Starting a podcast isn’t an easy task. The fear, the overwhelm, and the mental load of having to learn new things and implement these new tech set-ups can cause your mind to set up a lot of barriers for you to overcome.
And while, in hindsight, pushing through is simple – in those moments, it can be overpowering. Rather than letting it hold you back from getting your voice out there, let’s talk about how to overcome the fear of starting a podcast.
As always, you can listen to the related episode on Moms Who Podcast here:
The Mindset Behind Becoming a Podcaster
Just like any other platform, there’s some vulnerability in how you’re showing up as a podcaster. You’re being vulnerable with people, you’re being vulnerable with yourself. And it’s scary, right?
Even if you’re not a business owner and you’re just podcasting for fun, you’re showing up every single week to deliver some content that people want to hear. And when you’re teaching or sharing information, you can struggle with thoughts like “Am I qualified to come on here and teach anybody anything?” or “ Do I feel deserving of the space that I’m in?”
I know because I’ve been there too. I’ve had the same thoughts, the same setbacks, the same struggles behind starting my podcasts – in fact, behind launching my entire business. But, here I am!
How to Overcome the Fear of Starting a Podcast
There’s no magical overnight solution to overcoming the fear of starting a podcast, but there are a few tips you can use to break through that fear enough to get started – and once you start, your confidence will build and you’ll get more comfortable with showing up.
Let’s break down the five tips that will help you shift your mindset and overcome the fear of starting a podcast:
#1. Recognize the Importance of Your Perspective
The first thing you need to understand is that nobody has your story and nobody has your voice. Nobody can tell your story in the way that you do – nobody. No matter what you’ve been through, no matter what you feel about yourself, nobody else is YOU.
In the same sense, you have to recognize that your story and experience are not going to be for everybody and that’s okay. Even if only two people listen, but their lives changed thanks to listening to your podcast and connecting with your story – isn’t it worth it?
Allow your audience to gravitate to you and push back on that fear of rejection. Think less about who is not going to listen and more about who’s going to align with what you’re sharing.
#2. Your Voice Matters
Your voice is tied in with your perspective, but it goes a bit further than that. You might think that what you have to say has been done before – and you’re right. It probably has, but you’ve never done it before.
And you’re not trying to attract everybody in the world, you just want to attract your people. That’s the heart and soul of your podcast.
#3. Use Your Voice (Literally) as a Superpower
One of the most common fears around starting a podcast is putting your voice out there because you’re self-conscious about how you sound. But, while you might find your voice annoying or whatever, it’s your superpower. It’s the voice God gave you to use – he gave you a voice to speak.
And there’s going to be listeners who love your voice, who think you’re perfect for sharing this and they couldn’t imagine another voice in its place.
He will give you clarity. This is something that I personally do, I love God and I pray all the time. And it is the act of actually going to Go and saying, God, I need you. This is what I need. Break it down and figure out what needs to happen for your podcast to happen – and it might not happen the way you think.
#5. Get Help
Mama, you do not have to do this on your own. You can get help with the mindset and fear of starting your podcast – you don’t have to do it alone. If you have any fears about starting a podcast, I don’t mind talking about it with you – I have a free discovery call that’s perfect for it.
And if you don’t want to talk one-on-one but you need support or advice from someone who has experienced the same thing, join the free Moms Who Podcast Facebook Group. It’s a community for mamas just like you, who want to start (and grow) a podcast.