I’m Debbie Aurelius, the host of Be a Bigger Fish and this is the story of my path to podcasting.
I’m sharing this story as I’m aiming to encourage you to get going and start your podcast too.
Podcasting to share academic research
[2:08] Back in 2012, I was working in learning & development for a large financial services company and studying part time for a Masters in Online & Distance Education. One of the courses I studied focused on the benefits of podcasting to share academic research and insight. We were asked to submit our essays as a podcast series and my original first podcast series, published in November 2012, still exists.
[3:10] The sound quality of this section is poor! This is a clip from my first podcast series, where I describe how I managed to get it published despite a lack of technical knowledge at the time.
My early podcasting set-up
[4:00] I made my first podcast series using:
- the microphone built into my laptop;
- recording straight into GarageBand;
- no editing at all
- uploading to the free account host service with Podbean.
It really can be that simple to get going.
Using audio as an Internal Communicator
[5:00] Fast forward to 2014, when I was working as an Internal Communications Business Partner in a large corporate organisation. I was tasked with creating meaningful dialogue between the Managing Director of a widely dispersed Global team and all his team members.
[6:50] After struggling to replicate the feeling of a face to face meeting through video conferencing, I was looking for a better way to run the MD’s all colleague meetings. I was inspired to use my audio creation skills following some constructive feedback from a Director in the team, who suggested I use podcasts as a model.
[9:09] I couldn’t find much information on line, at the time, about making a podcast. There was plenty of information available on making radio shows, however, so I constructed a plan for the monthly call based on what I learned about making a successful, interview-based radio show.
[9:58] This approach totally transformed the calls. The fact I had constructed a ‘model’ to frame the call meant I could coach other non-communications people to get more involved in editing, hosting or leading interviews for the call. This improved participation and interest in the calls so much, we had to expand our ‘listen again’ capabilities to meet demand!
[11:00] Having stepped out of my corporate role and set up Peppermint Fish, I secured an early commission to make a podcast series for a client. This was a highly positive experience and sealed my enthusiasm for podcasting.
[12:30] I’m currently making a podcast for a local community group on a voluntary basis. I hope this will be a way to give a voice to a group of people I think are currently under-represented. I’ll share more information about that when the podcast is ready to launch.
[13:14] I love making Be a Bigger Fish and the opportunity it gives me to get to know other podcasters. I’ve learned such a lot from the generous guests I’ve been lucky to interview for the series.
My mic. locker
(Skip this bit if you’re not too interested in the tools of podcasting!)
[14:05] I learned how to use Audacity and found that a really helpful way to polish and edit sound for a few years. I moved on to using Logic Pro X and wouldn’t want to live without the capability it has now!
[15:06] My ‘mic locker’ has evolved quite a lot and I now use
- An Apogee USB mic
- Rode microphones – depending on the circumstances of the recording event I use the following: NT1A; NT2A and an NTG4 shotgun microphone.
[16:52] I also use a Zoom H6 digital recorder to capture audio content, which is a very handy piece of equipment!
Why I think podcasts are so powerful
[17:23] Podcasts are a great way to keep learning, on the move. For me, they completely enhance the more mundane parts of the day, like commuting or domestic chores.
[18:20] I’m particularly interested in the unique form of connection podcasts seem to create between their hosts and listeners. This is something I’ll be exploring more in my own podcasting work.
[18:50] I firmly believe everyone has a story that should be told and a voice that should be heard. Podcasting is a relatively low-cost and direct way to tell your story. The people involved in podcasting are supportive and collaborative and I’ve met some fabulous people just from making podcasts.
A piece of practical advice
[20:15] I asks my guests for their advice to new podcasters and they’ve shared some brilliant tips. My piece of advice is a little more pragmatic – listen to the bounced version of your podcast, before you publish it. Somehow, things happen between editing and bouncing and you want to make sure it’s a good recording before you put it online!
I hope that’s convinced you to give podcasting a go – what have you got to lose?
Tell me about your podcast
If you want to tell me about your podcasting ideas, send me a DM on twitter @DebbieAurelius or Insta @peppermintfishc
If you’d like to be a Be a Bigger Fish guest and share your podcasting experience, I’d love to hear from you. Drop me a line – Debbie@peppermintfish.com