Just the Tip from Your Podcast Performance Coach

As a podcast talent coach, I help podcasters be better podcast hosts. I use my 25+ years in broadcasting and as a broadcast instructor to craft short podcasts that will help you gain mic confidence, grow your audience and sound more like a pro. Each week I’ll give you a quick (5 minute episodes) tip that will help you sound better the next time you hit record. My coaching style has been described as ‘fun and frank’ – that’s what you can expect from my podcasts. SUBSCRIBE NOW and get just the tip you need to sound more professional and grow your podcast audience.

PODCAST CATEGORIES

START HERE if you're new to podcasting.

We're talking equipment, audio quality, and more.

These are the things that will separate you from other podcasters.

Content is KING.  Get it right.

How to grow and monetize your show.

THE BASICS

START HERE is you’re new to podcasting or want to know what I think you NEED TO KNOW about podcasting. These episodes will give you a number of things to consider if you’re thinking of stting a podcast.

114 Is Your Podcast an Enormous Disappointment to Your Listeners?

You may be inadvertently doing a bait and switch Nobody likes to be duped. It’s no fun being let down. Everyone wants to get what they came for. So, are you disappointing your listeners by not living up to your own hype? Have you heard the term catfishing? It’s that...

106 Shit Happens. And, It Makes you a Better Podcaster

Have you earned your stripes as a podcaster? How did you picture podcastland before you started? Did you dream of being a magical podcaster who never makes any mistakes? Welcome to the real world.  Sure, all new podcasters know that they have a lot to learn (at least...

105 How Barf Sessions Make You a Better Podcaster

Don’t miss this critical step in launching your podcast Did you ever test your dance moves using a broom? Make out with a pillow? Tryout your pickup lines in the mirror (finger guns and all)? Rehearsing is a natural way to get ready for big steps in your life. So, why...

100 The Most Important Lessons Learned in 100 Podcast Episodes

My biggest takeaways from my podcast about podcasting 100 episodes is a milestone in the world of podcasting. It took me a long time to get here and the road was bumpy. That might seem like a strange thing for a podcast coach to admit but I’m just like you - and I had...

096 How to Get Out of Podcast Launch Paralysis

You’ve decided to do a podcast. You’ve recorded a couple of episodes. And then you re-recorded them. And now, they’re sitting their collecting digital dust because you don’t know if they’re good enough. Sound familiar? You’ve got Podcast Launch Paralysis.  First of...

095 The Most Important Advice About Podcasting

If you listen to only one tip in the entire history of this podcast filled with tips for podcasts, let it be this one. Drum roll, please. Be listener-centric. Oh wow, I could almost hear the disappointment from here. But wait, you may know that this is the most...

094 – What Really Makes a Podcast Good

Does Your Podcast have the One Thing that All Good Podcasts Have? Everyone wants to know, ‘what makes a podcast good?’ Ask 10 podcast listeners and you’ll get 10 different answers. The truth is, there’s one critical thing that every good podcast has. In this episode...

079 Word on the street is SHUT THE HELL UP!

Are listeners turning off your podcast prematurely? Are you making critical mistakes that cause listeners to run screaming from your show? I hit the streets recently to find out what exactly makes people turn off a podcast. Metta side note: In the last episode of Just...

075 Why You Need To Know Your Podcaster Type

You are in one of three podcast lanes but is it the right one? There are three types of podcasts. Do you know which one you have? You better, or you could be doing a disservice to your audience and wasting your time and money. There are three types of podcaster Hobby...

067 This is the Bare Minimum You Need to Reach in Podcasting

Great content won't cut it if you fail to do this 1 thing I love to talk to people about podcasting, and people love to tell me about their favorite podcasts. They also love to tell me what they hate about podcasting - which I also love because it gives me insight...

061 Why in the World are You a Podcaster?

How your answer could make or break your podcast Why do you podcast? Seriously, why? I’m not being smug (for a change). I want you to seriously think about this question. There’s a good chance that you knew the answer to this question when you started your podcast....

049 How Much Time Should You Budget for Podcasting

A Reality Check on Creating a Podcast Is podcasting a giant time-suck? It certainly feels like that for a lot of podcasters. So, are they doing it wrong? Are you doing it wrong? Probably not.  In this episode, I breakdown where all that podcasting time goes and what...

035 What’s the Perfect Length for a Podcast?

How to Determine the Duration of Your Show Every couple of months I see this question pop up in podcaster forums and on podcast Facebook groups - How long should my podcast be? Or, What’s the ideal length for a podcast. Then the flurry of opinions fly in. 30 mins 60...

TECHNICAL

We’re talking mics, headphones and the other equipment and software you need to consider when recording. Check out my RESOURCES page too for equipment links.

115 How to Fix a Bad Podcast Recording

You Recorded Your Podcast with the Wrong Mic or Forgot to Turn it On? Do this. You record an awesome interview, an enlightened conversation with your co-host, or you nail a solo episode only to discover that you sound like crap. Your mic wasn’t on and the computer...

114 Is Your Podcast an Enormous Disappointment to Your Listeners?

You may be inadvertently doing a bait and switch Nobody likes to be duped. It’s no fun being let down. Everyone wants to get what they came for. So, are you disappointing your listeners by not living up to your own hype? Have you heard the term catfishing? It’s that...

111 Should You be Bulk Producing Your Podcast?

Are you still producing one podcast at a time? Stop the madness!   Bulk producing can save you time and make your podcast more consistent.   If you’ve never heard of bulk producing before, it’s simply creating your podcast in groups instead of one at a time. You...

