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Amplify Your Authority
Amplify Your Authority
Episode #80 Turn Podcast Dread to Delight with Riverside: Guest Kendall Breitman

Turn Podcast Dread to Delight with Riverside: Guest Kendall Breitman

Whether you’re a seasoned podcaster or just starting, finding the right tool to create high-quality podcast content can be a game-changer for your brand.

In this episode of “Amplify Your Authority,” I sit down with Kendall Breitman, community manager for Riverside, to explore the impact of technology on the future of podcasting.


In this episode, Kendall and I discuss the following:

1. My love/hate relationship with podcasting and why I’ve decided to go all in and create more content.
2. How Riverside’s features simplify the podcasting process, including AI-generated content.
3. Advice on podcast content repurposing, quality sound, and consistency.
And more!
Get ready to elevate your podcasting game and learn from an industry expert.


Key Podcast Takeaway

Discover how Riverside’s new features and AI-generated content can streamline your podcasting process.



“Sometimes the most profound moments in life are about understanding someone else’s story.” – Kendall Breitman.


About Kendal Breitman

Kendall is a member of the Riverside team focused on supporting Riverside’s community of creators. She has over ten years of experience working in television and video production for places like NBC and Bloomberg News.


Related Episode:

Episode #60: Complexity Doesn’t Equal Value 


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Podcast Transcript

Marisa Shadrick [00:00:14]:
Hello, everyone. Marissa here. So glad you’re Here listening to this episode because I have a special guest. If you’ve thought about podcasting or perhaps you are a podcaster and the postproduction work has been A little bit of a chore for you. Maybe it’s caused you procrastinate and not really want to do more episodes because you were really dreading the postproduction. I’ve got a treat for you. With me today, I have Kendall Brightman. And let me give you just a quick snapshot of who she is, and I’ll let her Speak more into her role and what she does right now at Riverside.

Marisa Shadrick [00:00:49]:
Kendall is a community manager for Riverside dotfm. It’s an online recording and editing studio for podcasts and other types of talking head content. Before working with Riverside, Kendall was a political reporter and TV producer for outlets like MSNBC and Bloomberg News. Welcome, Kendall. Thank you so much for being here with me.

Kendall Breitman [00:01:12]:
Thank you so much for having me. I’m really excited to to have this conversation, to be on your show. So thanks for having me.

Marisa Shadrick [00:01:18]:
I’m really excited as well. I have a a personal, Experience with Riverside, and I’ll tell you, there’s been a lot of things that have changed just in this past year. And it’s caught my attention and it’s made me sort of relook at podcasting and get excited about producing podcast episodes. So first of all, tell us a little bit about yourself. Tell us, like, where do you live and little bit about you, yourself. Like, Tell us a little bit about you.

Kendall Breitman [00:01:47]:
Yeah. So as you said, Kendall Brightman, community manager at Riverside. And we’ll get into everything with Riverside, but A bit about me. I am originally from Pennsylvania, then lived in New York for a bit and DC for a bit doing politics and, Television production. In 2016, I was a political reporter for for Bloomberg News, kinda like Lived out of a suitcase and followed all of the presidential campaigns. Really cool experience. And, about 4 years ago, I actually moved to Tel Aviv, because my wife is Israeli. And so we I made the pivot over to here.

Kendall Breitman [00:02:28]:
And From that, kind of pivoted away from American political news as you can kind of assume from that kind of move. And, started in content When I made that career pivot, I was working in content for Wix for a bit and then kind of realized that what I missed about journalism wasn’t exactly the writing. It was, like, Talking to a bunch of different people and getting the story out of it. Like, understanding, okay. I’ve spoken with 20 voters, and this is the connecting thread. So, Like, really, the community aspect, speaking to other people, forming bonds with their people, that’s kinda that’s that’s really my bread and butter. So that’s really how I ended up in community management.

Marisa Shadrick [00:03:07]:
Wow. What an interesting career. That had been exciting doing all of that. You know? Your your background is extensive. That must have been exciting time. Right?

