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Why preparation is important to a successful podcast episode with Mike Wolber

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Episode Summary

I am launching a podcast for a reason. It is not just fun,” said Mike Wolber, the CRO at Rent Dynamics and the host of the Modern Multifamily podcast. He started creating podcast episodes alongside his other work duties because he wanted to hear about exciting trends from people in the multifamily industry and share them with listeners.

So, what is the hardest part about creating a podcast? For Mike, it was the fear of what other people would think and whether he could find the guests for his show. But he soon realized that good preparation and adopting a custom conversation funnel would serve as secret weapons to beat his very own imposter syndrome.

The art of podcasting is a never-ending journey. According to Mike, every episode presents an opportunity to learn something new and get innovative ideas from the guests. “Even if a single failure felt bad, it was a good learning opportunity,” concludes Mike.

Tune in to this episode of Recorded Content and uncover Mike’s step-by-step guide to launching a podcast, the challenges he faced along the way, and resources future B2B podcast hosts may find helpful.

In this episode, not only will you learn about the beginnings of the Modern Multifamily podcast, but you’ll also hear some of the workflow details including:

  • Tools used to make and edit podcasts
  • Brainstorming the podcast name
  • The importance of being well-prepared for the episode
  • Observing failure as a new lesson to learn
  • Where to find guests

Guest Profile

Name: Mike Wolber

What he does: Mike is the CRO at Rent Dynamics, a company that offers lead management software solutions designed for multifamily communities. Mike also hosts the Modern Multifamily podcast, which has ten episodes recorded and published so far.

Company: Rent Dynamics

Noteworthy: Mike is a hardworking husband and father of two who loves spending his free time on the roads and trails running or cycling.

Key Insights

  • Thorough preparation and a custom conversation funnel are key to overcoming imposter syndrome. For Mike, the most challenging part about launching a podcast was the fear of what others would think and whether or not he could find the right guests. “I think the conversation funnel was a way for me to overcome that imposter syndrome by my very first guest. He felt like he was getting an experience that I’d been rolled out to 50 other guests because it was so polished. I think he showed up to that podcast feeling like he knew what the plan was. He knew how to prepare for it. And I think making sure that your guests feel taken care of is important because they’re lending their time to help you on your show.”
  • Even if a failure feels terrible, it is a new lesson to learn. Not all podcast episodes can be successful, but even a failed episode should serve as an opportunity to learn something new. “When I saw that this episode wasn’t going to work, I felt like it sucked but it also was a good wake-up call for me because I’m side hustling with this podcast thing. I also learned a valuable lesson that as the podcast host, it’s my job to take control of that conversation.”
  • It is always about equally raising the bar across marketing and sales. Since podcasting is a side job for Mike, he ensures it fits into his marketing and sales duties as a CRO. “I think our biggest bar that’s had an opportunity for raising has been marketing. So doubling down on content and winning the hearts and minds of the industry has been a huge focus for the whole business. And the podcast is just fitting in so nicely into that. I talk to people every single day and why not every once in a while turn that conversation into a podcast? And talking to customers, talking to dream customers or potential partners and doing it in a way that fits right into my workday is largely customer-centric.”
  • You can take a single episode and it can be an entire month’s worth of content if you do it right.

Episode Highlights

Getting Started with the Modern Multifamily Podcast

“The first thing I did was Google. I searched for multifamily podcast, apartment podcast. I knew I wanted to focus on the industry that I serve because I plan on spending my career here. And so Modern Multifamily was something that was born from understanding the focus and the subject of the show.”

“There aren’t many podcasts in my industry. So I felt that if I got the name right, I could probably win some followers and subscribers through search, which isn’t always the case because some areas are a little bit more crowded. And so getting that name Multifamily in there was important to me too.”

Prepare Well and Post-Production Becomes More Efficient

“What I’ve realized is that the amount and the way that you prepare directly impacts the difficulty of post-production. If I show up to a podcast well-prepared, I’m able to edit that thing fast.”

“When I show up to a podcast under-prepared, the conversation is out of control. It’s not linear. I have to re-order the conversation in post-production. I have to play with the transcriptions and I’m not an audio engineer. I end up losing my mind trying to make that thing sound meaningful. I’ve already had to throw one episode away. I couldn’t turn it into a story that was super important. I had to call that guest personally and say, ‘Okay, let’s do it again.’ But that one I’m not going to be able to turn into something great.”

Add a Bit of Personality into the Podcast, It’s Your Show

“The one thing that I look back on with the first episode compared to episode 10 is that I very much was following a script. And I think you hear this robotic voice, not that ability to be comfortable pivoting based on where the conversation takes us.”

“I always ask the people who are closest to me for feedback because I know that they will be the most willing to take the gloves off. And my wife, my best friend, my biggest supporter April was like, ‘Where was your personality in that first episode? Where was Mike? Don’t just ask a question but reframe or share your perspective or encourage your guests to ask you questions or make that intro yourself. Add a little bit of personality to it.'”

“I think the biggest thing you hear between episodes 1 and 2 and now is me being a little bit more comfortable in sharing my perspective or adding some context along the way to make sure that it’s my show.”

LinkedIn is an Excellent Space to Find Interesting Guests

“LinkedIn is where I speak to my customers, my dream customers, my future customers, my vendor partners. All the people that I know on LinkedIn are largely through the Multifamily lens. When someone I know or that I want to know posts something about a topic that I think Multifamily cares about, I’m engaging with that content. Like let’s get them on the pod.”

“I can give them comfort and confidence in the fact that I can edit the episode. Let’s have a conversation and I’ll turn it into something that people want to listen to. And it helps other people overcome that same imposter syndrome by making them feel confident and hyped up before they even show up.”

It is Always About Trying New Things to Improve Your Podcasts

“When I consume something I like, I want to figure out how I can replicate it. In the last episode, I tried something for the first time rather than starting with my intro, I started with the ten-second excerpt from the show and then went right into the intro. And I’ll be interested to see if I get good feedback on that because it hooked my attention.”

“I also signed up for a Substack account. What I’ve been doing is updating my newest episode with show notes into Substack and encouraging people organically to sign up for notifications because otherwise, it’s pretty hard to keep track of new episodes. I haven’t done anything aside from the podcast but now I’m grabbing email addresses. If I ever want to do something additional like coaching or a course or something like that, I now have direct access to my listeners through my Substack newsletter.”

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