Podcasting Basics

podcasting basicsPodcast Basics with Felice Gerwitz

Episode #4

So, you think you want to podcast? Where do you begin? In this episode, longtime podcaster, Felice Gerwitz shares the information she’s learned through the years. Her first podcast, the Information in a Nutshell(TM): Writing and Publishing Show began in 2008. Learning the ropes through trial-and-error, using a phone to record and a shoe-string budget, her show ranked as one of the top shows in the writing and publishing space. Technology has now improved to bring cutting edge sound and a wonderful variety of possibilities.

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Writing and Publishing

Show Notes: Podcasting Basics

Having passion and drive is a necessity, yet it is important to know what to say and when. An outline of your show and show notes is helpful, yet not necessary for everyone. Some podcasters like a more natural approach while others may read word-for-word from notes. Having a to-do list or a check list may be helpful as well since there are many moving parts to creating a podcast. A good microphone and computer are important and there are free online resources for recording. Yet, without a good outline or information, people may not tune back week after week. One way to understand the process is by listening to some experienced podcasters. As you listen to their shows, listen with a critical ear and see if you can catch any of the points in their presentation.

Listen to experienced podcasters here, here, here and here for ideas.

 

How to set up your episode: Podcasting Basics

Either create a podcast series or a stand alone episode

  • Break down the time, and what you want to say – approx 20-60 minutes.
    • Play intro
    • Welcome the listener
    • Give the episode and show name
    • Give the episode number
    • Give information about where to find the show notes
    • Give information about how else to listen to the show
    • Ask for a star rating on iTunes or Google Play, etc.
    • Body of your podcast – pre and post commercial
    • Play your commercial
    • Thank your listeners and tell them, again – where to find the show notes
    • Give a call to action
    • Play the outro

 

 

Finding God Every Day

finding God every dayFinding God in the Every Day with Felice Gerwitz

Do you have a daily schedule? It’s time to add finding God to your list. The Lord’s voice is something we seek, whether in quiet time or in prayer. What should we do? What does God want us to do? What is God’s will for us, today, tomorrow or next year? How do we find God? In this episode, Felice Gerwitz discusses how we should seek God every day.

Whether it is finding God in the rainbow, or the beautiful sunset – to finding God in the person sitting next to you in church, your life will become joyful if you look. In addition add journaling time to your day. When you journal you can see, more clearly the Lord’s work in your life. Study the following scriptures in finding God in the every day – 1 Kings 11-12 and Isaiah 41:10

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Show Notes: Finding God Every Day

  1. Seeking God – praying
  2. Look for blessings
  3. God incidence or coincidence
  4. Seeing God in the people around you
  5. Watching and listening
  6. Showing by example
  7. Ending your day with thanks

 

1 Kings 11-12

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

Isaiah 41:10

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Should You Podcast

who should podcastShould You Podcast?- Advice in a Nutshell with Felice Gerwitz

Episode #3

As an author and publisher, I realized very quickly that without a platform I could not sell books. In this episode, I share podcast advice for those seeking a way to use this amazing online platform. Here is a short quiz you can ask yourself to see if podcasting is right for you.

This is a four-part series with different aspects of podcasting covered.

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Writing and Publishing

Show Notes: Should Your Podcast?

Are you ready for the challenge?

  1. Who should podcast?
  2. Why should you podcast?
  3. Can you answer these questions honestly?

Score and outcomes are given in this broadcast.

    1. Do you have a service or product to sell?
    2. Are you passionate about your work?
    3. Are you passionate about your message?
    4. Can you explain things clearly to others?
    5. Do you have a call to action – something you’d like the listener to do?
    6. Can you be brief in your explanations?
    7. Do you have resources to share?
    8. Do you have success stories to share?
    9. Do you have an hour to devote to podcasting each week?
    10. Do you have time to promote your podcast?

Prayer Time – Overcoming Distractions

overcoming distractions

Overcoming Distractions in Prayer Time and Spend Time with God

Podcast #5

Do you want to spend time with God and find yourself overcome by distractions? We all have and we can end our time frustrated and angry or take charge. In this podcast Felice suggests ways to turn that distraction into a praise report.

Show Notes: Overcoming Prayer Time Distractions

  1. Feel left behind
  2. Not enough time
  3. Speed of life is sometimes unmanageable
  4. How do you slow down enough so that you can focus on God?
  5. How do you combat distractions?

Categorize Distractions:

  1. Personal
    1. Something that has been bothering you
    2. Something you struggle with
    3. Something you feel guilt over
  2. Duty
    1. Kids or spouse
    2. Household
    3. Work
    4. Meeting or appt.

