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July 29, 2020
Ever wondered what it takes to produce an NPR or Gimlet-style narrative podcast? Well today, we're about to find out.Tight Lipped is a storytelling podcast that makes public what is often thought of as “private pain.” And in this episode, Tight Lipped producers Hannah Barg and Noa Fleischacker are here to take us behind the scenes on their production process with their episode, “Did I Dream?” which was released in May 2020.I’d always had a bucket list item to produce a narrative episode, and this 18-minute episode has been a massive labor of love. Curious how long it took me to produce? Tune in to find out :)In this episode, you’ll learn...How Noa’s personal story inspired the idea for Tight LippedWhy storytelling podcasts are so popular, and how they’re producedHow to think critically about your interviews to find the best sound bytes for your episodesHow to add narration to your episode, as well as scoringWhat are the pros and cons to choosing a narrative format for your podcast?How long does it take to produce one episode of a narrative show?-------------------To listen to the complete episode of Tight Lipped, called, ”Did I Dream?” visit tightlippedpod.com. You can also find them on Instagram @tightlippedpod.-------------------More from Wit & Wire:Subscribe: witandwire.com/podcastFree Podcast Resources: witandwire.com/freebiesPodcasting Courses: witandwire.com/coursesInstagram: instagram.com/witandwirePinterest: pinterest.com/witandwireGet in touch: witandwire.com/contact
July 22, 2020
Podcast interviews are hugely popular, and a win/win for hosts, guests, and listeners. But what makes them so popular, and is interviewing the right strategy for you?Today’s guest Angie Trueblood is a visibility strategist and the host of “Go Pitch Yourself.” She’s sent over 1,000 pitches (!!) mostly on behalf of her clients, so she’s an absolute pro when it comes to being a podcast guest, pitching hosts, and researching her guests to ask exactly the right questions for her audience.In this episode, we talk about...Why being a guest on other podcasts is one of the best ways to grow your podcast (and business)How hosts can find great guests for your podcastsHow both hosts and guests should prep before an interviewThe essentials of a great guest pitchHow both the host and the guest can maximize their promotion of the finished episode-------------------To learn more about Angie Trueblood and everything discussed in today’s episode, visit witandwire.com/13. -------------------Are you excited to be a podcast guest? Angie’s Roadmap for Podcast Pitching Success includes the 6 steps needed in any effective podcast pitching strategy, plus the most common mistakes to avoid.  Download yours for free at angietrueblood.com/witandwire-------------------More from Wit & Wire:Subscribe: witandwire.com/podcastFree Podcast Resources: witandwire.com/freebiesPodcasting Courses: witandwire.com/coursesAffordable Podcast Editing: witandwire.com/podcast-editing-servicesInstagram: instagram.com/witandwirePinterest: pinterest.com/witandwireGet in touch: witandwire.com/contact
July 15, 2020
Seven years ago, Andy & John started The Purple Rock Survivor Podcast after meeting each other in an online forum. It is - in their words, not mine - “The smartest, funniest, most humble, and best Survivor podcast on the internet.” As a massive Survivor nerd myself, I tend to agree, and I consider their spoiler-free complete season ranking to be the absolute truth. In this episode, Andy and John share...How they met and started their Survivor podcast 7 years agoHow they manage production with a group of 4-6 people per episode, none of whom live in the same placeHow online forums have played a big role in their podcast growthWhy they don’t interview many Survivor players (by choice)How they keep their community engaged beyond the podcast (like their Survivor fantasy league)The importance of having a real point of view as a podcasterWhy more women aren’t getting into podcastingHow they keep things fun (because isn’t that the point?) :)-------------------To learn more about John and Andy, The Purple Rock Podcast, and everything discussed in today’s episode, visit witandwire.com/purplerock.-------------------More from Wit & Wire:Subscribe: witandwire.com/podcastFree Podcast Resources: witandwire.com/freebiesPodcasting Courses: witandwire.com/coursesAffordable Podcast Editing: witandwire.com/podcast-editing-servicesInstagram: instagram.com/witandwirePinterest: pinterest.com/witandwireGet in touch: witandwire.com/contact-------------------More from Purple Rock:Website: http://purplerockpodcast.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/purplerockpodAndy: https://twitter.com/purplerockandyJohn: https://twitter.com/purplerockjohn
July 8, 2020