Kendall Breitman [00:03:17]:
Yeah. It was crazy, especially because it like, I mean, 2016 was unlike any other election. And I was lucky enough to work with a few reporters who also had a docuseries on Showtime called The Circus. And so I got to really experience it, like, that we were on campaign buses with Bernie Sanders and on the plane with Donald Trump. It was It was really just an insane snapshot of the of politics and getting to really experience it like that. There’s there was it was life changing. There was nothing like that.

Marisa Shadrick [00:03:50]:
Wow. Yeah. I bet. And and now the last time we spoke, it was a while ago, and when we originally talked about Having you on the podcast. You’re living in Israel, so we had adjust the time zone to make sure that we can meet at a convenient Time. Right? Because I’m Pacific Coast in US. Yeah. So a lot happened since that first conversation we had, you living there in Israel.

Marisa Shadrick [00:04:14]:
Do you wanna share a little bit. I mean, I I can’t even imagine, how terrifying and difficult it must have been.

Kendall Breitman [00:04:22]:
Yeah. Like, A part of me is worried that there’s, like, a me. Like, when I think about that person that was talking in the like, couple weeks ago to you, that, like, I I really feel different now. It’s crazy how so much can change in such a short period of time. It’s been, yeah, it’s been it’s been a really Heartbreaking, difficult time. But and living here, it’s it’s unlike anything that I’ve ever in the US. It’s so far from anything that I ever experienced in the US. And so, yeah, it’s been it’s been difficult, but it’s It’s completely it’s changed life here, and, it’s, like, in a very, like, apparent way just walking on the street.

Kendall Breitman [00:05:05]:
But I I also when I think about, like, before when we were talking and now, it’s just you you almost feel like a different person despite going through Something something like this. Yeah.

Marisa Shadrick [00:05:16]:
Yeah. It’s so surreal. I can’t even imagine. I’m I’m glad you’re safe, and, hopefully, your friends and people that you know, they’re safe. I know a lot of people, there’s mixed feelings, but just my heart goes out. I am just praying that all of this is resolved quickly and and that everyone stays safe. So, thank you for sharing that. I know you’re still in it, And so, I appreciate your time being on the podcast as well.

Marisa Shadrick [00:05:45]:
But to segue a little bit into the work that you’re doing, I mean, you’re Fortunately, you’re working online. You’re doing a lot of things with Riverside. Tell us a little bit how you got into that role with Riverside, and then let’s talk about because there’s a lot of fun things that we can share.

Kendall Breitman [00:06:01]:
Yeah. So, getting into this role, as I was saying before, it’s I never really thought of community management as something that was a career path for me. But it’s funny because once I actually Got into community management. It just felt like such a perfect fit. So, as I was saying before, what I loved about journalism was collecting stories, Understanding people. And I actually even to relate it to what we were just talking about, I think that behind everything are real People and, like, human emotion and understanding that. So whether that’s something as hot button as, politics in the 2016 election, Whether that’s something of what’s going on right now, whether that’s even just a community of podcasters, it’s really just about like, I really run on on human connection and understanding other people, understanding where they’re coming from, what drives them. So community management was just a really perfect fit for that.

Kendall Breitman [00:07:01]:
As far as, like, what my day to day is, because for marketing, especially, like, community management just It’s kind of a it’s not a new frontier. It’s always really been there, but, like, it’s something that I feel like are is be is popping up a bit more in job postings and things like that about and what is a community manager. And so I really see it as kind of, community manager. And so I really see it as kind of when when you market to customers or potential users, you’re marketing to them. They get the product, and then they have the product, and they have support. But it’s kind of like, what else can you do for them? How can you keep them loyal? How can you keep Keep the how can you earn their trust? How can you make them, in this case, a better creator so they’ll use the product more, but also just feel a sense of connection with your product. Because, like, especially in these days, like, forming connections with people, It’s just so powerful, and it leads to better use of the product if you’re thinking about it that much, but, like, if you’re thinking about it That specifically. But in general, it just creates a much more engaging, exciting, intriguing experience For any product that you’re making, when you feel a sense of connection, when you feel like that company is listening to you, interacting with you.

