audio from Big Gay Al from South Park. Now that doesn’t seem too bad, but if I’m being 100% honest it made me drag my feet and put off editing of my first couple of episodes for a long time. After listening to myself a lot, I finally got comfortable with hearing my own voice and it actually has helped me with speaking and self-editing. But don’t worry it happens to everyone and if you’re a nerd (and I know you are) check out this blog post from Wistia on why we sound different when we’re speaking vs. when we’re listening to a recording of our voice.

And a HUGE thanks goes out to all of my guests so far, it’s your stories that make the podcast what it is and I’m truly thankful for your help along the way as you learned along with me.

What do you think so far? What else could I do to make Biznecdote better?

-Mike

PS – Bonus takeaway – ALWAYS keep learning, you can always improve and learn. I listen to podcasts, audiobooks, and talk anyone who knows anything about audio and storytelling. If you need a starting point I’d recommend 2 local Boston favorites to follow Drift – always bring great ideas around #marketing and Wistia for all things video and storytelling.

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