Are you and a co-host ready to start podcasting? It’s one of my personal favorite podcast formats, but before you take the leap, you’ll want to make sure you’re both on the same page. So in this episode, I’m thrilled to have my Book Smart co-host Em Hammel-Shaver join me to talk about our co-hosting experience and insights. It’s a fun one!By the end of this episode, you’ll learn…What are the pros and cons to doing a co-hosted podcast?Who is this the right fit for?What topics are well suited for a co-hosted format?What should you and your co-host talk about before you get started?How can you divide responsibilities? How did we prepare for each episode, and how did our process evolve over time?To see the complete show notes or bookmark this episode for later, visit https://witandwire.com/11.-------------------This episode is part of Wit & Wire’s 5-part spotlight series on podcast formats. Your podcast format explains how many voices are on your show, as well as their purpose. >> Learn more about all podcast formats and the complete series here: Which podcast format is right for me? (https://witandwire.com/podcast-format)
July 1, 2020
Are you considering doing a solo podcast, or a few solo episodes? By the end of this episode, you’ll learn…What are the pros and cons to doing a solo podcast?Who is this the right fit for? (It’s definitely not for everyone.)Can you mix solo episodes with other formats?How can you spice things up to keep things exciting for both you and your listeners?To see the complete show notes or save this episode for later, visit witandwire.com/10.-------------------This episode is part of Wit & Wire’s 5-part spotlight series on podcast formats. Your podcast format explains how many voices are on your show, as well as their purpose. >> Learn more about all podcast formats and the complete series here: Which podcast format is right for me? (https://witandwire.com/podcast-format)
June 24, 2020
Tasha Booth is the founder and CEO of the Launch Guild, and the host of How She Did That. Tasha’s podcast is for Virtual Assistants, Online Business Managers, and Project Managers, so it’s fitting that she’s here to share time-saving tips and strategies to help podcasters work smarter, not harder.In this episode, Tasha shares...Why she started a podcast instead of a blogSome of the early challenges she faced as a new podcasterHow switching to a batch working process completely changed her process and perspectiveHow you can use batch working strategies to save a ton of time as a podcaster, no matter how new or seasoned you areThe importance of repurposing your podcast content, and how you’re probably missing out on opportunities to get the most out of your episodes-------------------To learn more about Tasha Booth, The Launch Guild, How She Did That, and everything discussed in today’s episode, visit witandwire.com/9.-------------------More from Wit & Wire:Subscribe: witandwire.com/podcastFree Podcast Resources: witandwire.com/freebiesPodcasting Courses: witandwire.com/coursesAffordable Podcast Editing: witandwire.com/podcast-editing-servicesInstagram: instagram.com/witandwirePinterest: pinterest.com/witandwireGet in touch: witandwire.com/contact
June 17, 2020
Is your podcast protected? In this episode, small-business lawyer (and fellow podcaster) Andrea Sager shares the right time to trademark and the three must-have podcasting contracts.-------------------Join the free legal Masterclass: https://witandwire.com/contractvaultIf you’re listening during June 2020, Andrea is leading a free upcoming masterclass, “What Contracts You Need To Legally Protect Your Business.” Plus, when you register, it comes with a free bonus: a lawyer-built Contract Checklist with everything you’ll need for your business. It’s coming up June 24-25, 2020, and you can claim your free seat at https://witandwire.com/contractvault-------------------To learn more about Andrea Sager, Wit & Wire,  and everything discussed in today’s episode, visit witandwire.com/8.-------------------More from Wit & Wire:Subscribe: witandwire.com/podcastFree Podcast Resources: witandwire.com/freebiesPodcasting Courses: witandwire.com/coursesAffordable Podcast Editing: witandwire.com/podcast-editing-servicesInstagram: instagram.com/witandwirePinterest: pinterest.com/witandwireGet in touch: witandwire.com/contact
June 10, 2020
Vikki Louise (host of F*CK Anxiety & Get Sh*t Done) is a certified Life Coach who specializes in Anxiety and Procrastination. And through her short weekly podcasts, listeners get actionable tools to gain control of their mind and anxiety. In this episode, Vikki shares how podcasting has become one of the best ways she attracts new clients to her online coaching business, and why you shouldn’t shy away from promoting your coaching services on your podcast.To learn more about Vikki Louise and today’s key takeaways, visit witandwire.com/7.-------------------More from Wit & Wire:Subscribe: witandwire.com/podcastFree Podcast Resources: witandwire.com/freebiesPodcasting Courses: witandwire.com/coursesAffordable Podcast Editing: witandwire.com/podcast-editing-servicesInstagram: instagram.com/witandwirePinterest: pinterest.com/witandwireGet in touch: witandwire.com/contact
May 27, 2020
This has to be the #1 question I get from new podcasters: what’s the best podcast microphone for beginners?In this episode, I’ll explain the difference between condenser and dynamic microphones, and why I recommend USB microphones over XLR microphones for most beginners. (And if this is all alphabet soup, I promise I’ll keep it simple!)I’ll also share the two must-have accessories you’ll need in addition to the mic.  Plus before we go, I’ll share the top mistake I see podcasters making with their new microphones, where they aren’t really using the microphone to its full potential. Download my free Podcasting Toolkit (with all of my favorite microphones) and see the in-depth write up from today’s episode at witandwire.com/6.-------------------More from Wit & Wire:Subscribe: witandwire.com/podcastFree Podcast Resources: witandwire.com/freebiesPodcasting Courses: witandwire.com/coursesAffordable Podcast Editing: witandwire.com/podcast-editing-servicesInstagram: instagram.com/witandwirePinterest: pinterest.com/witandwireGet in touch: witandwire.com/contact
