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58. How to Start Podcasting

How do you start your own podcast?

In today’s episode, host Alice Lyons gives advice on how to start your own podcast. Whether you’re intimidated by the technicalities or think that you might be unable to record yourself properly, there are a few ways you can begin taking steps towards starting your own podcast.

Also discussed:

(1:42) Introduction to the episode

(2:59) Why do a podcast?

(7:54) How podcasting is a new medium and people use different formats and editing

(10:40) Not starting because you don’t know what to do

(11:36) An organic approach, leaving silence in

(15:31) Bringing emotionality to conversations and giving people space to tell their experiences

(18:51) Empathetic conversations in podcasting

(20:31) Be clear about what your message is, what do you want to get out in the world?

(22:15) What to do if you’re worried about the amount of content involved, forms of communication and how to overcome the forms of communication you might not feel as comfortable with

(27:54) Not getting intimidated by comparison

(32:05) Progress of podcasting

(34:36) How content consumption is changing due to lockdown and the fear of content creation

(39:27) The issues of paying for content that is readily available online

(45:05) Closing comments

Welcome to Dark Coffee, the podcast that starts engaging and approachable conversations around mental health.

Join wellbeing advocate Alice Lyons as she attempts to normalise the conversation around mental health, from suicide to satisfaction and everything in between.

Dark Coffee aims to create a safe space to explore dark topics with curiosity, compassion and courage to empower people to build their mental strength, resilience and sense of connection.

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