Less is more: How long should an episode be?

Less is more: How long should an episode be?
Less is more: How long should an episode be?
Episode January 06, 2022 00:17:51

Hosted By

Matt Medeiros Stuart Barefoot

Show Notes

How long should a podcast episode be? Do longer episodes have more useful content than shorter ones? Do short episodes cut out all the unnecessary chatter? Making a podcast is more of an art than a science. There’s no magical format that will get you downloads; there is only the format that works for you. For most people, that means they’ll have an awkward trial and error period. To make that period a little less awkward, Stuart brings on a podcaster to share one format that has worked well.

On this episode of the Audience podcast, Stuart talks with Mandy Lehto (from Enough, the Podcast) about episode length, the importance of making every second count, pulling Jenga blocks, and how to effectively use narration. She talks about why she creates Enough, the Podcast and what her goals are. 

With longer episodes, information can get lost in all of the minutes that tick by. But shorter episodes can feel distant. As podcasters, we want to connect with our audience and sometimes that can’t be done with short episodes. So what is a podcaster to do? After all, sometimes you don’t know what the episode is until you record it.

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Today you’ll learn about:

  • How to utilize your air time well
  • Techniques that Mandy uses to emphasize certain points in her interviews
  • Punctuating the episode through narration
  • How to effectively use narration through your episode
  • The importance of making every second count
  • Which Jenga blocks can you pull from your podcast?
  • Balancing your content with levity, instruction, and diversity


Mandy Lehto: https://mandylehto.com/ 

Enough, the podcast: https://mandylehto.com/listen/ 

Castos Academy: https://academy.castos.com/ 

Castos, private podcast: https://academy.castos.com/private/ 

Castos, website: Castos.com/

Castos, YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/castos  

Clubhouse video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8729ZpWpmIw

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