What You Should (& Shouldn’t) Edit Out of Your Podcast
I need to tell you something and you may not like it. Here goes. You’re not perfect. Shocking, I know. The good news is – you don’t need to be because there’s this magical thing called editing.
I believe that you should be editing your podcast. Few people can pull off a great show without a bit of tidying up. We’re talking about having years of experience; hundreds of hours logged behind the mic before you’re pulling off a perfect show. And frankly, if you try too hard to deliver it perfectly the first time – you just might be a little fixated (and not performing at your best). That’s a lot of pressure! Allow yourself to make mistakes knowing that you can clean it up in post. Ah, doesn’t that feel like freedom?
But, here’s a word of caution – editing can get addictive and you can overdo it. Once you get good at it, you might go a little too far. Suddenly, you’ve got a podcast without a single breath between sentences or you’ve smashed together sentences that no longer make sense. The key is to keep it natural – let it (and you) breath. Finding that perfect balance is a skill and one you’ll have to work on.
Yep, work. Okay, all you smug ones who think you’ve got a trick up your sleeve – yes, I do know there’s software that will automatically eliminate gaps in your podcast. Danger, Will Rogers, danger! I still think you should do the work (or at least have a human, with human ears, do the work) because those programs can leave you sounding unnatural and alien. And, they might just zap the nuance right out of your show.
So, what stays and what goes when editing? I outline it in this podcast and give you an example of how bad ‘breathless’ podcasts sound. Follow my simple guideline and you’ll be sounding more like a pro and gaining more fans.