A final thing to consider when planning your podcast is whether or not your podcast will be scripted. Almost everything you see on TV — from the news to network dramas — is scripted. News anchors read from a teleprompter; actors memorize their lines. Most people would not think of podcasts as a scripted medium, but there are some reasons why you may want to consider scripting your episodes.
Scripting your podcasts means you never get behind the mic wondering what you’re going to say. You know from the start where you are going and how you are going to get there.
Scripting your podcasts reduces stammering, rambling, and “collecting your thoughts.” It may seem unfair, but this is frustrating to the listener who has tuned in for a specific purpose. They want information, inspiration, etc., and if it sounds like you can’t give it to them, they will stop listening.
Scripting your podcasts — writing out what you will say before you say it — forces you to be more succinct and precise in your delivery. It reduces pressure on you because you know that what comes out of your mouth is not fresh off the press. It’s not as new to you as it is to your listeners. This makes things a lot more comfortable for you and, believe it or not, listeners do notice if you sound like you know what you’re talking about.
So, for most podcasts, I recommend writing a script before recording each episode. In fact, you can write out your initial thoughts a day or a few days prior to recording so that you can have some time to review the content, do additional research, and add to the script if necessary.
Of course, the interview and panel podcast formats are not as conducive to scripting. But, with these formats, it is good to write out a general outline for the episode. For the interview, write ten questions you want to ask. For the panel, write a list of issues you want to talk about.
Scripting and planning ahead will make your podcast ten times better than it would be otherwise.
This post is a part of the PODCASTING FOR MINISTRY blog series.