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Podcast Hosts: What To Stay Away From

If you are a podcast host, you may be wondering if there are some things you should not be doing. While you are the only one that can decide what works best for your show and your audience, here are a few general tips on what to avoid:

Using foul language can turn off listeners – especially since some people will be listening with their children nearby.

Different people have different opinions, and that’s the way the world should work.  If your opinions are extreme, however, it may be best to keep them out of the podcast, as there will be some people who will undoubtedly take offense to them.

Joking about various subjects is another thing that some people can take offense to.  Some topics, such as race and religion are best to avoid at all times, even in a humorous tone.

If you have a co-host or a guest, there may be times when the two of you want to express different opinions.  Arguing is a big no-no, although a gentle debate may be appropriate.  When this happens, try to stay focused on the topic that the show is about.  Maintaining a clear speaking voice will make it sound less like people bickering, and more like people debating. Keeping things light will insure that no listener is offended.

Podcast shows are done on a myriad of topics and you never know who is listening.  Keep in mind customer service skills.  Using these skills in this setting can go just as far as using these skills in a face to face situation.  The difference here is that your skills will be reaching a much larger audience.  If the show you are on is not a debate of any kind, then keep a neutral stance, and allow for the input of others if it is interactive.

If you are scheduled to be on a show, then show up.  If something happens whereby you cannot make it, then by all rights call in; do not just leave them hanging as this is rude, most definitely unprofessional and can cause an adverse effect on those running the show.  I have seen this happen and seen the disappointment of everyone involved.

Just remember that when on a show, all sorts of people will be listening – whether they are in a car or at their computer, so always maintain professionalism.  The podcast may very well spread world wide and a bad first impression is always remembered.

Crissy Herron


Crissy Herron is the founder of Indie Biz Chicks. She is the self-described "World's Best Aunt," loves Motion City Soundtrack, is awesome in the kitchen, and is a proud resident of The Mitten State. (that's Michigan, by the way.) And, oh yeah, she used to live in Alaska. (she likes the cold.)

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