Concluding the series on fixing common podcasting problems, here are ways others have creatively solved problems they faced with their podcasts.

Making interesting openings

Colleen Mullen from Coaching through Chaos and Shrink 2 Shrink.

  1. Avoid saying the same thing in your episode openings.
  2. Engage your audience right away.

Getting sponsors

Maurice Cherry from Revision Path.

  1. Only go after sponsors you actually use.
  2. Convince sponsors on the value of your show and that it matches their value.

Appearing on TV and interviewing popular guests

Stephan Spencer from Marketing Speak and Optimized Geek

  1. Call TV producers with a timely proposal (ideally with local relevance).
  2. Incorporate props into your segment.
  3. Create a media page with your TV appearances.

Learn more about “Becoming a Celebrity through TV Appearances” from Stephan’s podcast. Plus, download and learn from Stephan’s TV segment proposal (PDF).

Reducing reverb

  1. Use a mirror to find the places that reflect directly into your mic.
  2. Reduce flat surfaces.
  3. Hang multiple layers of blankets or towels.
  4. Build your own acoustic panels.

Telling stories

Alex Blumberg from Startup and Gimlet Media.

  1. Practice.
  2. Experiment.
  3. Test on others to see how it works.

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3 comments on Creative Solutions to Podcasting Problems – TAP278

  1. Hi Daniel, fantastic episode today! Really enjoyed the Podcast Movement snippets, and the information was fantastic. Especially the tip about a long intro. Made me reconsider my own intro, even though it’s not 3-5 minutes long like the person in the interview. Then I came to your site to look up the information for the webinar, spent a few minutes trying to figure out how to get to the show-notes for today’s episode, couldn’t find it, gave up, closed the window, then came back a bit later to see if maybe I could send you a question via your contact-us form, then saw the “Comments” link, and then clicked on it. And actually fully typed up the question, only to realize, that I was already at the bottom of the show-notes page. So it was quite hard to find your show-notes for the episode, even for a highly motivated fan. Just thought you may want to know, as there may be others as clueless as me 🙂 and you may be losing visitors. Here’s what I see on your home page: http://screencast.com/t/uvFt5FiFDXU None of those links give any indication about the show-notes or details page for the episode. Just FYI. Cheers!

    – Ravi Jayagopal
    Podcast Host, http://SubscribeMe.fm

    1. Thanks, Ravi! I mentioned the show notes URL throughout the episode, and I think people are familiar with clicking on headlines from a homepage.

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