Pros: This is the most common format used because it is easy to do. Sometimes talking to yourself can be limiting. But when you have an expert to talk to and an exciting topic, it can turn into a meaningful conversation which everybody can listen to. It’s also a good way for you and your listeners to learn something new. There is a wide range of topics to choose from. You can read on reviews of medical podcasts, sports, and some controversial issues. Instead of having a sole opinion on a matter, it opens up different stories, beliefs, and bits of advice.
How to Get Your Audience?
Telephone – Simply record your call on your smartphone using a phone recording app. You’ll just need to sync it to your computer and edit it or edit it directly on your phone.
Skype – All you need is a computer or smartphone, a microphone, Skype, and you’re good to go. With a Skype call recording tool, the audio will be recorded.
One-on-one – This may require you additional microphone for your guest.
Cons: It can be hard getting guests to commit to a new show. You might be able to convince people you know and later on invite other people after you’ve set a good reputation. You also have to research a topic if you want a smooth and meaningful conversation. This can take some time. To make it easier, you take notes on cue cards while you research.
This variation of podcasts is where a single host introduces three or more semi-regular guests to discuss a topic. It is commonly found it gaming podcasts and is usually longer than the standard one. This makes it suitable in live broadcast and YouTube channels. One downside of it all is that organizing a round table podcast can be time-consuming, but it will be worth it.
Pros: Technicality wise, it’s easier to pull off a solo podcast and editing would be so much simpler to do. You also have a flexible time. Booking a guest wouldn’t be your problem, because you have control over your schedule. Doing a solo podcast is an easy way to voice out your opinion without arguing with someone about it. This way, you can establish your reputation quickly.
Cons: It takes a special kind of skill to be able to improvise monologue for hours and not getting your audience bored. Your listeners wouldn’t want a scripted type of monologue, so don’t overdo reading your script. You can list down the topics and subtopics you want to discuss so you would have an organized flow of thoughts.
Pros: Since a lot of opinions would be laid out, it’s easier to keep the show moving. Panel podcasts can garner fans quickly because of host-guest chemistry. With a lot of ideas and perspectives from different people, you will bring much more content for your audience.
Cons: In creating a panel podcast, it would require so much work compared to other types of podcasts. You would need a couple of more microphones and equipment to adjust according to the several sources of sound. Also, booking guests can be a tough job. You would need to find a schedule wherein all of your guests are available and convince them to come to your show.