How to Launch and Grow an Insightful and Inspiring Podcast with Giridhar Kasichainula

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In this episode of Podcast Tactics, you will get podcasting tips and advice from a solo podcaster that created a show where he shares insightful thoughts, opinions, and ideas on a wide variety of topics.

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Episode recorded on February 21, 2021.

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Transcript

James: In this episode of Podcast Tactics, you will get podcasting tips and advice from a solo podcaster that shares insightful thoughts, opinions, and ideas on a wide variety of topics.

Remember to join the mailing list at PodcastTactics.com so you can keep learning about podcasting, get inspired and stay motivated.

I’m James, the host of Podcast Tactics. Thanks for listening.

Let’s get into it!

Joining me right now is Giridhar from Hyderabad India. Giridhar, thank you so much for being on the show.

Giridhar: Hi, James. Thank you so much for having me as your guest for today. Fantastic.

James: So I’m going to say, let’s just dive right in and talk about your podcast. What’s the name of your show and tell us what it’s all about.

Giridhar: Yeah, sure. So my podcast name is Giridhar’s Garady. It’s all about my personal experiences, ideas or opinions on various subjects. So already it’s the first season that I have started during the . So it started from July two, 2020, uh, actually on my birthday, I realized that trailer of this podcast, because I wanted to start something new on my birthday.

James: I love that idea. Yeah.

Giridhar: Uh, so just exactly two days after that, I started releasing the episodes. I recorded everything previously and I strapped it, releasing everything slowly. So it is like I take a concept or every week and I express my personal opinions, ideas. And even I shared my personal experiences to all the listeners.

Uh, so this is all something that is going on for now, but yeah, in the next season, even I would like to have the interviews or have conversations at all. So looking forward to it, let’s see how it

James: goes. That’s awesome. So tell us, uh, you know, how, how, what was your aha moment for, you know, your podcast? How did you, how did you come up with the idea for the show?

Giridhar: Yeah. Um, means from my childhood itself, uh, at least, uh, from at least from last 10 years or so, as, as well as the, I had this idea, like, I was quite impressed with the radio jockeys or radio personalities. I think that is what you call in us. So, yeah, so I just love such radio shows. I was quite impressed with them and I love the way they engage the audience.

I audience that I love the way they. Play the songs in between. I loud it accent. They even keep on saying so many things and they are highly creative on a daily basis. They come up with some topic on the other and they speak on continuously about something. So I’ve been talking to being a talkative person by nature, even like, yeah, somewhere, uh, even I should start this, but how to start of what to do even, I was not aware of.

Anything? Yes, but slowly, uh, I mean from last two years or so, I was part of this or Toastmasters club. So in Toastmasters we had a project called podcasts. So that’s where I actually listen to this word for the first time. Oh, podcasts. So what is this podcast about when I Googled and search and everything.

Okay. I got to know some details about it. All. There’s something called podcast wherein we can actually record a voice and let the world hear us. Wow. That’s a great thing. So slowly I started to know about the apps and all from where we can actually do this podcast. And there was something called anchor that was absolutely free.

So I started doing it using anchor. That’s how it’s gone. And I’m quite happy that I’m able to fulfill my passion now, along with the work or profession that I do.

James: That’s really cool. So, so did I hear you correctly that at Toastmasters, when you started going there, that’s where you heard about, uh, the concept of doing podcasts?

Is that

Giridhar: got it, got it. Gyms. There was in indeed a project called podcast, create a podcast in one of the educational track. We have this, this project called create a podcast. Of course I didn’t do that. One, when we actually scroll down those projects will you will, because I even, I had this even habit of writing blocks.

So I selected the calmer, write a compelling blog project instead of the podcast from that was like a sort of elect to us in Toastmasters. So there, what happened was I was really impressed with this. But podcasts while I think, because that, that’s the thing that I got to know from Toastmasters there. I found this word and then I started Googling it.