Kendall Breitman [00:08:15]:
So I like to say that, a bit ago, there was, there was influencer marketing. That was a real push that was kind of new. And community marketing, as I as I kinda segue, it is just the idea that you can hear for you could see your favorite influencer talking about What products they’re using or something like that. But what I feel like really connects with people is asking your friend. Like, what are you using? How did you start this podcast? Or how did you build this? Or, you know, like, when you hear from people, real users, real friends of yours in your circle, in your community, I think that’s a really powerful thing.

Marisa Shadrick [00:08:55]:
Yeah. No. For sure. Connection is so important. I I knew we saw eye to eye in a lot of things the first time we had that conversation. And I call it in the copywriting and in the marketing, I do empathetic marketing. There is a real person behind that email, and we have to remember that it’s not a one and done, Which I love what you’re saying. It’s not just enough to sell them the product.

Marisa Shadrick [00:09:15]:
There’s more. And so and it’s sort of like Honoring their commitment to you that you’re continuing to be committed to them. And I

Kendall Breitman [00:09:24]:
thought Yeah. Exactly. And And it’s all about I mean, every community is different, but I’ve kinda laid out a strategy that for this community of creators and podcasters, It’s about making people feel heard and, like, being this kind of connection between the users and product, but then it’s also So about learning. People in this community really want to learn. And so as many learning opportunities to make them a better creator, The the better the better it is for everybody.

Marisa Shadrick [00:09:51]:
Yeah. Can I share a little bit of how I stumbled upon Riverside, and We can get into some of these features? I started podcasting, and like many, I was podcasting for almost a year, And I got busier with other things and with clients, and it became this chore. And I was only doing audio at the time, And I saw the shift that people were obviously using the content, and they were repurposing it and putting on YouTube. And I thought, Well, I can do that, but then there’s another layer of work there. And it was something there was always tension. Every time I was thinking about my podcast, I kept, oh, gosh. Gosh. There’s so much work to be done there, and I have this other work that I’m doing, fulfilling, you know, a lot of the deliverables for the copywriting clients and then the coaching clients.

Marisa Shadrick [00:10:39]:
And I thought, I just wish I had 1 tool. And then I heard about Riverside. I’m not sure where I found out about it, but I heard about Riverside. I checked it out, and I thought, Well, this may be something that will work for me. And when I signed up, I’m not sure when it was. It was at least Early this year, we’re in 2023, at the end of 2023. It’s been, I think, about a year. They had some cool features, but then They came out with even more features.

Marisa Shadrick [00:11:07]:
So Riverside allows you and correct me if I’m wrong, you’re able to record, And there’s this technology behind it that doesn’t allow the freeze face that you see on On maybe Zoom when people’s Internet connection isn’t very good, and all of a sudden they freeze and then you don’t You can hear them, but their mouth isn’t moving, and you have all these little glitches. And I had a tool before that that would happen a lot. And Riverside has this technology, and you can explain it a little better than I am. But the point is the postproduction work, The way the tool is set up, I thought, okay. This is my answer. Now I can be on video, do audio, Use Riverside, and then they started rolling out all these features that gave me clips and all kinds of things. And now the pro postproduction work is Fun, and it takes a fraction of what it used to. So do you wanna, like, formally give us the background of Riverside and tell us a little bit about some of the features? I gave you kind of the The Yeah.

Kendall Breitman [00:12:11]:
I mean, you just did a pretty good job. Yeah. You just did a great job. I’m like, let me clip that for Riverside. So, yeah, as you were saying, I mean, we can start with What you’re talking about with Zoom and the glitches and things. What Riverside does, it’s kind of the bread and butter of Riverside, is that we record everything locally. So what does that mean? It means that while Zoom well, like, Zoom’s made for online meetings. So it compresses your audio and your video.

