Creating a Successful Solo Show with Nichole Hamilton
Updated: Apr 13
We all like to hear ourselves talk. What if you had the opportunity to create a solo podcast where talking is all you do? Many creators are doing so. That may seem like a walk in the park, but it might actually be a herculean task.
It seems like everyone is starting a podcast at this day in age. So, what sets you apart? What encourages your listeners to keep coming back? A huge part of creating a successful podcast is finding your niche and knowing your audience. You may love a topic, but how long do you think you’ll be able to discuss that single topic by your lonesome? The way Go Rogue X’s podcast guest Nichole Hamilton found her way to her niche is slightly different. “For me, you know, I wasn't like, oh, I want to have a podcast. What should it be about? It was the other way around for me. I was like: I have things to say. How do I get it out there?” Finding what you want to say is vital to the success of your podcast, especially if you plan to host alone.
Another important factor to consider when hosting a solo podcast is the direction. Flying by the seat of your pants is much easier when you have a co-pilot. “You really need to have an idea of how you're going to get from point A to point B… you've got to know the point you're trying to make. How do all these different elements you're pulling together contribute to the larger goal?” For some, bullet points are a great tool for staying on track. For others, a script with every word written out is necessary. Keep in mind as you plan your script, that the way you speak will influence how your listeners hear what you have to say. The tone of your show can be dry and boring; or inviting and fun. Music can play an important role in implementing a mood to your podcast. When you don’t have a co-host to help you transition, using tips, such as these, can add a fluidity that helps all the pieces of the puzzle fit together.
A final, key step in creating a successful solo show is staying organised. Production can quickly turn discouraging when ideas, grand plans, and to-do lists get lost in the mess. Creating a schedule and sticking to it each week can be beneficial, but exhausting. Many podcasters choose to batch record. Set a day that you can record two or three episodes so that you don’t have to panic at the last minute. Mark your calendar up to six months in advance with days you will dedicate to recording and producing. Plan out show notes that will help you stay on track while you record. There are many organizational ways that you can keep yourself on course and help avoid the typical burnout of doing work solo.
Hosting a solo show can be challenging, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done! Learn the ropes and find what works for you. By staying organised and keeping your audience captivated, you can create a fantastic solo show.
[00:02:24] What are you obsessed with this week?
[00:06:45] About Nichole
[00:11:43] How do you create an engaging podcast without a co-host?
[00:15:20] How do you decide on your podcast’s direction?
[00:21:05] Pointers for first time solo show hosts
[00:26:35] Growth without feedback
[00:29:56] How do you know a solo show is not for you?
[00:34:00] What’s next for Nichole?
[00:38:15] Rapid Fire Questions
“For me, you know, I wasn't like, I want to have a podcast. What should it be about? It was the other way around for me. I was like: I have things to say. How do I get it out there?” [00:11:56]
“You really need to have an idea of how you're going to get from point A to point B… you've got to know the point you're trying to make. How do all these different elements you're pulling together contribute to the larger goal?” [00:22:18]
“If I listened back to my early episodes that I started with… it was bad, but we started somewhere and we've gotten progressively better.” [00:28:56]
“You see people jumping on the trendy train of a podcast. I just don't think that that's the best way to have long term success.” [00:31:35]
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