Welcome to another episode of 7-Minute Marketing with Pam. My name is Pam Didner. I love sharing a little dose of B2B, digital, content marketing and sales enablement, seven minutes at a time. Ok, this is Episode 90. I can’t believe that I am only 10 episodes away from 100. It’s certainly been a journey.
Here are 3 big lessons learned from doing 90 episodes:
1. Unlike blog posts, it’s much harder to edit podcast episodes after publishing
I consider myself a writer, not a podcaster or a voice professional. Like many people, I don’t particularly like the sound of my own voice. Vocal recording is not something I do naturally. From my perspective, blog writing is so much easier. If I find myself unhappy with a blog post after publishing, it’s a simple task to change it at any time. No sweat! For podcasting, when I finish recording, there is post-production to finalize the recording, so changing is a much more involved process. Producing a podcast is also more expensive than writing a blog post.
2. Podcast script writing is different than the writing of a blog post
In my earlier episodes, I took some of my blog posts and recorded them as they were. Ok, that was a mistake. Podcast scripts are different than blog posts. For a podcast, you need to get to the point much sooner. You need to keep it flowing like a conversation, not necessarily like an essay. For a similar topic, I need to write a blog post, then I need to write differently for a podcast script. It’s double the amount of work. Well, I become better over time, but it’s still an effort. The biggest benefit of writing a podcast script is to train myself to write differently and
3. It helps me structure my answers in a succinct way
Another benefit of doing podcasts, especially my format of answering one marketing question in 7 minutes or less, is that it helps me think through my answers logically and structure them in a succinct way. It has helped me tremendously to prepare for media interviews that I do online or offline. I am less nervous and more comfortable talking to others while being recorded. In addition, the practiced from recording audio episodes helps in all aspects of my presentation delivery.
Before I kicked off my podcast, I didn’t know what format of podcast I wanted to do. As much as I wanted to interview guests on my podcast or partner with another marketer to debate and discuss marketing challenges, the logistics, coordination, and cost wouldn’t be sustainable for me. Therefore, I selected a show format that gives me better control: which is just me talking, answering one question at a time in about 7 minutes. Ok, it may not be as flashy as I’d like, but the logistics are sustainable and I have more within my control. Plus, my target audience is B2B marketers. If they read or listen to something, they want actionable takeaways. That’s something I can do for them.
The ugly truth is that I stayed away from podcasts for a long time. I didn’t want to expose myself to others on a platform that I was not good at yet. For writing, I can hide behind the curtain and make changes whenever I want. For podcast, you can’t hide. What you record is what you get, even with awesome post-production edits. I wouldn’t say that I am very good now, but I’ve certainly come a long way since my first episode.
Over time, I actually learned to enjoy the process of recording and answering people’s questions. My original goal was to hit 100 episodes. Well, I’m close and we’ll see how far I can go.
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