2 vital ingredients (and virtues) for starting a podcast: Practice, patience

You can have all the technology in the world, but if you've not got these, you're at nothing.

The two p’s of podcasting – practice and patience.

They do say that practice makes perfect, and when it comes to podcasting they’re not wrong.

As you’ll see in an upcoming series of post about starting a podcast from scratch, there are so many different elements to consider.

You’ve got to plan, produce, record, edit, rework, book guests, maybe travel, promote the podcast, make your notes and do it all over again.

Two of the biggest ingredients for a successful podcast and successful podcasting are practice and patience.


Whether it’s sport or art or cooking or flying a plane, you don’t get to advance without the practice.

It’s OK to take a few days, weeks, months to get into the swing of things. Equally, it’s ok to make adjustments and changes as you go. Rome wasn’t built in a day and all that.

One of the few ways to get better at podcasting is to produce more podcasts.

The practice of going through the motions day in, week in, month in etc. will stand to you in no time at all. Get better by doing.

Your technique will improve, your workflow will improve, your turnaround times will pick up no end.

But it all takes practice.


Where practice get your experience, patience keeps you moving.

Let’s assume that you don’t have a major television, movie or radio deal already in place. Then let’s also assume that you’re not an “influencer” or major brand or well known personality.

This is where patience comes in.

The majority of people starting a podcast will be starting from scratch and it takes time to develop your voice, your style, your audience.

My first podcast series began recording in 2006 and if I was to listen back to it now, I’d likely have it switched off in seconds.

A few shows in, things were starting to flow. The first award landed with the second series, things were getting better.

The key, was patience. Know that things take time. Audiences don’t develop overnight and it will be a grind.

Take the time to do things right and the rest will follow.

Ken McGuire

Award-winning podcaster, presenter and broadcast engineer at KCLR96FM; digital media head with a production eye on theatre, film and video; Read my Irish food blog, Ken On Food.

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