A common problem I find with podcasts is that after a while the host will run out of something new, engaging, and interesting things to say. It's almost guaranteed the host will touch on the same topics more than once, especially if they've been around for a while. In fact, it's expected.
The general idea is that a person can be interesting some of the time, but they can not be interesting all of the time. However, it doesn't have to be this way. You can touch on the same subject without repeating yourself. You can still make your podcast interesting week after week, just make the effort not to fall into these common traps.
You're Trying to Make Everyone Happy
You have a guest with opposing views, so instead of trying to question everything you think is wrong with it, to learn from it, you smile, wave, and play buddy buddy. Ick.
Don't be a yes man. Don't be polite and politically correct. Shake the tree a little and see if anything interesting falls out. You might learn something new. I know your audience will thank you, because too often do we hear the smiles, but not the opposition. There needs to be disagreements at least some of the time in your podcast. If you aim to please everyone, you please no one.
Guests Only Enforce Your Ideals, Not Challenge It
People like to surround themselves with like-minded people. We want our opinions enforced by other peers on the same wavelength. We constantly want to be validated. Podcasting gives you the perfect medium to step out of your 'perfect world' and get a first hand look at discovering the 'real world'.
There's seven billion people out there. We already know there's people who agree with you (they're listening to your podcast), so where are the ones who don't? Where are the crazy ones, the weird ones, and the wacky ones you're not interviewing?
Step out of your zone and listen to a podcast you swore you'd never listen to. If you have an opinion on something, research the other side of it. Go in with baby's eyes and try to accept the opposite view as fact. Your beliefs shouldn't be set in stone until you've explored all other avenues.
Sometimes it isn't always black and white, it can be gray too, and the more honest you are with that, the more people will pay closer attention to you. As a fun exercise, play devil's advocate for the opposing side with someone who does enforce your beliefs. This is all what makes for an interesting podcast.
You Don't Listen
When hosts do finally receive someone who disagrees with them, they tend to automatically discard it. This might be because they're trying to be diplomatic as described earlier or because they simply will refuse to hear the other side. The brain goes into a zone where it blocks out everything that doesn't fit into the 'perfect world'. If this is you, learn how to open your ears, open your mind. If you can't do that, then maybe podcasting isn't right for you.
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Until next time, Ayn.
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