106 Shit Happens. And, It Makes you a Better Podcaster

Have you earned your stripes as a podcaster? How did you picture podcastland before you started? Did you dream of being a magical podcaster who never makes any mistakes? Welcome to the real world.  Sure, all new podcasters know that they have a lot to learn (at least...

104 Don’t Make this Podcast Audio-Quality Mistake

A Pandemic is No Excuse for Poor Sound in Your Podcast Thanks to the pandemic, the audio-quality bar is lower than a limbo pole in a 1980’s frat-house flick. Resist the urge to see how low you can go. A lot of podcasters are having to make adjustments due to the...

090 Three Super Podcast Editing Tips that will Save Your Bacon

Save time and your sanity when you edit your podcast. How many expletives have you unleashed during the act of podcast editing. I’m guessing a lot. I still let them fly and I’ve been editing audio for almost three decades.  Editing is no joke. It can be frustrating,...

084 Are You Lost in the Podcast Equipment Weeds?

Is your podcast gear obsession a problem? I can geek out about gear with the best of them. What I can’t do is stand by while podcasters go so far down the podcast equipment rabbit hole that they risk never emerging (or launching their podcast).  I see a ton of posts...

082 How to Pick the Right Podcast Music

Finding music for your podcast intro and more What does your music say about your podcast? If the only thing a listener had to go on, would they guess your podcast genre and target audience? All too often podcasters go about picking their music all wrong. Here’s the...

080 How to Produce a Killer Podcast Trailer

The benefits of having a promotional trailer on iTunes (Apple Podcasts) In a time when all podcasts are choking in an overcrowded sea of podcasts, one stands out and becomes the hero the world needs right now… The language of movie trailers might be formulaic and the...

072 My Top Tips for Podcasters Recording on the Road

How to get the best possible sound when you're not in your home studio So, you’re hitting the road and you want to take your podcast with you. Well, you’re in luck because I love to travel and I know exactly what you should and shouldn’t do to record decent audio on...

068 Your Podcast is not Safe! How to Protect it from Being Pulled

Why iTunes (Apple Podcasts) killed my podcast My podcast disappeared from iTunes. Poof. Gone. No warning. Just gone. Can you imagine if every episode you ever painstakingly created just … vanished. That feeling in your chest right now is pretty much how I felt when I...

064 How to Decrease Connection Fails when Recording Podcasts

Stop the madness and sound better with this 1 tip Are you still there? Oh, uh you cut out there for a second. Can you say that again? If you interview guests over the internet for your podcast, I'll bet you six bucks you've had this conversation.  And, that's if you...

042 Getting the Most From Your Podcast Mic

Better Sound without Breaking the Bank So, you didn’t spend $500 on a microphone when you started your podcast. That’s okay. Neither did I. here are a million things I’d rather spend my money on. Let me name a few. Beer, whisky, tequila, ribs, Saskatchewan Roughrider...

033 Stop Podcasting Naked

How to Dress Up Your Voice with EQ and Other Tricks If you’re podcasting naked, I beg you to stop. Not because I’m a prude but because I think you’ll sound better when you dress your voice up a bit. Oh, did you think I was talking about recording in your underwear?...

020 Shit In is Shit Out

There is no delicate way to say this. When it comes to recording, shit in, is shit out - if you record your podcast with peaking, hot levels it’s going to sound like shit and there is nothing you can do to fix it. I see this question come up all the time in the...

013 What You Should (& Shouldn’t) Edit Out of Your Podcast

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...

009 Headphones Not Optional

Headgear Not Optional Do you wear headphones when you record your podcast? You should! That is, if you want to sound and look like a pro. Wait, what? Headphones make you sound better? You bet. Here’s the deal, when you have headphones you can hear your guests better,...

005 Sit or Stand When Recording Your Podcast

Should you sit or stand when recording your podcast? It’s time to podcast - so, let’s get comfortable. Have a seat. Plant your butt in the chair and relax. Feel better? Great. Now perform - you’re on. Wait. This isn’t meditation. Can you imagine Adele or Mick Jagger...

004 Creating a Great Podcast Intro

Bad Intros Kill Podcasts As a Podcast Coach, I often get this question - what do I need in my podcast intro? It mostly depends on the type of podcast you’re doing. Doing a music show or comedy podcast might mean a lot of production. That may depend on your production...

001 Podcast Mic Placement

The Correct Way to Position Your Podcast Microphone A lot of podcasters think they need to spend a lot of money on a microphone. Not true. It’s not your equipment, it’s how you use it. Let me explain. You’ll likely be compressing your podcast in the end to save space...

PERFORMANCE

This is where the magic happens. Don’t just DO a podcast, take it to the next level with these performance tips.

114 Is Your Podcast an Enormous Disappointment to Your Listeners?

You may be inadvertently doing a bait and switch Nobody likes to be duped. It’s no fun being let down. Everyone wants to get what they came for. So, are you disappointing your listeners by not living up to your own hype? Have you heard the term catfishing? It’s that...

110 How to Schedule a Better Podcast Performance

What Time Should You Record Your Podcast?Do you ‘bang out’ your podcasts? Don’t be proud of it. It’s not a good thing.  Banging out a podcast puts your performance as a podcaster at risk and it does not serve your listener. Remember, your listeners, the whole reason...

109 Do You Want a Better Podcast? Don’t Wing It!

How a little planning makes a big difference to your audience We’d won gold at the Music Festival but as we listened to the review of our performance, I was mortified. The memory of that moment still mortifies me to this day. (Click play to hear what almost cost me my...

105 How Barf Sessions Make You a Better Podcaster

Don’t miss this critical step in launching your podcast Did you ever test your dance moves using a broom? Make out with a pillow? Tryout your pickup lines in the mirror (finger guns and all)? Rehearsing is a natural way to get ready for big steps in your life. So, why...

