Archive for ‘Podcast Clinic’

October 9, 2015

Dance, Baby, Dance

Podcasters, it is a long time since last we met*, but there is now a date for our next London meetup: 25th November. There are full details over at the Facebook event. Come along!

*Because I’ve spent nearly all of this year in my flat, working. Here are the latest Allusionists:

They said you can’t have werewolves AND Step Up 4 in one podcast about linguistics. I said: try me.

Why do we talk to babies like we – and they – are idiots? We can’t help it! For REASONS. We’re wired that way.

For the next month, I’ll be releasing new Allusionists every week. Argh! I’m excited but daunted by the amount of work, as Answer Me This will also continue apace. Let’s see if I make it to November with ears and eyes intact.

PS Allusionist T-shirts have just landed.


October 15, 2014

Podcast Clinic: November

Date for your diary: the next Podcast Clinic will be 7.30pm, 24th November 2014, and we will gather upstairs in the Upstairs Bar in the Brixton Ritzy. (And anyone who was at the last podcast clinic will be happy to know that the venue is definitely OK with this!)

Joining me will be Sam Clements and Simon Renshaw from the Picturehouse Podcast; we’ll chat through your issues with your podcasts for the first hour or so, then kick back with drinks and snacks – do come along if you just fancy meeting other podcasters. Podcasting can be a lonely pursuit, and at August’s clinic, it was particularly pleasing to see podcasters meeting, making friends and sparking ideas off each other. So whether you are one or want to become one, please join in. It’s free! We’ll have a lovely time! We can all go to see a film afterwards!

PS Join the Podcasters’ Support Group on Facebook so that you can air your podcast problems and fraternise with other podcasters in the virtual realm.

August 12, 2014

Podcast Clinic: the Roman Invasion

From Skitch

The next Podcast Clinic is coming up – it’ll be 6-7.30pm on 3rd September at the Candid Cafe near Angel. Visiting dignitary Roman Mars will be there to share his podcasting wisdom, the quantity and quality of which is immense.

All details are on the Podcast Clinic page, which is where I’ll post information about future quarterly Podcast Clinics. So if you’re keen to come along sometime, check back there every so often.

At the first Podcast Clinic, I was very excited about the ideas that were kicked around; people came along with really interesting plans for podcasts, and I can’t wait to hear the results.

PS Here I am interviewing Roman earlier this year, for Podcasting: The First Ten Years on Radio 4:

PPS More interviews with marvellous podcasters.

PPPS If you’re really set on this podcasting malarkey, on 20th September the Guardian are running a podcasting masterclass. I’ll be talking, as will people with far more chops than me: Bugle producer Chris Skinner, Guardian podcast producer Jason Phipps, software developer Drew White and Radio 4’s Film Programme producer Craig Templeton Smith. Book tickets HERE.

June 5, 2014

podcast clinic

For the first time since 2007, I just listened back to Answer Me This! Episode 1. And it was ROUGH. There were so many lessons that experience has since taught us (hopefully), but at the time, the only guidance we had was from a copy of Podcasting For Dummies, which frankly was worse than no help at all.

Though podcasting is now much more mainstream and accessible than it was then, and with a wealth of advice online – including mine! – it can be difficult to know how to start a podcast, or where to go with it. I, and even friends who’ve been podcasting longer than I have, and have made a far greater success of it than I have, continue just to try to work it out as we go.

So, if you’ve been thinking of starting a podcast, or you’re already doing one but are wondering what to do next:

I will be your Podcasting for Dummies. Dummy.

I can’t promise a magic bullet of success, or solutions to all your problems; but, as we podcasters all know, it’s good to talk. So every couple of months, I’ll be pitching up to a central London location and you can come along to chat about podcasting stuff. Better still: I’ll be joined by one of my podcasting pals, so you can benefit from our combined bitter experience.

Details of our first Podcast Clinic:

Time: Thursday 19th June 2014, 6.30-8pm
Place: the cafe at the Wellcome Collection on Euston Road
Podcasting pal: my learned friend Colin Anderson, producer of Radio 4 comedies as well as International Waters and Pappy’s Bangers and Mash. Soon he’ll be skipping the country to go and work for Maximum Fun, so come and receive his wisdom while you can.
Price: £0.00, although you will have to pay for your own cup of tea. But if you find this useful, please pay it forward; help someone else out with their podcast or other creative pursuit. And if (when!) your podcast becomes a rip-roaring success, you’d better have me on as a guest.
1. This is not a social meet-up; we’ll be talking Business.
2. There may be a group, in which case, play nicely with the other boys and girls. Take it in turns to speak; pay attention to their questions; hopefully we can all help each other out.

Sounds good? See you on 19th, then. Keep an eye on my Twitter @helenzaltzman for updates on the day. And if you can’t make it, there’ll be another one in August.

PS I pinched this idea from Roman Mars‘s Office Hours. Most good ideas can be traced back to Roman.