Okay. So this is the podcast. This is just like a kind of radio show where in we can actually let our voice, listen to the world or even bring on some guests. Yeah, a friend, friends or anyone in their areas of expertise and we can have their interviews recorded and we can be the host. In fact, I love hosting such things usually.

I mean, even earlier as well, uh, in our WhatsApp groups, we’ll use it. I use it to do this. Hosting? No, we hired a Polish friends of around 60 members, six zero, and I hosted a show called target. We’re in, it is like a daily. I target one member in that. Uh, it is like I introduced them as a, I mean, as I’m I’m the host and they will be the guest for the day.

I introduce them. I ask some questions to them. They have gone answered. And after that I leave it to the group of other friends they’re in. They can also ask. The, the questions from there. And so at the end of the day, I drive the show completely. At the end of the day, you give them the score. Okay. This is how you perform it.

Also hosting was also something that I really loved. So podcast was like a scenario where in the combination of hosting, as well as my passion for radio jockey, everything was getting fulfilled at the same time while creating content time, even writing my blogs. So multiple. The things which I allow are actually happening through podcasts.

James: You sound like a very driven person. I have to ask. Um, you know, what is it that you do for a living. Okay. I am a software

Giridhar: engineer.

James: Okay. Okay. Do you feel like that kind of helps you stay organized and I mean, you’re taking, it sounds like you’re taking on quite a bit.

Giridhar: Yeah. Yeah, no. I mean, I love to do these extracurricular things.

Of course, I like my job, but that is only to a certain extent. But beyond that, I always feel like doing something else because after 10 years or 20 years, when we look back and see what we did means, no, we just had data while daily. The activities that we went to job, we did that. We came back home and we slept, no, it shouldn’t be like that.

There should be something apart from a daily routine. So we should have some memories. We should create some memories. So that at least after 10 or 20 years, we feel so much accomplished and we feel proud of ourselves.

James: Pull back a little bit, you know, let’s go back to your podcast. I want to get into like some of the challenges that you’ve had with, you know, putting that show together.

What kind of challenges have you been facing with that? Yeah,

Giridhar: sure. So starting at the time of starting my podcast, I was actually not aware of all this technical stuff, how to do, I mean, I didn’t know, only this app called anchor. Okay. I started recording my wife’s. But it was not so clear, it was not so loud so that there is this technical challenge that bearing, okay.

People were very much impressed with my wife’s, the accent and everything, but they were not actually able to grasp the voice because it was so low. And the background music, it was dominating the voice at the beginning. So, uh, what, I couldn’t even understand how to fix this problem. I started using one more app where in a soccer thing, my voice, uh, just to, yeah, just we’ll make it a little louder.

And then I started applying the background music if it was a little better. But after that, one of my friend who was also, who has also started a podcast, he suggested me one more app called Dalby. Wherein we get a perfect audio quality, the UN it just made our, made my job easier. That was the biggest challenge that I faced so far in my podcast.

That is totally related to the technical stuff. Yeah.

James: Yeah. I can, I can relate to that. The technical, the technical challenges are. Yeah, for sure. They’re, they’re exactly that they are definitely challenging. Let’s talk about, you know, the flip side of that coin. Let’s talk about the successes that you’ve

Giridhar: had on a very positive note.

I got a real strong wave of positive responses from a lot of my friends who, I mean, in my network only of course I couldn’t actually go beyond my network so far, but, uh, so far who have we ever have lizard. To my podcast. I couldn’t even get one negative review from them because whatever people gave, at least maybe it can be with respect to my content or with respect to my wise, or, uh, with respect to the, uh, creativity that I’m showing in the podcast.

So far, I was only able to get up. Positive comments so far. And it was quite encouraging for me to, uh, come up with something new every week and do this with a lot of passion. So I feel that itself is a success. I don’t want to have a number of subscribers and start getting some money or something else because ultimately that personal satisfaction is something that, that is, that is beyond everything.