091 This One Tip Will Make You a Much Better Interviewer

Take this Challenge to Improve Your Podcast Interview Skills Hands up if you start your podcast with a question like, ‘How did you get started?’ You, with your hand up, this one’s for you.  There are many variations of this lazy first question but the main similarity...

086 How to Make Your First Question Count

Here’s the best way to start a podcast interview. You’ve heard me say it before. You have seconds, SECONDS, to grab the listener's attention. Don’t squander it with a boring first question.  Picture it. A new listener has found your show. They made it through the show...

079 Word on the street is SHUT THE HELL UP!

Are listeners turning off your podcast prematurely? Are you making critical mistakes that cause listeners to run screaming from your show? I hit the streets recently to find out what exactly makes people turn off a podcast. Metta side note: In the last episode of Just...

078 Why and How to Add Man-on-the-Street Interviews

Incorporate the Tried and True 'Streeters' Interview to Inject Life into Your Podcast This tactic has been used by radio and television for decades to make a story more relevant and compelling. Should you be using it in your podcast too? I love talking to strangers....

076 5 Big Mistakes Co-Hosts Make in Podcasting

How to avoid co-host awkwardness bleeding through your podcast You’ve got a co-host - that’s great. It makes creating the podcast so much more fun and easier too, right? Bad news - there’s a much higher chance that you’re effing it up because two hosts means double...

074 How to Stop saying Um and Ah in Your Podcast

Avoiding verbal crutches and filler words Do you have a verbal crutch? You know that word or sound you lean on when you’re struggling to find the next real word in your sentence. Um, ah, like, you know, I mean… it’s natural. Now, stop doing it. Disclaimer. This is not...

066 What to do About the Dreaded Podcast Burnout

Is it time to take a break, change it up, or kill it? Come up with another topic. Line up a guest. Make sure they know what they’re talking about. Schedule a time to record. Do some more research. Reschedule the recording session. Record an episode. Troubleshoot...

063 How to Save Your Podcast from Hijackers

5 ways to save your podcast from being taken over Have you ever let your podcast get hijacked? You know - when a guest comes on and completely takes over and you slink away to the quiet shadows of your podcast? Have you heard this happen to other podcasters? I have....

062 Is Poor Time Management Upsetting Your Podcast Audience?

How this common saying sends a terrible message to your listener. Do you like having an audience? Do you want them to keep coming back, episode after episode? Then why are you constantly telling them you don’t have time for them? Rant warning! Time reference is one of...

060 How to Warm Up Your Podcast Guest

Start on the Right Foot with This Simple Trick Have you ever had a dud of an interview? You know, your guest is dry as dust and half way through the interview you’re wonder why you ever thought they’d be good for your show? Do you watch late night talk shows and...

058 Help – I Hate the Sound of My Voice

How podcasters can get over their ego and learn to love their voice Have you ever listened to your recorded voice and thought, ‘I don’t really sound like that’? Or, worse, considered quitting podcasting because you can’t stand the sound of your own voice (and you...

057 What’s an Energy Mirror and How Can it Help Your Podcast?

Harness the power to project and reflect energy Are you using the energy mirror technique to make sure your podcasts are consistent, engaging and on-brand? No? Then you better take a good look at yourself and your podcast. The energy mirror technique is not a random...

054 Why Your Podcast Needs More Feeling

Injecting Emotion into Your Interviews and Ideas How does your podcast make your listener feel? If you just shrugged your shoulders, we have a problem. Here’s a newsflash - your audience wants to have an emotional reaction to your show. They want to feel something....

053 Warning: You Might be a Lazy Podcaster

Here are the top signs you've gotten lazy Time for a reality check - have you become a lazy podcaster? Are you phoning it in? Are you making bad decisions and blaming it on your busy-ness or (even worse) justifying it under the guise of ‘efficiency’. It happens to the...

052 How to Build a Better Relationship with your Listener

Steal this radio biz technique Hey you. Yeah, you. I’m talking to you. If you’ve listened to my podcast before then you know that I’m always talking to you. Just you. Wanna know why? If you want to build a better relationship with your listener, you need to be talking...

048 How Perfectionism is a Problem for your Podcast

The Perfect Podcast Doesn't Exist Hands up if your podcast is perfect. If your hand is up then you are either being a smart ass, totally delusional or both. Nobody’s podcast is perfect - me included. And, that’s okay. In this episode of the Just the Tip, I talk about...

043 Why You Need to Designate a Podcast Bus Driver

Who's Driving Your Podcast Bus? Imagine a car with two steering wheels and two sets of pedals. Wouldn't that be fun? The answer is no. You’d be dead. If you host a podcast with more than one person or you have guests on your show then your podcast is in danger of...

040 How to Properly Introduce Your Podcast Guest

Don’t you hate it when someone get’s your name wrong? Introductions can ruin a first impression not only for the introducer but also for the introducee. And when you’re hosting a podcast, introducing your guest wrong doesn’t look good on you and it certainly isn’t...

039 Get Out! How to End Your Podcast Right

Why Your Call to Action is a Service to Your Listener Awkward good-byes are the worst. Am I going in for a hug? How about a kiss? Or my fist-bump hits your high-five and suddenly you’re gear-shifting me like you’re driving a big rig. Don’t let your goodbyes be awkward...

036 Embrace Your Pre-Podcast Rituals

How Habits Lead to Consistency in Performance Whether you call them superstitions, rituals or just old habits; when you do the same thing before an event, it becomes part of that event. And, when you skip it - bad things happen. No, this is not like one of those ‘pass...

