Why Your First Podcast Episode Should Be Your Worst
There are easy things in life that looks hard to do. For many, podcasting stands out in this category. You will find people who spent a whole lot of time learning all that there is to learn about podcasting, but who still don’t have a first podcast episode. For this people, one excuse is common: “I haven’t found the perfect moment to launch my podcast”
No such thing as “Perfect Time”
By now, you do not need a prophet to tell you that you will never launch your podcast if you continue to believe that a perfect time exists. Most times, it is not about making it perfect, it is about getting it done. If you have recorded that first podcast episode more than once and too scared to publish it to the world, this is also for you!
Swiych First Podcast Episode
First, I must congratulate you for coming this far! Now is not the time to turn back! I remember the amount of energy and time I put into creating the first podcast episode of Swiych in September 2016. Even after hosting two short-lived podcast in 2015, I still spent a sizeable amount of time practising and re-recording this first episode.
To put that in perspective, I had to spend two days “recording and deleting” before I finally settled for what eventually became the first podcast episode of Swiych, I also remember been frustrated with myself for not been able to find my “real voice”. I mean, I have been podcasting since Jan. 2015. How bad can “creating the first episode of a 3rd podcast” be?
At the end of the second day, I finally settled for one I felt was the best out of five different recordings. At that time, I thought it was great. To me, it was like a perfect episode.
Fast forward Nov 2016
A few days ago, I picked up my phone to listen to some podcast and after listening to two podcast from my favourite podcaster, my first episode played next. I was only 5 minutes into it when I began to cringed!
“Is that my voice?” “Ohhhh my God!”
I couldn’t listen to it to the end! It was just not good to my ears!
To see if anything had changed, I hit play on my 14th episode. That was wayyy better: both in voicing, production and synchronisation. However, I quickly realized that even this 14th episode, I think is great now, will make me cringe in the future!
You see my friend; there are no two ways about it: You are always going to listen to your first episode and wish you had done it better! No matter how great it sounded when you first recorded it, it is just not going to sound any good as your 10th episode!
Do you know why?
You grew! You got better and learnt more along the line! You knew better and improved! If after 10 episodes, you still love your first episode, there is problem somewhere. What that means is that you haven’t learnt anything new; you haven’t grown! And that is really bad.
What is the lesson here?
Don’t wait to get it all right before launching your podcast, because it’s just not going to be your best episode.
It fact, it should be your worst! Razzor podcast is an example of it. Many people asked me what went wrong with the first episode. However, the second episode showed tremendous improvement. Another example of a terrible first episode is Swiych’s first podcast episode. Listening to it now again, that episode had more problems than I thought it would have.
The beauty about podcast is that you learn along your journey. Therefore, don’t let the desire to be top notch in that first episode cripple your podcasting experience. There are no great stories without failures and mistakes.
So, pick that phone/mic and hit record! It is okay. It is your first episode and going to be your worst episode anyway!
Samuel Adeoye (popularly known as “Se7en” or the “Startup Engineer”) is an entrepreneurship enthusiast and the lead podcaster at Podlobe. He is also a big fan of Manchester United.