5 Common Mistakes Podcasters Make When Recording
All podcasters make mistakes when recording, whether you’re a new podcaster or you’ve been doing this for a while. I’ve definitely made these mistakes myself too so don’t feel like you’re alone in this! But, I don’t want you to think of these as mistakes instead think of them as learning lessons. Once you start being mindful of these 5 common mistakes podcasters make then you’ll be well on your way to become a podcasting pro! We’re pretty much giving you a podcasting cheat code, so here are 5 important things to consider when you’re a new podcaster.
1. Not writing notes
Writing down notes ahead of time helps keep you on track and ensures that you’re not forgetting anything. When you’re recording it’s so easy to get nervous which can cause you to forget what you’re meant to be talking about. Or you get so excited that you go off on a tangent and now your episode has taken a different course. Yes, you can deviate from your notes sometimes but make sure that it’s relevant and that you remember to come back to your notes.
Writing out notes ahead of time also helps you gauge how long your episode will be so you’ll know if you need to find more material, cut something out or make it a 2 part episode. If you have guests then you’ll be writing down questions or discussion topics so that you have something to refer to and can make sure you’re asking the questions that you actually want answered.
2. Not practicing beforehand
Taking the time to practice before you start recording can help calm your nerves and minimize mistakes. As you’re practicing make sure you’re actively listening for if your talking points are cohesive, that they flow into each other well and that it’s relevant to the overall topic of your episode. From here you can also make any necessary changes and tweaks which will save you time while recording. A huge bonus to practicing is that it helps cut down on stuttering and filler words which will make editing so much easier and quicker later!
3. Not letting others know you’re recording
I’m just going to come right out and say it! When people are listening to your podcast they don’t want to hear your partner doing dishes in the background, your roommate making lunch or your phone going off with notifications. I know it’s impossible to control all the noises in the background but you can do what’s in your control. So let everybody in your home know that you’ll be recording during a certain time, put your phone on do not disturb, get to the quietest part of your home, put up a sign and even lock the door if you can! These tips also go for your guests! There’s nothing worse than you having nice clean audio while your guest sounds like they’re in a warzone because there’s no editing that out.
4. Not setting aside recording time
When you’re not prepared it shows. I know with busy lives sometimes you’re just trying to fit in recording time wherever you can. However, this often doesn’t lead to the best quality podcast. There’s nothing worse than starting to record and having to run out and do something halfway through because you didn’t set aside enough time to get it down. Your podcast can sound rushed and might end up being all over the place and a mess. When you set out time to record your podcast then you have time to prepare, practice and get into the right mindset.
5. Being afraid to re-record
It’s okay to re-record! Yes, it will take extra time but you’ll end up with a final result that you’ll be happy with instead of an episode that you know isn’t the best. If you find that the audio quality is terrible and beyond fixing in editing, your internet connection kept dropping so you’re missing chunks of the audio or you weren’t organized and prepared so the episode makes no sense. Then it’s okay to take some time to record it again. Every episode you put out should be up to your quality standards. It doesn’t need to be perfect but you should be proud of it!
Now the most important thing is to make sure you bookmark this page so the next time you go to record you can make sure that you won’t be making any of these mistakes! But remember that all podcasters make mistakes so don’t beat yourself up when you do! I’d also love to know in the comments which of these mistakes you’ve made yourself and share some more lessons you’ve learned so you can save someone else from making the same mistakes. We’re all on this journey together!