Starting a podcast: who will be on your podcast?
Will it be just you, or will there be guests? Will you have a co-host or do you prefer to fly solo?
Questions like these are to do with time and money. If you are involving other people in your show, consider what will they get out of it. Whenever I collaborate I like to share ownership 50:50. It's my personal preference, but it means that we share the highs, the lows, the deadlines, the everything. And it's way more fun having that shared experience than inflicting your 'vision' on someone else every week. It encourages both parties to come up with ideas and more importantly to let good ideas in wherever they come from.
Next on the agenda is the question of guests. Because you put the time in and decided what your podcast is going to be about (you did that didn't you?), you can start researching potential guests in that field. It's likely your podcast will be based on a subject you are passionate about, so don't be afraid to write a dream wish list of people you would love to have as guests. It's a bit like if you could have anyone round for dinner sort of thing, except it's entirely possible some of the people on that list will say yes. It's happened to me a few times and I've finished recording still pinching myself. Keep in mind though how being on your podcast will benefit your guests, dream wish list or not.
Finally, if you want someone to edit your dialogue, or come up with bespoke music, or book guests on your behalf, be prepared to pay them. If this is a hobby for you, it doesn't mean it is for the people you want to be involved.
For now, have a very happy Friday and a wonderful weekend.
p.s. if you still haven't figured out what your podcast is going to be about, try our Podcast Format Starter form, it might help you gather your thoughts.
Posts by Gareth Davies.