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How segments can improve your podcast

Why not make things interesting for your audience?

Sometimes when you’re new to podcasting it’s easy to think you just open the microphones and yap until you run out of things to talk about but segments can be a great way to keep your content interesting and make things easier for you as a host.

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Do segments work for everyone?

Segments won’t work for all show types so it’s important you only use them if it suits your content.  If you talk about a bunch of different topics in each episode then putting a little musical ‘sting’ in between each piece of content can be a great way to keep things moving.

It can also help you, as a host, because you won’t need to find a way to segue from one random topic to the other, you can just finish one train of thought, move onto another one and let the music do the hard work of moving your audience on.

These little stings can also be a great way to get some of the business of your show done e.g. pointing people to your social media pages or your website.

But remember…

If you’re going to do segments, it’s important to think about varying the length of them to keep things pacey and interesting for your listeners.

Check out this super short segment from my old podcast, Paul and Rach, to hear an example of a sting we used in our show…and to hear how shorter segments can be a nice surprise for your audience…

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[00:00:00] Hello and welcome to the show. Today I'm going to be talking about segments. Sometimes when you are new to podcasting it's easy to think you just open the microphones talk until you run out of stuff to talk about but segments can be a really great way to keep things moving for your audience and to make things easier from a hosting perspective. There will be some shows that will obviously lend themselves to sitting down yapping into mics and then turning the mics off at the end. A good example is an interview show. I certainly know on my show, "You've Gotta Start Somewhere," it would be nuts to stop and start my guest every five minutes to move onto the next segment. So, we just open the mics, I ask them questions for an hour and then we wrap it up. But sometimes when you are doing a lot of different topics, rather than trying to find a natural way to wrap it up and segue into the next bit it can be good to finish your train of thought on one topic, stop and then start again on the next topic and put a little musical sting in between those different pieces of content.
[00:01:21] This is something I used to do on my old show Paul and Rach where Paul and I would do 2.5-3 minute segments and play a piece of audio, or a 'sting' in between each segment. You can use these stings to tell people about your facebook page, social media or website.
If you are dealing with a lot of different topics it can be really hard to make sure that, it meanders through in a way that makes sense. So, think about segments and whether they might be a nice way to help you move through your content. A word of warning however, don't do too many. You don't want to be hearing those sorts of stings in your ears every minute or every two minutes and vary up the lengths of your breaks. It's a really nice thing for your audience to listen to when there's a bit of a difference between each of the bits and pieces that you put in their ears and they go on a bit of an audio journey. So think about how segments might work for your content. As always you can head to PodschoolPodcast.com to check out the show notes page for this episode. Grab my Tech Guide to find out all of the tech and tools you need to set up your own home studio and join the wait list for my online podcasting course Podschool.com.au. I really appreciate you tuning into these episodes every week and I love your questions so head to the website and hit me up on the contact page. I am always happy to hear from you. Thanks so much for listening. I will see you next week and until then happy podcasting.

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