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Scripting Options

Video: Podcast Scripting

What are the Options?

Getting down to it, there are three main ways to write a script. Let’s have a look at them.

Option 1: Writing a Word-By-Word Podcast Script

Now, the way you go about creating a script is a very personal preference. Some people create a traditional, fully-fledged, word-by-word script which they then read out in full. And this can be really good to ensure that you cover everything you need to. Reading right through, you’ll make sure you don’t miss anything out and you’ll get all the facts right. It’s also good for people who are a bit less confident in speaking and who’d rather be methodical about recording, those who would rather be methodical and you don’t feel comfortable speaking off the cuff in front of a microphone. Also, for more complicated subjects or talks in something you’re not quite so au fait with, it can be really useful. It’s obviously a lot more difficult to speak on the fly when you have to remember a lot of facts that you’re not so familiar with.

The disadvantage of this approach, though, is that it can often lead to a pretty stilted, monotone delivery as you read right off the page. And you forget to inject a bit of you know, tone or personality into that information. That’s not always the case, though. And some people can read a script and still make it sound really natural. And there’s also a skill to actually writing more like you speak, so when you actually write your script, you create it in that kind of speaking tone, so that when you then read it, word-for-word, it still sounds conversational. So that’s something to think about that approach.

Option 2: Writing a Detailed Podcast Episode Plan

The alternative of course is just to write up an episode plan. So this can take a few forms. You can include a fair amount of detail still, although not quite as much as in a script. So you wouldn’t have word-for-word, but you’d have pretty much all the information in there that you need, just not how you’d actually speak it out. It’s a good compromise between writing a full script and doing it on the fly, because you’ll have the detail there, but you’ll need to ad-lib a little to introduce the kind of conversation and introduce a bit more personality.

Option 3: A Flexible, Rough Bullet Point Podcast Plan

At the other end of the make-it-up-as-you-go-along list, you could have a list of headers of which you could speak. This would be the most kind of, on the fly or off-the-cuff approach. These headers which remind you of the subjects you’re going to talk about and you’d hope that your expert knowledge on the subject will fill in the gaps. So this leads to the most conversational type of podcast. And often the most engaging is, it’s obvious you’re speaking from experience, and when you ad-lib much of it, your voice becomes a lot more active, a lot less monotone. The problem is, of course, that there’s a great chance that you might miss things out or forget material that you’re supposed to be talking about.

Choose, Test and Evolve

So, whatever method you choose is perfectly fine. You’ll find one you prefer and it’s pretty likely that you’ll start off writing full-on scripts and reading them word-for-word before moving onto slightly less structured material, if you’d like.