In my last blog post, I talked about how I was attending Podfest and in this blog post I’ll do a little follow up on my time. In addition to this being an informative session on all things podcast related, the networking was awesome–but more on that in a couple paragraphs.

I appreciated the insight into something in which I am not too familiar, podcasts. My main takeaway from the event is that one should start a podcast out of love for the topic–not to get rich. That said—we learned a lot about ways to monetize a podcast.

When starting a podcast focus on the material and sound quality. When recording, keep in mind that listeners care about the sound quality. We may not all have access to a professional recording studio or equipment, so don’t let not having the best equipment stop you; if you can work with what is available to you and have solid content you’re off to a good start.

Another key point was to speak as though you are talking to one person because it is likely that the listener is experiencing a podcast with headphones or in a car rather than as a group. Write down a description of who you believe you are speaking to in your podcast and speak to that person.

As I stated in the previous post, I have appeared on a couple of podcasts in the past and was fortunate enough to be a guest on a podcast while at Podfest. Brewin’ Up Business is a podcast hosted by Rob Kellog that focuses on informing and connecting like-minded businesspeople. The episode that I appear on was recorded at Podfest but most of his shows are recorded at various breweries in the Tampa area such as Tampa Bay Brewing, Rock Brothers and Coppertail. Each episode has a theme like an episode featuring local attorneys or a featured business in the Tampa area. That being said, I’d love to be a guest again on the show and network over some local beers.

While my appearance on the Brewin’ Up Business podcast at Podfest was relatively short, I got to speak on one of my true passions that I also incorporate into my business model, giving. We spoke about the impact of giving, ways to give and why it’s good for businesses and businesspeople to set an example through giving. Check out more episodes of Brewin’ Up Business here.

The shared office space I recently moved into at CoCreativ has a recording studio, so I hope to produce a podcast of my own in the near future. If you have any ideas on what we could discuss in relation to small business, giving or would like to potentially be a guest on the show, send me an email or give me a call.

I guess podcasting runs in my family since my son AJ currently hosts and produces his own podcast called Suburban Hood Rats. If you’re looking for a new podcast to listen to or want to experience firsthand what it takes to making your own podcast give it a listen here. Viewer discretion advised.