Is there a podcaster in your life that you have trouble getting a gift for? Or maybe you want to help someone get started podcasting with a great gift for the holidays.
If so, stick around ...
We've put together the 2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Podcasters so you can easily find something they'll love.
Podcasting requires a variety of different tools to be successful, so we're going to highlight our favorites in a variety of different categories including microphones, headphones, notebooks, mixers, and more.
The search for a gift guide for podcast lovers?
FlexiSpot standing desk
Did you know that your voice sounds better when you are standing?
the FlexiSpot sit-stand desk is electrically height adjustable with 3 programmable height settings - making it the perfect gift for podcasters.
VARIDESK Pro Plus 36
Don't want to have a brand new office? the VARIDESK Pro Plus transforms your existing desk into a standing desk.
Rode Podcaster Booming Kit
the Rode Podcaster Booming Kit is the perfect gift for someone looking to get started with podcasting. It comes with the 3 items shown: the Rode Podcaster USB microphone, the Rode PSA-1 boom arm and the Rode PSM-1 shock mount.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones
The podcast diary
The podcast diary is the latest binder from John Lee Dumas.
It will guide you through creating and launching a podcast in 50 days.
It's the perfect gift for the budding podcasters in your life!
Apple iPad Pro
The last 4th Generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the perfect size to use for podcast interview notes, search for resources on the fly, and even use for recording on the go. The Pro model also added some awesome features for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.
Socks you say? Well yes. Don't give away lame socks for the holidays - give away SmartWool socks.
Heil PL-2T boom arm
Do they already have a microphone, but it's sitting on their desk? Get them Heil PL-2T boom arm. This will make it much easier to set up the mic and make recording a lot more fun!
Shure SM7B dynamic microphone
the Shure SM7B microphone is a broadcaster's favorite. If you want to get the best, that's it.
Cloudmics Cloudlifter CL-1
It adds gain (extra volume), which improves sound quality. Highly recommended.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface (3rd Generation)
You will use the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB audio interface to connect a XLR microphone (like the Shure SM7B above). It doesn't have great sound quality and will take podcast (and even instrument) recordings to the next level.
The podcast planner notebook
The podcast planner is the perfect companion to help that podcaster in your life stay organized.
It includes episode recording templates, episode checklists, note-taking pages, podcast launch checklist, and more.
Adobe Audition is the best recording and editing software for podcasting. If you get it from Amazon, they send you a serial number that you can share as a gift.
About Air Sign
Give your podcaster a way to tell people they're recording so they don't bother them with it On pneumatic door hanger.
Zoom H4N Pro portable digital recorder
You can use the Zoom H4N Pro whether on the road or at home. This little guy is so versatile, he would make a great gift for a podcaster of any level.
Panasonic Lumix G85 4K camera
Some people like to do video podcasts or create videos as a way to promote. the Panasonic Lumix G85 is a great mirrorless 4K camera that offers a ton for its price. The touchscreen hinges and swivels, has Wi-Fi and takes great videos and photos.
According to recent research from The Infinite Dial report, conducted by Edison Research, 67 million Americans listen to podcasts monthly ( more than practice Catholicism ) and 42 million listen weekly ( more than a precious trip to the movies ).
I don’t think anyone truly predicted the insane rise in popularity of podcasts, but I love podcasts, so I’m certainly not complaining !
The beauty of podcasts is that you can listen to them while you’re doing other things, like course, cleaning the house, doing laundry, and driving to work. They’re a passive form of media, and they allow you to get lost in a story.
I host my own podcast, and my team produces many, many popular podcasts, so we’ve seen our fair share of successes and failures in podcast preparation, both from the hosts and the guests. I wanted to share a few best practices to make your podcasting life easier, whether you’re an ongoing host or a frequent guest.
You can’t host a successful interview without being clear about how you want the interview to run. And look, I’m not saying you have to run the same kind of show or host the same genres of adequately as everyone else out there.
But when you’re clear about the variétés of questions you’re going to ask, the cadence and length of the show, and perhaps one or two questions that you’ll ask every guest, it helps you be more prepared and also gives your listeners an easier time binging because they’ll know what to expect.
Decide what kind of show you want to have, make sure you’re consistent, and if you do want to make changes, that’s okay. Just make sure you’re communicating them with your guests and your audience.
