Best podcasting practices April 16, 2006Posted by Michael McVey in Online Tools.
Lately, I have been listening to many podcasts to figure out what works. I have concluded that what I am doing right now has potential but does not work. This list will be a beginning of a list of best practices when it comes to podcasting.
- Assuming you want people to listen to the entire podcast, do not post a two hour lecture unless it is intensely riveting. A summary of great research is okay for the handful of people who meant to attend the talk but were unavoidable detained. Edit the talk into a manageable and generally consistent size.
- Introduce the talk. Ensure you have excellent notes embedded with the talk and give a little overview of what is to be covered. The overview reminds the audience of the topic so they do not listen to it again in error. The overview can include a snippet of the talk so listeners can decide if it is worth listening all the way to the end. The overview should include the date and other essential locator information.
- The overview does not have to be over engineered. A little theme music is great. Classical snippets work but music from the Garage Band program is sometimes very recognizable. I have heard the same snippet on several shows. Oh, and turn off the music. The News Updates from NASA’s Spitzer Telescope, although interesting, are interlaced with a kind of incidental music.
- Link through the notes to a web page with additional images, PowerPoint slides, and handouts or transcripts. This makes your resource even more of a resource.
- Keep the additional background noise to a bare minimum is you can help it at all.
- Cut out the Audience questions unless they are helpful to the talk. Often then tend to weaken the overall impact of the talk.
I am sure there will be more of these.