I’m not a presenter, can I still do a podcast?
Apparently I have to write a bit more, but **SPOILER ALERT** that is basically what I’m going to say.
Ok, let me give you a little more detail on that. I am, or at least I was, a presenter. I started out on student radio, and shortly after graduating managed to land a paid gig and then within a year or two I was hosting a drivetime show, shortly followed by a breakfast show on commercial radio. The jury’s out on whether or not I was any good at it, but I did alright. I had my name on buses, I had features about me in local magazines and newspapers, and occasionally I got in trouble with the powers that be which kind of means you’re pushing the boundaries.
And now I’m a podcaster, so my story at least suggests that its a linear path. You present, then you podcast.
But if that was the case, there would be far fewer podcasts than exist today. On the scale of things, there aren’t too many presenters in the world, and they’re a bit of an odd bunch.
The term presenter is applied to many different people, who have different experiences and skills. Some may be qualified journalists, others former reality TV stars, and then there’s retired athletes, moderately successful popstars and then those that just look or sound really good. And there are different types of presenters – specialists who only really do one thing, and broadcasters who will do everything from read the news, to judge on a reality game show to hosting one of those home make-over tv shows. And often they are parachuted in to present something that they may know very little about, and might not even care for.
In short, if you’re not a presenter, you may well make for a better podcaster.
In effect, the word presenter is just a way to describe someone who talks about stuff. And if you do a podcast that’s what you are doing. So by default, you become a presenter, just by doing a podcast.
I’m not talking about faking it here, I’m serious. Maybe you won’t have the resources or maybe the experience or skills to do it to the highest level, but you are still doing it. And you will learn more from doing it than by not doing it.
And it’s people like you that present the majority of the podcasts in the world. And all you need is an idea, and the confidence to talk out loud.
Ok that last part is a little bit of a stumbling block for most people but here’s the secret no one tells you: nobody likes the sound of their own voice. At least at first, and at best it takes a couple of years of hearing it before you become comfortable with it. Often this is a reason why people don’t want to present – they just don’t want to hear their own voice.
And this is where confidence plays an important part, and firstly that is to simply have the confidence that nobody else thinks your voice is as bad as you do.
Once you get over that, concentrate on talking about what it is you want to talk about, the reason you have your podcast. But don’t try and be someone else, don’t try and be a “presenter.” Just call it the way YOU see it. Be authentic and honest about how you feel. You don’t have to play it cool or go for laughs, you just have to be you.
Remember, this is your podcast. Whatever else is going on in your world, you are master of this particular kingdom. It’s your show. Your topics. Your passion.
Anybody can do a podcast. Anybody.
That includes you!
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