That is what I treat.

James: In terms of your process, you know, how, how do you go about approaching, um, you know, episode creation? Like, do you just, you know, keep a journal and, you know, write down ideas and then say, yeah, I’m going to go with that. So talk us a little bit about your process.

Giridhar: Okay. Uh, it was like, uh, frankly speaking from last three to four years, I started writing blogs.

So I was a blogger. So that helped me quite a lot with respect to the content, because for now I am doing solo and that those blocks actually I can change some things here and there. And ultimately if I feel that country, because he used to, after some years, whatever we feel right today may not be right for us.

Tomorrow. So we’ll, we may have some changes here and there with respect to the content, but ultimately it made my job really easy. That is what I can say, because I already have some content and I can actually do only some changes here and there. And yeah. So, okay. I have this sentence. I have this title. I have this topic.

Yeah. I can easily go ahead with the recording episode. So that made my job. He said at the same time, it is not that I, I had so many articles or so it was quite. Uh, hard for me to continue writing every week or every month in that way earlier. But now that I’m doing a podcast, it became mandatory thing for me.

So at least once in a week, I’ll feel like sitting down and yeah, usually I feel like, uh, talking about that topic, I start thinking about it. For one week, whatever activity that I’m doing. So I can at least morning time, as soon as I wake up and I brush up. So that that’s the time usually I get beautiful talks because early morning we would be very cool and clean mind.

Right. So we don’t have any other thoughts that time. So I usually get those creative parts that early in the morning. And then I keep on thinking about it at least for one week. Ultimately at the end of the week, I’ll put all my thoughts organized in, in a perfect blog or like a perfect speech in a Toastmasters club.

Even that experience is helping me here that I can say . So I keep everything in an organized way. Intimately, if I would go ahead with the recording of the

James: episode. So, uh, so tell me, what, what do you want your listeners to get out of listening to your podcast? Yeah.

Giridhar: And earlier I thought anchor Spotify or Google podcasts and all these areas where in, I felt it would be better.

But right now I am really enjoying people, listening to my podcast on YouTube, because YouTube is like a default app where it is available now on everyone’s mobile. But when it comes to anchor on Spotify or Google podcasts, it is something that really people insist. So I started making YouTube videos and that attracted audience a lot, and people are actually enjoying YouTube videos.

So I will now my audience to actually listen to YouTube videos. That’s where I want to concentrate.

James: Okay. Let me ask my question a little bit differently because I thank you for that answer, but I wanted to, I was wondering like, you know, when, when you put these, um, episodes together, You know, is there, is there a takeaway message that you want people to walk away

Giridhar: with?

Yes, definitely. I never episode. I would love to give a message to her saying, because ultimately it shouldn’t be like people listen to my episode for five or 10 minutes and okay. Yeah. That’s. Brian this happened, this happened, this that would normally try and be that case. There should be something, some takeaway where they can relate my experience to themselves, or they can take a lesson out of it.

So, um, like even in the initial episode wherein I spoke about my migration, but it means usually I come from a small town to Hyderabad. So Hyderabad is like, it’s a city in India. I’d say a great development city in India. I started fulfilling my dreams. I, uh, I spoke about my dreams actually. I mean in their migration, it’s sort of how I migrated from a small town to sat from a college student to an employee and from a hostel light to a householder.

So it’s all like the transformation from something to, I mean, from nothing to something at least. So they’re what people can, uh, actually take a take away from that story is, uh, it is let our city, we don’t have to worry about anything in the city. As soon as you come, this city teaches us so many things.

Uh, yeah, you, you don’t have to worry UPU. All you have to do is pass the process and go ahead. That’s it. That’s it, it takes care of everything,

James: right? Uh, it’s the city it’s like the city is kind of like

Giridhar: life. And that city never sleeps, actually we miss late, but the city never sleeps. Yeah. So in the process of heading towards our goal or destination, we may get diverted due to many things, but at least for some time, if we can take our eyes off of a busy life, try to find that special field, which our is really gives to our life.

