Today I’m sharing my process for writing outlines. If you've never written an outline for your podcast before, I'm going to teach you how today.
What does a podcast outline do for you? It helps you stay focused. It helps to make sure you to hit all different angles and ask or answer the right questions. It also helps the show stay on track. Listeners want to know what they’re going to get from a show. People will tune out if they don’t know to expect or what the point of the episode is.
You could have recorded an epic show with tons of great advice and takeaways, but if you don’t tell the listeners in advance what they can expect, they won't know what's coming.
If you don't have an outline for your episode, you won’t know what’s coming either, and your podcast may feel directionless. Community member James had said in the chat, “I don't know if you want me to name names but there's one podcast that is consistently in the top 20 podcasts. He's usually got 15-20 minutes of ads and he has some really awesome guests on his show. I guess his name recognition accounts for getting some of those big names on his show. I swear he has no outline and he jumps around from one random topic to the next taking zero advantage of asking the real questions we want answers to from this particular guest. I finally got fed up and stopped listening to his stuff.”
I don't want you to lose listeners. I don't want you to miss out on getting new listeners because you don't know how to do a good job of explaining the value of your shows.
Also this these two classes are like a cheat code for keeping attention: