1. Transform your voice throughout the podcast. Learn to beatbox, voice-impersonate famous celebrities, and use interesting accents as much as you can to keep people entertained and paying attention.
2. Find the one thing you like most about all the popular podcasts you listen to. Combine that one thing with your own personal approach. And use that as the thematic-centerpiece (make it your main focus) for all your podcasts.
3. Learn to develop x-ray vision. And anticipate what your listeners would be thinking about as they listen to your podcast. Voice these out, answer their inner questions, and talk about them as if they were sitting right next to you.
4. Stay hungry, stay foolish. Be willing to make mistakes and explore your podcast in totally unexpected directions that arouse your curiosity on the spot.
5. Your first podcast should be an opportunity for you to grow, not for you to display your skill. Use it as a springboard for an even better second podcast.
6. Make a list of things you cannot do or say during the podcast. Constraints help you be more creative. And they also help you focus on the most important aspects of the podcast... instead of trying to get everything right...
7. Have a plastic bag in front of you during the podcast. If you're the type who gets overloaded with saliva while you're talking faster than you can swallow, you'll have something to spit it all into.
8. Create a list of mini-goals you want to hit all throughout the podcast. Every time you hit those goals, play some sound effects to let your listeners know you've hit some important milestones in the podcast along the way.
9. Wear pajamas before you start. Get some pillows, a cozy blanket, and a cup of hot chocolate. Make your environment as comfy as possible. It'll make the podcast more enjoyable for both you and your listener.
10. Look in the mirror before you start. Tell yourself you're awesome. And that every podcast you make is awesome. And that this is going to be awesome. And that Mysteries is awesome. And life is awesome.