May 20, 2020
Meet Natalie Sisson, the host of Untapped, a podcast for go-getting humans who want to make real changes and live up to, and beyond, their human potential. And speaking of real changes, Natalie’s podcast and business have both changed quite a bit since her blog launched in 2010 as the Suitcase Entrepreneur. Her podcast has gone through three unique iterations - all of which we’ll discuss today - and over the years she’s changed the name, format, and sponsorship strategies for her show.But the big question is...why? Why might you want to rebrand your podcast, and do you risk losing your audience in the process?Why would you stop taking on sponsors if they’ve been lucrative for you in the past?And perhaps the biggest why of all...why are you podcasting anyway, and what happens when your current approach is no longer serving you or your listeners?--------FREE RESOURCE: Learn how to combine your knowledge, skills, and passions into multiple income streams that amplify your purpose, impact, and profit. Download Natalie’s 9 Step Audio and Get Paid to Be YOU Guide and get started today at nataliesisson.com/witandwire.---------To learn more about Natalie Sisson, Untapped, our free podcasting resources at Wit & Wire, and today’s key takeaways, check out the show notes at witandwire.com/5.-------------------More from Wit & Wire:Subscribe: witandwire.com/podcastFree Podcast Resources: witandwire.com/freebiesPodcasting Courses: witandwire.com/coursesAffordable Podcast Editing: witandwire.com/podcast-editing-servicesInstagram: instagram.com/witandwirePinterest: pinterest.com/witandwireGet in touch: witandwire.com/contact
May 13, 2020
What kinds of topics should you talk about in your next podcast episodes? It’s a big question, and there’s a lot more to it than just making things up as you go.So in this episode, I’ll share why certain episode topics are stronger than others, and I’ll talk about the difference between evergreen, seasonal, and trending content. After that, we’ll talk through my step-by-step process to brainstorm topics, research your best options, and ultimately find not just one great episode idea, but 10-20 ideas.Free downloadables from this episode and complete show notes at witandwire.com/4.
May 6, 2020
Meet Krista Lockwood, the host of Motherhood Simplified. The word “simplified” is a perfect way to describe Krista’s approach to podcasting, and one I think a lot of listeners might relate to.In this episode, you’ll hear Krista explain how she turns her weekly Facebook Lives into podcast episodes, and how she started podcasting almost by accident. She does zero editing,  and every episode has a disclaimer that you may hear her kids running around in the background at the start of each episode.But loud kids haven’t stopped Krista’s business and podcast from booming. She has over 14,000 people in her Facebook group and over 100 thousand downloads on her podcast since her launch. And ultimately, her strategy doesn’t involve any fancy marketing, because it all comes down to something fittingly simple. Being authentic, being helpful, and being extremely relatable.Full show notes & resources: witandwire.com/3
April 29, 2020
Although Laurence Bradford started her business (Learn to Code with Me) as a how-to blog, she knew that the “how to code” approach wouldn’t work as well for her podcast. So in today’s episode, Laurence explains why she took a slightly different approach to her podcast, where she interviews diverse guests to feature unique learn-to-code journeys. She also shares some really insightful tips to make sure you’re representing diverse guests on your show, and why it matters.>> For a full recap of today's lessons and resources, visit witandwire.com/2.
April 29, 2020
What makes a great first podcast episode? Should it be exactly like the rest of your podcast episodes, or should you do something unique that sets the tone for your brand new show?In today’s very exciting inaugural episode, I’m going to share the do’s and don’ts of a great first episode, as well as my suggested framework that any podcaster can use, no matter your topic or format. >> For the full lesson recap, visit witandwire.com/1.
April 22, 2020
Welcome to Wit & Wire, the podcast that takes you behind-the-scenes with podcasters and industry experts to help you start a podcast, grow your audience, and make a difference. Hosted by podcast host and producer Melissa Guller. (Everything is Teachable, Book Smart Podcast). To subscribe, visit witandwire.com/podcast.
April 21, 2020
Welcome to Wit & Wire, the podcast that takes you behind-the-scenes with podcasters and industry experts to help you start a podcast, grow your audience, and make a difference. Hosted by podcast host and producer Melissa Guller. (Everything is Teachable, Book Smart Podcast). To subscribe, visit witandwire.com/podcast.
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