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The Podcast Dude

Professional podcast editor and producer Aaron Dowd shares everything he’s learned about making great podcasts.

If you’re interested in starting a podcast, growing your audience, and increasing your influence, this is the show for you.

Get answers to all your questions about podcasting: gear, recording, content, editing, interviewing, mixing, mastering, and more.

To stand out from thousands of other podcasts, you’ll need to produce a high quality show. The Podcast Dude will help you get there.

Don’t just make a podcast—make an awesome podcast.

The Podcast Dude 48: How to Get Started as a Voice Over Artist (With Special Guest Jay Britton)

048: How to Get Started as a Voice-over Artist (With Special Guest Jay Britton)

Monday, May 16, 2016 – 52 minutes

Ever wondered how to make a living with just your voice? Interested in becoming a professional voice-over artist?

This week I’m joined by professional voice-over artist Jay Britton, who has done work for companies like HBO (Game of Thrones!), Marvel, Amazon, and more.

He built his voice-over career from scratch in his late 20’s, and in this episode, Jay shares everything you need to know if you want to be a professional voice-over artist too.

We talked about how he got started, what gear he recommends for beginners, how to find work if you’re just starting out, how to get your first agent, tips for improving your speaking voice, and so much more.

The Podcast Dude 47: Hardware Mixer VS Audio Interface

047: Hardware Mixer VS Audio Interface

Monday, May 9, 2016 – 28 minutes

The topic this week came from a question I got from a listener. He asked, “Why don’t you use hardware to do things like EQ and compression before recording audio to your computer?”

There’s nothing wrong with doing processing on your audio before recording it to your computer, I just prefer to do that processing in my software (Logic Pro X) instead.

Another question I see a lot is, “What’s the difference between a mixer and a interface?”

So this week I’m going to explain the difference between a hardware mixer and an audio interface, and talk about why I believe mixers are becoming less necessary even if you want to stream live shows with guests.

The Podcast Dude 46: Podcasting With the Shure MV88 (Gear Review With Special Guest Cory Miller)

046: Podcasting With the Shure MV88 (Gear Review With Special Guest Cory Miller)

Monday, April 25, 2016 – 39 minutes

If you’re interested in recording audio to your iOS device but you don’t like the idea of buying and carrying around a bunch of extra audio gear, the small and portable Shure MV88 mic might be just what you’re looking for.

Special guest Cory Miller joins me today to talk about the pros and cons of this little device from Shure.

The Podcast Dude 45: Crafting the Perfect Podcast Intro So You Don't Lose Listeners In the First Five Minutes

045: Crafting the Perfect Podcast Intro So You Don’t Lose Listeners In the First Five Minutes

Monday, April 18, 2016 – 25 minutes

The introduction to your podcast is a critical part of the success of your show.

If you don’t introduce yourself, new listeners will feel lost. If your intro is too long, people will get annoyed and start skipping.

Listeners want to know what they’re going to get out of an episode. If you don’t tell them that right away, they’re going to start wondering if there’s a better way to spend their time, and maybe go find a different podcast to listen to.

I don’t want you to lose listeners, so today I’m talking about how to craft the perfect podcast intro.

The Podcast Dude 44: You’re Going to Make Mistakes. Keep Going.

044: You’re Going to Make Mistakes. Keep Going.

Monday, April 11, 2016 – 29 minutes

I see podcasters make lots of mistakes, and it’d be easy for me to make a list of mistakes to avoid, but I decided to make it a little more personal today. I want to talk about some of the mistakes that I’ve made.

I’ve made so many mistakes, and I keep making mistakes. But I’ve realized that some of my biggest mistakes or failures have turned into the greatest wins of my life. Now I believe that the only mistake you should be afraid of is inaction.

Franklin D Roosevelt said, “Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

Allowing the fear of making mistakes to prevent you from taking action is what you need to avoid.

The Podcast Dude 43: How I Cut My Post-Production Time in Half

043: How I Cut My Post-Production Time in Half

Monday, April 4, 2016 – 11 minutes

A question I get asked often is, “Podcast post-production takes too much time. Is it really worth it to write show notes and do detailed editing? How long does it take you to do your post-production?”

I wanted to share a few tips this week to change the way you think about podcast production and post-production.

The Podcast Dude 42: I Just Started a Podcast. How Much Money Can I Expect to Make?

042: I Just Started a Podcast. How Much Money Can I Expect to Make?

Monday, March 28, 2016 – 36 minutes

I got a question from a listener awhile back that I want to answer in today’s show. Zack asked: How much money could a podcaster just starting up expect to make?

I like making money. I know you like making money. But making money with podcasting can be tricky. It can be a hard thing. So in this episode, I want to share some strategies for making money with your podcast.

The Podcast Dude 41: Pros and Cons of Video Podcasting with Caleb Wojcik

041: Pros and Cons of Video Podcasting with Caleb Wojcik

Monday, March 21, 2016 – 1 hour, 8 minutes

My guest this week is Caleb Wojcik, the DIY Video Guy.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been interested in making video for awhile now, but you probably also worry that you’ll look or sound dumb on camera. I get it.

In this episode, I talk with Caleb about how he makes video podcasts for iTunes, but we also talk about what keeps people from getting started with producing videos, and share some practical tips to help you overcome your fear of being on camera. Enjoy!