Kendall Breitman [00:12:36]:
You sound a bit more tinny than you would on something like this recording. And you can be more pixelated because what what Zoom cares about is, Like, an online over the Internet conversation. Mhmm. For Riverside, like, we’re having this conversation now. You can see me. I can see you. We’re both being recorded. But if I don’t have good Internet or you don’t have good Internet, it records to my computer onto my browser.

Kendall Breitman [00:13:03]:
And so what that means is that it’s not compressed by the Internet. It’s not pixelated or anything like that. It’s made for high quality recording. And then it just uploads it to your online recording studio. So we’re in here recording right now. After that, My file from my computer, which is gonna be crystal clear, have great sounding audio, all goes into your studio. Then from there from there, you also tease that you with all of your recordings, you can get, depending on your plan, you can get an AI transcription of the entire recording that you can search and edit that way. You can edit it all from there.

Kendall Breitman [00:13:40]:
You can create social media clips from it. You can change the layout in a click. So if you want it to be, like, in a reels type of format, you can do that. And, there’s also AI generated clips. So, Really, like, we’re all having this is what I what I say to people who are kinda nervous about podcasting and recording. We’re already having these meetings. So instead, you can just record them even if it’s just the meeting. Like, you can just record it, have that full transcript, be able to clip out certain parts, and send it out to people.

Kendall Breitman [00:14:11]:
I mean, even for user interviews, what I’ll do is if I’ll talk to a community member. I’ll record the meeting. And if they say, hey, this is a feature I’d really love. I can take that clip in, like, 5 seconds and then send it to my product team. So really yeah. So really just, like, Utilizing every aspect of this to be able to get out high quality recordings, but be able to clip them really easily, edit them really easily, transcribe them, all of that. So it’s a powerful tool. But my favorite part of it, actually, is that it opens up every single person’s Living room, office room to be a recording studio.

Kendall Breitman [00:14:47]:
And when you have when you open this door for more people to have recording studios, You inevitably open the door for more people to have conversations and a diversity of conversations and a diversity of stories and perspectives. So I like the accessibility that it gives everyone to have their own professional level recording studio.

Marisa Shadrick [00:15:07]:
It is fabulous. And from the user perspective, The fact when the clips came out and I was able first, I was really wowed with the transcript because that was always an out for me because you need transcripts, you need the SRT for YouTube and, You know, if you’re gonna put everything in your show notes on your website, there’s a lot that you need. And so the the fact that it had that, and you can literally hover over A word or maybe there’s they said something that’s really epic, but it’s too long and you wanna just kinda crop the middle and go right to the meat of it, You can just highlight it and remove that section, and it’s seamless. Yeah.

Kendall Breitman [00:15:43]:
It’s, like, unbelievable. Yeah. It’s video editing like a doc. It’s really cool, especially for somebody like me that’s I’m not I’m never gonna claim to be an editor. That really just it it makes it again, it makes it more accessible for more people to make more content easier.

Marisa Shadrick [00:15:56]:
And I know how to use technology, but I have no idea how it works, but the fact that it’s so user friendly and then they came out with the clips. This is like this is This is huge because, obviously, you wanna share your podcast, but the different platforms, different sizes. Right?

Kendall Breitman [00:16:11]:

Marisa Shadrick [00:16:11]:
And so being able and you needed another tool, and then you need all these tools

Kendall Breitman [00:16:15]:
to produce

Marisa Shadrick [00:16:16]:
a podcast, which was crazy. You know? I didn’t want 3, 4 tools to Process a podcast. Here, when that showed up on my dashboard and it said click here, and I think you call it Marisa Clips. I think that’s the name of it. Yep. I clicked a button all of a sudden. All these clips came out. And I’m telling you, it is pretty accurate at capturing the best of the best.