029 Why I Talk to One Podcast Listener

Drop the Ego and Connect with Your Listener I say listener instead of listeners - all the time. Maybe you thought I misspoke or , I clipped an ‘s’ in editing. Nope. I did it with pure intention and I think you should too. I’ve been doing this for years. I do it in my...

028 Five Mistakes Podcasters Make Before Hitting Record

How To Avoid Failing Before You Start It’s all in the lead up. Great athletes know this. Successful business people know this. And you, fine podcaster, should know it too. Having a good pre-record routine is the key to setting yourself (and your show) up for success....

027 Get More Personal in Your Podcast

Why You Need to Share More with Your Listeners It’s time to stop being a disembodied voice and open up to your podcast audience. Jump on the sharing train and let your listeners get to know you a little. Think about your favorite podcasters. What do you know about...

022 Stop Answering Your Own Questions

If you have guests on your show - are you stealing their spotlight? Are you treating your show like it’s a ventriloquist act where you ask and answer the questions while your willing expert sits mutely by? You might have fallen into the Ask-Answer-Ask trap. I hear...

019 ‘Tell us About Yourself’ is NOT a Question

Tell us About Yourself is NOT a Question Don’t be fooled by the podcast gurus who love to throw this out as a way to start the show. “Tell us about yourself” is not a question and it’s definitely no way to start an interview! Look, I’m not calling anyone out here -...

018 Using the Power of Silence in Podcasts

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...

017 Lower Your Podcast Voice (How to)

It doesn’t matter if you’re a squeaker or a rumbler, this one little trick will take your voice down a notch. And, reduce the strain on your vocal cords. In my last podcast, I gave you a vocal workout that will help you develop a killer voice over time...but I know...

016 A Workout for Your Podcasting Voice

A Workout for Your Podcasting Voice We weren’t all born with deep booming voices but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the most of what we have. So, in this episode, I’m giving you my podcasting voice workout. Are you ready to pump it up? Read this now and do what I say...

014 Mastering Open Ended Questions

Mastering Open Ended Questions How do you feel about open ended questions? If you said you don’t care about them then stand by because I’m about to make them your best friend. Let’s start by clarifying what an open ended question is. It’s the opposite of a close ended...

012 Kill the Encouragement

Kill the Encouragement This is a bad habit that a lot (and I mean a lot) of podcasters have. The regularly interject with uh-huhs and yeahs when their guest or co-host is speaking. You may think that you’re being encouraging but you’re just being annoying. As you...

011 Stop Commentating Your Podcast

Let me tell you what I’m going to tell you before I tell you. Are you using this technique? Cut it out! It’s a total disregard of your listener’s valuable time and totally unnecessary. I can hear the haters/disagreements/arguments already. Look, I know someone told...

010 Should You Script Your Podcast

Should You Script Your Podcast To script or not to script your podcast. It’s quite a complicated question and the answer is unavoidably ‘depends’ and ‘yes and no.’ Confused? In this podcast, I’ll go over exactly what it depends on and how to figure out how much yes...

008 Reset Your Podcast

Reset Your Podcast The reset. It’s a classic tool of the broadcasting trade. There’s no reason podcasters can’t use it too. It’s a simple way to grab hold of your show’s reigns and get things on track again. It’s a simple ‘you are here’ of your podcast. Plus, it’s a...

007 Smile When You Podcast

Smile When You Podcast What does your face look like when you podcast? Yes, it does matter even if you aren’t doing a video podcast. Why? Because we can hear your smile. This is a note that almost every broadcaster has heard in their life (especially if they work the...

005 Sit or Stand When Recording Your Podcast

Should you sit or stand when recording your podcast? It’s time to podcast - so, let’s get comfortable. Have a seat. Plant your butt in the chair and relax. Feel better? Great. Now perform - you’re on. Wait. This isn’t meditation. Can you imagine Adele or Mick Jagger...

003 How to Listen to Your Own Podcast

The Best and Easiest Way to Improve Your Podcast So often we get caught up in the process of creating our podcast - finding a guest, writing show descriptions and marketing it. Then, we track our downloads, analyze the numbers and make sure our artwork is picture...

002 Own the Information You Present

Are Lazy Mistakes Making You Sound Amateur? With all the things you have to do to in order to publish your podcast, you might think you can be forgiven for make a few little mistakes. In some cases, yes but when it comes to the important details - no. I’m sorry. I...

CONTENT

Content is king! Don’t believe anyone who tells you differernt. You need to serve your listener what the came for or they won’t come back.

114 Is Your Podcast an Enormous Disappointment to Your Listeners?

You may be inadvertently doing a bait and switch Nobody likes to be duped. It’s no fun being let down. Everyone wants to get what they came for. So, are you disappointing your listeners by not living up to your own hype? Have you heard the term catfishing? It’s that...

112 How to Make Money from Your Podcast

Every Podcaster Dreams of Monetizing. Here’s how to do it if you Have a Business Here’s a newsflash - creating a podcast costs time and often, money. It won’t take long before you start thinking, ‘I need to make some money here…’ If I had a dollar for every time...

110 How to Schedule a Better Podcast Performance

What Time Should You Record Your Podcast?Do you ‘bang out’ your podcasts? Don’t be proud of it. It’s not a good thing.  Banging out a podcast puts your performance as a podcaster at risk and it does not serve your listener. Remember, your listeners, the whole reason...

109 Do You Want a Better Podcast? Don’t Wing It!

How a little planning makes a big difference to your audience We’d won gold at the Music Festival but as we listened to the review of our performance, I was mortified. The memory of that moment still mortifies me to this day. (Click play to hear what almost cost me my...

