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The one thing you should never do on your podcast

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The biggest podcasting no-no

I can’t believe I have to mention this because I thought it was obvious this is something you shouldn’t do.  But since I’ve heard it twice (and that’s two times too many) I had to step in to say…

If you’re in the habit of eating on your podcast.  Please. Stop.

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Nobody likes to listen to eating on a podcast

When people listen to your show they’re choosing your content and giving you 100% of their time and attention.

That’s a HUGE privilege so you always have to think about your audience and what the experience of listening to your show is like for them.

Chomping into someone’s ear doesn’t make them think “this person sounds so relaxed,” it makes them think “this person hasn’t thought about me at all.”

You might be having a great time chugging back a few vino’s and chowing down on a coq au vin, but for a listener hearing someone eat and drink is distracting and annoying.

It also says “Your time isn’t important to me.”

I’m not saying you have to starve for your art but if you’re hungry, do the world a favour and eat something before you record.

Or if the hunger pangs hit in the middle of an episode and you can’t make it through, press stop and pick up the show after you’ve had your muesli bar.

Just don’t eat in your listener’s ears.

They’ve given you their time so make sure you think about what it’s like listening to all that chewing.

(I’ll give you a hint…it’s not good).

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3 Comments
  1. Karin Mainwaring says:

    Agree totaly.
    Big intakes of breath through the Nosecan be tricky enough….
    But eating…?
    No. A thousand times no. Please.

  2. Kerry Newsome says:

    100% Agree. Soap box fully warranted.

  3. Tara says:

    Thank you sooooo much for pointing this out. I can’t tell you how many pods I’ve unsubscribed from for this. It’s one of the only reasons I leave negative reviews. I feel the same way about fiction pods that feel the need to insert the sounds of people sipping, gulping, and smacking their lips. Can’t. Take. It.

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