Would love the group’s thoughts on this topic.
For context, please take a listen to a portion of my recent episode on John Fogerty’s baseball anthem, Centerfield: https://www.heavyhittersports.com/
My son and I listened to the piece during a walk yesterday. In general, my son’s critique was kind (god bless him). But he did highlight something that I, and perhaps you, wrestle with. And that’s the host-on mic balance between being prepared with a script and not sounding like you are directly reading from the copy.
I personally enjoy the dynamic give and take of an interview more than the recording a host on mic episode. My son’s suggestion was to craft a bullet point outline rather than a true word-for-word script. As further backdrop, here is the estimated time-breakdown for my hot-on-mic episodes:
Research: 50% (generally involves reading a related book and doing internet checks)…I enjoy the learning aspect, but it does suck up valuable time
Arranging and scripting copy: 25% (very enjoyable for me because this stage involves crafting the actual story)
Recording on Garageband: 10% (not as enjoyable; and by this point I often just want to painlessly wrap up the work while trying to sound decent)
Final editing and splicing different elements together on Garageband: 15% (just the necessary work that’s fun enough)
After listening to this recent episode and giving the notion some thought, I would love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks. Have a great long weekend.