Marisa Shadrick [00:16:39]:
And you can take that clip, and you can turn it into a square if you want it for Instagram. You can leave it in a vertical if you wanna do a YouTube short. You can put it on LinkedIn, on your social media, anywhere. It was like magic. I got so excited. I was like Yeah. Doing the happy dance here by myself in my office because it made I mean, that’s what it’s all about. Make it easy For people that don’t understand technology, make it simple so it saves time.

Marisa Shadrick [00:17:07]:
And, you know, there’s there is the fun factor too To see these things produced, it’s amazing. And the little clips that you have, you can actually put the, captions in it. Mhmm. So you can have the captions on it as well. And you can have a nice color frame around it. And when you do interviews, which you’ll see from this interview, it really, That’s where the magic happens because then your, you can size it to where it’s top and bottom or side by side. So whatever way you want it. So there’s a lot of creativity in how you want to cut those, and it’s really easy to do.

Marisa Shadrick [00:17:41]:
You go in the studio, you go into edit, and you decide what you wanna do with the Full version, if you wanna create clips, it’s magic. And it has also and I have a lot of that. I think I have a a basic plan, and I have a lot of features on my plan. Bette, I’m thinking of upgrading because I know you guys now have a teleprompter. Tell them a little bit about that.

Kendall Breitman [00:18:02]:
Yeah. I mean, you can put in so we have this we have a script feature that everyone has where you can write your notes or your script or something like that. So if you have questions before, you can put them, And it’ll show up in your browser right under the video camera for your laptop. So you can look at the notes, but still be just right under the camera so that it Looks like you’re looking at the camera. And then for the pro plan, you’re able to kinda press play on those notes and set the scroll. And so if you have an intro, for example, the intro that you just gave with me, I you’d be able to have that kinda scroll in front of the screen. And the idea is that, you know, when you’re Creating content. You have your notes on the side.

Kendall Breitman [00:18:39]:
You might have something else on another window. It’s to really just bring everything into one place so that you can focus on the conversation.

Marisa Shadrick [00:18:46]:
Yep. No longer do you have to have a Google Doc open with the bio and then drag it over under your camera so it you can’t you’re not looking over to the sign, But I actually read your intro from the transcript section. I pasted it in there, and I used it, and it’s right under my camera. So I was able to read it right there, and it is so Much more convenient to be able to have everything there. So the recording piece is also easy when you have guests, and I think you shared this with me, Kendall, There’s a way that you can create a Calendly link for the day and time that you want to have the interview, And then give them the Riverside link that you created in Riverside for that podcast episode. Put it right in there in Calendly, So then when they accept, it’s all there. And Yeah. Riverside even gives you, like, best practices to prepare.

Marisa Shadrick [00:19:38]:
So I just copy and paste that into my Calendly as well. So they’re completely prepared on what to do, how to show up. They have the link to Riverside, and they accept the Calendly invite and boom. You’re done. It’s so cool. Yeah. It is so cool. Yeah.

Marisa Shadrick [00:19:54]:
Yes. So you said there’s gonna be more. I mean, can you tease us a little bit about what else is rolling out?

Kendall Breitman [00:20:00]:
Because you said there’ll be more

Marisa Shadrick [00:20:00]:
features coming out. Is coming out. Yeah. I mean secret? Well, I’m,

Kendall Breitman [00:20:06]:
like, trying to think about when the when the episode’s coming out and what we’ll have. But, I will just say that, Riverside really started as a remote recording platform with those vocal recordings that I just talked about. But what we’re really trying to do, as you had just talked about, is add more features to the editor. So, basically, the direction that we’re moving in is we are trying to Make the entire postproduction process as smooth as possible, whether that’s maybe show notes, AI generated show notes based on your conversation. Whether that is, like, helping you create Even more clearer audio. That could be something that’s coming out. So, basically, like, the The the the teaser that I’ll give that’s a bit more general is just that we’re really working on creating even more opportunities for people to be able to Edit easily, fat more, faster, that kinda that kinda thing. Is that why you’re