That gives a beautiful and meaningful, uh, Value value to our life. That’s the kind of message that I would like to give through a small story as well. Just an example, to your

James: question, I’m curious about, you know, what your hopes are for the future of your podcast. Where do you see that going?

Giridhar: Good coming to Hope’s.

Yeah. Some at some point, even I would like to have so many subscribers to my channel, uh, like every other, because I want the world to hear me. Um, even if, uh, we are, we are here or not, ultimately our workbook should remind of a workload three months. That is something that I believe. And of course, uh, I, the same time I wrote one to concentrate only on the monitorization personally.

Because it is my passion because I love to do it. Whether I reach that monetization stage or not, I would love to continue my podcasts. So earlier I thought, okay, I will do some 50 episodes. I will do some hundred episodes and let’s keep it full stop to that. But now my perspective slowly, it got changed.

Okay. Let’s do to whatever extent we can. To whatever extent our time permits. So let’s keep doing that. Let’s, uh, let’s not concentrate on that end result. Let’s trust the process and let the process take care of the end result. That is a very

James: wise approach to this, uh, endeavor that we are on. Let’s dive into one of your episodes.

I listened to your most recent episode. That’s episode 33, the one about leadership. You know, your, your, your style is very much, um, you know, it’s thoughtful, it’s, it’s introspective, it’s meditative. Um, you know, I, I enjoyed listening to, um, your storytelling. It was very much, um, on point and compelling. So I, I appreciated, you know, the.

You know, the story that you were telling, but also I did end up, like, after the episode, I did end up kind of having this, uh, takeaway where, um, you know, my, what I learned or what I got from that episode was that, you know, leadership is about enabling that the possibility that people have in others, You know, and letting them fulfill that.

Giridhar: Thank you. Thank you so much, James. In fact it means a lot. It came as a surprise for me that you already listened to one of my episodes and I felt really great about it. And, uh, I just would like to know, I mean, if you’re okay with it, any suggestions from your end for improvement, because it is something that everyone of us would look at.

James: Sure. Yeah. So, you know, one of the things that I did notice was that the, um, I don’t know if you’re using like an echo or a reverb on your audio. Um, I did feel like that at times was a little bit hard to hear what you were saying. It was causing a little bit of a, um, Uh, you know, it just, the echo was a little bit more, uh, it made it hard to understand the words that you were saying like right now, when I’m listening to you, it is very, you know, it’s very clear and I don’t feel like you need that, that echo, um, in there.

So I would, I would suggest, you know, like, just let your voice stand on its own because you’re. Your voice is beautiful. And I think you should just let that come across. It doesn’t need to be, um, you know, tweaked in that sort of way, if that makes it. Yeah.

Giridhar: Thank you so much. In fact, that’s the instrument, which I even got to know some, two or three people, but I just would like to understand, is it.

Too hard to listen or is it just too? Okay. Okay. Or is it easy? Can something that can be ignored as notable because those were the recordings I already did earlier. And that was an empty room by chance. So

yeah, now not, this is not an empty room. That’s the reason this is perfect. Got it.

James: Okay. Yeah, your voice is so perfect right now, too. So yeah. Whatever Ruby you’re in right now, continue recording in that room.

Giridhar: Because after I received this feedback, I started coming to this room only whenever there is a part from recording or anything as such.

I changed completely because at least I couldn’t receive that feedback. And I thought, okay, everything was going good. Even I felt it was fine. I wrote no, but yeah, as soon as I heard people saying about this. The coating even I’d even be able to correlate that. Okay. Yeah, it was through that Stripe. So, so what do you say, is it something that can be ignorable or is it available?

