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Expert Podcasting Practices For Dummies® by Terra, Evo, Morris, Tee

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Chapter 3. Staffing Your Podcast for Success

In This Practice

  • Finding an energetic and enthusiastic host

  • Seeking out the right support staff

It won't come as a surprise that the host(s) of your show should mean a lot. Duh. But this seemingly obvious statement often goes unchecked. And it can often mean the difference between an okay podcast and a great one. This practice will give you some hard‐won advice on ways to make sure you have the right staff — from show host to support staff — for your podcast. There are many factors you should consider when you're staffing any one of these positions.

Before we get started, let's talk about existing staff for readers who are already podcasting. Keep those folks in mind as you read this practice, but don't be afraid to make some staffing adjustments afterward. Having said that, don't let your dreams of success cloud your better judgment and potentially jeopardize an existing business relationship or friendship. The main goal of this book is to help you take your show to the next level. But you don't have to be ruthless about it at the peril of others. Some serious thought should be given before reassigning — or (worse) replacing — someone who's been with you from the beginning. Take the time to make sure that your newfound goals and objectives jibe with theirs if at all possible. And never forget the human side of podcasting.

Choosing the Right Host

While your deliberation on who might be the perfect person — or people — to host your show isn't ...

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