Marisa Shadrick [00:21:08]:
talking to customers? Because I think we’ve got on a call because I think you Wanted to just see my experience with Riverside and just kinda chat, which I thought was awesome because I wanted to say, yay. I really love it, And, it was a surprise every time a new feature came out, and it just like I said, it’s it’s made everything so much easier. And one thing I do since I’m a copywriter, Sometimes when I write sales pages, I don’t want, like, a huge, like, YouTube size video on the page because it’s it’s massive. Right? Sometimes I just want, like, A square with some text on the side so that I still have the video, but I can have the text with a button, you know, above the fold. And I thought, why not use Riverside? And so I came back with a web Friday promotion. I used Riverside. I recorded it. I was able to edit whatever I wanted Edit.

Marisa Shadrick [00:21:58]:
I had the square size that I had, and I was able to put it on my sales page, and it looked great. I was just so excited because vertical is a little bit too small, and the YouTube size is too big. I know it’s 69 or whatever it is, but the The square fit perfectly. And so Riverside, I’m finding other uses for it. Like you said, you can record on the rare side and have a transcripts, which is awesome. Yeah. For sure.

Kendall Breitman [00:22:25]:
Yeah. Exactly. And so, basically, when we were talking about the user interviews, I do this all the time. So it’s not even, like, a bad way to feature rolling out. It’s it’s really important for me, first of all, to be able to create connections with people beyond Online avatars. But beyond that, it’s also about I like to stay in check about what’s important to creators, What they’re excited about, what they want to have come up, what’s the most annoying part of the process, what’s their favorite part of the process, It helps me not only be able to, like, communicate that to the product team, but also how we market things, also how we present things in the way that When we have new features coming up, I feel much more comfortable talking about them because I know when I hear a feature that I know the community will be excited about. It just it’s about staying connected with that creator mentality. Yeah.

Kendall Breitman [00:23:21]:
So I like to do that. And then, also, it’s just nice to be able to, like, Do things like this. Like, how like, I we spoke, and now I’m appearing on your podcast. It’s it’s being able to, like, continue a conversation and, like, Collaborate with each other in different ways.

Marisa Shadrick [00:23:36]:
Yeah. Because we, magic word, connected. So, you know, there’s so much to be said with Connecting and building relationships, and I love promoting tools. I love, you know, sharing about marketing strategies and copywriting, but I love promoting tools that work. And if I love them, then I wanna share them with everyone. I will get an affiliate link, and I’ll share it because I know it’s gonna save them time. I know it’s gonna help them. It’s not so much, You know, the commission you get or the stipend that you get, it’s really about helping them save time and use their postproduction Process, you know, in a in a very, time let’s let’s put it this way.

Marisa Shadrick [00:24:17]:
In a way that’s gonna save them time, but also give them better quality of what they had before because the quality is great. And that happened to me when I interviewed someone not That long ago, their Internet was terrible. And I said, okay. Here’s my test because I kept seeing that their Internet was weak, And then the video that came out was seamless. It was beautiful.

Kendall Breitman [00:24:38]:
I appreciate it. To hear. Awesome.

Marisa Shadrick [00:24:40]:
It was beautiful. So what would you say in the time that we have here, what would you say to someone that maybe first of all, It has a podcast, but has been struggling to be consistent and maybe experience some of the struggles that I was experiencing. What would you say to them?

Kendall Breitman [00:24:56]:
I would just say that, like, you set your own schedule. Like, no one’s asking you. No one’s saying. There’s no set rule that you need to post an episode Every single week. There’s I mean, unless you’re telling your audience every week, we’ll have an episode. That’s the only person that you owe anything to is your audience. You can you can do it biweekly. You can do it once a month.

Kendall Breitman [00:25:18]:
No one’s saying that you need to post every single day on social media. Yeah. Maybe you wanna start by posting once or twice every week, like, and work your way up. I would say to, like, Kinda take bite sized chunks. Another thing that I would recommend is batching. I think that it’s like a that it’s a lifesaver. And by that, I mean, like, Knock out a bunch of interviews 1 week. Like, maybe that’s your interview week, and you do, like, 7 interviews.

