writing“Should I script my podcast?”

This is one of the most common questions I hear from novice podcasters. My answer: Sure, script your intro and outro, but don’t write down your whole podcast word for word, unless you are 100% confident in your skills as a voice performer. Think first of the most effective way to tell your story. Should it be conversational or highly polished?

I’ve written and spoken more extensively on this topic in these posts:

What do you think? If you’re a podcaster, do you script yourself?

UPDATE: The Podcast Scripting Book is now available. Read all about this topic in one handy book.






  1. I have never done a podcast. However, I have listened to many podcasts. It seems that the skill levels of the speakers vary greatly. Some people are very gifted and have that ability to flow naturally without a script. Others are not as skilled and don’t have that ability speak without a script. Whether you should use a script or not depends on your skills and confidence level. There is no right way or wrong way to do it, it’s whatever suits you best.

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  2. I agree with you about how teens communicate, Donna. But it’s not just teens. Many people in their mid-20s have also abandoned e-mail in exchange for facebook.
    The lack of written addresses and phone numbers isn’t necessarily a bad thing, either.

  3. I agree with you on how to communicate with a teenager, Donna. It’s not just teenagers. Many of their mid-20s have dropped an e-mail exchange on Facebook.
    Lack of written addresses and phone numbers are not necessarily a bad thing, either.


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