The Courage to Press Record

You have everything you need (name, equipment, etc) and still can't press record. Today I've got some steps to help you overcome your fears with just a little practice.

I see this all the time.

You've picked the name of your show. You've bought the equipment, you've got the passion, you want to help and you want to serve.

It's time to press record and there's just something in you that makes you scream inside. I totally understand that.

Do What Musicians Do

When I was growing up. I loved the guitar.  I picked it up about the age of 10. By the time I was 13, I'd started my first band.

This is really similar to starting the podcast, let me explain why.

You have to first learn how to play a song that your band is going to play. You figure out how to tune your guitar and what sound to have and things like that.

Well, that's very similar to you getting to know your equipment, how to plug in the microphone, where to point the microphone,  and you learn all these tips and tricks.

You learn the song, then you get together with your bandmates, and you figure out how to start the song and how you're going to end the song. That's kind of the next level up.

This could be you going from, recoring your voice to mixing in some background music.

The next step for musicians is you're in the basement, and you play the songs and I remember the first time you get through without somebody messing up and that was pretty cool. Then you play the song again, and again and again until it becomes second nature till you're almost not thinking about it. Then you learn another song and another song.  Eventually, it dawns on you that hey, you know what, we really don't make that many mistakes anymore and so what do you do?

You invite some friends over, and they listen, and they say, “Wow, you guys are pretty good.” Why? Because I've played the same songs over and over, and over.

Well, you can do the same thing with your podcast.

I Got Tricked by an Engineer

I was in a recording studio recording a demo tape. I'm the kind of guy that's a bit of a perfectionist. I would go in and hear, “Dave, we need you to record a guitar solo and it would take me 17 times before I finally went, “Okay, I can live with that.” For the next song the engineer said, “Let's just have you run through it, just throw up a solo, no pressure, we're not going to record it.”

They start the playback, I hear the music in my headphones, and I start playing on the guitar. I really just nailed it. And I get done and I said, “Of course, that was great because we weren't recording it and the engineer said, “Actually, we were.”

The pressure of having the little red light on sometimes can really hinder your performance. So here's what you do. Remember:

  • You're just starting to learn the equipment
  • You are not going to publish this to the world.
  • You are going to practice editing out mistakes.

You will get used to talking to the wall, you will learn how to use your equipment and find some confidence.

Get a Focus Group

Then find someone who is your target audience and ask them for a favor. Ask them if they would mind listening to a podcast about a topic they should enjoy and providing constructive feedback. Tell them you want them to talk about the show like you are not in the room (you've got extra skin and can take it). There is no point in putting out content into the world that is not going to get the results you want. Keep in mind this “focus group” can NOT be your friends and family. They often love you too much to be honest.

This is what I did as a musician. We would eventually invite some people we trusted to come and hear us. When they said we were good, we would then take the band public.

You can do the same thing with your podcast. When you're comfortable and ready, you can get a media host like (use the coupon code sopfree), and set up your distribution.

Need Help?

If you need help with any of this, I would love to work with you. Let's schedule a time when we can talk about starting your podcast and growing your influence.

About the Author
Dave Jackson has been podcasting since 2005. In 2018 he was inducted into the Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame. He has over 2 Million Downloads. Has helped thousands of podcasters plan, launch and grow their audience. He is part of the Tech Support Team. He is a Featured and Keynote speaker at events. He is the author of the Book More Podcast Money

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