So you’ve decided to start your own podcast. It’s awesome! The popularity of podcasts continues to rise and there is no shortage of people looking for interesting topics. But before you take the leap and start babbling into your microphone, you need to make a plan and create at least one plan for a podcast script.
You don’t need to read from a teleprompter, but it’s best to have direction before you start. If you’re a beginner podcast host, this guide to writing podcast scripts will help. You’ll also see how to create a podcast script template that you can apply to future episodes to make recording your show as easy as possible.
How to write a podcast script
1. Start with a good introduction
Any good podcast script should start with an engaging introduction. You want to make it clear to your audience who they’re listening to and give them a hint of what to expect from the episode. The podcast intro is the perfect time to briefly talk about the host and co-host, the topic of the episode, and the names of the guest speakers.
You can create a special intro message for each podcast episode or record a standard message covering your main topic. For example, if you’re always talking about murder mystery, you can say so in a generic introduction. However, if you’re talking about a wider range of topics, it might be a good idea to record a specific introduction to prepare your listener for what’s to come.
2. Introduction of guests
Follow the episode intro with a flattering introduction from your guests. Be sure to highlight who you talk to, what they do, and tell the audience why they should care. Mentioning notable accomplishments is a good start.
If your guest is promoting a new book, TV show, or product, you can briefly mention it, but be sure to give your guest a chance to talk about it during the interview. episode. Plan to give them a follow-up that allows them to elaborate later.
3. Time your segments
Speaking of sequences, a well-planned podcast will have multiple segments with smooth transitions. Some podcast hosts will use timed sound effects that signal it’s time to move on to the next part of the show. This tactic is handy if you prefer looser show notes that allow for ad-libbing and don’t like reading verbatim from a script.
4. Keep track of talking points
It’s a good idea to make a list of questions before the show. You can list your ideas as bullet points to help you think about questions that fit the theme of the episode. It’s also important to leave room for the conversation to flow naturally. And don’t be afraid to ask questions that aren’t on your list as long as they match your initial talking points.
Sticking to a rigid script can make the host seem uninterested in the conversation. To create a great podcast episode, you have to master the delicate balance between staying on topic and keeping the conversation flowing. However, when building your list of questions, assign approximate discussion times to each. Then make sure that all times correspond to the total length of your episode.
5. Don’t forget the sponsor’s message
If you’ve figured out how to get a podcast sponsor, the last thing you want to do is forget to mention it during the show. You will never have this problem if you script and schedule your sponsorship spots.
Be sure to include essential company talking points and a clear call to action (CTA). To avoid tarnishing your integrity, stick with sponsors you believe in and who sell products that will benefit your audience. Showcasing products that won’t help listeners won’t build loyalty.
6. Wrap with a conclusion
The best podcast episodes always end with closing remarks that wrap up the conversation. The host should give a brief recap of what we learned and a summary of any crucial takeaways. Don’t forget to thank your guest for their time. If they have a product to plug in, remind the audience where they can find it.
Finally, give the audience a taste of what to expect. You could tell them what the next episode will be about or who will join you for the next conversation. At the very least, remind them to come back next week for another episode of your podcast.
Once you’ve solidified all of these podcast scripting best practices, you’ll be making money podcasting in no time!
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