To the Last of Us Who Don't Yet Have a Podcast Show

Here's a simple how-to guide to get you motivated from some of the leading experts

Jim Farina


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This week, a friend gave me a call and invited me to cohost a podcast with her. My friend Joy thought we'd make a great team. I agree with her, we'd make a good team, and podcasting is something I toyed with in my head, but not sure I have what it takes to pull it off on my own. Joy is an extrovert, a great talker, and connects with people easily.

I can connect with people as an introvert, but I'm more of a quiet and creative observer. That's why writing is my preferred channel of communication. I think together we would complement each other's strengths. I like the idea, and I'm flattered that my friend thought to extend the opportunity to me.

I've never been the type to jump into anything new without preparation and doing some digging around. I also seek advice from those who've successfully navigated the path I'm about to take.

I know a podcast setup can range from as simple as a mobile device in a bedroom to an expensive arsenal of electronic gear. Some podcasters spare no expense in creating an ideal sound environment. But what's realistic for somebody starting out, especially if you're not sure how far you will take the journey?

You can have the most expensive high-tech podcast setup in the universe. Still, if you can't connect with an audience or have the perseverance to plug away slowly and push through the lengthy building phase, none of that equipment will help.

I decided I would explore some resources to get some expert advice on the world of podcasting. In my search, I found a book called Everybody Has a Podcast (Except You): A How-to Guide from the First Family of Podcasting. From the #1 New York Times bestselling McElroy Brothers, creators of the hit podcasts My Brother, My Brother and Me, and The Adventure Zone. It feels like a great place to begin and to see if it's really for me.

Before I decide to jump into this thing with both feet, I do not like to half-ass something like this. If I'm going to make a move, I'm all in or nothing. I figured there are others who also toyed with the prospect of launching a podcast someday. My findings…