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Do you need a 'radio voice' to host a podcast? | PodSchool Podcast

Thanks to Michele for his email which inspired today’s episode.  He said the one thing that was holding him back from starting his own podcast was the sound of his own voice. 

Who likes the sound of their own voice, anyway?

A lot of podcasters hold themselves back from starting their own show because they don’t think they have the right voice to be a broadcaster.

If this is you, let me tell you that what you sound like makes little to no difference, as long as you can create a connection with your audience.

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That doesn’t mean you can screech into the microphone and expect people to keep coming back for more.  Part of building a connection involves creating an audio environment that listeners enjoy and nobody wants to be shouted at.

BUT there’s no specific type of voice you need to host a show.

In fact, the less you sound like everyone else, the better because it’s your unique voice and personality that listeners will grow attached to.

Noone wants to listen to “Regional Radio Man”

Podcasting is all about creating an intimate connection with your listeners and the best way to do this is by talking to them like an old friend.

If you sound like you’re doing a voiceover this will immediately disconnect the audience from you because that’s not how mates talk to each other.

The most important thing is to be authentic and that means being true to how you sound.

Passion and content is way more important than what you sound like

If you’re passionate about what you do, turn up regularly in your listeners’ ears, create content with your audience in mind and try to connect with them in a genuine way, the sound of your voice won’t matter at all.

In fact, it’ll start to become a source of comfort for regular listeners as they build a relationship with you.

Your voice will change

Believe it or not, the more time you spend behind the microphone, the more your voice will change.

If you’re wearing your headphones (which you should be at all times) you’re able to self-process what’s going into the ears of your listeners.

This gives you an immediate feedback loop that will allow you to hear exactly what your audience hears so you can adjust your performance accordingly.

Doing this over time will improve your style so it’s important to actively listen to yourself when you’re presenting to make sure what you’re hearing in your ears is the best it possibly can be.

Practice makes perfect

You’re never going to jump on a microphone and nail it first time, so don’t beat yourself up if it takes you a little while to find your groove.

Anything you do is always going to take time to master but even if you don’t think you have a radio voice it will develop in some way as you practice more and more.

All your audience cares about is your personality and the connection they have with you and sometimes if your voice is unique that can be a benefit because your audience doesn’t want somebody who sounds exactly like everybody else.

Your uniqueness is what is going to make an audience love you, so if the sound of your voice is holding you back don’t let it.

Jump into the deep end, get started, get practising and realise your passion and your connection with an audience matters so much more than how you sound.

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Got some time on your hands? Read the full episode transcript

[00:00:00] Hello welcome to the show. Today's episode is inspired by Michele, who told me the thing that was holding him back from starting his podcast was the sound of his own voice. This is one of those things that holds so many people back and I don't want it to hold you back. There is no need for you to have, what would typically be called a radio voice, f you want to be a podcaster. The most important thing when it comes to podcasting is making a connection with your audience and you don't need a great voice to do that. If you are really passionate about what you do, if you turn up week in week out wanting to serve your audience and you are genuinely trying as best you can to connect with them through the content you bring then the sound of your voice will make little to no difference. There is no right or wrong when it comes to your voice and you'll notice when you do more more podcasting and you practice being behind the microphone a lot your voice will change.

[00:01:30] If you are wearing your headphones (which you should be at all times) you're able to self process what's going in to the ears of your listeners. You'll have an immediate feedback loop because you'll be able to hear your voice exactly as it will come out of the speakers and the more practice the more you'll be able to adjust your performance style so what you're hearing in your ears is the best as it possibly can be.

[00:01:56] You're never going to jump on a microphone and nail it first time. Anything that you do is always going to take time to master but even if you don't think you have a radio voice it will develop in some way over the time as you practice more and more. All your audience cares about is personality and connection and sometimes if your voice is really unique and different that can be such a huge benefit because people like somebody who sounds different and unique. They don't want somebody who sounds exactly the same as everybody else. Nobody wants to listen to anybody who sounds like they're doing a voiceover for the entire show and if you do sound like that you're gonna lose your connection with the audience because it doesn't sound real. Your uniqueness is what is going to make an audience love you so if the sound of your voice is holding you back don't let it. Jump in the deep end, get practising, get started and understand that it matters so much more about your passion and your connection than it does with how you sound.

[00:03:17] Nobody has ever heard themselves on tape and thought "I love that!" We all hate the sound of our own voice so let it go. It's no reason why you can't be a podcaster.

[00:03:39] So get on the mike, quit been scared and trust yourself. It's all going to be fine.

[00:03:43] Thanks so much for listening. I hope that has given you the confidence to just give it a burl, no matter what you think you sound like because I promise you will always sound better than you think you do. If you, like Michele, have a comment, question, query or conundrum you can always get in touch at podschoolpodcast.com. Just click the contact page there and you can also get my online tech guide that will show you all of the tools and tech you need to set up your home studio and a link to my online podcasting course, PodSchool. I'll see you next week and until then, happy podcasting. Oh and remember you sound amazing.

1 Comment
  1. Fiona says:

    Thanks Rachel. As someone who has been told they sound as old as the work experience kid, this is really helpful advice.

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