The CORE team at REBBLS decided that this is the year to shake things up in the Danish Life Science space by producing our very own podcast. This is a short step-by-step guide highlighting how we achieved this. At the end of the article you can find the link to listen to our first podcast titled: “the good, the bad and the ugly – starting a startup in Denmark”.
1. Ask those who have done it
REBBLS have a huge active network of young professionals and alumni from across all sectors of Biobusiness, so we wanted to broadcast a bit of the know-how and personal insight when it comes to starting a startup in Denmark. This was the intention behind our pilot episode “The good, the bad and the ugly – starting a startup in Denmark”. Our mission was clear – make a podcast – but how to do that was not. We had never tried this before and did not really know where to begin with such a project! So we reached out to our friends at The Future Labs who produce fantastic expert Q&A episodes every other week. João Ribas (co-founder & host) offered us some pearls of wisdom from microphone selection, the use of anchor as a host for the audio and host tactics for making a guest speaker feel comfortable and open to discuss the topic at hand. After this inspiring chat, we quickly got our hands on a microphone, signed up to anchor and started contacting potential guest speakers.
2. Clarify your lingo and vision
A creative challenge in our process of launching a podcast was trying to harmonise different ideas around the format of the podcast. Was it going to be a highly produced, clean-cut Q&A session or was a bit of background noise OK? Was it going to be scripted or an organic discussion around the topic? Should we use sound effects? We had a pre-recordng meeting to discuss these aspects and during this meeting it became clear that we also needed to clarify the language we used to describe the different parts of the podcast. We came up with the terms and format of: intro – segment – and outro. We agreed on the time frame for each part, who would be responsible and a deadline to record. After this initial meeting our vision was clearer which made our tasks ahead easier to fathom.
3. Recording nerves are real
We planned to record the 3 segments of our podcast across 2 evenings in order to allow ourselves with enough time if we needed to re-record. As I was the host, I can tell you that the cringe-worthiness of hearing your voice played back off a recording is very real and makes you nervous enough to kind of “trip over your words” as they come out of your mouth. Luckily noone else thinks it sounds as bad as you do, so that is something worth keeping in mind if you going to embark on this process. We started each of our recording sessions with beers and time to just have a chat and I think this helps take the edge off the daunting task ahead (especially for your guest speakers who you may not have met in advance).
4. Check the quality of your audio as you go
This is one thing we neglected and regretted afterwards. We did not use noise cancelling headphones, which probably would have helped us hear that our speakers should have been closer to the microphone or we should have adjusted he gain settings. The challenge is that you can hear the conversation in “real life” but also in the headphones and that may give you distorted impression of what is actually being recorded. We are surely not the first newbies to have experienced this but it is certainly a learning for us.
5. Editing takes time
So once all our audio was recorded, we then had to piece it together and take out all the “uuuummms” and “ahhhhhs” (that people often say when they are trying to think of what to say next). This takes time. There may also be parts of the conversation which you want to edit out due to repetition. Give yourself at least twice as much time as you have audio content to edit it – especially if you are newbies like us! We used Audacity which is a free, open source, cross-platform audio software to record and edit our audio. It worked really well and if you are impatient like me when it comes to software, you will want to learn on-the-fly and the help function of this software works really well to let you achieve this.
6. Celebrate going LIVE!
Our podcast just went live TODAY – so we are certainly in need of some celebratory beers! The podcast team did a fantastic job in putting together our pilot episode – a BIG THANK YOU to Alex Felman, Christina Milbo and Christine Ritter. Also thanks to Alexander Junge who was so willing to help out with the event promo segment and our guest speakers Torben Damgaard Nielsen and Emil Højlund Nielsen.
Listen to our podcast here: Beers with Peers Podcast
Watch our YOUTUBE channel here: Beers with Peers Channel