Kendall Breitman [00:25:45]:
And then the next The next week, it can be content. It can be okay. Now I’m gonna take all these interviews, listen to them, edit each one of them. Edit 1, edit 2, edit 3. Now I’m gonna write all the content for it. It brings your mind into a certain task. It’s like, okay. My mind’s in writing mode right now.

Kendall Breitman [00:26:01]:
I’m gonna write. I’m gonna bang out all of these show notes for every episode. And when you do it that way, once you’re done, that, in that example, gives you 7 weeks of content if you if you publish weekly. So, yeah, it’s about like, if you are able to kind of click your mind into that, into Kinda back having, like, a a backload of of episodes that you’ve prepared to give yourself those natural breaks, I would say do it. And I also think that with tools like Riverside, but also just in general, it’s difficult to to keep up with a podcast, But at this, it’s it’s what you make of it. So if you want this to be something that you just record for a week And then you put an intro and an outro on it, and you put that up. Like, if that’s what the vibe that you want, very authentic, you can make that your vibe. You don’t need this, like, serial level or, like, these true crime level with with, sound effects and things like that.

Kendall Breitman [00:27:02]:
You can just sit down and have a conversation, record it, use your Marisa Clips if you’re on Riverside, which you should be, and then It really easily create content. So bite off what you can chew. No one’s sitting there telling you you need a weekly podcast. Try monthly if that’s something that you wanna try start out with.

Marisa Shadrick [00:27:18]:
I love it. And you can extract just the audio if you want. I mean, you have the option video and audio or just audio. Nowadays, you know, people are repurposing and putting it on YouTube. It’s a great way to grow your YouTube channel. One of the things that I’m gonna do new in the coming year Is and this is because Riverside has this feature. I am going to stream my recording to LinkedIn, which I’m really excited about doing that on my company page. So I’m excited about doing that because I went through the process, and it’s very easy to connect, very easy to do.

Marisa Shadrick [00:27:51]:
And I’ll still do the postproduction, but I’m going to Cast it live on LinkedIn. Aren’t you, Greg? Kendall, then I’m still just prerecording these right now. We’re not live.

Kendall Breitman [00:28:00]:
I was gonna say I’ll I’ll come back on when it’s live. Let’s do it live. Yeah.

Marisa Shadrick [00:28:05]:
So for people that are thinking about maybe starting a podcast, I still think podcasts are very effective ways of creating content because you can take content from your podcast and repurpose it in other ways if you want to because there’s so much value that you have in the podcast. But what would you say to somebody that’s thinking about starting a podcast and thinking about a tool? I know what I would say, but what would you say?

Kendall Breitman [00:28:32]:
I would say for somebody that’s new, it might be easy to kinda just grab the first thing that you already feel comfortable with. I mean, I’ve spoken with a ton of podcasters who just knew Zoom, and so they just kept using Zoom. I would say that the best way the the To grow your podcast, have a successful podcast, like, the most, like, baseline part of it is having high quality content. Like, you can record a 1000000 episodes, and if no one wants to listen to that on their headphones, like, then you You it’s like a if a tree falls in in the woods and no one’s there to listen to it. You know? Like, I would say that you should prioritize High quality, especially if you’re doing only audio, but also with video. And then on top of that, just like user friendliness. If you feel like when you’re having these kind of conversations, you wanna be as comfortable as possible. And that’s for a host.

Kendall Breitman [00:29:26]:
That’s for a guest. So making sure that You are comfortable with a platform that it’s easy to use, that you don’t feel overwhelmed by it. It’s gonna pay off in your conversations. And I find that when I speak with people, that is one of the first things that jumped out to them about Riverside is just how easy it was to to really use. Just kinda press record and go. So I would say that those are 2 things to look out for, something that you’re comfortable with but that gives you high quality. Because sometimes, the thing that you’re comfortable with Isn’t gonna give you high quality, and you might just need to branch out of it and gain comfort somewhere, like, at another, like, with another platform, and it might be easier than you think.

