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The art of podcast presenting

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How to host a podcast

As a podcast presenter, you want your audience to feel like you’re having a natural conversation with them.  To do that you’ve got to strike a balance between having a ‘conversation’ and ‘performance.’

The Holy Grail of podcast hosting is when your audience says things like “I feel like I know you” or “It feels like I’m hanging out with an old friend.”

The only way to make them feel that is if you speak to them in a way that’s comfortable, relaxed and familiar.

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Don’t forget you’re hosting a show

When you’re broadcasting ‘live’ from your bedroom it’s easy to forget you’re actually performing to an audience. 

It’s important to think of it as a “show”, even though it’s just you on your own talking into a microphone.

That doesn’t mean you need to roll into their ears like Richard Simmons on crack.  But you do need to inject a bit more power, emphasis and excitement into your voice than you would if you were talking to your mates at the pub.

This is what will keep your listeners interested and engaged when you don’t have the benefit of body language or eye contact to draw them in.

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Don’t be worried if you feel silly

If you want to hold the attention of your audience you really need to lift the energy in your voice when you’re hosting a podcast.  Even killer content becomes a snore fest if you’re not delivering it in an engaging way.

Think of podcast hosting as you with 25% sprinkle on top.  That additional energy you inject into your voice might feel funny when you’re on your own but it will “burn off” by the time it gets to your listeners. 

Get the balance right and what they’ll hear is a confident podcast host who’s in control but still relaxed, calm and conversational.

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Practice makes perfect

Practice will help you find the balance between sounding natural and performing when you’re hosting your show.

Play around with different levels of energy and listen back to yourself critically to work out where you need to be to engage your listeners while still sounding relaxed.

Nobody likes the sound of their own voice but if you’re going to host a podcast, listening back will help you improve much faster than if you let your show go out into the ether without listening to an episode.

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.

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