When launching your podcast series, you’ll need to think about the structure of your episodes. The more prepared you are, the more time you’ll save when recording and editing.
Of course, there’s no one right way to write your podcast script. Some write everything down, others just put a few words to paper… It’s up to you to find the style that suits you!
Here are five tips for writing a great script!
Structure the script of your podcast
Whether you choose to write your entire script or just a few words, you’ll need to have a plan for your podcast. This will allow you to make your words as clear as possible and hold your audience’s attention.
If your episode rambles too much, you risk losing your listeners!
Here’s an example of a podcast structure:
- Introduction music
- Intro: Present yourself and your podcast. Then, introduce your topic.
- Subject 1: Expand upon your topic
- Interlude: a short sound pause
- Subject 2: Continue expanding upon your topic
- Outro: Summarize the main points of your discussion
- Conclusion: Thank your listeners and touch upon your next episode
- Closing music
Of course, the above structure is just an example. Adapt it to your format, subject and style!
There’s nothing worse than a verbose, heavy podcast, with a lot of blah blah blah that says nothing. If you want your audience to stay focused, get to the point and speak as concisely as possible.
Although it seems paradoxical, simplicity and conciseness require more preparation than long discussions. Don’t be afraid to take all the time you need when writing your podcast script: your message will be clearer.
Also, the simpler your script, the more flexibility you’ll have to improvise and develop a particular point or two.
Read your script out loud
A classic mistake when writing your podcast script is to sound too bookish. This is especially the case if you’ve decided to write full sentences rather than just putting a few words on paper.
Keep in mind that your podcast shouldn’t sound too formal: you’re not a robot! Also, avoid writing your entire script. That way, you won’t end up reading it and boring your audience.
Take the words and bits of sentences you have in front of you and express yourself in a natural and relaxed way, as if you were talking to a friend.
Choose your music carefully
Music can help structure and strengthen the narration of your podcast. But be careful! Don’t overuse it, or you’ll end up smothering your words.
When writing your script, be careful where you place the music. It shouldn’t come in too often or last too long.
Want more tips on how to incorporate music into your podcast? Check out our article on the subject!
Customize your script
When writing your podcast script, be yourself. Make your personality come through right from the beginning. Your listeners will become as attached to you as to your program.
To establish a connection those listening to you, you can, for example, tell a little story that happened to you that’s related to the topic of the episode.
Personalizing your script will allow your audience to identify with you and your topic, and your message will only come across better.
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