Jessie Larson: Should YOU Start a Podcast

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Description: In this episode I am talking with MY podcast manager, Jessie Larson, about all the behind the scenes of what it takes to have a podcast. 

I get asked ALL THE TIME about starting a podcast and if it’s something I think you should do, so today we are peeling back the curtain and talking about the why’s, how’s and what’s about starting your very own podcast. 

Let’s dive in! 

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • 03:23 Should You Even Start a Podcast
  • 10:04 Figuring Out Your Details
  • 14:12 Don’t Do It Alone
  • 16:09 How To Take a Break and Avoid Becoming a “Podfade”
  • 23:04 The Tech: What You Need and What You Don’t

SHOULD YOU EVEN START A PODCAST

I get this question, A LOT! And the answer is, YES! Well, if you want to then you absolutely should. A lot of people think that they are already late to the podcast game, but that is simply not true. In fact, right now is the perfect time to launch a new podcast.

But you do want to make sure you are starting one for the right reasons. Loads of podcasts launch and never get past 7 episodes, a term called “Podfade”.

To avoid this, you’ll want to make sure you ask yourself some good questions before starting and launching a podcast. What is your why is a great place to start.

FIGURING OUT YOUR DETAILS

Before you jump feet first into podcasting, you’ll want to understand how you work and what kind of a flow you want to have. Are you a batch 4 months ahead kind of gal, or do you work better on the fly? Do you want weekly episodes? Monthly? Seasons?

How long of episodes do you want? When will you record? What other things will you add to your podcast?

As you can see, there are lots of things to be decided before you even get started. But don’t let that scare you away. The more time and attention you put into getting it right before you launch, the more successful you’ll be.

DON’T DO IT ALONE

One of the biggest reasons for my (Kelli’s) success is not doing it alone. Bringing on a dedicated team member to help run the show (quite literally) has been a game changer. However, I do know that for some people, outsourcing or delegating right away just isn’t in the cards. That doesn’t mean you have to do it alone!

Whether it’s a podcast manager (like me) or you have an editor, a VA, or even just an accountability partner, like a fellow podcaster that you can have accountability with. Paid or unpaid, having someone where you’ve got some accountability, is huge because you want someone to bounce ideas off of, and you want someone to help keep the structure and keep you going.

HOW TO TAKE A BREAK AND AVOID “PODFADE”

A few months ago when life was really crazy for me, I was like “something’s gotta give.” I needed a break and I honestly wanted to quit the podcast. Jessie made me take some deep breaths and helped me to modify what we were doing, instead of burning everything down and quitting.

Taking breaks is essential. We were able to get creative with repurposing, which allowed me to take a much needed break, while the podcast lived on.

THE TECH: WHAT YOU NEED AND WHAT YOU DON’T

The technology is where a lot of people get scared off of podcasting. But the truth is, if you have a computer, you can have a podcast. Yes there is TONS of fancy equipment out there, but for most of us we don’t need all that.

Jessie says to start small and grow from there. If the tech is the thing standing in your way a a message or a movement that you have to share, don’t let it be. You can get a basic mic, you can use free software, and google and youtube are great resources.

If you really are ready to start your own show, then do it! The world needs your voice. If you need someone in your corner Jessie is a great place to start. You can hire her (like I did), or just get pointed in the right direction. Her contact info is listed below.

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Thank you so much for listening to this episode! I’m honored and excited to be on this journey toward personal growth and greater confidence with you. If you enjoyed the podcast, I’d love to ask you to take 2 minutes to leave me a 5-star review on your podcast app, that way we can help even more women to join us as we #dropkickyourinnermenagirl together.

P.S. If you’re looking for ways to increase your confidence and silence your inner mean-girl, download my free workbook, 6 Ways to Dropkick Your Inner Mean Girl.

xo,

kelli

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