 

Set up your prayer time with a methodology – like any of these ways where you feel the most comfortable…

  1. Praise and worship
  2. Proclaiming and glorifying God in words
  3. Singing
  4. Prayer

 

Writing Talk

writing talkLet’s Talk About Writing with Felice Gerwitz

Podcast #2

Want a short cut way to getting your book in print? In this episode of Writing and Podcasting Advice, Felice explains her journey and how to avoid the same mistakes. The process may not be simple, yet seeing your work published is rewarding once you know the process.

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Writing and Publishing

Show Notes: Writing Talk

Basic steps to getting published

  1. Know your market – your reader
  2. Research
  3. Do you want a publisher? Research agents and publishing companies. (If not skip down to #7)
  4. Fiction? Write it and then submit it
  5. Non-Fiction – you can write a query letter
  6. Learn to write a query letter
  7. Self Publish (option for those who decide not to seek other publication)

Of course, there are many steps in between. In this episode, we cover some basics and will delve into specific details in upcoming episodes.

Don’t you wish it was easy? In hindsight, the best advice I can give you is to market first. Do you speak to small groups? Do you know something that no one else does? Do you have information that someone needs? These things make the best books.

Knowing your market is very important. If you write something ouside of your frame of reference – while not impossible it will take an inordinate amount of time (jumping online to research is not a guarantee of good information.) Authors that travel to exotic locales – wait until you get the five or six figure book deals

That’s what I love about podcasting – it helps me stay in touch with my audience but also gives me the clarity and focus to be share ideas that are would not make it into a full book – think of podcasts as bite-sized information – next episode #3 will be an overview of podcasting.

So why did I write a book on writing and publishing?I was asked to speak on the topic of writing and publishing at a large conference and decided in my research to recommend some tried and true books – all about 400+ pages as well as some new books – went to the library, hopped online to purchase a few and what I could not find anything new or inspiring to a new author –

I was asked to speak on the topic of writing and publishing at a large conference and decided in my research to recommend some tried and true books – all about 400+ pages as well as some new books – went to the library, hopped online to purchase a few and what I could not find anything new or inspiring to a new author.

  1. It was easy to read and not break the bank
  2. Takes about the same amount of time to read as if we had a one-to-one meeting about writing and publishing
  3. It didn’t overwhelm the reader – one of the books I found at the library talked about distribution woes!
  4. A few but important resources
  5. Give authors info

How To Plan Your Prayer Time

how to plan your prayer timeHow To Plan Your Prayer Time #4

with Felice Gerwitz

Do you know how to plan your prayer time? If you take the time to plan once – and the rest becomes automatic. Are you trying to form a new habit? A time – quiet time with just you and God? In this podcast Felice explains ways to make your time with God highly effective and it takes one very special ingredient. Are you ready to spend time with God, today? Are you spending time to plan spend time with God?

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Check out the book – A Few Minutes With God

Show Notes: How To Plan Your Prayer Time

SO, what’s the plan? How are you setting up your prayer time with God?

  1. Do you have a special chair?
  2. Do you like to pray Indoors or outdoors?
  3. Up on your bed? (too comfy for me!)
  4. Can you set up a specific time?
  5. Little kids – early in the am or late at night? Nap time? – when kids got older they remembered how much nicer I was when I had my prayer time!!
  6. Role model – parents with their Bible’s open in common areas when their kids wake up!

 

  1. Whether you are happy OR upset – bring that to the Lord – either way begin by praising HIM – use Scriptures such as … or you can use extemporaneous prayer – You are the Lord of Lords, you are the Almighty, the King of Kings – I praise you and I thank you, I thank you Lord for _____
  2. If you are a singer – sing! Praise God in song… allow yourself to think about the words – singing allows us to get into the presence of God –it lifts us…brings us joy.
  3. If you are not a singer – proclaim and praise God longer… don’t go to the Scriptures right now… If you want to proclaim certain scriptures get those out ahead of time and write them out – read from a journal rather than the Bible – right now our focus is to allow our minds to calm down and be in a place where we can pray and be still before the Lord – we want to listen but first we need to unload our baggage all the things on our mind – any emotions whether it is fear, anger, hatred – when do we stop? When we feel hope – joy – forgiveness – calm.
  4. Ask the Lord to come into your heart. If you have a prayer request you can ask it – if you just want to spend time with the Lord and be available to Him – just be still, close your eyes and listen.
  5. Give Him time – don’t expect anything – but you will be blessed whether you hear anything or not!!

Journal what you thought during your quiet time – is it random or is it specific? If it is confusing or chaotic – take it to the Lord – ask him for clarity. Typically, random or chaotic thoughts are not from the Lord unless it makes sense to you!

The Lord doesn’t bring us guilt or make us feel bad – I so love that!! God is a good God – He gives us HOPE

  1. NOW pull out your Bible – read through a passage or two that maybe came to mind during your quiet time, or perhaps something is drawing you to read a specific page.
  2. Journal if you want to add these passages.
  3. No end with praise and worship again – thank the Lord.

