How to talk with confidence on your podcast
When starting your podcast, it might be the first time you’re properly stepping up to the mic and that may be daunting as hell that first time you hit record.
I know this because I was nervous and anxious when I was a guest on someone else’s show, let alone starting my own shows. To this day I even re-record some episodes but that may be because the perfectionist in me is coming out.
With that said, this podcast reflects on the insecurities we all have at different stages of our podcast journey. But it also includes 5 key tips that have helped me boost my confidence, energy and happiness when stepping up to the mic. Which I hope will help you just as much.
YouTube video of the episode below:
TRANSCRIPT FOR EPISODE 6:
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Alright you are so damn close to starting your podcast and hitting that record button, but I want to take a little deviation before we do so for those of you that might not have got in front of a microphone. So that way you have the confidence to talk on your podcast for those listening. That's what this episode is going to be about.
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00:00:43:03 - 00:01:15:00> G'day and welcome back to Brand, my podcast, I'm your host, Frank, as always, and I want to say that if you've got to Episode six now, you've listened to all of them or you're just tuning in for the first time. Thanks for being here. I really want to thank you for the support of listen to this podcast. And I hope in turn it is inspiring you giving you some tips along the way and giving you the confidence to start your podcast. So that hitting record when you do is as easy as doing just that.
00:01:15:15 - 00:02:06:25> Now, today's topic of conversation is for those of you that haven't got in front of a microphone before to do something like this, you might not have been a guest on a podcast before. You might not have had any kind of speaking gigs in a podcast. Might be that little bit imposing for you to share your voice. You might not like the sound of your voice. So the topic today is going to be how to talk with confidence on your podcast. Now, there's a few different things we can do, but I want to just take a little quick step back here to say that if you have these doubts about things like how you sound, how people will think you sound or what you have to say is wrong or, you know, isn't, you know, good or whatever it might be, they're all, you know, your inner critic thoughts going on in your mind.
00:02:06:26 - 00:02:41:16> The people aren't thinking about that stuff. They've all got their own problems to want to not want to have to worry about your own. You know, it's one of those things that. You know, we all get caught up in about what other people think of us and a podcast is one of those things because it is so personal that that can be the hurdle of even just starting. So I appreciate you if that's where you're at now, because I know that's how I felt when I started. I was so confident about wanting to start it. But when I press record, you know, I rerecorded and rerecorded a lot, to be honest.
00:02:41:16 - 00:03:13:04> I still do that. That's a fact of podcasting, especially if you do it just yourself. You know, it can be hard work of getting that energy and getting your words right, not falling over things. It sounds like you're a bit stupid. I don't know. These are the things that we all consider and think about and mull over, which is the things that we shouldn't do. The other point is that the more you do of this, the better you will get over time. The more eloquent you will be, the more confidence you'll have of stepping up to the mic and just talking.
00:03:13:29 - 00:03:52:26> It really does take time, but just know that in time, each episode that you record, you will get better and better. All right. I've got five tips for you to give you the confidence to talk on microphone or in front of a camera if you're watching this on YouTube. And the first one is to smile. Smiling, I've heard this from so many different people over the years, smiling, gives you that energy, that perk, and gives someone else that feeling that you are there with that energy, that you're inspired and you're interested in what it is you're talking about.
00:03:53:09 - 00:04:29:15> If you're talking really flat and you don't have, you know, a smile, it sounds like this and you're really serious and there's no real emotion. It might even sound a bit sad, but if you're smiling, it changes the dynamic of how you express yourself. You can't help but have that energy there while you smile. It's a really weird thing, but try it out. I really encourage it. That's tip number one. Tip number two is please don't read off a script. You know, it takes out all the authenticity, even if you stumble over your words sometimes that's okay.
00:04:29:15 - 00:05:00:21> That brings some realness to your podcast, but reading off a script makes it much more mundane and it takes a lot of practice to be able to talk reading off something like an autocue, your notes verbatim with your personality, you know, things like people, like newsreaders. It takes them years of experience to get, you know, professional at doing that. And even still, they fumble over the words and, you know, you see those mishaps and and YouTube names and all those kind of things.
