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Should you script your podcast episodes?

How being too prepared for your podcast can disconnect you from your audience

When you’re starting out in the world of podcasting, nerves can get the better of you.  As a result, it’s pretty natural to feel like you want to script every episode so you’ve got the warm security blanket of that word covered piece of paper right in front of you.

The only problem with that is, it’s almost impossible to sound like you’re not reading when you are and the minute your listeners get a whiff of that (and they will) you’ll disconnect yourself from them (and you don’t want that).

The change is a subtle one but when you’re trying to win an audience over you don’t want to give them any reason to tune out of your content, even subconsciously, and reading can, unfortunately, do that.

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A better way to plan your episode is to go into the record with a bullet point list of trigger words or phrases that will remind your brain of what it wants to say while allowing you to deliver the content naturally.

To test the difference, record a version of yourself where you’re reading your script and then try using bullet points and listen to how it changes your energy.

Remember if you stuff it up, it’s a podcast, so you can always edit out the bits where you get lost or re-record the whole thing and your listeners will be none the wiser.

It’s important to give yourself the greatest chance of holding your audience’s attention and reading is a simple way to lose that connection, so it’s best to leave the scripts to Hollywood.

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Hello and welcome to the PodSchool Podcast. My name is Rachel Corbett and it's a delight to be back in your ears again this week. Today I'm going to be talking about the easiest way to disconnect from your audience. The truth is that when you're podcasting or doing a show of any type the only real way to get people to come back in the long term or to be fans of your show is if you connect with them there are a million different ways to do that. But it is so important at the base of everything to establish a connection with the people on the other end of the earbuds.

One of the ways that you can easily stop that from happening is by reading. This is something obviously if you are new to podcasting that can be a bit of a crutch because you can feel like you need a word for word roadmap in front of you when you sit down to record. And while I'm an advocate of being prepared and making sure that you know where everything is going there is such a thing as too much planning. And by that I mean writing down a script. It's very difficult for even the most accomplished Oscar winning actor to read and sound like they're not reading.

If you record a version of your podcast reading a script and then another with just a bullet point list it will help you hear the difference. If you have bullet points there and you just use them to jog your memory for the information that you're delivering or the story that you're telling and you trust your brain to come up with the stuff you need at the moment you will be delivering that in much more relaxed conversational style which is really important for the person on the other end.

The truth is if you feel like the person that's delivering the content to you isn't engaged or isn't right there with you it's very easy to tune out from the content. And obviously you can understand why you'd want to give your listeners as few of these opportunities as possible.

Rather than going in with a script and feeling like you need to be wedded to that to feel comfortable and confident, make sure you plan as much as possible before you sit down in front of the microphone and trust that if you've read all you need to read if you've written your notes and you've gone over them if you're drawing from personal experience and personal stories you have all that information in your brain and if you have a few trigger words on a piece of paper exactly what you want to say will come out at the time it's supposed to . And at the end of the day if you do it and you record it and it is an absolute balls up you can always edit it or re-record.

It's very important to give yourself the greatest chance of connecting and holding your audience's attention as possible. And reading is a really simple way that you can lose that connection.

So that's today's tip, I hope you found that helpful and I hope you will trust yourself and your brain enough to know that you can podcast and present without having to read a script. You've got this and it will make a huge difference to how you present your podcast. As always you can get in touch with me on Twitter @RachelCorbett or via my website - rachelcorbett.com. Please send me any feedback on the show or any questions you would like me to answer because I'd love to help.

And you can head to PodSchool.com if you're looking for help that's really step by step and in-depth. If you like this show please leave a review wherever you download it and I will see you again next week. Until then happy podcasting.

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