Podcasting is a new art, getting it’s start in 2004. It’s not-quite-radio and not-quite-blogging.
So, what if you’re like me, and you like to read about your craft? Are there any trustworthy books about podcasting? There’s not many. A few are definitely worth your time though, so read them all!
Make Noise by Eric Nuzum
Eric approaches his book assuming you need not learn about microphones, RSS feeds, or plosives. Instead, he discusses the art of show running for podcasters.
I read this in one sitting, it’s that good. Eric guides you through thinking about your podcast format, presenting systems, and helping you understand the possibilities and limitations of certain choices.
Should you get a co-host? How tight should you edit your episodes? What should you think about before booking those big guests?
I give this book an easy 9/10 for podcasters. It covers nothing technical, giving it room to go deep on questions most podcasters gloss over to their detriment.
It’s The Way You Say It by Carol A. Fleming, PHD
No matter what your podcast is about, your show will engage listeners better if they both comprehend you and find your voice enjoyable to listen to.
Dr. Fleming is a speech pathologist who clearly lies out the nuts and bolts of speaking well. Did you know speaking at the front of your mouth makes you sound smarter? I didn’t, until I read this book.
Though not specifically about podcasting, or recorded media in general, this book covers how to use your voice in an engaging, clear, and articulate manner. Overall, I give it a 9/10.