So I

James: first started listening to your episode on anchor. And then I went over to YouTube and the YouTube. I don’t know if you have them track your podcast transcribed, or if you enabled the automatic transcription, but that helped. So I ended up listening to it on, on YouTube and, and, you know, just kind of keeping an eye on the, um, the subtitles.

So I do feel like they can stay, you know, continue to stand on their own. I would just say moving. Forward, you know, like continue to record in that space that you’re in right now and let your voice really resonate because it’s, you know, I think that with that bed of music that you’ve got going on, which I really loved, you know, it added to the kind of vibe of your stories.

Um, you know, I just, um, I think you’re, you’re going to be heading in the right direction by, you know, producing, you know, in that space that you’re currently in right now. Oh,

Giridhar: sure, sure. I mean, uh, but, uh, sorry to ask you once again, I mean, is it something that can be ignored or is it creating more impact with whatever episodes that I did so far?

That’s the only thing that I

James: let’s say, I would say there is an impact, you know, um, Uh, you know, I, I don’t know if it it’s something that would stop me personally from listening to it. You know, I would knowing that you’re on YouTube, I would just, you know, continue to listen to you on, you know, your early episodes on YouTube.

So, you know, I don’t think it’s something that is totally full stop, you know, like, you know, it needs to be redone if that’s what you’re considering. Okay. Okay. Yeah, you’re

Giridhar: fine. Because if there is some impact kind of thing, if at least I was not even aware of this, but there’s slowly when people started saying it really is.

I got to know this from people started saying this, okay. I was able to correlate this thing. And then from then I was a little worried whether, because I already have some recorded episodes as well, that are yet to be released. Okay. Did you feel a bit worried about

James: this? You know, I don’t know. I would say that if you’ve got the time and you haven’t released them yet, you know, maybe go ahead and reproduce them again, you know, in that space that you’re in.

Um, cause I do think that, you know, it would benefit from that, you know, as you’re moving forward, just, um, I’m not jest, but you know, if you’ve got the time, you know, what is the best experience you’ve had happened because of your podcast?

Giridhar: Yeah. Like, I think already I said the people’s comments means I was able to receive only the positive feedback from people.

It’s like people who I know, but I wasn’t in touch with them for, for so many years still there. I mean, we would have their contact on WhatsApp or Facebook or any social media. So, uh, still they were trying to approach me and they were. Commenting with their positive response saying, well, I’ll get it there.

I mean, after a long time, we were able to see your arm and something different and something new you were doing, and that’s a podcast and we don’t, these were the things that everyone offers can easily correlate. And these were some of the best things that you were actually doing. So the PP people’s for positive feedback is something that actually, uh, you know, uh, it makes us feel happy.

So I think that’s the best thing. And that happened to missile.

James: Giridhar, tell us, you know, where can listeners find out more about you and find out more about your podcast? Yeah,

Giridhar: like I said in YouTube that I have my  in YouTube and every week I release them at the same time, all my podcast episodes are available on anchor, uh, Spotify, Google podcasts, and also the other distribution channels.

Where in, from where the anchor actually distributes this podcast

James: or get it out. Thank you so much. For speaking with me and coming on the show. I do appreciate it.

Giridhar: Sure. James, thank you so much, uh, to you as well. It’s like a two way process for both of us, everyone. I mean, even you, as well as me, we were able to learn something new out of this interview.

James: Absolutely. So I’d love to keep in touch with you. You know, I hope you would come on, you know, further down the road, give me an update on how things are going. Oh, see how things are progressing for you. Is that sound like a plan?

Giridhar: Sure, definitely. James, I will be in touch with you at the same time. I would look forward for you as well to be, I guess, from my part.

James: Yes, I would love to do that. Please do not hesitate to reach out and let me know when you want to make that happen and we’ll make it happen for sure. Sure, sure.

Giridhar: Thank you, James. Thanks a lot for having me.

James: Thanks again to Giridhar. Check the show notes for links to learn more about Giridhar and his show. Giridhar’s Garady.

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