Marisa Shadrick [00:30:07]:
Yeah. Yeah. And I would add to that if you’re thinking about Having a podcast where you have guests, my my thinking with that was I wanted to have more guests, and I wanted to honor them By presenting a good quality video since I was gonna be on YouTube, I wanted it to be the best sound, the best video Because they were taking time out of their busy day to be on the podcast. So my thinking was, let me set this up in a way that looks very professional. It’s going to capture the best of who they are without interruptions or Internet disturbances or any of that, And we’ll have a clean recording, and I can, you know, have various clips that they can share as well if they want to. So it allows me to be able to honor those guests by providing the best that I and provide.

Kendall Breitman [00:30:55]:
Exactly. And also to honor your listeners. I mean, if they’re gonna come there, you don’t wanna have somebody joining that sound. Like, that it’s I’ve I’ve listened to podcasts that, they’ll like, I would love all of their episodes, and then there’s an episode where you could tell, like, it’s almost like somebody’s on a speakerphone talking to them. And you’re just like, really? Like, why? Don’t don’t publish that. I don’t I don’t wanna listen to it because it’s difficult to listen to. Yeah.

Marisa Shadrick [00:31:17]:
That’s true. That’s Once you hear good quality, it’s hard to go back to the tinny sound and yeah. I’m and it it you can correct it fairly easily. And so I just wanna let everyone know that I have been very impressed with Riverside. It was something that I was struggling with really for over a year trying to figure out, you know, what to do. Do I hire somebody? Do I invest and just give them everything to have them produce everything? But I needed to record good quality. So it was an answer to my problem. It it was, you know, solution to my pain, And, I really love it.

Marisa Shadrick [00:31:54]:
I love it. So thank you, Riverside, and everyone that’s involved in the technology and doing everything. I’m a happy camper, and I appreciate it so much.

Kendall Breitman [00:32:03]:
Thank you, Ivy. And this is like the it’s been really wonderful to hear this. I’ve loved talking with you on our call before, and, like, this feedback just helps us create a better product for creators. So I really appreciate any any and all feedback on that.

Marisa Shadrick [00:32:17]:
Yeah. And I will put a link in the show notes how you can connect and begin with Riverside if that’s something that you wanna do for the coming year And you want to maybe either up your podcasting game or start a podcast, I’ll put that in there. Is there anything else you’d like to add? Anything That you would like to share with the audience before we close today?

Kendall Breitman [00:32:40]:
I mean, I would just say that if you are Thinking about starting a podcast, you can try Riverside even for free. And then just, like, press record. See how it works. See how you like it. Try just having even a conversation with yourself. I mean Yeah. It’s like the the way that you will become like, There’s no better way to dive into it than to truly just dive in. So, if I would say if you are thinking about starting a podcast, Dive into it.

Kendall Breitman [00:33:11]:
See how you like it. And my 1st recommendation on that would be if you have a podcast show, you’re thinking about 1, Write down 10 episode ideas because that will mean that you’ve kinda gone from, oh, I think A podcast would be fun to, like, I have a real idea. And I also find that once you write those 10 ideas, more and more ideas Come to you. You get more and more inspired, and it’ll push you to finally just press that record button.

Marisa Shadrick [00:33:37]:
Mhmm. That’s awesome. That’s awesome. Thank you so much, Kendall, I really appreciate you taking the time and being with me and sharing all your wisdom with the audience. I really appreciate it. Thank you so much.

Kendall Breitman [00:33:48]:
Of course. Thank you so much.

Marisa Shadrick [00:33:51]:
Alrighty, everyone. We will talk to you soon. I hope you check out Riverside, and you have a wonderful New Year, maybe even podcasting.

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