Do you want to start a podcast, but you’re just not sure how? A podcast coach can help streamline the process for you and empower you onwards. Here are the benefits of having a podcast coach.
1. Point you in the right direction
One of the challenges in starting a podcast is not knowing what to do first. Questions such as “Which equipment should I use?” and “What should I name my show?” can go on endlessly. But without knowing the right direction to take, you could end up frustrated and miss out on good opportunities.
A podcast coach is someone who can be there to guide you in your journey. He can help you determine the things you need, these may include your:
+ Podcast title and description – What name do you want people to remember everytime they tune in? What topics of interest will your show feature?
+ Team or go-to network – Is there anyone you need to connect with to help you out with your show? What characteristics should you look for in a team?
+ Skill to focus – Not everyone who decides to start a podcast has all the skills. You might only be good at interviewing guests, hosting, or crafting stories. With enough resources, you can hire people to work with you for the other tasks like audio editing and show notes writing. That way, you can narrow down your focus to the thing you do best.
+ Mission and vision – What is your ultimate vision for your podcast? How should you carry it out?
+ Tools and equipment – Microphones, recorders, mixers, audio editors — a lot of choices abound in the market for each of these. You can find the right tools and equipment without having to suffer your budget and the quality of the episodes you produce.
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Dealing with the Unknown
Starting out on a new venture is exciting. In an interview on Stop Riding the Pine podcast, Christie Lindor said, “When you have something that is in your heart, you really want to take advantage of that because you don’t know what doors it’s going to open.”
After having spent more than 15 years in her career, she’s written a book that aims to help those who want to know what it is like to be great in her chosen field. It took her some time before she finally decided to start working on the book.
Similarly, you may have a great message or idea that you can share with others. The beginning could be tough, but a good podcast coach can be there to make it easier and more convenient on your end.
2. Create strategies to keep going
Similar to other ventures, podcasting does have its own set of challenges. For one, there is the need to create and strengthen your own community of listeners.
Questions here may include:
- Who are your target listeners?
- On which social media platform should you invest more to strengthen your community?
- How should you connect with them to keep them updated?
Production, marketing, pre-production — a podcast has different phases and aspects that require your attention. And maintaining a podcast calls for commitment and consistency, regardless of whether you’re working on it full-time or not.
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Why need a strategy? There is a good thought on this by Morris Chang of TSMC…
“Without strategy, execution is aimless. Without execution, strategy is useless.”
Strategies help align you with your podcast’s mission and vision. They guide you towards winning your ultimate goals, and ensure that you stay on your path.
Finding the Right Coach
According to a survey by Harvard Business Review, one of the top reasons why people hire coaches is because they want to develop their potentials. And, those who get the most out of the coaching sessions possess a strong desire to learn and grow.
Times have changed. According to HBR…
“Ten years ago, most companies engaged a coach to help fix toxic behavior at the top. Today, most coaching is about developing the capabilities of high-potential performers.”
A fitness expert, for example, may want to educate more people and help them live better with her unique fitness formula. For that, she saw how podcasting can make that possible.
The problem is she doesn’t know anything about setting up a podcast. So, she hires a podcast coach to help her carry out her desire and to help develop her skills in the process.
What should you look for in a coach? The same survey indicated that there has to be a willingness on your part as well as a good chemistry between you and the coach. A coach’s experience in the industry is a sure advantage.
3. Teach you how to set up your podcast
Here’s the case: you already have the equipment and your episodes lined up, but on which platforms should you release your podcast?
One thing to note is that there may not be a fixed platform where you will air your episodes. You may have your own podcast website that can serve as the home of your show AND still appear on other platforms or stations, which may include:
- Stitcher Radio
- Spreaker Radio
You may consider submitting your show to the Listen Notes directory as well.
With sufficient podcasting knowledge and expertise, a podcast coach can teach you the ins and outs of the industry. He could also provide you with steps for setting up your podcast.
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More than a Helping Hand
Are you ready to turn your desire to start a podcast into a reality? The benefits of having a podcast coach could provide you with more mileage in your journey than pursuing it on your own.
What is a coach, again?…
“A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, who has you see what you don’t want to see, so that you can be who you have always known you could be.” – Tom Landry
No matter your niche or experience as a podcaster, a coach can be there to guide you and to help show you where you are at on your chosen path. “You are here,” your coach might say — with him, you could achieve far more than you expected.
Good luck on your journey ahead!
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