How to deal with podcasting self-doubt


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“Can I really start a podcast?”

Of course, you can!

When you’re thinking about starting a podcast it’s easy to let self-doubt get the better of you. Particularly if you’ve never done anything like it before.

Podcasting can be daunting when you don’t know what you’re in for but are a few simple things you can do to make sure those feelings don’t stop you from starting a show.

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When you decide you want to start a podcast you don’t have to release episodes straight away, even if you’re recording them.

While you should never wait until your show is ‘perfect’ (because you’ll be waiting forever) there’s nothing wrong with getting comfy before you go ‘live’ with your first show.

Especially if this is the first experience you’ve had with hosting or recording audio.

As with anything new, it takes a while to get your head around the process.  So, if you’ve got your equipment and you’ve got your idea, you can start planning and recording episodes for your ears only.

This will not only help you get into the groove of podcasting and give you a realistic idea of how much time you’ll need to set aside each week, but it’ll also help you feel more confident behind the mic.

And the more confident you feel the more you’ll chip away at those pesky feelings of self-doubt.

If it takes you 100 practice episodes to feel like you’re ready to go live, that’s fine!  No one will know how long it took to get there but you.

Plus, you can take all the content you’ve prepared for your practice episodes and use it for the real thing.

How long does it take to put together a podcast episode?


Set achievable goals

Podcasting doesn’t have to be something you do every week for the rest of your life.

Some ideas will be more suited to seasons which means you can release episodes in smaller chunks rather than once a week for the rest of your life.

Doing your show this way will also allow you to take a break in between seasons.

You can use this time to plan content for your next season or start something new.

How to make podcasting easier with seasons


Stop stressing about how many people are listening

Of course, no one wants to do a podcast to just their mum and their best mate but when you’re starting out that might be the case.  And if it is…big whoop!

If you’re stressing about numbers you have to ask yourself “Why am I doing this?”

If the answer is: “Because I want to be famous” or “Because I want to quit my job” I wouldn’t hand in your letter of resignation just yet.

Building an audience takes time so your main driver needs to be a passion for the content or you won’t keep chipping away at it.

Your podcast also doesn’t have to only be about audience numbers.

Maybe it’s enough that it’s providing a catalogue of content you can share on social media to build your brand?  Maybe you can use it as a showreel to get speaking gigs in your area of expertise?  Or maybe it’s just something you’ve always wanted to do and you can feel really bloody proud of yourself for doing it.

A podcast doesn’t have to have a million listeners to be successful so don’t make the mistake of setting unrealistic expectations or comparing yourself to others.

Just start from a desire to get your content out into the world the let the rest unfold.

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Improve your skills

One of the reasons people don’t jump into podcasting is they haven’t got a clue what to do.

Getting training is a great idea to help you understand what’s involved and get more familiar with the process.  It also means once you start you’ll hit the ground running.

You could do a short course like my online podcasting course, PodSchool, where you get taken through everything step by step.

You could find a radio school in your local area and get some training there.  This will teach you the nuts and bolts of how to use a microphone, how to present a show and how to come up with content.

Or you could volunteer at a community radio station where you can watch people broadcast and maybe even work on a show yourself.

All these things will help you feel more confident when it comes time to sit down in front of your recording gear and get started.

Learn how to start your own podcast


Got a burning podcasting question you’d like answered? Send me an email.

Want to start your own podcast but need a little help?  Download my “How To Start A Podcast” guide or sign up for my online podcasting course, PodSchool.

  1. Natalia says:

    Thank you! I appreciate the effort you went to in responding to my query! I think self practice will be very valuable in gaining my confidence and becoming familiar with the audio space!

  2. Edward Perez says:

    Needed that advice and reminder…

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