108 How to Use Storytelling Effectively in Your Podcast

4 Types of Stories that Help You Connect with Your Listener Are you shoving facts and figures down your listener’s throat? Are you blathering on about yourself and failing to make a connection?    Stories to the rescue!    In my last episode I explained why...

107 Why You Need More Stories in Your Podcast

The scientific and not so scientific benefits of storytelling Gather round the campfire, podcasters, I have an f-bomb laced story for you.  Be honest, when you read that sentence, did you actually picture a campfire?  Of course you did, you’re human. And, that’s what...

103 Are You Living Up To Your Podcast Promise?

Why THIS Part of your Intro is Critical to Success I don’t want to alarm you, but you might be letting your listeners down. They’re not mad...just disappointed. Promises, promises, promises. Your podcast should be built on them. Or, rather on one in particular. And...

101 Stay in Your Lane When You Podcast

Don’t let your show get derailed by COVID-19 I know it’s hard NOT to talk about the Coronavirus. I know it may even seem weird to do a podcast during a global pandemic without it being about this crisis. But, I think we can all agree - there are enough people talking...

091 This One Tip Will Make You a Much Better Interviewer

Take this Challenge to Improve Your Podcast Interview Skills Hands up if you start your podcast with a question like, ‘How did you get started?’ You, with your hand up, this one’s for you.  There are many variations of this lazy first question but the main similarity...

086 How to Make Your First Question Count

Here’s the best way to start a podcast interview. You’ve heard me say it before. You have seconds, SECONDS, to grab the listener's attention. Don’t squander it with a boring first question.  Picture it. A new listener has found your show. They made it through the show...

078 Why and How to Add Man-on-the-Street Interviews

Incorporate the Tried and True 'Streeters' Interview to Inject Life into Your Podcast This tactic has been used by radio and television for decades to make a story more relevant and compelling. Should you be using it in your podcast too? I love talking to strangers....

073 How to Kill a Bad Podcast Interview

Breakup with a crappy podcast guest like a pro It happens to the best of us. Even the pros have bad interviews. Or, rather bad guests. So, what do you do when your podcast guest is crappy, drunk, an ass, incoherent or just pointless? You kill the interview. In this...

070 Will Your Podcast Be Out in 3 Strikes?

How Your Podcast May Be Pissing Me (and Your Listeners) Off You’ve got maybe a minute to convince a listener to keep listening. This is not a newsflash. But, do you know what three things are likely to stop them in their podcast enjoyment tracks and exit out before...

069 Why You Need to Keep Podcasts Evergreen

Ignore the release date. That's the point. Did you happen to notice the date this podcast was released? I’ll give you a hint - it was Christmas Day, 2018. (I suck at hints) So, you might think it’s perfectly natural for me me wish you a happy holidays on this podcast....

068 Your Podcast is not Safe! How to Protect it from Being Pulled

Why iTunes (Apple Podcasts) killed my podcast My podcast disappeared from iTunes. Poof. Gone. No warning. Just gone. Can you imagine if every episode you ever painstakingly created just … vanished. That feeling in your chest right now is pretty much how I felt when I...

066 What to do About the Dreaded Podcast Burnout

Is it time to take a break, change it up, or kill it? Come up with another topic. Line up a guest. Make sure they know what they’re talking about. Schedule a time to record. Do some more research. Reschedule the recording session. Record an episode. Troubleshoot...

065 How to Get the Most out of Your Podcast Guest

Best Practices for a Pre-Interview Confession time. Are you a podcast cowboy who just wings it with every guest? Is every interview you do the podcast equivalent of a blind date. Not cool. I don’t care if you can pull it off nine times out of ten. By taking that...

059 How to Keep Listeners When you Take a Podcast Break

Take a Hiatus from Your Podcast the Right Way Whether you’re tired, out of ideas, or suddenly super busy - there are plenty of reasons to take a break from your podcast. But, if you do it wrong - you could kill your podcast stats and alienate your listeners. The first...

056 How to Brainstorm your Podcast Ideas

The key to hashing out your podcast ideas Have you ever had an amazing podcast episode idea, promptly written it down on a sticky note for safe keeping only to find the incomprehensible scribble months later? Put an end to forgotten and mislayed ideas!  In this...

055 How to Break the Podcast Rules and Get Away with It

Using Disruption in Your Podcast Is your show starting to get a bit predictable (and boring)? Maybe it’s time to break a few rules and shake things up a bit. Breaking the rules (self-imposed or industry wide) can be risky business but it can also add some needed spark...

054 Why Your Podcast Needs More Feeling

Injecting Emotion into Your Interviews and Ideas How does your podcast make your listener feel? If you just shrugged your shoulders, we have a problem. Here’s a newsflash - your audience wants to have an emotional reaction to your show. They want to feel something....

052 How to Build a Better Relationship with your Listener

Steal this radio biz technique Hey you. Yeah, you. I’m talking to you. If you’ve listened to my podcast before then you know that I’m always talking to you. Just you. Wanna know why? If you want to build a better relationship with your listener, you need to be talking...

048 How Perfectionism is a Problem for your Podcast

The Perfect Podcast Doesn't Exist Hands up if your podcast is perfect. If your hand is up then you are either being a smart ass, totally delusional or both. Nobody’s podcast is perfect - me included. And, that’s okay. In this episode of the Just the Tip, I talk about...

047 How to Use SFX to Make Your Podcast Better

Bells and Whistles That Will Improve Your Podcast Whoop, whoop, re-er, re-er, re-er… sound effects in your podcast can be annoying or effective. It all depends on whether you’re doing it right. SFX can be fun but they can also derail a podcast, piss off your listener...

