Over the years I have met some fabulous people, including the hosts of Women Talking Tech, a podcast that focusses on the changing tides of technology and digital communication.
Host Margaret Reynolds who I first interviewed at a Social Media Club event 3 years ago and has since been a resource for fun, fiction, and digital facts.
host Bonnie Sainsbury who may tell you about her write up in Forbes … but don’t let her accolades fool you, she’s a down to earth woman with a tech mind.
Here’s the last episode, then I’ll break down what happened off-air.
Just like a story, you need to set a stage, make it look right, and set a tone
- Before every show, guests are asked to connect early to confirm that their video and sound is working. Google Hangout’s guests always start muted so the 1st thing to check is the top right, to un-mute yourself.
- I had a very difficult time getting into the Hangout, the 3rd invitation brought me in. Tech issues are inevitable but can be overcome systematically.
- The tools bar allows for what is called a lower third, which simply displays your name, and a 2nd line of information. I sometimes choose my twitter handle but sometimes opt to promote my favorite digital companies (as I did in this last episode).
- Women Talking Tech is a show where women speak intelligently about technology, so for purposes of branding we choose a pink color for our names. Some podcasts graphically design a branded banner to set that tone and make all the characters uniform.
- Before going live to youtube, there is one last check-in to all from the host, the facilitator. We are reminded that now is the time for last looks, scratching noses, adjusting clothing.
- The intro of the show begins with information of what to expect and introduction of the guests ( just like characters, we need to know a little about them to truly be absorbed by the information = the story).
Every Adventure Story has a path and a “Guild” of diverse characters
- The off-air pre-show is about asking each guest to bring a topic of discussion. This way answers can move quickly to the elements that are engaging, with no awkward pauses.
- The show never has two women on with exactly the same skills and experiences. We all come from different perspectives; this keeps the conversation lively. We also work out how the stories can transition to highlight each others’ strengths to some degree. You will see this hand-off happen throughout the podcast. It resembles character conversations.
- You will notice that everyone gets the opportunity to tell a story or two. The overall structure keeps us all engaged. Topics move quickly. Web stories differ from traditional storytelling in that attention spans are shorter, so points of action, like new topics, must move quickly from one to the next.
- It’s important to leave the viewers, potentially new to this podcast, a clear indication of the what is next. Notice that there is a call out for topics and contributors.
- All the guests off-air are thanked and reminded of the schedule for the next episode.
- We are also informed when the video will go up and how to add relevant discussion posts to the community…… every great story needs a place to nurture it’s fans.
I hope you will offer your favorite recommended podcasts in the comments.