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Batch recording can save you from a podcast induced heart attack

If you’re planning on releasing a podcast episode every week you’ll need to have a plan in place.  Because dropping shows that regularly is A LOT of work.

Batch recording is an easy way to get on top of your schedule so you’re not pulling your hair out when life gets in the way.

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Why do you need to batch record?

It’s inevitable at some point during the course of your show you’ll get sick, have a family emergency, be too busy at work to concentrate on the show or you’ll just need to take some time off to rest.

If you’ve batch recorded episodes your podcast can continue even when you’re not able to.

It also prevents you from ending up in a cold sweat the night before each show thinking “what the hell am I going to talk about tomorrow?”

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How does batch recording work?

Batch recording is the process of recording multiple episodes at a time so you can bank up weeks of content in advance rather than recording one episode per week.

Maybe you decide Sunday night is your recording night, and record four episodes in one go.

That’s four weeks of content you can prepare so if the proverbial hits the fan, you’ve got extra episodes up your sleeve and the show doesn’t have to stop.

Keeping up the momentum of your podcast is one of the most important things you can do if you want to build an audience.

Batch recording can give you a buffer to help you keep that momentum going.

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Do you need to record in huge batches?

Nope!  The beauty of batch recording is you can do as much or as little as you like, but the more you can smash out in one go the better.

If you’re really short on time, even if you just do two episodes that still means recording is a fortnightly job rather than a weekly one and that’s definitely going to help.

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Does batch recording make your show sound better?

Yes! Planning episodes ahead of time isn’t just a good idea for your sanity it’s great for your content mix.

When you plan ahead you can see what’s coming up and curate your episodes so your audience gets something different each week.

Often, when you’re flying by the seat of your pants it’s easy to forget what you did last week and have no idea what you’re doing next week.

When this happens it’s not uncommon to release two fairly similar shows one after the other because you’re not planning your content in any coherent or strategic way.

Getting ahead of yourself will help prevent this which means a better experience for your listener and a better experience for you because you won’t be repeating yourself.

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Is batch recording for everyone?

Unfortunately, no.

If your show is based on topical content e.g. the news cycle or content that’s ‘of the moment’ then batch recording will be difficult.

It’s usually only do-able if you have a show that works with general themes or evergreen topics that don’t date.  Or if you’re doing an interview show.

In fact, batch recording interviews is a GREAT idea because scheduling guests can be a nightmare, so getting ahead of yourself will make your job so much easier.

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How do you batch record?

Set aside time to record each week and make sure it’s a no go zone for social events (no matter how hot the person asking you out is).

Plan your content ahead of time and try to get as far ahead of yourself as possible.

That doesn’t mean you have to record all your episodes in one go but if you’re planned out you’ll know what’s coming up and you can break up the recording into smaller batches so it’s manageable.

Don’t forget to schedule in editing time too because those episodes won’t polish themselves!

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Be disciplined

You need to set yourself clear goals and turn the willpower on to get this kicking.

But once you start to get in the rhythm and realise how much less stressful it is to be ahead of yourself, it’ll be a no brainer to keep this as a regular event in your podcasting schedule.

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