The Podcast Dude
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Hi there! My name is Aaron. I made this show to help people like you make a great podcast. If you're interested in learning about podcast production, storytelling, recording gear, growing an audience, getting better at communicating and speaking, overcoming the hurdles, connecting with your listeners, expanding your personal and professional network, and other things like that, this is the show for you. Since 2012, I've been lucky enough to work with many great podcasts, including shows from Dribbble, seanwes, 5by5, SVS Learn, Shoptalk, CodePen, and more. This show contains nearly everything I've learned about podcasting in the past 10 years, and I'm still making updates and new episodes as I learn more. Thanks for listening, and happy podcasting!

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    How to Be a Podcast Editor: Q&A with Sidney Evans

    My guest this week is Sidney Evans Jr. Sidney is a podcast editor and producer from Durham, NC (recently moved to Atlanta), who found his first client after joining a podcast editor's group on Facebook. He joined me for a discussion about getting started with podcast editing and production, the challenges of working in this new industry, what clients really value and pay for, and more.

    Visit for full episode notes and links.

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    Let’s Take Your Show to the Next Level (Or Get Your Show Started)

    Hello again! It's nice to be back! I've got a new season for you, I'm still in Fort Worth, Simplecast 2.0 is coming, it's all very exciting and I was only a little nervous before remembering why I love podcasting. Have a great weekend!

    P.S. If you're using an app that supports podcast chapters, I added some to this episode so check out your screen while listening. Pretty cool.

    P.P.S. Also please share this with someone who should start a podcast or at least get involved.

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    Brief Hiatus

    Update: The show is no longer on pause. is live. I've got some other updates to share, but I'm currently focused on helping Brad and the Simplecast team roll out Simplecast 2.0 at the moment. I'd love it if you checked it out! Stay tuned and thanks for all the support. - September 12, 2018

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    A Day In the Life of an Audio Engineer (with Special Guest Ryan Monette)

    My guest this week is professional audio engineer Ryan Monette.

    Ryan graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Production & Engineering. For the last 4.5 years he's been the Post-Production Audio Engineer on staff at Elevation Church, in Charlotte, NC, where he mixes their global TV show, and has many other responsibilities (boom operator, field recorder, sound designer, audio editor, etc.).

    You may have heard some of his work, as he sound-designed and mixed the opener video for the Circles conference for the past two years. He even had his own podcast for a short while (

    I asked Ryan to come on the show to share his journey towards becoming a professional audio engineer (a job that I've always wanted), and to get him to share some tips for anyone interested in working in audio/video professionally.

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    Improving Your Productivity and Creative Output Through Deep Focus with Shawn Blanc

    Reading Cal Newport's Deep Work book is one of the best investments I've ever made. The focus and clarity I got from that book helped me produce two huge online courses this year while working full time as a podcast editor for seanwes, and it also helped me lose twenty pounds and get into the best shape of my life while training for an Ironman triathlon (still haven't done it but I haven't forgotten).

    Put simply, Deep Work was a game changer for me.

    This is the second part of my recent interview with Shawn Blanc where we talk about Deep Work and focus.

    We also discussed pricing your online products (you can charge more than you think you can), how to create a morning routine that will supercharge your daily productivity, the power of choosing a single area of your life to improve on, and more.

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    Content Strategy and Growing an Audience with Shawn Blanc

    Shawn Blanc is a writer, small-business owner, productivity coach, and creative entrepreneur living in Kansas City with his wife and their three sons.

    Shawn has been teaching and learning about creativity, diligence, and focus for over a decade, and his online courses have helped thousands of people do their best creative work while learning to thrive in the midst of life’s tensions.

    A while back, Shawn sent an email that caught my attention. He wrote about the importance of creating a customer avatar and developing a content strategy to connect with them and help them achieve their goals. I liked the email so much that I emailed him back and asked him to come on my show to talk about his journey to making a living through writing online and what he’s learned about growing an audience.

    Shawn also shares my passion for productivity and deep focus; so much so that he’s gathered 12 incredibly smart people for a free 5 day online summit about the power of focused life.

    In this episode, Shawn shares how he was able to make a full-time living by writing online, and we discuss how you can grow your audience by creating a customer avatar (your ideal listener) and creating content that addresses their needs and desires.

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    Streamlining Your Podcast Workflow (with Martine Ellis)

    This week seanwes Community member Martine Ellis joins me to share her podcasting journey and how she created a detailed checklist to help streamline her podcast workflow.

    We discuss how niching down can help you attract a dedicated audience and how to spend less time creating a podcast without sacrificing quality. We also walk through Martine’s 9 step podcast workflow checklist and discuss our favorite podcast tools and tricks.

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    Recording Audio at a Conference

    Hey you might like this updated gear list I made:

    I just got back from seanwes conference 2016, which was an amazing 3 day conference in Austin, Texas. I knew I wanted to record some audio interviews, so in this episode, I share how I planned for the conference, what gear I deciding to bring along, and some general tips and thoughts about attending a conference as a podcaster.

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    Do You Need Expensive Headphones to Mix a Podcast?

    I’ve been watching an online audio mastering course on Creative Live called DIY Mastering (by Jesse Cannon). In it, he was talking about how he always checks his work on cheap speakers and Apple earbuds, since that’s what most people use to listen to music. It got me thinking about the importance of good headphones, and how much they really matter. Are expensive headphones really necessary for mixing podcasts? Do you really need the best gear to make great work, or are you just procrastinating? My goal for this episode is to encourage you to do more with what you have and not fall into the trap of believing that better gear is the secret to success. Full gear list is here:

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