When it comes to the actual content of the podcast, I have some strong opinions. Let me be clear: I am not a fan of scripted episodes. As a podcast coach, I always advise my clients against scripting their episodes. Here’s why:
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I believe in the power of free-flowing conversation and allowing inspiration to guide the discussion. Scripting an episode, even with a rough outline, can make it sound robotic and less genuine. Listeners can tell when an episode has been scripted, which can create a disconnect between the host and the audience.
When you let inspiration guide your podcast conversation, it can lead to a more authentic and engaging show. Speaking spontaneously allows you to convey your genuine thoughts and emotions, which can create a deeper connection with your audience. Listeners can easily tell when an episode has been scripted, which can cause them to tune out and lose interest in your show.
At the end of the day, a free-flowing conversation is a powerful tool that can help you create a podcast that connects with your audience in a meaningful way. By being yourself and speaking from the heart, you can create an engaging and authentic show that resonates with your listeners.
It takes practice to read a script and make it sound natural and engaging. Most people don’t have that training, and attempting to script an episode can lead to frustration and disappointment. Even if you try to add emotion and spontaneity, it’s hard to sound genuine when reading from a script.
I believe that podcasting should feel like an intimate conversation with a friend. If you wouldn’t script a phone call with a friend, then you shouldn’t script a podcast episode. Listeners want to feel connected to you, and that connection comes from speaking from the heart and being vulnerable.
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Instead of scripting, I recommend having a rough outline or notes to guide the conversation. I keep a small notebook handy to jot down ideas and make a basic outline for each episode. This allows me to stay on track while still being open to inspiration and new ideas.
Finally, I encourage podcasters to let go of perfectionism. Podcasting is a human endeavor, and mistakes and imperfections are part of the process. Trying to create a perfectly scripted and edited episode can take five times longer than a free-flowing one. Listeners want to hear from a real person, not a robotic script.
In conclusion, I don’t recommend scripting a podcast episode. Instead, I encourage you to speak from the heart, be open to inspiration, and let go of perfectionism. With my help and guidance, you can create a podcast that feels like an intimate conversation with a friend. Let’s make it happen together!
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