Most of what I’ve learned about podcasts, I learned first from my son, Easton, who is a consultant on topics like this – – ways of building your business. So back when he first presented this sort of platform for me to use with my ministry. I was all ears (I guess I need to clarify I am always listening to everything that he or my sons or anyone says because I love to learn, and I love how God uses people I admire in my life to open up and broaden my horizons).
when he first presented me having a podcast, I instinctively thought of someone who does an INTERVIEW—meaning, I would be interviewing other people and asking them questions. Instantly I explained I would not be good at this at all, because I’m not good at asking questions, because I just have so much to say! Proof of that comes from spending most of my grammar school years out in the hallway due to excessive talking. Yet rather than be embarrassed or ashamed, which I was for a good many, too many years, I realized that God created me and I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Now that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be a good listener or possess a “gentle and quiet spirit“; however, please note that it is our SPIRIT that needs to be quiet and gentle.
So now, to move on to the different types, my son told me that I could simply record anything that I wanted and talk about it for as long as I want it! Now he hit the nail on the head, even though I have yet to do many of these, because, after all, I am protected and governed and guided by my husband, who does it both lovingly and kindly, which is why I highly recommend discovering you husband, your maker whether or not, you have an earthly husband or not. (See The 3 Most Suited Podcast Formats for Ministering below.)
My son also explained that sometimes there’s a panel, a group, or what we might think of as a recorded fellowship, where a group discusses things together. However, there is still a host/moderator whose main objective and position is not to share herself but just to keep the conversation and topics moving. *Importantly, when this hopefully happens that a topic is flowing, maybe even not the “desired” goal when you orchestrated the podcast, as His bride and minister, we want to allow HIS plan to take over, rather than on what we “planned” to do. Are we all in agreement? If not, ponder this principle and promise:
“The mind of man plans his way, but God directs his steps.“
I’m fairly sure that my son proposed many other options, but these are the only ones I can remember now and so I will move on to one of the key points.
#1 Be sure your guest knows what type of podcast format she has agreed to.
Let your guest or guests know what type of format. If they are your “special” guest, then make sure they are welcomed and treated as the special guest, which we might think of as the guest of honor such as if it were a conference or banquet, the special guest would be sitting right next to the podium, and given carte blanc to speak and is referred to throughout the podcast—it’s why the listeners or tuning in.
The 4 Most Suited Podcast Formats for Ministering
- The interview podcast format. This would usually be just two people and what I prefer taking part in—sort of “special guest.”
- The solo/monologue podcast format. It’s just you speaking, and this probably suits me the best and there are many who I follow who use this format.
- Conversational/co-hosted podcast format. Yvonne and I did a few of these LMF 20 Min—podcasts that were fun to record, fun to listen to, and informative in nature.
- The panel podcast format. This format I got had a lot of FUN, but only after we stopped recording. While listening to the host sharing her own experiences, she covered so many topics I wanted to explore and share many bits of wisdom and experiences. So I shared this with my host, who confirmed that I needed to begin recording on a regular basis using The solo/monologue podcast format (above) once again because, as the guest, I assumed I was the “special” guest and also because our host didn’t realize that as the host, she was not a guest; therefore she didn’t know she wasn’t supposed to share or give input on the topic. *However, because most of you ARE ministers, pre or post-record any ministering, you would like your listeners to know about your experiences with this topic.
#2 Begin your podcast by introducing yourself with your name, where you’re from, and maybe your position, “the minister of…”, then introduce your guest (do your homework, find their bio, and pull from it). Next, welcome your guest, and then be quiet and give them a chance to thank you for inviting them.
Almost everything I’ve learned so far comes from mistakes I made or errors I witnessed being someone’s guest—God always uses everything for GOOD.
Before I post this particular part of my lesson, I will share it personally with my host because I believe and do my best to always adhere to principles that I know are true. And even though nothing she did was anywhere close to “sin” or transgression, which was most likely just a lack of understanding and why we all make mistakes, nevertheless, we are not supposed to talk ABOUT anyone but go directly to the person.
So, it was during a recent podcast when I was asked to be a guest, and so I spoke to my Husband about what He wanted me to share, which made me utterly confused when she introduced me, but then began to share her thoughts on something that was not in the list of questions that I had on my podcast guest google appointment form.
To be honest, I’m not hurt very often, and I think that’s because I keep my heart and my desires hidden where only my husband can see them. Nevertheless, somehow I believe that the enemy can see these things only because it just seems that way, doesn’t it? So, I started out as a guest feeling quite hurt—not just because she welcomed me and didn’t give me an opportunity to thank her, but also because she veered way off on a topic I hadn’t planned on talking about. My reason for this is because, as I said, I always speak to my Husband ahead of time about what He wants me to share, and if the question were posed in the form, then my Husband would have prepared me, often bringing me to the beginning of the journey regarding that principle.
#3 Let your guest know what you hope to discuss and a list of potential questions you will ask—then stick to it until it begins to flow.
Many times your plan isn’t God’s plan. However, to start off badly and not put your guest at ease, more like when I was on hostile radio shows, it it’s comfortable for the guest or the listener. Think of your guest as someone invited into your home—make them feel comfortable—ease them into the discussion by preparing them, listening, commenting on what they said, and making it about them—isn’t that why you asked me and hope they and other guests will come?
#4 How to conclude and end your program
First, set a time. With the free Zoom, it’s 40 minutes, and you get a countdown—so in many ways better because it is VERY hard for most women to say goodbye, hang up the phone, stop texting etc. etc. hahaha. So when I asked my Husband, seeing this is was requested and what I WANT to know too, this is what He reminded me of, and what many of us use, is what I never “planned” to say but began saying in the Be Encouraged videos, “And ladies, Be encouraged!!”
So ask your Husband to come up with a similar phrase, or feel free to vary mine:
“So Brides, thank you for listening, join us next time, and remember, Be encouraged!!”
“Let me once again that my guest(s), NAME, and thank those of you who have been listening, join us next time as we share more of Finding and Living the Abundant Life!!”
“Our time has run out. Thank each of you who have been listening. We hope you will join us next time as we discover more of Hope at Last!!”