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Sarah Koenig

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There is one thing as a podcaster you will hear from other podcasters and that is,

I am going to be authentic and real

Podcasting is always needed to be real and you should be authentic.There are two reasons as to why a podcast host would even say this? They are not being authentic and that host is trying to cover up a feeling of guilt. If you are trying to cover up the fact that you are doing something that is not real. I hear that phrase and I wonder what that host is trying to hide. Why do they feel that they are not being authentic?

Then there to the context of I don’t want to edit. I just want to keep it real. Well, on this angle that needs to be addressed. There are three items that are important to being authentic.

Authentic sound

When your show is being recorded most folks are not recording in a professional recording booth. Instead they are recording in their bedroom, livingroom, in a basement beside the water heater, or at best in a closet. When recording in one of these uncontrolled environments is you get weird noises, parts of conversations going on in the background. When recording in these conditions it is normal and almost expected in  a podcast. Yet there are times that podcasters will go off and drop a book or knock over their microphone. Often heard after that is I am going to leave that in because I am going to be “authentic”.

OK that is fair that is a way to be authentic true but look at you blog post. or an email you are writing. Did you spell check? Did you grammar check? Did you look to see if you put the right email address? If and when you found mistakes did you not remove those mistakes? So, Are you not being real in your emails to your fans since you didn’t leave those real life moments in? Or are you just being professional and courteous to your reader for not making them have to figure out what you are talking about?

Authentic Courtesies to the  listeners

The same courtesies go to the listeners. They don’t need to hear every “um” or “You know” that is being said, often those comments, start to get old and worn out. If it is doing too much there might be a drinking game created out of the repetitions and crutches and we dont want our listeners driving drunk. Listeners are hard enough to come by we don’t need them killed.

With all kidding aside, a podcaster is not being fake or non-authentic to himself or to their listeners because the show was edited to remove SOME of the verbal crutches used. At the same time do not, remove all the verbal crutches in your recording. That starts to sound fake and unnatural when all the “Umms” are removed.

Authentically care for the show

For this I want to use a little different example. There is a sub-group of American males that like to take a typical pick up, and modify it. They raise it up but huge tires on, and them find a large mud area and go, “Muddin”. It is great! Lots of fun you and the pickup get absolutely filthy covered in mud and goop and you laugh the whole time. Yet when it is done you can be authentic show the world that this pick up went muddin and leave all the mud on the pick up and try to see through a dirty windshield. Leaving the pick up muddy also allows the natural chemicals in the dirt eat at your paint job and cause other problems when left on. So, after all the fun  most guys then go and wash the truck so that it looks good for the gals they are going to drive around town.

So, is that fun-loving red-blooded muddy american guy inauthentic for washing his truck? No, He is taking his girlfriend in mind by cleaning it up. That guy cares about his pickup. The same as you should care about your podcast. Editing is always needed, even if it is just to remove the silence from the coffee kicking in and running to the bathroom.

Be authentic in your thoughts opinions, and views. Yet, when it comes to editing there is no deviation from the image of being authentic. No one will call fake for editing the microphone stand falling over, in fact your audience wont even know.

 

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Sarah Koenig is giving closing keynote at Podcast Movement

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