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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is everything spelt in Australian?

Because the Podcast Asylum was first created by Lee Hopkins in the glorious Adelaide Hills of South Australia.

Has anyone ever been committed to the Podcast Asylum involuntarily?

Not yet, but there’s always a first time.

What kind of treatment would I get at the Podcast Asylum?

Our highly trained staff provide only the most effective therapies, with a combination of brisk efficiency and soothing bedside manner.

How would I know I’m suffering from a podcast syndrome?

We have a complete list of symptoms for known podcast-related maladies on our Syndromes page.

Why is it called the Asylum?

Because podcasting provides a refuge from the dreariness of drive-time radio—and because we’re all crazy about podcasting.

Are you really doctors? If not, what’s with the white coat?

None of us is a medical doctor or a scientist. The white coat helps those suffering from podcast-related syndromes to identify Asylum staff immediately at crowded gatherings like podcasting conferences.

Why would I want to podcast?

There are many good reasons to podcast. ‘Professor’ Hopkins has an excellent article explaining them.

Is there ever a reason not to podcast?

There are times when podcasting doesn’t make sense for an individual or corporation. We can help you decide whether you’re podcaster material. Meanwhile, read ‘Professor’ Goetsch’s article on why she doesn’t podcast.

Do you have out-of-the-box remedies for syndromes?

Yes, we have podcast consulting packages. Contact us for more details.

How can you folks help me improve my podcast?

We help with all aspects of podcasting, from production values to content to interaction with listeners.

What do I need to start podcasting?

Passion for your subject, good content, willingness to learn, a computer, and an internet connection.

Why would anyone listen to my podcasts?

They won’t, unless you have something to say and can say it well.

Where do I get publicity for my podcast?

Promoting a podcast is like promoting any other aspect of your business—but one of the best ways to get publicity for your podcast is to ask other podcasters to help spread the word.

I can’t podcast. Can you treat me?

The first thing to find out is whether you should podcast. If all you need is help planning and producing your podcast, we’ll have you fixed up in a jiffy.

Who are the cast of the Podcast Asylum?

Donna Papacosta, Lee Hopkins, and Sallie Goetsch. See the About Us page for more details.

Are you trying to make fun of podcasting or podcasters?

Only a little.

Aren’t marketing and podcasting mutually exclusive?

Actually, podcasting is a great marketing tool, particularly for services professionals and small businesses.

I’m a big corporation and I want to podcast all over the world, what and who do we need to buy to accomplish our goal?

Actually, you don’t need to invest a lot of money to have a successful podcast, and you can’t buy listeners. Just concentrate on making your podcast interesting, entertaining, and educational. Of course, big companies do have the money to market their podcasts aggressively, but unless the show itself is good, people will unsubscribe.


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