Use Storytelling Elements To Improve Your Podcast
Written by #HeliumRadio on February 21, 2019
There are plenty of solutions that you will want to look into regarding podcasting and how to create stories. Storytelling elements are going to help you get a great podcast solution moving forward. Engaging the audience is a critical component and the following tips and tricks are going to change the way that you see podcasting as a whole. There are a few notes that will help you get started; it all begins with understanding how to work with stories and how they can engage an audience through audio!
Ask A Question First
The very first thing you should take into consideration is asking a question. There are a lot of different ways that you can formulate this solution. If you’re not sure, then look at the first line of many books. Many of them start with a question, or a bold statement. Think of creating that impact and you will be able to garner a bit of attention on your first try. Engaging your audience starts with asking questions and asking them to respond to the nature of what you asked. This is one great way a story can naturally blossom into more content.
Add More Context and Sidebars
As you break down the different solutions you want to explore in creating a solid podcast, make sure that you add context and sidebars whenever you can. You should build a scene that focuses on the overflow of emotional context, ideas that come with side stories, and details that explore more than just the facts. Think in terms of adjectives, for instance. You want to ensure that you showcase visual elements as you speak to your story, etc. Draw the listener in and paint the picture; show, don’t tell…!
Don’t Reveal Everything
…But don’t tell all! Take your time in creating a story and don’t reveal everything up front. Make sure you focus on the bigger picture. Try to stay close to the subject without revealing all the details until it’s the right time. When you look into books and movies, you will find there’s a widening topic of story elements moving forward, with a minimal context up front and more down the road. Don’t reveal everything. You want to keep your audience in the dark for a bit — keeping them anticipating, keeping them guessing — while as you create a foundation that will eventually reveal your bigger narrative.
Create a Point System or an Outline
There should be a point system that you create — a skeleton of what you want to achieve. For instance, start with point A, then add bullet points that allow you to dive into the deeper story. Start with the beginning, and use a post-it note to start, then use a second post-it note to add a second element, and keep going adding notes until you get to a logical end. A point system that starts with 1 and goes to 10, for instance, will give you 10 chapters or talking points to work with, simple as that. Practice and keep focusing on improving. Listen to your work, and redo it, add notes, show friends, and showcase the different ideas that you have over time. You’ll get it down to a science in no time.
Thank you for your attention!