On today’s live training, Yong is chatting about podcasting hardware. She answers the question, “What Hardware Do I Need to Podcast?” Learn which tools to start with and what to add as you scale.

Hello everyone and happy Thursday. It’s hard to believe that we’re already in March. I feel like this year has just been flying by. And it has been an incredible one so far.

I’m so glad that you tuned in today because it’s Thursday which means we’re going to be talking about how to be creators here at Our Young Creators.

As you’re tuning in live or catching the replay, say hi and let me know you are here.

If we haven’t had the privilege of meeting yet, my name is Yong Pratt. I am a mom of two, the author of Raising a Superhero, podcast her here at Our Young Creators and a 17-year performing arts studio owner.

Our Young Creators is really made to help kids learn skills so that they can create and fund their own brighter futures.

Today we’re continuing our discussion about the tech you need to podcast. Today we’re chatting specifically about podcating hardware.

What do you really need to start a podcast? And how can you add things as you scale your podcast?

Are you ready to dive in? If so type ME below and let me know.

Oh, and by the way, at the end of the podcast I’m going to draw the winner for that 25 dollar Amazon gift card.

Today we’re talking about hardware. If you’ve been listening for a while you know that the easiest way to create a podcast is to pick up your smartphone, open up the voice recording app and press record.

The second easiest way to do that is to use the same device and do something like this video where you’re going live to your audience once a week, twice a week, or whatever the schedule is and you’re using Facebook Live or maybe YouTube in a Google hangout or something along those lines and you’re going live educating your people.

And that’s what we do here. Every Thursday now, I’m going live here on our Facebook page. And then this same video is going to end up as a podcast episode.

Podcasting is not about creating more work but it’s about how you can work smarter – meaning how when you create content and use it in many different forms. In this case we’re taking our video content and it’s going to become audio content. And it’s as easy as that.

If you want to do a little bit of an upgrade from just using your smartphone the next thing I would suggest would be to add an external microphone. I have put my microphone in the shot here today so you can really see it. So basically it’s sitting on an arm attached to my standing desk and I have the microphones sitting here. In front of the microphone I have a pop filter so that helps to filter out those harsh sounds that might come across like those Ps and Ts and Ss that come across as sounding a little loud on audio. So this filter helps to prevent some of those really harsh sounds that may come across.

I’m personally using a Blue Snowball Mic. And since I started podcasting years ago I’ve gone from using my onboard mic on my computer to using a headset kind of like using the headphones with the microphone attached from my phone and using variations of sort of headset mics to moving into using an external mic. Every time I have upgraded my equipment, the sound of the podcast gets up graded.

If you want to create better sound on your podcast. Type yes in the comments below and let me know.

When I first started podcasting I didn’t really think about the audio. I was just so wanting to get my message out there and share what I was doing or share the goodness my guests were bringing and so I didn’t think much about it. But when I started using the external microphone exclusively, I have to say hands down the quality of the podcast is much greater.

And then as you’re doing live video and you’ll remember that live video or pre-recorded video is really how I want you to podcast. I want you to use that live video so that when you’re done you have at least two pieces of content.

(1) You have a video which you can share with your audience and (2) you’ll have an audio because not everyone who watches your video will listen to the audio and vice versa.

Podcasts are really great because they are portable so even though I’m using this video from Facebook as a podcast episode, it is likely that the people who are listening over at the podcast have never been to my Facebook page or to my Website. Podcasting in this sense is really giving our audience many, many ways to connect with us and we’re allowing them to choose ways that work for them.

For instance, if your listeners are listening to you in the car when they’re commuting to and from work or maybe they’re at home and they’re packing for a trip or doing laundry, they’re listening to podcasts.

And that’s very much how I listen to podcasts. Every day there are things that need to get done in the house or with my kids that don’t always need my full attention. Folding laundry putting away the dishes – those things don’t need a lot of mental focus so I usually end up listening to podcasts during that time so I can really start thinking about different things to run my business; different ways that I can help improve my physical health; my mental health. There’s lots of different podcasts that I listen to every single day. And the beauty is is that it’s portable.

When you’re starting your podcast which I absolutely recommend you do TODAY, reach out to me and we’ll get that happening is to grab your smartphone at the very minimum and record an audio. The next best would be to go live or do a prerecorded video right here on your smartphone and then turn that into audio for your podcast.

When you’re ready to make some upgrades you can add in an external microphone and a stand if that makes sense to you. And I’m also using an external video camera.

And you may be wondering why I would use an external camera because most computers, most laptops these days, come equipped with a camera built in. And while that may be true, I have found that the video quality of the onboard camera versus the external camera are quite different.

When I go and look back at previous videos that I’ve done using just my camera without anything external, it’s kind of grainy looking kind of dreamy sometimes more silhouette looking – And by all means if that is the look you like for your podcast and for your brand, go for it. I’ve just been enjoying a clearer picture and just a clearer image and a bigger scene,if you will. When I go live from my onboard camera on my laptop,the picture shows about this much. Now when I use my external camera it’s about this large, right, you can see a little bit more of my space which I think is lovely because it really gives you a sense of what my space looks like.

I know one of the questions I often get is what is your podcast recording space look like? What does your video space look like?

And if I can give you some sneak peeks here while I’m on live video, that can just give you hints and tips on how you may want to set up your own recording studio. Everyone has their own personal preferences and certainly it is totally up to you how you set that up. I’m currently at a standing desk right now and my laptop is on the highest shelf and I have these things plugged in to make the video which will eventually become the podcast. This makes it all possible.

Now I’m working on a freebie for you and that is a quick guide to all the software and hardware that I use. It’s basically my tech tool kit for podcasting and that’s going to be ready very soon and I’m going to say by the end of the week. As soon as that is done I will come back to this video and leave you a link so you can grab that for yourself. As you’re deciding if you’re going to start podcasting and you want to know what you need, you can use this tool kit to pick and choose your path to see which way you want to go. Okay. So that wraps up everything I want to tell you today quickly about the hardware that you need to podcast.

All right so now without further ado, I’m going to shuffle around my entries for that twenty five dollar Amazon gift card.

Today the this gift card is going to Stacy. Now I want to take a moment to read you Stacy’s review. I so appreciate you taking the time to head over to iTunes and leaving that feedback because when people are out there looking for podcasts to listen to, you better believe that they’re taking the advice of others and reading those ratings and reviews to choose whether or not they want to listen and come along for the ride here at Our Young Creators. You can continue to do that – you can continue to go to iTunes and leave rating and reviews there and I would be very appreciative of that.

All right. So here is what Stacy had to say. “Yong is an amazing podcaster. She shares pertinent information for families and helps them understand the importance of these topics for parents.”.

OK Stacy, thank you so much for leaving that rating and a review and I will reach out to you on Facebook to send you that 25 dollar Amazon gift card.

Before I wrap up I want to direct you over to our Facebook page and that’s Facebook.com/ouryoungcreators. We have a brand new giveaway over there and I really want you to go check it out.

We are big readers over here at Our Young Creators and we love books! And something we love more than books and reading them and learning from them is to GIFT to them to other parents and GIFT them to other entrepreneurs to help guide them on their own journeys.

Starting in a couple weeks, we’re going to be giving away a book a week to one lucky person over at Our Young Creators. All you have to do is head over to Our Young Creators on Facebook and click on the Book Giveaway link where you can get all of the details.

OK my friends I wish you a very happy Thursday.Happy weekend to you. I will catch you next week. Cheers!