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5 Tips For Starting Your Own Podcast

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?

Be yourself.

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!

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Why You Should Tell Your Story

Tell your story can be a daunting undertaking for many reasons. Firstly, it’s not an easy thing to do. You might think that telling your own story wouldn’t be too difficult, after all, who knows your life more than you? However, to comb through your own long, personal history and be able to parse the events that have shaped you, the important characters you’ve known and condense a literal lifetime into one story. Finding the essence of yourself takes a lot of personal reflection.

That brings us to the second and more common deterrent for why people don’t tell their own story; it’s scary. To examine your life in such a way and relive your moments good and bad, then share them with others is one of the most vulnerable situation you could put yourself in. Here’s why you should do it:

For your past.

To tell your story and to tell it effectively, you need to look back on your life in such a way as you never have before. You have to relive all the experiences that helped to shape you into the person you are today. Sometimes these experiences won’t be pleasant. You’ll have to go over your regrets, the hard lessons you learned and those painful moments that you have tried your best to forget. While it might seem unpleasant at times, it serves as a type of therapy you perform with yourself. It’s rare you ever look back at any moment in your life with such detail, considering what it has meant in the long run. Such a intense look at your past can certainly better help you appreciate the life you’ve had and all you’ve done.

For your future.

While your story is ultimately meant for others, it doesn’t mean you can’t take something away from the stories you tell. Your story is, after all, a look into your own experiences and what are experiences for if not a learning opportunity. As you unravel your past, you can consider what it means for your future. You’ll encounter experience you had forgotten, relive moments you never knew meant so much to you. How will these discoveries affect your life going forward? How will what you’ve learned lead you to a better life? It’s your story, so while it could mean something to others, how could it not mean so much to you?

For them.

Why do we tell stories in general? You could argue that some stories exist only to elicit a certain emotion, like sadness, fear or thrills. But however simple a story is, it’s purpose is to teach something. Those who hear your story might not find anything to connect with. They might not relate to your experiences, they might not understand your decisions, they might reach different conclusions than you. But then there will be others. These others can hear your story, they can be motivated, questions could be answered, paths could become clear. This is why you become a storyteller and with your story in your own hands, who knows who will hear it.