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10 Steps to start your own EMS podcast

Podcasting is a dynamic and emerging method to deliver Web-based video or audio content to EMS providers, managers, and instructors. For this tip, I asked one of my favorite podcasters, Jamie Davis — the Podmedic — for his tips on starting a podcast.

Jamie writes, "To avoid the ‘Ready, Fire, Aim’ approach, it helps to have a plan of action. Use these 10 steps to create a checklist of material for creating your own EMS podcast. Remember, content is king and good content is more important than technology whiz bang."

1. Select a main show topic that is specific to your interests and knowledge.

2. Select one or more episode topics that can be broken into shorter sub-topics.

3. Decide on the length of the show. A good target for most starter episodes is 10 to 20 minutes.

4. Break the show into segments — a beginning, middle, and end.

5. Decide on the length of your segments to organize each episode.

6. Plan your opening that will get you right into the core content.

7. Select your microphone and recording device. Start small and cheap using a USB microphone and PC with built-in or shareware software.

8. Record your show and convert your recorded audio to mp3 format for upload.

9. Upload your file to your website and link to your RSS feed.

10. Add your podcast category RSS feed to podcast directories like iTunes and Zune Marketplace.

Read more about each of Jamie’s 10 Steps for Starting an EMS Podcast. You will also find a Free Video Tip on Podcasting from Jamie Davis — the Podmedic.

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