FAQ

Speak Up Done For You Podcasting & Vlogging​

Frequently Asked Questions

We’re going to get this one out of the way right at the start because we’re going to let you in on a shocking little truth: Your podcasts and videos will not be perfect! You’re human, you make mistakes, you forget things, you might be able to say something better, but all those things, the real, normal you, are what will bring you clients.

In short, we’re really sorry but we can’t re-record any of the conversations unless you’ve said something that’s legally wrong or will get you into trouble professionally or there’s been a technical problem that makes that necessary.

We’re going to get this one out of the way right at the start because we’re going to let you in on a shocking little truth: Your podcasts and videos will not be perfect! You’re human, you make mistakes, you forget things, you might be able to say something better, but all those things, the real, normal you, are what will bring you clients.

Second, we will always do our best to give you the highest quality audio & video, make sure that your chosen topics are covered and that you’re as relaxed and natural on camera as you can be… which leads us onto…

You see, this is one of the advantages of Speak Up Collective! We know how hard it can be to relax and be yourself when there’s a camera pointing at you, which is why our trained interviewers are there. They’ll help you to relax, they’ll make you feel at ease so your knowledge and expertise shine through.
Probably not. Most of us have a decent set of earphones. The only thing you may need to get is a studio ring light if the space where you’re going to be recording isn’t particularly well-lit. You can buy them from Amazon and eBay.

The initial setup process will take 6-8 weeks from signing up to the first episodes being released.

We’ll give you sample scripts to help you draft your intro and outro, then we’ll source the music and put together a fancy-shmancy video that plays in the background while you’re talking, like the one on the homepage here.
We’ll ask you a few questions about the kind of music you want for your podcast and then we’ll send you three pieces of music for you to choose from. If you don’t like any of them, we’ll let you go and hunt for your own.
NOTE: You can’t use your favourite pop song as your podcast theme. Quite apart from the fact that the kind of music you like, someone else might hate it, copyright laws mean that it’s very expensive to use it.

No. Absolutely not. This is your video and your podcast, anything that we say will be edited out nor will our picture appear onscreen in the final version.

When you go on other people’s podcasts/channels, you’re appearing to their audience and answering questions or talking about topics that are relevant to them. There’s nothing wrong with being a guest on other people’s channels, indeed, we recommend it as a way of increasing your reach, but it’s nowhere near as effective as having your own channel.
On top of that, if you appear as a guest on twenty podcasts and you want to share those podcasts with your clients, you have to share separate twenty links and there’s no continuity for listeners; they have to stop listening to that channel and go to someone completely different to find your next episode. Messy.
You’re more than welcome to do it yourself and if you want to invest the time and effort into doing that, you can download our FREE 18 page Podcasting Checklist here. From our experience, and there are no figures to back this up, this is just what we’ve seen in the groups and podcasting programs that we’ve been in, if you decide to do your own podcast, you’re doing very well if you get your first episode up within a year of making the decision to start. Sometimes two years. It’s a lot of work. There are a lot of decisions to make. There’s a lot of learning to do. By working with us, you’re utilising our expertise to leapfrog all of that. What would you rather do: spend 3 or 4 hours a night, 3 or 4 nights a week for 3 or 4 months, trying to record episodes, scratching them, starting again, losing interest, picking it back up a few months later, realising that you don’t like what you did before so you need to start recording again, and now everything’s changed and there are new apps to use, new platforms to find…
Or start right now, put in an hour or so to get everything set up and have a fully functioning podcast & YouTube channel in a few weeks?
The price is a reflection of the amount of work that goes in to producing each episode. All of our team are professionals, among the best in their fields. From the interviewer to the video editors to the graphic designers and the SEO wizards, these people know what they’re doing. The end result is a professional, high quality product that reflects the high standards of your business.

The price is a reflection of the amount of work that goes in to producing each episode. All of our team are professionals, among the best in their fields. From the interviewer to the video editors to the graphic designers and the SEO wizards, these people know what they’re doing. The end result is a professional, high quality product that reflects the high standards of your business.<br/>

They’re all yours. We put them up on the Speak Up channels to increase your audience, but you can take them down any time, they’re all yours.

Nope. Once your initial three episodes are recorded, you can just do episodes when you feel like it… but we don’t recommend that! Consistency is one of the things that people appreciate, and while you might just want to do things when you feel like it, it’s not a good way to build trust!<br/>

We have three, six and twelve month subscriptions for ongoing episodes with a 5-15% discount on the single episode price depending on how often you release an episode and the length of subscription.

We will send you stats from both your podcast and YouTube channels each month as well as the downloads for your work on the Speak Up channels. This should help you to work out what kind of impact your podcasts & videos are having.
We’ll send you details of everything that we need from you, let you know what decisions you need to make, and also what you need to do yourself.

We recommend publishing one episode a week for at least six months, in addition to the initial three episodes. This gives you a good depth of material and establishes a clear commitment to your business as far as your customers are concerned.

We give you all the details as to what you need to give to us and what you need to do yourself. Basically, it’s just information on your business, such as logos and colours, then think about the topics you want to cover.

No! A decent pair of headphones and a nice, quiet, well-lit space is generally good enough. If you have a blank wall behind you, it’s easy enough to set up a virtual backdrop, otherwise just make sure that what’s behind you is clean and attractive.
Absolutely. You can either upload them yourself, or send them to us and, for a small fee, we’ll upload them for you.
Yes. You can put other episodes that you’ve recorded up onto the Speak Up channels for a small fee. Please contact us for more details
We set up your channels and give you all the information so you have full control over them.We’ll send you full details on how to use both the podcast and YouTube channels.
If you stop working with Speak Up, you simply change the passwords & permissions.
We like to be organised! When you choose a subscription for ongoing episodes, automatic reminders will be sent to you to book in a time to record the episode and to send in the info that we need.
You want to get people interested in what you have to say and you want to make sure they come back for more. If you only have one episode available, people are likely to listen to it and then leave. People like to binge watch/listen, you need to give them at least a little to binge on.
People are interested in people, in how they ended up where they are, why they love it, what makes them tick, what’s important to them. People want to find things about others that they can relate to and associate with, that’s what you’re doing in this episode. It’s not about telling people what’s going on in your personal life, it’s about telling them a bit of your background, sharing your story, why you love doing what you do and which successes have made you really happy.