Podcasters old and new probably agree on one thing—podcasting requires time and effort. This is especially true if you’re releasing a weekly show.
Understandably, anything that can help make meeting the deadline easy is an awesome thing and might just make the difference between a relaxing process and a nerve-wracking one.
When it comes to podcasting, the importance of consistency cannot be overemphasized. Case in point: if you promised your audience you’ll release a show each week, you better be able to do so. Otherwise, you’ll risk losing ardent listeners and loyal subscribers.
Fortunately, there’s batch recording.
Batch recording can help you stay consistent even when life gets in the way—you’ll have a family emergency, you get sick, or you just need time off to rest and recharge. In other words, your podcast can still continue even if you will be unavailable to man it for the time being.
If you are considering batch recording, we’ve listed down a few fundamentals that can help guarantee you are able to save time and stay organized.
Prior to working on batch recording, remember your why. Why are you doing your podcast? What do you want to accomplish? You need to get in the zone so you’ll be motivated and inspired once you start working.
Check your weekly schedule and determine when you’ll be able to record the number of episodes you want to get done. Ensure the time you’ve chosen is realistic and sufficient enough for you to be able to record and edit. Also, you have to make it non-negotiable so you are able to adhere to your deadlines.
Having an outline will help guarantee you’ll have all the important bases covered. When do you intend to release the episodes you’re outlining? Are there date-specific things you’d want to mention on the episodes?
Do you have access to all the resources you might need (listener recordings, stats, links, etc.)? Make sure you have taken all the aspects you consider essentials into account so your outline is as comprehensive as possible.
Also, save your outline as a template so you don’t have to re-outline or re-write each and every time.
Do push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, etc. A few minutes of exercise should get you in a “ready” and excited mode that makes for truly captivating recordings. Between episodes, take time to pause so you’ll stay focused.
Realistically, you can’t always get things right the first time. And it’s perfectly okay. If you need to collect your thoughts, just pause. The blank space you see will help make editing way easier. Fortunately, you also have the option to leave the editing to seasoned experts like the team at Podcast Engineers.
Batching your recordings can help ensure your listeners will have something to listen to even when life gets in your way. However, it’s not reason for you to stay complacent.
Once you are done, mark the calendar for your next batch recording session.
Set reminders and make sure you adhere to the schedule you’ve chosen. Otherwise, you’ll miss out on all the peerless benefits batch recording offers.
Have you tried batch recording? How did you go about it? Let us know in the comments below!
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