by Monique Y. Wells, founder of Making Productivity Easy
In preparing for the release of my new podcast – Ultra You – I learned that episodes should ideally be kept to 20 minutes or less. This is the equivalent of the advice given to bloggers about limiting their posts to 500-600 words. The reasoning behind it is that people’s attention spans are growing ever shorter in today’s sound byte / tweet / SMS-oriented society!
I had this in mind when I began recording interviews for Ultra You. But the conversations that naturally emerged during my first few interviews were so interesting that it seemed counterproductive to end them at 20 minutes. So I decided that I’d just post the longer interviews as they were and “let the chips fall where they may.”
Then I realized that adding the recorded intro and outro to each interview would make it roughly 40 minutes long. So I thought, “Why not split the podcast into two?” That way, I’d have two episodes to post for the single phone call during which I conducted the interview.
I quickly realized that this would require an episode-specific intro and outro for each segment. For the first half of the interview, I’d need to insert the new outro between the end of the first half of the conversation and the traditional outro. For the second half, I’d need to insert the new intro between the traditional intro and the beginning of the second half of the conversation. Then all would need to be spliced together.
Bottom line: additional work and expense that I hadn’t bargained for. So much for my fantasy of doing the recording, having my VA slap the traditional intro onto the front and the traditional outro onto the end, then calling it a day!
Because I had to record the episode-specific intro and outro using a different platform (FreeConferenceCalling.com for the new material versus Ecamm Call Recorder for the interviews), I worried that the difference in sound quality would be a problem. Fortunately, it was not.
Once I completed this work for these interviews, I decided to approach the next interview by planning to do two segments up front. I told the interviewee that I’d state that we were wrapping up Part 1 of the interview and invite listeners to tune in for Part 2, when we’d discuss other aspects of the topic at hand. I told her that we’d stay on the line, pause for a few seconds, and then begin Part 2 with me re-reading the interviewee’s introduction and stating what we’d be discussing during this segment.
Everything worked perfectly – except the conversation for both parts of the interview still ended up being about 40 minutes long! So I got four podcast episodes out of this single interview!
This is now my preferred system for creating my podcast. If an interview naturally ends after roughly 20 minutes, there’s no problem. But if the conversation is flowing freely and there’s valuable information to be shared in more than 20-25 minutes, I know that I am able to handle it easily and effectively.
“Work/life balance” isn’t a myth. It is real for women who take inspired action to make it so. I am here to light the way.”
— Monique Y. Wells
Monique Wells creates magic when it comes to life balance for women. She mentors discerning, high-achieving female corporate executives, entrepreneurial CEOs, and medical/legal/financial professionals who want to simplify their workdays and find the work/life balance they desperately desire. By working with Monique, they structure their professional activities to be able to spend more time with their loved ones, travel, volunteer for community service, and have more fun . . . in short, they build a career or business that allows them to enjoy the lifestyle they want and deserve!
Monique’s Website: http://makingproductivityeasy.com
Monique’s Podcast: Ultra You: Where Self-Made Millionaire Women Redefine Success – https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ultra-you-where-self-made/id973573208