044 How to Create a ‘Best Of’ Podcast

Re-Purpose that Podcast Gold with a Best-of Episode Do you have any ‘best of’ albums? They’re great, right? So, why not give your listeners nothing but the hits by creating a ‘Best Of’ episode? A ‘best of’ episode is pretty self explanatory - you take the most...

040 How to Properly Introduce Your Podcast Guest

Don’t you hate it when someone get’s your name wrong? Introductions can ruin a first impression not only for the introducer but also for the introducee. And when you’re hosting a podcast, introducing your guest wrong doesn’t look good on you and it certainly isn’t...

039 Get Out! How to End Your Podcast Right

Why Your Call to Action is a Service to Your Listener Awkward good-byes are the worst. Am I going in for a hug? How about a kiss? Or my fist-bump hits your high-five and suddenly you’re gear-shifting me like you’re driving a big rig. Don’t let your goodbyes be awkward...

037 Who Are You Talking To?

Why You Need to Create Your Own 'Jennifer' When you turn on your mic, who do you picture your listening? Who, exactly, are you talking to? If you don’t know, chances are your audience isn’t as big as it could be. It’s time for you to figure it out - even if you...

034 How to Hook Listeners with an Effective Podcast Intro

How to Hook Listeners with an Effective Podcast Intro Picture this. Your listeners are sitting in a basket suspended over the shark infested water. There is a laser that is slowly slicing through the rope holding it up. You have thirty seconds to turn off the laser....

032 The Art of the Tease for Podcasters

The Art of the Tease for Podcasters Tease me. Seriously, tease me. Give me a reason to keep listening. Tell me why your show is worth my time. A tease is an essential part of your show.  If you do it right, you’ll keep your fans listening longer and we know what that...

031 Should You Give Your Guest the Questions in Advance?

Should You Give Your Guest the Questions in Advance? You landed a fat fish of a guest. Awesome. Now they want to know exactly what you’re going to ask them. Not awesome. Here’s what you should do. There are plenty of podcasters who happily hand over their questions to...

030 What To Do When Your Episode is Crap

Pull It or Publish It, That is the Question I see this a lot in Facebook Groups. Someone is debating whether or not to publish an episode of their podcast despite it having some glaringly wrong issue. So, what should they do? **Spoiler Alert: you’re not going to like...

026 Death by Numbers

Why You Need to Limit Your Digits When You Podcast Numbers. They can be an important part of your point but they can also turn off your listener if you throw too many at them at once. Nix the number overload! I get it. Stats are an easy way to either prove your point...

025 How to Handle Sponsorships Successfully

How to Handle Sponsorships Successfully Congratulations! You’ve got your first sponsor. Before you start dancing all the way to the bank, you better make sure you’re handling it right or you’ll lose your listeners and your sponsor quick. Here’s the deal. Sponsors want...

024 – 5 Ways to Generate Podcast Topic Ideas

How to Spark Inspiration When the Idea Well Runs Dry Whether you’re podcasting everyday or once a month, you may find yourself wonder what they heck you’re going to talk about next. Don’t panic. Even the pros go through this. What I’ve learned from some of the best...

023 Does Your Professional Intro Turn Off Listeners?

One mistake many new podcasters make is that they 1) think they need a professionally produced intro and then 2) create an intro that doesn’t match their brand. Talk about a bad start! Look, I know a produced podcast intro can sound slick and sexy and it makes your...

021 Stop Making Your Listener Feel Dumb

Stop Making Your Listener Feel Dumb Want to know a quick way to lose a lot of listeners? Assume they know what you’re talking about. Talk over their heads and they’ll be hitting delete lickety split. In this podcast, I explain a few simple ways that you can avoid...

019 ‘Tell us About Yourself’ is NOT a Question

Tell us About Yourself is NOT a Question Don’t be fooled by the podcast gurus who love to throw this out as a way to start the show. “Tell us about yourself” is not a question and it’s definitely no way to start an interview! Look, I’m not calling anyone out here -...

015 Extro Your Guest Like a Pro

Extro Your Guest Like a Pro Has this ever happened to you? You’re listening to a great podcast interview and then you get to the end, you’ve got your pen in hand ready to jot down how to contact this amazing guest and boom. The host drops the ball. Fails to extro the...

013 What You Should (& Shouldn’t) Edit Out of Your Podcast

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...

010 Should You Script Your Podcast

Should You Script Your Podcast To script or not to script your podcast. It’s quite a complicated question and the answer is unavoidably ‘depends’ and ‘yes and no.’ Confused? In this podcast, I’ll go over exactly what it depends on and how to figure out how much yes...

008 Reset Your Podcast

Reset Your Podcast The reset. It’s a classic tool of the broadcasting trade. There’s no reason podcasters can’t use it too. It’s a simple way to grab hold of your show’s reigns and get things on track again. It’s a simple ‘you are here’ of your podcast. Plus, it’s a...

006 Demand a Takeaway

Demand a Takeaway I’m not big on expectations. They usually lead to disappointment. When it comes to listening to a podcast, I don’t just expect a takeaway. I demand it. Think of why you tune in to different podcasts. You want to learn something or be entertained....

004 Creating a Great Podcast Intro

Bad Intros Kill Podcasts As a Podcast Coach, I often get this question - what do I need in my podcast intro? It mostly depends on the type of podcast you’re doing. Doing a music show or comedy podcast might mean a lot of production. That may depend on your production...

MARKETING

Growing a podcast built to promote your busines takes a different strategy than gorowing a hobby podcast. These tips will help your podcast convert listeners into customers.

