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Podcasting Like A Pro When You Don't Sound Like A Pro [S3E108]
Episode 1088th April 2021 • Podcast Pontifications • Evo Terra
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Podcasting has always been more or less welcoming of

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less-than-radio-perfect voices.

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But with more pros launching great podcasts, is there still room

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for normal voices in podcasting?

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Luckily, yes!

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Hello, and welcome to another Podcast Pontifications with me, Evo Terra.

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I want to listen to you.

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The real you.

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When you voice your podcast, I want it to sound like the real

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you and so do your listeners.

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The word "authentic voice," I guess those are words, is very overused.

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But when it comes to the voice you use on your podcast, your authentic voice

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is absolutely the right terminology.

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Now, before I get too far down this road, a quick caveat.

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I recognize that not everyone's authentic voice matches their authentic self.

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So if that's you, this is in no way meant to tell you to get over yourself

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and just deal with what you were given.

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No, I'm not saying that at all.

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For those select few, please see a coach, see a speech therapist, whatever you need

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to get your authentic voice that comes out of your face, matching the authentic

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voice that is inside of your head.

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Please pursue that.

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I am not suggesting anything else and just do what you need to do for you.

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But for everyone else out there, who's just minorly annoyed at their voice from

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time to time, I remind you that podcasting isn't looking for the perfect radio voice.

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Hell, radio isn't looking for the perfect radio voice anymore, if they ever did.

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It's okay.

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People need to sound like other humans.

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Do you have a heavy accent?

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Well, okay.

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Is that heavy accent part of your charm?

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Would you be different if you didn't have that?

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Does the accent reflect who you are and where you came from and all of that helps

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bring to life the person you are today?

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If so, then lean into that.

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Just go for it.

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Live with the accent that you actually have.

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I promise you that anyone who can't get over your accent is not

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a listener you really want anyhow.

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Do you have quirks and mannerisms about your voice that are

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also just a part of you?

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And I'm not talking about the ums and the ahs and little imperfections

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when you are struggling for a word that could be edited out.

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Sometimes those can get annoying when you're freaking out on the microphone,

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but just naturally, are there things that you do, little catch phrases and sayings,

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mannerisms that are kind of weird?

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You know, I once knew a guy who had a podcast.

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He had this weird way of blending the words "and" and "um" together to

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become "aim" when he paused for things.

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And sometimes leaving in ums and ahs are okay, but this guy blended

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and and um - it was so strange.

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But then again, it was his way.

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Not having that or trying to swap out and make him suddenly

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say um when he's searching for a word or the next thing to do?

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It would be wrong.

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Just wouldn't work.

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Do you talk too fast?

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Hi.

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Or maybe too slow?

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Well, who the hell set the speed limit for the rate at which a voice

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should come into someone's ears?

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There's no one who has set that out there.

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There may be some norms, but that's just statistical averages.

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Who cares?

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By the way, also, listeners, they have speed control devices or

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their devices they listen to your podcast on have speed control.

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I listen to most things at one and a half speed.

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But there are some speakers who are rapid, even for me, and I talk really fast.

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So I drop those back down to one.

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I've even dropped down to half speed if I need to.

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You can do that.

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It's up to that listener.

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You talk like you.

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Now, make sure, however, that this embracing of all of your natural

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flaws, if you will, the natural voice that you have, make sure when doing

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so you are not accepting fixable flaws in your recording environment.

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Those hardwood floors and very sound reflective surfaces that you are

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recording in right now, that's not the kind of authenticity listeners want.

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You can improve upon that.

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That's not your voice, that's the noise of the room.

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Also, placing a microphone in the middle of a big room so that all of

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your buddies can shout into it is not the authenticity listeners want.

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The noise from your overworked refrigerator or your heating and

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cooling system, or maybe your air purifiers, those noises are not

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the authenticity listeners want.

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So be authentic, but please clean up your voice tracks, your narration tracks.

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I highly recommend investing in a tool called Izotope RX.

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It is a plugin and it's also a standalone app.

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And learning how to use Izotope RX - yes, there will be a link

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in the episode details - your listeners will appreciate it.

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I will appreciate it.

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If you get rid of all of those fixable bits so that we can really

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enjoy your true and authentic voice.

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Here's what I want you to do today.

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Like, as soon as you're done listening to this.

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Think about the podcasters that you've listened to who have authentic voices, who

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are, you know, less than radio perfect.

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And I want you to send that person a note of appreciation

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for their voice specifically.

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Tell them you appreciate the authentic nature of their

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not-necessarily-radio-perfect, whatever the hell that means, voice.

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Don't send this to pro announcers.

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People who have great voices you admire.

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That's not what I'm talking about.

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I'm talking to the people who have their normal voices out there.

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And yeah, send a link to this episode along with that and ask them to also

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forward that along to someone else.

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Let's keep this chain going where we appreciate the voices people give

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to us because they are their voices and we want to love them for that.

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Do you love this idea?

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Great.

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Please go to buymeacoffee.com/evoterra and well, you know, do that.

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Buy me a virtual coffee to show your appreciation for the content.

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That's it.

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Enjoy the rest of your week.

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It's almost over.

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Enjoy your weekend.

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Because I shall be back on Monday with yet another Podcast Pontifications.