Podcast host Shivani Pau uses her podcast "A Millennial Mind" to break down stereotypes and taboos and conduct insightful conversations.
In this digital era, content has many forms. There are memes, Reels, videos, stories, and whatnot. And off late podcasts are taking over the virtual world. Podcasts are audio-based content streaming on music or podcast applications and they have many benefits. You don't have to look at a screen and strain your eyes. While commuting, on a walk, or while doing chores, you can plug in your earphones and listen to any podcast; it saves time, a commodity we highly value in today's fast and busy life. They don't cost a lot either. There are many free-of-cost podcasts out there that can make you wiser without charging a fee. Many influencers have now begun to explore the world of podcasts. They are using podcasts to teach, educate, and as a medium of expression, bringing together a diverse audience and building space for necessary conversations.
On World Podcast Day, to learn more about the world of podcasts, we reached out to podcast host Shivani Pau. Shivani started her podcast "A Millennial Mind" to create a platform where she could break down stereotypes and taboos. Each episode of her podcast touches on topics like mental health, personal development, and some controversial conversations! Shivani aims to conduct insightful conversations that inspire and motivate different generations.
Here's what she had to say!
What is your opinion on podcasts becoming popular in the virtual world?
"Podcasts are great because you can listen to/watch them from anywhere. I think they have become a part of people's routines! Many are still recording virtually, enabling themselves to reach guests across the world."
What has your experience been as a podcast creator? What got you to start one of your own?
"To be honest, I had no idea how much there would be to do! When I started, I thought I wouldn't be able to do podcasting full-time. Everyone said there is no money in it; it should just be a hobby. However, listening to other podcasts highly inspired me. I knew I could make a change with some of the conversations that I was already having. So, I wanted to bring those conversations to a wider audience by creating my podcast."
How are podcasts different from other types of content?
"Since podcasts can have long-form content, you get to go deep. You get to know the host and guests deeply which helps you relate more to them. What you see on other social media platforms is quite surface-level. On a podcast, however, you see a completely different side to the host; you may see a side they have never shared before."
What are the best and the worst things about podcasts from a creator's point of view?
"The best thing is the impact you make as the host. Getting messages from people about how much you have helped them is the best feeling. The worst thing might be handling the huge amount of content generated from an episode. Uploading it on LinkedIn, TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and YouTube shorts can be a lot, especially if you're a beginner working alone!"
How difficult is it to create and manage a podcast?
"I think it depends on how much content you want to put. Initially, I released an audio podcast and Instagram post each week. I have increased the content over time but managing it is the hardest part. I invite guests, research the subject, edit the podcast and then create long/short-form content. So, at times, it can feel like a lot, but I love it regardless!"
What will you advise those who wish to establish their own podcasts?
"Record episodes in batches! I made this mistake earlier. I wish I had at least ten episodes in my pocket when I started. It ensures that if your guest cancels, you're not stuck. You don't have to research, record, edit, and produce all the content in just one week!"
Are you ready to create your own podcast now?