Are you still trying to get over your nerves about recording your first podcast? We’ve all been there… Here are the secrets to overcoming those fears.
In This Episode, You’ll Discover:
- That every great host has been in the exact same state of mind that you are now.
- How to practice the skills you need to become an awesome podcaster.
- Confidence in your message is the key to creating a true following.
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Alright, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about this one. We are going to cover today the fears of podcasting and the gripping fears that stop most people from ever doing it, but they’re not going to stop you.
Okay, so first of all, what am I talking about? The fears behind podcasting. A lot of people, when they first find out about podcasting and the power of it, and what they can do with it, they understand how much benefit they can gain from doing that. However, there’s a little bit of ” I don’t know if I should do that” and “I don’t know if I’m the right person for that”.
What it boils down to is a couple of base fears. Number one: you’re afraid that you don’t like the sound of your own voice, and other people won’t either. Number two: people are afraid that, once you start recording and putting stuff out there, nobody’s going to listen, other than maybe their mother of their grandmother. The other fear is that the content that you put out there, or the message that you put out there, won’t be well received by the people that are listening. So these are just a couple of the fears, among many, and one of the other base ones is you just feel like you aren’t the person that needs to be behind the microphone to put this message out there.
So, we’re gonna talk about a couple of these fears, how you can conquer them, and how we can get you behind the mic, get your podcast out there, and build you a tribe, a following, and a listener base that can become your community and your customer base.
Okay, so the first thing that I want you guys to know is that everybody’s a little bit scared when they first start it, just like any skill. When you first start riding a bike, when you’re a little kid, you can’t quite balance right, you wobble around and, boof, you fall over. That’s what training wheels are for. So, with podcasting, it’s just like any skill. It’s going to take a little practice. It’s going to take a little bit of time to get comfortable with it, and it will be a little bit scary at first. That’s okay because any skill worth having, or anything worth doing is going to be a little bit scary to begin with.
Even the podcasting greats, even the radio greats, all started out doing simple recordings. You gotta start somewhere. Howard Stern was not super confident the first couple times he tried radio. Keep that in mind when you go about this. On top of that, nobody’s perfect when they first start out. Everybody’s has a little bit of a shaky voice. They’re not super confident in their message. If it’s an interview podcast, or if it’s an interview show, you go back and listen to anybody when they first started, myself included,. The first couple interviews or the first couple shows will not be absolutely stellar. They will be mediocre at best. Go back and listen to a couple people’s podcasts who are really famous now and listen to their first couple episodes. You’ll see exactly what I’m talking about. It’s very easy to pick out.
One other thing to consider is, just because your record an episode, that doesn’t mean you have to publish it. What I’m saying is you can practice. You can try doing interviews. You can interview your friend. You can call up your brother. You can do all of that kind of stuff and you don’t have to publish these first recordings. You can even interview people that you would interview on your actual show or do an actual show. If you don’t like it, don’t publish it. Nobody will no the difference, other than maybe the person you interviewed. If you call them up and say “Hey, I didn’t like how that one turned out, maybe we can do this again in 2-3 weeks or 2-3 months and we’ll publish that one”. It’s not a big deal if you don’t publish the first ones, but you’ve to get some momentum going and you’ve got to get rolling with it.
The final thing is that, what this all really boils down to, is that you have to be really confident in your message, and in what you’re sharing. The value that you’re sharing has to be valuable enough, and has to be inspiring enough to you, that it will help you get over that initial fear of getting behind a microphone or getting behind a camera and sharing your view. So you’ve gotta be confident enough in your message, and confident enough in yourself, because if you’re ever going to lead a tribe or lead a listener base, or turn anyone into a customer, you’ve got to be confident in you and your message before anybody else can.
I’m Ben Krueger. This is Authority Engine TV and if you’ve got any questions that you’d like to hear answered on future episodes, hit me up.
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