Even if you think you know your guest really well, sending over a pre-show form for your guests to fill out is helpful for everyone. It allows your guest to get a feel for the types of questions you like to ask, and it helps you gather the information that directly relates to your show, as opposed to public information you can find on the web or through casual conversations.
In addition to requiring the pre-show form, do some research of your own. Google is your friend here. If it’s a professional podcast, LinkedIn can also provide a lot of interesting work information. But don’t overlook old blog posts, other podcast interviews, social media updates, and personal news that you can connect upon ( new babies, puppies, or houses are common ! ).
Many podcast guests are looking to get their message out there because they’ve released something new, like a book. And especially in the world, having penned your very own book boosts your credibility in the industry, which is why so many people are turning to book-writing these days. But remember, if a guest is coming on your show with the goal of promoting the book and its message, you’ve got to read, or at least skim, their book. You’ll be able to ask more interesting questions, and your guest will feel welcome and appreciate your attention to their efforts.
You wouldn’t believe the amount of noise I’ve had to edit out of podcast recordings… or at least I’ve attempted to. Some can’t be saved. But distractions don’t just come in the form of fax notifications and phone calls. They’re social media messages, dogs barking, email men and women… the list goes on. If you’re scheduling recordings, try to do them when your baby is usually sleeping, or the chat has already arrived, or people aren’t popping into the kitchen next to you to microwave their leftovers.
Also, be sure to put your phone on airplane mode, close your mail programs and Facebook, put the dog in the other room, and wait to eat your lunch until after your recording wraps. No one wants a post-lunch belch to show up in their interview.
This seems self-explanatory, but I’m always surprised to hear the number of guests who ask me what the format of the podcast is, or what kind of show it is, etc. If you’re being invited to join the show as a guest, you’re being promoted by the podcast and you’re being put in front of new audiences. That’s an honor ! Do yourself a favor, and prepare by listening to the other kinds of guests the host has had on the show, what kinds of questions the host normally asks, and how you might be able to differentiate yourself.
Consider your pitch. What’s your unique value proposition ? Why does this host even want to have you on their show, using a precious 30 minutes to an hour of their life talking to you ?
Sometimes, if you’re lucky, the host will have asked YOU to join their show. What an honor ! In that case, the host will likely have an idea of what they want you to cover and how it will affect their audience.
If, on the other hand, you’re out there hustlin’ and bustlin’, pitching yourself for podcast appearances ( as most professionals are ), you’ll need to make that thing that you are uniquely qualified to do very clear.
I am looking forward to explaining the power that virtual assistants can have on growing a business and getting out of your own way. I’m excited to share some ideas about how your audience can find, hire, and train a VA quickly and efficiently… without losing their minds. Not only will this impress your host, but it will help them develop questions that you can effectively answer. No one wants to be stumped on a podcast interview !
Whether we like it or not, not all podcast hosts will have read this site post ( hehe ) and be completely prepared to have you on their show. Or, they won’t have stellar research skills and won’t be able to find your latest headshot and bio. tera avoid any confusion or any outdated information, do your host a favor and offer up your latest headshot and a bermuda . It will help them introduce you, can be included in show notes, and will save everyone any embarrassment of sharing information that’s no longer accurate.
You’d think this one would be a no-brainer, but again, you’d be surprised at how many people are like, “I want to be on your podcast ! ” And then are like, “Wait, how does the internet work ? ”Look, podcasting is generally all done with VOIP tools like Skype or Zencastr, which require a durable internet connection ( wired if possible ) and a good quality input. Producers like me can only do so much if you sound muffled, staticky, or if you’re blowing out your microphone.
Your best way to be an amazingly prepared podcast guest might just be to ask what your host needs. Maybe there are some special recording informations or tools, or perhaps there are a few questions that they always like to ask ( which, frankly, you should know about if you’ve listened to a few episodes of the podcast ), or maybe the host needs you to prepare a bermuda site post to go in the show notes. As a guest, it’s your emploi to make the host’s life easier. It’s your job to do everything you can to make the interview freakin’ awesome. You can’t help a bad host—that’s just sad and always hard to listen to—but you can do your part to make sure you’re not to blame for a terrible podcast episode.