Mike’s Toolkits

Mike’s Toolkits

Mike's Toolkits

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The Workflow Show

The Workflow Show

The 10 Step Workflow:

1. Verify:

Check to make sure episode is live in iTunes and in my Podcast app. Tip: Subscribe to your own show You can fix typos or replace audio files

2. Organize & Setup Framework

Set up WordPress blog post Create episode Artwork in inDesign Replicate newsletter template in Mailchimp

3. Social Media Marketing

Use Bufferapp in Chrome to send to Facebook, Twitter and G+

4. Exercise & Breakfast

Very important part of my workflow!

5. Script Writing

See Episode 40 for more on my scripting process Pomodoro Timer App ($2.99)

6. Social Media Maintenance and Correspondence

Re-Buffer the morning posts and respond to any correspondence or ‘Likes’…

7. Recording & Editing

Using Adobe Audition (New updates are awesome!

8. Tagging & Uploading

ID3 Editor Libsyn

9. Show Notes & WordPress Scheduling

I prepare show notes partly in Scrivener, but mostly in Byword (a multi-markdown writing app)

10. Newsletter & Topic Curation

Mailchimp

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The Hardware Show

The Hardware Show

Ep41: The Hardware Show

What equipment and gear do I use to record this podcast?
What do I recommend for one man band and content creators in the planning stage of starting a podcast or ramping up content creation.

Ask Mike Anything Question

Question: Can I use green screens with my Logitech c920 webcam when I make screencast tutorials?

Answer: The answer is yes. The basics of green screening or chroma keying can be found in this B&H Video:

How To Use A Green Screen

Screencasting Software
Screenflow
Camtasia

The Basics: Audio Chain

Microphone
XLR Cables
Cloud lifter or Fethead1
Audio Interface (Mixer or Audio Interface)
Interface to DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)

Microphone Terminology

Dynamic Microphones (recommended for podcasting):
Dynamic microphones are widely used in broadcasting and podcasting because they are very good at only picking up sound right in front of them and rejecting all the unwanted sounds in the room. Do not require phantom power, but often ‘gain hungry’

Condenser Microphones: more sensitive, pick up more ambient or room noise. Requires phantom power.

**UPDATE** The Audio Technica ATR2100 increased to $79.99 on Amazon in the past 2 weeks!! This microphone used to sell from $35-50. It has become so popular with new podcasters that the price has skyrocketed.

Examples:
Audio Technica ATR2100
Shure SM58
Shure Beta 58A
Rode Podcaster
Rode Procaster
Electrovoice RE–320
Shure SM7B
Heil PR–40
Electrovoice RE–20

Condenser Microphones (more sensitive, pick up more ambient or room noise):
Many USB microphones & Shotgun Microphones
Blue Yeti
*New: Shure Motiv Mics

MIKE’S HARDWARE:

My Microphone:
Shure SM7B

Boom Arm:
Rode PSA–1

Gain Booster:
Cloudlifter
Triton Fethead

XLR Cables:
Canare XLR Cables

Mixer:
Allen & Heath Zed 10 USB (Main interface)

Audio Interface:
Scarlett 6i6 (My backup)

Headphones
Sony MDR–7506

Computer:
MacBook Pro Retina (13”)

Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
Adobe Audition

Microphones (My recommendation is Dynamic)

1: Good budget mics: Under $100

Audio Technica ATR2100
Shure SM58
Shure Beta 58A

2: Mid-Budget Range: $2–300

Rode Podcaster
Rode Procaster
Electrovoice RE–320
Audio-Technica AT875R

3:Higher Budget $300+

Shure SM7B
Heil PR–40
Electrovoice RE–20

 

 

Microphone Comparison Resources
Fizzle Microphone Shootout
Marco Arment Mega Review

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The Script Show

The Script Show

Ep40: The Script Show

Tagline/Quote:
Why do I write a script for my podcast and what is my process?

In this episode #40, what are the benefits of writing a script for my podcast and what does my process look like?

Today’s Ask Mike Anything Question came from a Facebook group?