00:05:01:09 - 00:05:43:18> But I'm here to tell you that I've tried it. I've tried having an autocue in front of me. I have one here, you know, the glass panel. And I can reflect up an iPad and do all the rest of it, but it comes off so it feels like dogmatic. And what you're talking about, it's like you're listening to a sermon or or someone telling you rhetorically what it is you need to do. What you want to podcast to be is more conversational, especially if it's just yourself. This is where that comes into play of reading off a script. What I would suggest you do instead, if you need to have points in front of you, is to have, you know, a piece of paper with, you know, your notes written down, but just do simple bullet points.
00:05:43:25 - 00:06:16:01> This is what I have to the side of me here. If you're watching on YouTube, I'm going to share a screenshot of my notes just for this episode here. Right now, it's simple as so what you can do in a podcast and even if you record video as well, is pause what you're saying at each dot point to then look at your notes, come back, start again and then edit it later in post. That's how I typically do it. That takes the pressure of having to record one long episode in one take because that's going to be even harder.
00:06:16:11 - 00:06:47:18> So that's tip number two. It's kind of like a few tips in there, though, but that's tip number two. The third is and I touched on this last episode is sharing what you know, because what that does is sharing what you know is you're confident then about giving that and sharing that with your listeners. If you don't have any idea what you're talking about, you're going to fumble over what you're going to say. It's going to seem inauthentic and you're just going to come across as someone that might not be as knowledgeable as they're positioning themselves to be. You know, we sniff it out as an audience.
00:06:47:27 - 00:07:19:05> If you're not up to snuff with what it is you're talking about, you know, we can tell, you know, it's like play having to play poker, like you may as well have, you know, your sunglasses on and playing a poker face if you're not too sure about what it is you're talking about. So read up, get knowledgeable, you know, learn more about what it is you're talking about. Also adding things like context and stories behind what it is that you know, so that it shows your understanding about what it is you're talking about.
00:07:19:18 - 00:07:52:15> I mean, I'm forever going on Instagram and seeing other people's content that I'm learning from how to be a better communicator. I follow a few people that talk about how to communicate better on camera, and I implement those little tactics into the way that I deliver my content. So that's tip three. The fourth tip. He is an interesting one and it might not be possible for all of you, but it's standing up and you might not think that there's anything in standing up but what standing up does.
00:07:52:15 - 00:08:29:02> And I'm going to kind of do it just kind of here quickly. Like, if you're watching this, you can see it and you can say, is my torso. But if you're listening to this, you know, you can't see anything. But I'm standing a little further away from the microphone. But what allows me to do is I'm moving my body around, my arms around, and it gets that added bit of energy. I'm going to come back down to the mic now, but it gives that added bit of energy for you to express yourself and what you're talking about. You know, it lifts your energy that extra 10 per cent. And that's what I'm always looking for in my own content, to give that extra 10 percent of myself so that it does get interesting.
00:08:29:05 - 00:09:06:06> So it does sound way more engaging for our listeners to sit up and listen and pay attention. So that's tip number four. And then tip five, which is pretty much the same as tip four, is move around. If you're sitting down just the same as standing up, make a point of moving your arms around, you know, making sure you don't hit the mic, obviously. And it might be a little bit harder if you want to move your head around in your body, around, depending on your microphone, because you might need to be quite close. But if you can express yourself in that same manner while sitting, it does allow that energy to exude in the way that you communicate as well.
00:09:07:02 - 00:09:41:12> So it's five tips to help you gain the confidence to step up to the mic or in front of the camera and deliver your podcast with that energy, with that confidence, you know, that happiness, that joy, that excitement that we all want to hear from you when you're talking about what it is you're talking about. I mean, unless it's the topic of conversation doesn't really fit with that level of energy, that's OK. But I'm sure you will work that out as well. But there are five tips, though, that I hope will give you that confidence to step up to them like.
00:09:42:08 - 00:10:12:25> With that, if you want to follow on with some more tips about this kind of stuff to get the confidence to create a podcast, make it easy for you to follow me on at gidday, Frank, or if you need someone in your corner to help you start your podcast to get it all set up, to plan it out, to strategize it, to make it look. The goods hit me up at Brand, my podcast dot com. Other than that, please leave a review if you're listening on Apple podcasts. If not, that's okay.
00:10:12:25 - 00:10:29:15> You can send me some questions or you can give me some feedback on Instagram or on LinkedIn or via my website. There's a contact form there if you really want to let loose and and suggest some things that maybe we could cover in this podcast, but until next time. See you soon.
00:10:29:24 - 00:10:30:03> Bye.