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(By Troy Price) Think about any movie or TV show about American Football that you have ever watched. The first thing a team does when preparing for their next game is to sit down and watch ‘the tapes’ of their opponent’s past games. By knowing what their opponent is capable of, a team can make the best plans for how to win…

Unless you have learned how to do post production work or editing in the past 6 months, you may not be using all the newest and amazing features that are based on Artificial Intelligence (“A.I.”). Much like how our Sportsball friends plan for their next game based on what their opponents can do, we podcasters should plan for our next recording session based on what our A.I. can do.

While the number and quality of specific A.I.-powered features may vary based on your specific editing software has to offer, let’s consider two common features that you may not be fully using and explore how we could use those features more fully. These two features are Filler Word Remover and Dead Air Remover.

With the new A.I., all of the prolonged dead air or silence that is produced during your recording session does not matter because it is automatically removed. Knowing that, plan to focus more on the words you say during your next recording session. You can pause as long as it takes to get your words right in your head before you begin to speak. If cold reading or live math gives you some anxiety, you can take a few deep breaths before you start. After the A.I. does its thing, you will sound awesome. Also, if you are interrupted during your recordings for any reason, no need to click ‘Stop’ or even ‘Pause’ on your recording. You can just let the recording continue and not have to worry about later having to sync two audio tracks or discovering that you had not unclicked ‘Pause’ until after you had been talking for the last 45 minutes.

Also, knowing that your ‘Ummm’s’, ‘Aaannddd’s’, and ‘Llliiiikkkeee’s’ are automatically removed, you can focus on speaking naturally. When I am talking to my wife, I blather on (my words, not hers) at a rapid rate. I often use a string of filler words as I transition to something else or when I am searching for better words than the profanities I am actually thinking. But for years, when I am in front of the mic I am pretty intentional with my words (knowing that I will have to edit everything I say) even at the sacrifice of consistent word cadence or even sentence structure. People have shared that on my shows I sometimes sound rather robotic even though I could be talking about an emotional topic. Now, I am more comfortable talking into the mic. I can speak more naturally and not worry about the filler words I use because they will be removed with hardly any effort on my part.

You should familiarize yourself with the A.I. services that may already be included in the software you are using or maybe seek out one of the new services that have come on the market recently. By knowing what your podcasting A.I. is capable of you can plan to ‘win’ with your next podcast episode. You and Sportsball professionals have at least one thing in common.

Troy Price is the co-founder of Front Porch Studios in Berea, Kentucky. He has been involved with podcasting for over a decade. Listen to his show “Podcasting Tips From The Front Porch” HERE.

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