Using the Power of Silence in Podcasts

Why you need to shut the hell up sometimes.

Using the Power of Silence in Podcasts

It takes balls. Really. It’s not easy to shut up during your podcast. But, if you can pull it off – your fans will love you for it.

As a host you feel responsible for filling the show up. You worry that the second you’re not talking or your guest stops talking, your listeners are going to click away. So, it takes a lot of self-confidence and trust to give your show the air it needs.

One of the biggest mistakes podcasters make is to fill every second of their podcast with sound. For some it’s ‘umms’, ‘ahhhs’, and ‘ya knows’ that fill in the gap. Or, even worse, they chop out every extra breath during post production. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a tight show but not when you throw away the power of silence.

Pausing for effect is nothing new. Actors do it. Teachers do it. Presenters and preachers do it. You’ve heard it and you know how effective it can be to build drama or make a point. It’s a delicious combination of anticipation and discomfort. So, are you doing it? Are you giving your audience time to absorb what you’re saying? To mentally respond to your questions? Are you giving your guests time to finish their thought or express their emotions? [hold for reaction]

In this episode, I’m going to give you more reasons to take a verbal break. To shut up once in awhile. I’ll tell you about how a broadcaster friend of mine holds his tongue to get the most out of his guests. And, I’ll share some tips on when and why to use the power of silence.

But, like all powerful tools – it can be abused [dramatic pause]. Don’t slip over to the dark side!

Learning when to talk and when to shut up takes practice but with the tips I give you in this 5-minute podcast, you’ll be well on your way to hosting a more engaging and impactful show.

Here’s that link to Paul Harvey that I promised you.

http://www.radioechoes.com/paul-harvey

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