Category Archives: Tips

Live Streaming Basics

When Quarantine began the #1 question I got hit with the most was the Who, What, What, Where and Why of Live Streaming.

So, I set to work gathering as much info as I could about different streaming services, considerations and more. This was just the first phase of my explorations, so keep up with later videos as I go deeper into use.

We have had many more conversations about streaming since, but here is a good solid starter guide. This particular episode as well as the Podcasting 101 were recorded using Zoom in late March.

This is an evolving topic so I have no question we’ll be doing an updated Basics soon.

In this episode:

  • Working in  Zoom  and ideal settings on web. 3:46
  • Setting Zoom settings on desktop 10:03
  • Using Speedtest to see what your network speed is 15:41
  • Making the best of your wireless connection even it’s not ideal 21:11
  • Streamyard, Free Conference Call and Loola 22:02
  • Using Streamyard 23:41
  • Ecamm Live 29:44
  • Using Loola 31:40
  • Closing thoughts 36:28

Launching Your Podcast: A Workshop

If you’re clicking on this link, you are probably one of the hundreds of people that have been pod curious for some time.

I launched my first podcast 5 years ago and only a few months later, began giving this workshop to curious potential podcasters.

As I began to pivot my company, I realized it was time for me to get a new show going myself that would benefit my clients and friends who were curious but might have a tight budget.

What better than to begin with the workshop that I’ve given the most over the last 4 years?

There is a lot covered in this video in just a short a hour. But I guarantee you’ll feel great with your start.

And don’t forget to subscribe to the You Tube channel!

In this episode:

In this episode:

  • Considerations before you record  2:42
  • Mini Creation Exercise 8:04
  • Talking Style 10:20
  • Organization programs 13:10
  • Using programs to book and schedule guests 16:50
  • Basic recording 18:11
  • Microphones 25:45
  • Recording interfaces 28:10
  • Other tech considerations 32:33
  • Digital Audio Workstations 34:48
  • Recording in your DAW 35:33
  • Recording checklist 37:50
  • Editing 40:19
  • Social Media, Logos and titles 42:07
  • Pre release considerations 43:29
  • Choosing a  host 45:40
  • Setting up your feed 47:10
  • Sponsorship and funding 49:38
  • Getting listeners 50:22
  • More resources 51:23

Free and low cost workshop

Stuck at home? Want to start a pod?

What a time to be alive.

Yes, you heard me right. We’re alive! This is an very different moment in the world and as a person who has been working from home for the last year, I’m here to help you settle in and start communicating in a new way.

With finances tight, I’m offering two new workshops that can help you get going.

First, a FREE 101 workshop this Friday. I will be doing more in this 101 series over the next weeks adding to my skills library for clients.

Second, a 4 person cap launch group. I do personalized launches but as things are getting tighter in budgets, I wanted to make something affordable, at the $300 level. Group will start once we hit 3 people.

This is a great option and will also help keep Gritty Birds Podcasting floating while some clients are pausing. It’s been a tough spring but our brand is Grit. We are tough and believe in resilience and getting through the hard times through positivity and community.

Link to register is below. You can also sign up on the mailing list for the link and week’s offering straight to your inbox on Mondays.

http://grittybirdspodcasting.as.me

Day 7 NaPodPoMo: Content Friday: Brainstorming

It’s Friday and one week into NaPodPoMo!

Which means we are going back to where we started: Content Friday! We’re building from last week’s concept and talking about brainstorming. I’m going to walk you through a short exercise using a white board and Trello.

This is Video Friday, so if you are a visual person, you can watch below. Stay tuned to the end for this week’s news about my upcoming Summits and Panels!

To catch up on more episodes, you can go to the Episodes Tab on the website!

GRITTY BIRDS #NaPodPoMo DAY 1: Content Friday 1: Morning Pages

Last Week, we had our first content Thursday video. The next day, my friends in Podcasters’ Lounge threw up the idea for a Friday video challenge in November.

PLUS, I’m happily participating in the National Podcast Month Challenge. Every Friday episode and video are going to be totally focused on Content.

You can check out the podcast here:

LISTEN

Watch the video here:

And read the article below!

Speaking of content, today is the LAST DAY to sign up for my month long Content workshop intensive. 4 weeks, small group meetings where I’ll be supporting you in developing your content, with systems, creative exercises and more.

http://www.grittybirds.com/contentplan

Last week, I posted our first video, and we covered these 3 big ideas of content creation.

LISTEN LIKE YOU EAT

  • Develop skills in active listening. 
  • All experiences are fuel for future stories.

TALK LIKE A FLASHLIGHT

  • Set the tempo
  • Our job is to guide our listeners and to keep them engaged
  • SHOW IT DON’T SAY IT
  • When sharing something with your audience, SHOW it
  • What can you do to paint a picture using your words and questions

While they seem simple, they’re pretty key to developing the foundation for your content creation. Check out the video for a little more depth in the idea!

This week we’re going to head into another really important basic idea, and one that is at the foundation of my month ahead:

You can listen to the podcast, which is back today for a 30 day

MORNING PAGES

When I taught Montessori elementary, every morning my kids had a prompt. The first thing they did, was to get out their work journals and write their morning list.

It would have the date, the time the sun rose, their work plan for the day, and … that days writing prompt, which they would write in their writing journal. The amount they needed to write depended on their age. A fourth grader would have a paragraph due, a sixth grader, 3 paragraphs.

In these writings, they were encouraged to use proper grammar and spelling, but.. Most importantly they were encouraged to WRITE.

As a musician, it’s similar. Every day I try to sit at my piano for a few minutes, just to play, freeform and record it. Most of the greatest writers didn’t only write those amazing tracks. They wrote a lot of crap, but they wrote constantly, and kept growing.

And as content creator, it’s all about waking up and trying to write for 15-30 minutes. No restraints, just WRITE.

In the book The Artists Ways, the author even suggests not ever reading back what you wrote. It’s not about quality, frankly it’s about showing up to the page.

SENSORIAL WRITING

This is not a new concept. I first began doing it regularly, with sensorial writing.

While you’re writing, you can put down anything that comes to your mind. Absolutely anything. But, also take that time to note your surroundings. Write about how your fingers feel, what the sound is like from the heater. Note how the light is falling on your comforter. What are you smelling. What is your experience in the exact moment.

The great thing about morning pages is that it doesn’t need to follow any real format. If you are tired of writing about sensory and start thinking about something else, you can switch gears and write about that. Or you can sit there and write out your grocery list.

NO JUDGEMENT

What we’re really building in Morning Pages is a practice where you are able to tap into new ideas in your brain. Where you are SHOWING UP.

By rewiring your thoughts, you are setting a platform for new ideas. AND if you need to, you have some of these incredible ideas that you can access later, tapped while your brain is at it’s freshest, with that morning coffee.

When I’m feeling stuck in my writing, I find going back to these really inspires me. Sometimes it gives me new ideas for structured writing practice. And it’s really helpful for when we get to that amazing next step in the process, Brainstorming.

If you don’t want to do them as morning pages, find another time that works. next time you are sitting in a waiting room, pull out your phone’s notepad and start doing some sensorial writing instead of jumping onto socials.

Just a few minutes a day will do wonders for your creativity.

If you’re looking for prompts, there are a ton of resources online. I really like using the DayOne Journal. I also have used the community 750 words in the past. Both are great places to archive these ideas. DayOne also gives daily prompts if you are looking for more structured practice.

No matter what, if you want to create, WRITE!