Are you a podcaster who wants to take your show to the next level? Are you looking for ways to improve your skills or learn new techniques to take your podcast to the best that it can be?
You can stop your search!
In this blog post, we will discuss some of the best free courses to boost your podcast-producing skills. These courses will help you learn about different aspects of podcasting, from production and editing to marketing and branding. So whether you’re a beginner podcaster or someone who wants to take their podcasting skills to the next level, these courses are for you!
What are you waiting for? Let’s boost those skills!
1. How To Start A Podcast from Buzzsprout
First up is the How To Start A Podcast course from Buzzsprout. It’s a step-by-step guide covering all the podcasting basics, from how to find the perfect name for your show to the ins and outs of a successful podcast launch.
Buzzsprout has assisted over 100,000 podcasters in launching their show! So there’s no doubt they know what they’re talking about! And it also means this course is top-class quality!
And what’s really great about this one, is that you can also learn on the go! Besides the video and text course linked above, you can also take the audio version of this course! Meaning you can acquire those tips you need to boost your podcasting skills, even while you’re on your commute or cooking dinner!
2. How to Start a Podcast in 2022 – Beginner Podcasting Tutorial by Pat Flynn
Another great free resource to help you ace your podcasting skills is the How to Start a Podcast in 2022 Beginner Podcasting Tutorial by Pat Flynn.
This course takes you through everything you need to know about starting a podcast. It covers choosing your topic, your name, and picking your podcast format. But that’s far from the end! There’s guidance on picking the right equipment, and tips for recording, editing, and publishing episodes. If you need to know it to successfully launch a podcast, Pat Flynn covers it!
The link above takes you to the text-based, step-by-step tutorial, but follow this link for the video version of the course on YouTube. In about half an hour, Pat will take you through all the basics. And as he has already published two of the most viewed podcasting tutorials on YouTube, you know this updated version is going to have everything you need!
Related read: Starting a Podcast in 2022? Here’s What You Need to Know
3. Castos Academy
Enroll in the Castos Academy for another excellent, free course to help you nail the podcasting basics!
Hosted by Craig Hewitt, their Podcast Like a Pro course will have you podcasting like, well, a pro in no time!
This course covers everything you need to know to build, launch, and grow a successful podcast. Starting right at the foundational level by helping you refine your podcast’s concept, it then moves on to understanding the tech side of podcasting, and even teaches you great mic technique! Once you’ve completed this course, you’ll have a clear understanding of all that goes into creating high-quality podcast episodes, and you’ll have fantastic new knowledge to help grow and market your podcast.
Even if you’ve been podcasting for a while, you’re sure to learn something new from this course!
4. Podcast Success Academy
Podcast industry pro, Mark Asquith, brings us the Podcast Success Academy. It earns its spot on this list for their offering of The Podcast Launch Accelerator.
The Podcast Launch Accelerator is a 5-hour “how to start a podcast” course! And, you guessed it, it’s free! The mini-videos are super easy to follow. And to make leveling up your podcast skills even easier, the course has been divided into four podcast launch phases: understanding the tech, designing your podcast, building your podcast, and launching your podcast. There’s even a bonus “What to do after launching” section, too!
It’s another high-quality course that will help you polish up and strengthen your podcasting skills.
5. Entrepreneurs on Fire Free Podcast Course
John Lee Dumas, the host of the award-winning podcast Entrepreneurs on Fire, shares another excellent, free, podcast course! In just under an hour, John gives a crash course that covers all the bases of launching a successful podcast.
By enrolling in this free course, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills to do everything from finding your podcast topic and identifying your perfect listener, to nailing your podcast name and logo, getting the right equipment, as well as getting you ready to record that all-important first episode.
Being able to learn the ins and outs, the tips and tricks, as well as the pitfalls from someone who has navigated this path before you is really priceless. So to get all this for the grand price of free is a complete win!
6. Start Learning Audacity…For Free on Udemy
One of the top skills a podcaster needs is the ability to edit their episodes with precision. Because it’s often in the editing phase where a podcast either “makes it or breaks it.”
Too little editing, and your episodes could become a frustration to your listeners, as theirs too many tangents or awkward “uhs” and “ums” clouding the content.
Too much editing, and your episodes may lose that authenticity listeners need to really make a connection with your host.
So how do you find that balance? Well, part of the battle is won with top-notch editing skills!
Enter this free course teaching the basics of Audacity.
Audacity, an open-source, cross-platform audio software, is a very popular choice for podcast recording and editing, mainly because it is free, but also because it is fairly user-friendly and has a vast array of features for you to use.
Udemy offers a free Audacity course that teaches you everything you need to know about Audacity. There are 39 training lessons for you to complete, which will certainly amp up your editing skills!
But wait! There’s more!
While not strictly “podcast courses” the last slots on this list are filled by some great podcasts. These shows are jam-packed with high-quality info all focused on helping people fine-tune their podcasting skills and improve their shows.
Add these three shows to your playlist, and you’ll learn a whole lot with ease.
7. She Podcasts
A truly wonderful podcast to help you improve your podcasting skills is She Podcasts, hosted by Elsie Escobar and Jessica Kupfermanis. All the episodes are packed with all the information, all the tips, as well as all the tricks you could possibly need for running a successful podcast.
This podcast really does serve as a fantastic ‘course’ and resource, and will definitely help you enhance your podcasting skills.
But what makes this show so special is that She Podcasts offers tons of support to women audio creators. They’ve gathered over 10k female podcasters around them, and offer mentorship, encouragement, and support along the way.
8. The Audacity to Podcast
Another invaluable tool for increasing and enhancing your podcasting skillset is The Audacity To Podcast, hosted by expert podcaster, Daniel J. Lewis. This show offers easy-to-follow, step-by-step guidelines, in-depth information, and honest insight into the many facets of podcast creation and publication.
This podcast covers everything you could want to know about starting or improving your podcast. Not only will Daniel equip you to take the industry by storm, but he will also encourage, direct, and motivate you to persevere in your podcasting adventure. All things podcasting are discussed in-depth, but with the wit and charisma to keep you coming back for more. Daniel is a knowledgeable instructor, and his content is top-notch! His answers and advice will have you podcasting like a pro in no time!
9. The Ask We Edit Show
Last but not least, we offer our own podcast, The Ask We Edit Show. This was a project we launched last year with the mission to help podcasters grow their skills and improve their show.
We wanted to create a hub where we could share all the knowledge we’ve collected over the past six years of producing hundreds of thousands of episodes. The Ask We Edit show features answers to a myriad of podcasting questions. But it also offers all sorts of technical advice, product reviews, monetization methods that actually work, podcasting how-to’s, tips and tricks, and there’s even some podcast myth-busting thrown in for good measure! And with 150 episodes, there’s plenty to work through.
There’s no fluff, just bite-sized sound podcasting advice that will help you improve your podcasting knowledge, which will also improve your show in the long run!
Related read: Top 10 Podcasts About Podcasting
In-depth podcast courses are a great way to improve your podcasting skills, learn more about the industry, and will help you take your podcast to a whole new level. And yes, there are plenty of really excellent paid courses out there! And if your budget allows for it, these could be the way to go to help you hone your skills and amp up your podcasting superpowers.
But especially if you’re just breaking into the podcasting space, what could be better than free?
Every course and podcast mentioned on this list is an excellent, free podcasting resource available to help you up your game. So get out there and start learning! Your podcast will be better for it, and your audience will thank you for it.
Now, what could be better than that?
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