116 What to do When Your Audience Wants More

How to Deal with Podcast Growing Pains Your audience loves you. They just can’t get enough. They want more and more content from you.  It’s a good problem to have, but make no mistake it can still be a problem.  “Even podcasters that are doing well still need help!”...

114 Is Your Podcast an Enormous Disappointment to Your Listeners?

You may be inadvertently doing a bait and switch Nobody likes to be duped. It’s no fun being let down. Everyone wants to get what they came for. So, are you disappointing your listeners by not living up to your own hype? Have you heard the term catfishing? It’s that...

113 How to Really Monetize Your Podcast Wisely

The Dos and Don’ts of Making Money From Your Podcast So, you want to be a podcast millionaire. You want a show so popular that advertisers will lob money bags at you non-stop.  You have two choices, keep dreaming or listen up for a reality check.  There are two ways...

112 How to Make Money from Your Podcast

Every Podcaster Dreams of Monetizing. Here’s how to do it if you Have a Business Here’s a newsflash - creating a podcast costs time and often, money. It won’t take long before you start thinking, ‘I need to make some money here…’ If I had a dollar for every time...

108 How to Use Storytelling Effectively in Your Podcast

4 Types of Stories that Help You Connect with Your Listener Are you shoving facts and figures down your listener’s throat? Are you blathering on about yourself and failing to make a connection?    Stories to the rescue!    In my last episode I explained why...

107 Why You Need More Stories in Your Podcast

The scientific and not so scientific benefits of storytelling Gather round the campfire, podcasters, I have an f-bomb laced story for you.  Be honest, when you read that sentence, did you actually picture a campfire?  Of course you did, you’re human. And, that’s what...

103 Are You Living Up To Your Podcast Promise?

Why THIS Part of your Intro is Critical to Success I don’t want to alarm you, but you might be letting your listeners down. They’re not mad...just disappointed. Promises, promises, promises. Your podcast should be built on them. Or, rather on one in particular. And...

102 How to Help Your Listener Take the Next Step

Your listener loves your show. You love having listeners who love your show. The end.  Is that all you want out of your podcast? A love affair?  If you’re podcasting for your business or if you have hopes of your podcast being your business, love isn’t going to cut...

101 Stay in Your Lane When You Podcast

Don’t let your show get derailed by COVID-19 I know it’s hard NOT to talk about the Coronavirus. I know it may even seem weird to do a podcast during a global pandemic without it being about this crisis. But, I think we can all agree - there are enough people talking...

099 Why Podcasting is Good for Building Your Authority

How podcasting helps you grow your business A lot of entrepreneurs wonder whether podcasting will be worth their time and effort. Does podcasting really have a good ROI?  The answer is yes if you’re trying to grow your brand’s authority. If you want to increase your...

098 – How to Stand Out in a Sea of Podcasts

Hundreds of podcasts are launching every day, don’t get left behind. Picture a sandbox. A good sized sandbox. Now, bend down and pick up some sand. Now, single out one grain. That’s your podcast in the podcast universe and it’s getting more and more crowded every day....

097 Should I Have a Website for my Podcast?

Why Your Podcast Really Needs a Podcast So you’ve got a podcast or you’re planning to create a podcast and you’re focusing so much attention on your show that you think maybe, just maybe, you can skip the whole having a website for your podcast thing. EEENGHH! Wrong. ...

093 How to Niche Down Your Podcast Like a Pro

Two ways to make your podcast more relevant to listeners How niche can you go? How niche should you go? And, how do you pull it off?  Niching scares the crap out of podcasters. I think they’re afraid that if they target a smaller audience, they’ll have a small...

092 Why Niche Podcasts are Killing it Right Now

A case study in support of making your podcast more niche You want a big audience, right? Big audience means big success, right? What if I told you that you could be way more successful if you focused on a small audience? A niche audience? In this week’s episode of...

089 How to Pivot Your Podcast and Get Results

Making the right changes for the right reasons can make your podcast better. If my last podcast left you feeling like, ‘hot damn, I need to pivot!’ then let’s make sure you pivot right. In this episode, I cover how to do it and not eff it up.  In case you missed my...

088 Is it Time to Pivot Your Podcast for Greater Success?

If your podcast isn’t serving you, you might need a major podcast makeover.Be honest. Is your podcast delivering the results you expected when you committed the time and money to creating it? Are you considering taking it for coffee and gently explaining, “It’s not...

087 The Best Way to Measure Podcast Success

Setting Smart Podcast KPIs that Move the Needle for your Business Mega-downloads = successful podcast, right? Not so fast, podcaster. Look, I get it. Watching your download numbers grow feels good. It’s like a whole bunch of gold stars on your homework. And,...

085 How to Grow Your Podcast by Being a Great Guest

Reap the Benefits of Appearing on Other People’s Podcasts You’ve been invited to be on someone else’s podcast. Great. Now, don’t screw this up! It’s no secret that being a guest on another podcast is a great way to expand your reach, grow your authority, and...

083 Are You Really Serving Your Listener Every Episode?

How Listener-Centric Podcasting Serves Your Audience and Your Business Be honest. Do you think about your listener every single show? You should! It’ll make your podcast better and it’ll be better for business. If you’re new here, let me clarify. I subscribe to the...

081 Why you Need Good Episode Titles for your Podcast

Three tips that will help your podcast get found Yes. Confession time. Are you being lazy with your episodes titles? Are you naming them with as much consideration as say a file name? If you are, then you’re missing opportunities! Episode title names aren’t fun....

080 How to Produce a Killer Podcast Trailer

The benefits of having a promotional trailer on iTunes (Apple Podcasts) In a time when all podcasts are choking in an overcrowded sea of podcasts, one stands out and becomes the hero the world needs right now… The language of movie trailers might be formulaic and the...