Question: When I launch my podcast and submit it to iTunes, will my podcast automatically be distributed to all of the other podcast directories?

Answer: The answer is no. You must submit your RSS feed manually to each podcast directory you want to be in. You only have to submit the RSS feed one time.

Popular Directories:
ITunes
Stitcher
Speaker
Google Play

Resource Mentioned:
Podcast Places

Bottom Line:
You only have to submit your RSS feed one time to each directory and then each new episode you publish, the RSS feed updates each directory for you automatically. Kind of like magic. Got it? Good.

Benefits of Writing A Podcast Script

  1. Preparation. In order to write a script, I have to do my homework and research first and figure out what subject matter I want to teach or explain. By the time I finish writing the script, I know the material inside and out, so I am really prepared when it comes time to record which leads me to the next pro:
  2. Recording Time: Because I work off a script and rehearse as I write, recording time is much more efficient because I am ready and prepared so there are few umms and aahs.
  3. Knowledge & Authority: Writing a script helps me learn the information I am teaching on a much deeper level because I put a lot of thought and preparation into making sure each podcast is clear, concise and that it makes a point.
  4. Writing: I am a better writer and teacher because of my podcast. For those of you who do not know my background, I was an English major in college because I was a terrible test taker, but I could write. Writing my podcast script has forced me to develop a completely new style of writing and one that is very technical and organized.
  5. Repurposing Power: Use podcast scripts to write blog posts, Medium articles, tutorials, vlogs, and #1 on my bucket list, writing a book.

Tools I use to write my script?

Scrivener is my writing tool of choice
Byword is the multi-markdown tool I use to format show notes.

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The Google Show

The Google Show

Ep39: The Google Show

What is Google Apps? What features do I use regularly? What are some unique ways podcasters and online brands can use Google Apps for their podcast or online business?

Ask Mike Anything:

Question: Do I need expensive headphones to record my podcast or are Apple earbuds good enough? Answer: I do recommend you upgrading from the Apple earbuds if possible to headphones that will give you a flatter/cleaner sound so you can really hear any issues in your recording. *Tip:*Use your Apple buds for quality control as many of your listeners use them so you need to know how your show sounds on many different devices. My headphones Sony MDR7506 Popular or Recommended Headphones AudioTecnica ath-m50xM-Audio Q40 headphones *Beyerdynamic dt 770

What is Google Apps For Work?

Googles description: An all-in-one suite to communicate, store and create. Google Apps is the admin side of your business like email, calendar, word processing, spreadsheets and so much more. All the real fun and exciting stuff I know, but all the stuff that keeps your business on track.

How much does it cost:

$5/user per month. There is a $10/user per month with increased storage and some additional features.

What is included with Google Apps :

The communication apps: * Gmail * Calendar * Google Hangouts * Google + Storage app: Google Drive (similar to Google Drive) Collaboration tools: * Google Docs * Sheets * Forms * Slides * Sites [Collaboration Tips](https://apps.google.com/learning-center/tips/collaborate-better/#/list) Tip: Email Aliases: Create unlimited prefixes/alials such as mike@mikemurphy.co; info@mikemurphy.co (hello@, feedback@…) Domain Alias: Use other domains you own and create email address for them under same account: For example: mike@askmikeanything.com….

What Google Apps features do I use for my podcast and online business?

Gmail Calendar Google Drive Google Docs (Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides) Google +

Some ideas for Google Apps for podcasters

1.Use Google Sheets (or Excel) Create master episode list with notes and topics discussed Create resource lists of products and tools, links, etc 2.Google Forms Create surveys and feedback forms or have contests with audience (vote on a new feature… Resource tip #1: Wufoo Resource tip #2: Check out IFTTT. 3.Collaboration & Sharing. * Eliminate the back and forth dialog of emails. * Great for coaching and consulting with clients. * Send Google Forms with questions pre-interview to guests * Collaborate on scripts or show notes with co-hosts… * Google Docs for virtual assistants which are big in the online world. 4.Google Slides Make keynote presentations & screencasts

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Mike Murphy LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Listen To Past Episodes