We often talk on this site about boomers’ invested interest in their career. While they approach the age of retirement, though some might expect them to retire, by-and-large boomers would rather continue working for as long as they are able. However, that does not mean the work is the only thing of interest to boomers. As they get older, many boomers find a desire to share a part of them with the world. They look for ways to tell their stories or create something that is uniquely them. While many have started their own blogs and other writing avenues, the emergence of podcasts in the popular sphere has produced an interesting alternative.
Podcasts are privately made radio-type programs that are then made public to the world at large. You can find podcasts on just about any subject these days and many are produced as a hobby. So if you’re looking to share yourself to a wider audience and want to enter the world of podcasting, here are some things you’ll need to know.
Know what you’re doing.
This might seem like an obvious statement but, as accessible the world of podcasting might be, that should not suggest that it is easily done. You’ll need to do a fair bit of research into what it takes to put on a podcast that people will want to listen to. You’ll need to invest in a decent microphone (no sense in doing a podcast if the people can’t hear you). You’ll need to learn the basics of sound editing. You’ll need to learn how to get you recordings out to the public. All these things are indeed achievable but you need to put the effort in if you want to do it right.
Plan your shows.
Doing your own podcast offers you a lot of freedom in what you can do with it. You can talk about any and all subjects you want. But it is wise to keep in mind that you have an audience who you want to keep entertained and interested in your show. You’ll want to have some sort of plan in how the episodes will play out. You can keep things loose and improvised to an extent, but not enough of a plan can lead to you rambling on with no real concise message. Create rough outlines for your shows that will help keep you on track and help your audience follow along with you.
Focus your content.
Again, what you choose to discuss on your podcast is totally up to you, but it’s important that your material is at least a little focused. Pick a subject, even a very broad one, and enter your podcast around that. It could be movies, history, current events – not need to narrow it down too much but just talking about whatever happens to be on your mind that particular day might be hard for other to get attached to.
Offer your audience something special
As I said before, there are thousands and thousands of podcasts out there on just about any subject you could imagine. If you want to draw an audience you’ll have to offer them something they can’t get elsewhere. Whatever subject you want to tackle, think about how you can approach it in a unique and exciting way. What would make audience sit up and take notice of your show amongst the crowded field?
In the end, what is the point of doing the podcast if you can’t express yourself freely. Keeping in mind all the advice and caveats we’ve explored in this article, the podcast is your own and you should use it as a venue for your own voice to be hear. As long as you are respectful of others and listen to the other opinions out there, you have the right to be yourself and be comfortable doing it. Have fun!