077 How to Start an Effective Podcast for your Business

The 3 Things You Need to Consider in Your Podcast for Business If you’re like most podcasters, you caught the bug and jumped right on the podcast trend train. Now, maybe you’re wondering why people aren’t flocking to your business after hearing your super awesome...

071 How I Tripled My Podcast Downloads One Day

An Experiment in Podcast Marketing Growth Hacks It’s the holy grail of podcasting  - the secret to growing your audience! In this episode, I’m going to reveal the one thing you need to do to see those download steadily increase. So, get ready to have you mind blown....

069 Why You Need to Keep Podcasts Evergreen

Ignore the release date. That's the point. Did you happen to notice the date this podcast was released? I’ll give you a hint - it was Christmas Day, 2018. (I suck at hints) So, you might think it’s perfectly natural for me me wish you a happy holidays on this podcast....

062 Is Poor Time Management Upsetting Your Podcast Audience?

How this common saying sends a terrible message to your listener. Do you like having an audience? Do you want them to keep coming back, episode after episode? Then why are you constantly telling them you don’t have time for them? Rant warning! Time reference is one of...

059 How to Keep Listeners When you Take a Podcast Break

Take a Hiatus from Your Podcast the Right Way Whether you’re tired, out of ideas, or suddenly super busy - there are plenty of reasons to take a break from your podcast. But, if you do it wrong - you could kill your podcast stats and alienate your listeners. The first...

055 How to Break the Podcast Rules and Get Away with It

Using Disruption in Your Podcast Is your show starting to get a bit predictable (and boring)? Maybe it’s time to break a few rules and shake things up a bit. Breaking the rules (self-imposed or industry wide) can be risky business but it can also add some needed spark...

051 Are You Focusing on the Wrong Podcast Stats

Don't let those numbers own you. Are you guilty of checking your download stats on the daily just to see how popular you are? Are you obsessed with where iTunes ranks your podcast in your niche category? Confess, have you ever checked more than once a day? I’ve got...

050 How Greed Can Hurt Your Podcast

The Dangers of Letting Sales Drive Content Don’t be a sell out! No, I’m not talking about never accepting money from a sponsor or selling ads on your podcast. I’m talking about treating your audience like a commodity. I get it. You worked hard to build your audience...

049 How Much Time Should You Budget for Podcasting

A Reality Check on Creating a Podcast Is podcasting a giant time-suck? It certainly feels like that for a lot of podcasters. So, are they doing it wrong? Are you doing it wrong? Probably not.  In this episode, I breakdown where all that podcasting time goes and what...

046 Should You Ignore iTunes Podcast Analytics?

Should You Ignore iTunes Podcast Analytics? Have you seen your itunes podcast analytics yet? It’s exciting to get to know your listener’s habits but be careful. In case you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s an amazing new tool to help podcasters learn their listeners...

045 How to Set Killer Goals for Your Podcast

Getting Beyond the Vain Download Count What has your podcast done for you lately? Measuring success can be difficult without realistic goals. Like driving without a map, having a podcast without goals can have you podcasting in circles. Fun for a while but then a bit...

041 Maximum Listener Engagement

How to Take Your Listener Relationship to the Next Level I just got engaged. No silly...to my podcast listener. I’ve been married for years to the most wonderful woman in the world. She’s the best thing that ever happened to me. She’s smart, she’s beautiful...and oh...

038 How to Make Your Podcast Convert Better

Turning Your Listeners into Loyal Fans(and Customers) Podcasters who are trying to build their brand or grow their sales through their podcast can learn a lot from traditional radio. Radio stations work endlessly to attract listeners. Once they have them, they work...

037 Who Are You Talking To?

Why You Need to Create Your Own 'Jennifer' When you turn on your mic, who do you picture your listening? Who, exactly, are you talking to? If you don’t know, chances are your audience isn’t as big as it could be. It’s time for you to figure it out - even if you...

034 How to Hook Listeners with an Effective Podcast Intro

How to Hook Listeners with an Effective Podcast Intro Picture this. Your listeners are sitting in a basket suspended over the shark infested water. There is a laser that is slowly slicing through the rope holding it up. You have thirty seconds to turn off the laser....

032 The Art of the Tease for Podcasters

The Art of the Tease for Podcasters Tease me. Seriously, tease me. Give me a reason to keep listening. Tell me why your show is worth my time. A tease is an essential part of your show.  If you do it right, you’ll keep your fans listening longer and we know what that...

027 Get More Personal in Your Podcast

Why You Need to Share More with Your Listeners It’s time to stop being a disembodied voice and open up to your podcast audience. Jump on the sharing train and let your listeners get to know you a little. Think about your favorite podcasters. What do you know about...

025 How to Handle Sponsorships Successfully

How to Handle Sponsorships Successfully Congratulations! You’ve got your first sponsor. Before you start dancing all the way to the bank, you better make sure you’re handling it right or you’ll lose your listeners and your sponsor quick. Here’s the deal. Sponsors want...

021 Stop Making Your Listener Feel Dumb

Stop Making Your Listener Feel Dumb Want to know a quick way to lose a lot of listeners? Assume they know what you’re talking about. Talk over their heads and they’ll be hitting delete lickety split. In this podcast, I explain a few simple ways that you can avoid...

002 Own the Information You Present

Are Lazy Mistakes Making You Sound Amateur? With all the things you have to do to in order to publish your podcast, you might think you can be forgiven for make a few little mistakes. In some cases, yes but when it comes to the important details - no. I’m sorry. I...

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