 

Writing and Podcasting

writing and podcasting adviceThe Writing and Podcast Advice Show with Felice Gerwitz

Are you ready to launch that new book idea or your very own podcast? Look no further. On the Writing and Podcasting Advice Show you will learn the basics on how to get started with your very own project. Felice Gerwitz is your personal advisor and here to help you. Are  you ready? Let’s make this year your very best.

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Writing and Publishing or Business Tips and Taxes for Writers. Do you have a child who is a budding author? Try Reach For The Stars! All available on Amazon.

Writing and Publishing

Show Notes: Writing and Podcasting Advice

I love helping entrepreneurs. Since 2002 I’ve worked with aspiring authors as an author-consultant and absolutely love helping people in the publishing process. I’ve advised a Catholic ministry on starting a publishing company and just finished our second mega-book project with nineteen different testimonies apiece. In the process of working on other people’s works as well as my own I’ve made my fair share of mistakes.

This podcast is to help you avoid them!

I am the author of nineteen books and the one that focuses on what I do here, is in the information in a Nutshell Series: Writing and Publishing – in this book I give you a nutshell version of what it takes to write and publish a book. It is very brief and like sitting with me for four hours where I share exactly what you should know to get your book published.

So, what is your project?

  1. Do you have a book idea?
  2. Do you want to publish a work that is already complete?
  3. Are you interested in finding good ideas?
  4. Do you have a great idea for a podcast? I am looking for talent!

There are many people out there more talented than I am in writing, publishing OR podcasting but the difference between many of them and myself? They are sitting around thinking about it and I DID IT!

So, let’s get going – you and me. Join me weekly on this broadcast and let’s get that project in front of the widest audience possible!

Planning Time For God

planning time for GodPlanning Time For God Podcast #3

How do you love someone you don’t know? By getting to know them and planning time – just like you do with God. In this episode we’ll explore God’s love and how we can learn to deepen our faith by spending time with God.

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Check out the book – A Few Minutes With God

 

Show Notes: Planning Time For God

  1. Can you love someone you don’t know?
  2. What is the best way to get to know someone?
  3. How is your faith strengthened in prayers?

 

Commitment to Pray

A Commitment To PrayA Commitment to Pray

with Felice Gerwitz

Are you ready? Today’s challenge is a commitment to pray. However, will you find the time? In today’s broadcast, Felice shares how you can begin with one minute, add another and another until you reach your goal of spending time with God each day.

Show Notes:

  • Beginning steps to listening to the Lord and how to prepare to enter God’s presence.
  • Do you need more of Jesus in your life?
  • It is no accident you are here!
  • Can you make a commitment – today?
  • Be still before the Lord. The Lord will pour out an abundant of blessings during this time!

First, there are some decisions to make:

  1. Are you a Christian – if not, consider becoming one today.
  2. How much time will you spend in prayer?
  3. How can you rearrange your schedule to make it happen?
  4. Do you need daily reminders? This handout contains information on receiving daily reminders: AFMWGod- Podcast Handout

 

 

 

 

 

What is A Few Minutes With God?

a few minutes with GodPodcast #1  -What is A Few Minutes With God?

Meet Felice Gerwitz, who hosts this weekly broadcast.  She discusses what she means by, “A Few Minutes with God.” To her, it is a time to reflect on the most important moments of your life and be she will share the challenge, to be open to listening to what the Lord has planned for you.

Show Notes: A Few Minutes With God

  • Challenge: listening to the small still voice of our Lord.
  • Our focus — giving time to the LORD
  • A deeper desire to know him better.
  • This podcast if first and foremost about God the Father – God the Son, Jesus, and God the Holy Spirt
  • IF you have always loved the Lord OR if you are a new Christian OR if you don’t know the Lord – WELCOME – I pray this podcast will encourage you to a deeper walk
  • Commit or Recommit your life to the Lord: Lord Jesus, I need You and I know I am a sinner. I thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of all of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.
  • Handout – AFMWGod- Podcast Handout

  • It is JESUS that saves and brings us to the Father –  this is my first step – but it is not my final step! He wants so much more of us!

When you tune in weekly:

  1. A desire to be still and know God through listening
  2. A desire to plan time for this to happen
  3. A desire to understand and discern God’s still small voice – how do you know it is really God who is speaking to you? How do you know you are not making it up?
  4. A desire to act upon the message – how are you going to implement what the Lord is urging you in prayer? How will you do HIS will – how will HIS will work in your life?

Scriptures: —Exodus 3:13-15

We as Christian’s believe that Jesus is our Savior but the son’s focus was always to bring us to HIMSELF so that HE could bring us to the FATHER – our God – ELLOHEEM – Jehovah GoD.—“I AM WHO I AM”—only belongs to HIM.  .

– in Luke – 24: 32 on the walk to Emmaus we read – “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?”

Read the book – A Few Minute with God 

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