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Podcasting: 7 ways to make a lot of podcasts quickly

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On today’s Tech Help for Churches, Podcasting: 7 ways to make a lot of podcasts quickly

In response to a post on a Google plus group where I talked about doing four shows a week, Jerri Williams asked, “I don’t know how you can do more than one show a week! I must be doing something wrong. It takes me several days to conduct the interview, gather the materials and get them ready to publish. I also plan to write a blog post twice a month. All of this while working on my second novel. What’s your secret?”

This is what I wrote:

1.I rarely do interviews. When I do, it’s only one a week.

2. One of my shows is a q & a show, so when I get a question by email, on twitter, youtube, etc., I answer the question and then put them in a folder. When the time comes, I’ve already answered them, so I grab three, and just say what I was thinking when I answered them initially.

3. The other three are areas I’m an expert in, so I can talk about any of them at any time. I just narrow the possible topics and pick one to talk about.

4. I do series. So, my monday show is about new media, social media, and the web for churches, so I’m in a series on podcasting. I just pick a topic and talk about it (with a small outline as a skeleton).

5. I do fairly short shows: 5-15 minutes each.

6. My editing is pretty simple. I do a show in one take and open it in a template in my editor which already has the open and closing media imported. Then, I only have to import the media, trim off the beginning and end, mix to mono, and finally, export and upload.

7. Everything is set up (including a compressor and my lights and camera b/c I video podcast, too). So all I have to do is attach my lav, turn on my lights, and press record.

I’ve been podcasting off and on since 2005, so I’ve slowly learned these things.

Bonus tip: Know the difference between “sloppy” and “good”. A lot of people are perfectionists. If you wouldn’t feel bad about a mistake in-person, I don’t worry about it in a recording. I came to this conclusion when working in local television and the news anchors were so much harder on themselves for recordings than live. That’s no big deal for a 15-second promo, but when you’re preshooting a 30 minute segment with one shot, it’s a big deal when a mistake happens in 29 minutes.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Lexington City Church (formerly Quest Community Church) in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of TrinityDigitalMedia.com, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to a peak of 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines. He has thousands of members of his ProPresenter Users' Group on Facebook and thousands of subscribers to his YouTube channel.