The Podcast Dude 40: A Guide to LinkedIn Publishing for Podcasters

040: A Guide to LinkedIn Publishing for Podcasters

Monday, March 7, 2016 – 1 hour, 27 minutes

How many of you have ever published anything on LinkedIn? If you’re anything like me, you probably thought that LinkedIn is for the older generation or the corporate stooges who want to work 9-5 jobs in office buildings.

Tonight, Glenn Leibowitz is back to explain why LinkedIn is such a powerful blogging platform for creative professionals (and not just somewhere to host a digital resume).

Even if you’re not interested in LinkedIn, you’re still going to learn a ton about writing and publishing in this episode (I sure did).

The Podcast Dude 39: How to Turn a Podcast Interview Into a Story

039: How to Turn a Podcast Interview Into a Story

Monday, February 29, 2016 – 55 minutes

Glenn Leibowitz returns for part two of our three-part series about writing. This week, he shares how he turns podcast interviews into stories, why it’s led to huge audience growth for both his podcast and his blog, and how you can use the power of story to reach a whole new audience.

The Podcast Dude 38: Glenn Leibowitz's Top 5 Writing Tips for Podcasters

038: Glenn Leibowitz’s Top 5 Writing Tips for Podcasters

Monday, February 22, 2016 – 59 minutes

Want to be a better podcaster and grow your audience? Something I’ve seen over and over again is that the best podcasters spend a lot of time writing.

Want to learn how to be a better writer? My guest this week – Glenn Leibowitz – wants to help you get there.

Glenn has been writing and editing for the past 17 years, mostly for his company, but two years ago he started his own blog and also started to blog weekly on LinkedIn. He writes about professional development, technology, social media, and writing.

In December 2015, LinkedIn named him one of 90 “top voices” on LinkedIn (out of the 1 million people who blog there). He ranked #2 in the marketing and social media category.

In 2015, he launched his own weekly podcast – Write With Impact – where he interviews authors of nonfiction and fiction and tries to pick apart their secrets and have them share what they’ve learned over the years as writers.

I asked Glenn to join me for a three-part podcast series to share what he’s learning about writing and growing an audience, the benefits of storytelling (even if you write non-fiction), how to get started with publishing on LinkedIn, and more.

In this episode, Glenn shares his top tips for becoming a better writer, we discuss why outlines are critical for success, why you should edit after you’re done writing, how to write great titles, and so much more.

Podcast Dude 37: How Do I Fire My Co-host?

037: How Do I Fire My Co-host?

Monday, February 15, 2016 – 19 minutes

This question came from a listener named Brandon. He asked, “What is the best way to ask a friend to leave a podcast and still remain friends?”

This is a great question, although a really hard one. What should you do when your co-host just isn’t working out? How should you handle it?

The Podcast Dude 36: The Basics of Podcast Interviews

036: The Basics of Podcast Interviews

Monday, February 8, 2016 – 26 minutes

Man. Interviews! There are so many things related to interviews that I could talk about. I was working on the outline and I had all these topics and tips written out (so many tips).

But I was thinking, and I said to myself, “Aaron. What are the 3-5 most common mistakes you see less-experienced podcasters make when doing interviews?”

So instead of trying to cover a bunch of different topics related to interviewing people, I’m going to focus on a couple and give you some solid, practical advice to help you avoid the common mistakes that many podcasters make when doing interviews.

The Podcast Dude 35: Is it Ok to Start a Podcast Just for Fun?

035: Is it Ok to Start a Podcast Just for Fun?

Monday, February 1, 2016 – 22 minutes

Q: Is it ok to start a podcast just for fun?

Yes, of course. It’s ok to do anything for fun. What’s important is knowing why you’re doing something and what you hope to get out of it.

I suspect that many people who say they want to start a podcast “just for fun” are just using “fun” as an excuse to avoid doing the parts of podcast that they consider work, like preparation, detailed editing, show notes, and so on.

Those things aren’t necessarily fun, but they are essential if you’re interested in growing an audience. If you want more people to listen to your podcast, you have to prepare. You have to have good sound quality and you have to write show notes so that new people will find your show through Google and subscribe.

Do you want to grow an audience? Do you care about getting new listeners?

If the answer to this question is no, you don’t need to listen to the rest of this episode. Go make your podcast. Have fun! Do whatever you want, have a good time with it.

If the answer to the question is yes, then keep listening.

Podcast Dude 34: How Do I Podcast About a Visual Topic?

034: How Do I Podcast About a Visual Topic?

Monday, January 18, 2016 – 45 minutes

I’ve had a few people ask me about how they can podcast about things that are strictly visual; think hand lettering, or programming, or gaming. That’s a great question, so I want to talk about it in today’s episode.

When I started thinking about this, my first reaction was “Well, there are just some things you can’t do with a podcast.” Then I started thinking about why I love podcasts so much, and what makes them more appealing to me than videos or screencasts.

My key points for this episode are:

1. Podcasts are great, but you can’t do everything with them
2. Different people learn best in different mediums, so if you want to reach the most people most effectively, you need to learn how to create different kinds of content (audio, video, screencasts, writing, courses)

My special guest this week is friend of the show and Community member Garrett Mickley. Garrett started a podcast called Learn to Learn with Garrett Mickley, and he’s passionate about helping other people optimize the way they learn.

He joins me for this episode to talk about the different ways people learn best, and why podcasting isn’t the right medium for learning for everyone, and why podcasters need to create content in other mediums to supplement their podcasts.

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