How Clear is Your Clarity?
Step Three: Clarity — PFD 009
Clarity is Step Three of the Nine Steps Back to Podcasting and requires you to get real and honest feedback about your podcast if you are ever going to improve it.
What do I mean when I say Clarity?
Step Three of the Nine Steps Back to Podcasting is Clarity.
What does it mean to you?
Clarity is defined as:
- The quality of being clear.
- The quality of coherence and intelligibility.
- The quality of being easy to see or hear; sharpness of image or sound.
These are the elements of your podcast that Clarity tries to highlight.
And why this step centers on deciding WHAT you need to improve if you are to learn a better way to produce your podcast.
You cannot fix a podcast you never start, but you also cannot fix a podcast that YOU do not know is broken.
Why is it broken?
Podcasting is an audio medium of transforming information to other people.
Because this requires our ears and our brains to be understood, there are three (3) distinct Clarity characteristics you need to have:
- Clarity of Speech
- Clarity of Delivery
- Clarity of Message
Three Kinds of Feedback
How do you know when you podcast is broken when it comes to either Clarity of Speech or Clarity of Delivery?
You have to ask.
Or to use another term — You have to get feedback.
But not just any kind of feedback, you have to get honest feedback using one or all of these methods:
- Online Surveys
- The Circle of Trust
- Professional Feedback
1. Online Surveys
Ask other podcasters.
Sometimes, it’s good to hear it from other people who create podcasts too.
2. The Circle of Trust
The “circle of trust” process involves live airings of your podcast in front of real people.
At a podcaster meeting or meetup, instead of a speaker, have each person in attendance introduce their podcast, then play 5-minutes of their most recent episode for all to hear.
It is a feedback method only for the podcasters that are GETTING REAL with themselves and their skills.
Because after that 5-minutes, your podcast goes off and the room starts to give you feedback based on what they just heard.
What you get next is some of the most immediate and honest feedback you will ever get from complete strangers.
3. Professional Feedback
The final feedback method involves hiring professionals.
Instead of a meetup or event, you can spend a little money and have professionals in the industry review your podcast.
For Five-bucks, Dave will listen to your the first few minutes of your show and see if he can “hang on” to it (which means he likes it), or get thrown off (which means it has problems).
You can find more about Podcast Rodeo and how to have your podcast reviewed here:
That is enough first impression feedback to know if you are on the right track.
If that is not enough feedback, you can also have your entire show reviewed by Dave Jackson and Erik K. John over at the Podcast Review Show.
This is a full nuts-to-bolts review of your show for $99.
They review can even become part of the show where both Dave and Erik share their findings with you as part of their show.
You can find more about the Podcast Review Show here:
With these kinds of feedback, the price you pay for honesty might be pennies compared to the value of their revelations.
About the Show
Podfader, hosted by veteran podcaster Kyle Bondo, focuses on the challenges of keeping your podcast going and the drive we all have has creators to keep our podcasts going with new and interesting content. If you’re a struggling podcaster, Podfader will be your sanctuary to get you through the messy middle of any podcasting strategy. Stop fading and start casting!
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