We recently passed the one year anniversary of my podcast, Facilitating on Purpose, so it feels like a good time to celebrate. Have you ever thought of starting a podcast of your own? Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way:

1. Find Your Unique Voice: Your podcast is an extension of your personality and passion. I try to be as authentic as possible and share the real me. I tell myself that even when I feel that I’ve been a bit silly, it’s probably what listeners enjoyed most about the episode.

2. Plan with Purpose: Outline your episodes and plan your content ahead of time. Believe it or not, I plan mine several months in advance. There is no shortage of people around the world who facilitate learning that I can invite on the show, which means that I can schedule a wide variety of topics throughout the year.

3. Get Help: Invest in the support of a professional podcast editor if you don’t naturally have these skills yourself. Mary Chan of Organized Sound Productions helps the interviews sound polished and like we make no mistakes at all! I also have support with transcription and researching potential guests.

4. Stay Consistent: Stick to a consistent release schedule. In my case, I’ve chosen to release episodes twice per month throughout most of the year, with a total of about 20 episodes per year. I keep track of each stage of production on Trello – from planning, recording, and releasing episodes – and this schedule helps me stay organized.

5. Have Fun!: Podcasting is a creative outlet, so remember to enjoy the process! Even though I get nervous every time I’m about to interview a guest, I always end up having fun during the interview. I feel grateful each time to have met yet another person who is doing great work and sharing their knowledge so generously with our community.

Thank you so much for being a part of my podcasting journey so far. I’m excited to continue sharing stories, insights, and inspiration with all of you! ️

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