How to Handle Podcasting Burnout Like a Pro


PodMov Daily: Monday, October 26

Episode 314: Your Monday Mix

How to Handle Podcasting Burnout Like a Pro

Toronto-based podcast producer Amanda Cupido is “frequently up until the early hours of the morning writing scripts and editing audio,” and she’s far from alone. In an article for, Cupido discusses the struggle of burnout in podcasting — and how to cope — with professionals in the same boat.

“My mind is so warped at the end of the day from listening to podcasts and planning them,” says John Asante, the senior managing producer at Pineapple Street Studios. “I always fear that doing my own podcast would feel like work and not play.” Boundary-setting, like turning off Slack after hours, has become essential.

Of course, not everyone can block notifications or ask for a break. Prioritize your health in any way you can, Cupido says. Passionate podcasters need balance and rest: “Managing burnout is hard, especially when it’s tied to something you love.” Note: Timber for Podcasters requires a free signup for access.

PM Virtual: Expert Sessions Today and Tomorrow

Week two of PM Virtual is off to an energetic start. Today’s education includes “From Podcast Idea to Launch and Beyond,” a half-day workshop led by John Lee Dumas and Kate Erickson of Eofire and Podcasters’ Paradise. The third full conference day is tomorrow — now’s the time to fill that custom schedule.

Looking for expert insight on podcast growth? You’ve arrived. The morning will kick off with a keynote from Pat Flynn, the creator of the chart-topping Smart Passive Income. Next up, announcer and Chasing Glory host Lilian Garcia will deliver a powerful keynote on bias and influence in the podcast industry.

Again, nearly 30 sessions throughout the day will cover the latest topics in podcasting, from legal protection to team workflow. We’re looking forward to “Ad Sales Evolution: A Conversation” with Lore creator Aaron Mahnke, and “Is Your Pitch Getting Deleted? Let's change that!,” a panel devoted to landing guest spots.

Shure MV7: Iconic Sound for Every Podcaster

Today, Shure unveils a new revolution in sound. Inspired by the iconic SM7B, the brand-new MV7 is a dynamic microphone with both USB and XLR outputs for ultimate flexibility. Intuitive, accessible, and affordable, Shure’s next generation brings unparalleled audio quality to every serious podcaster.

Regardless of mic experience level, Auto Level Mode allows users to ‘set and forget’ as the microphone adjusts levels on the fly. The ShurePlus MOTIV app keeps controls at your fingertips, including your Customizable Sound Signature. Choose a ‘dark’, ‘natural’, or ‘bright’ tone that fits you best.

Recording in an imperfect space? Cutting-edge Voice Isolation Technology ensures laser focus on the voice, eliminating the need for soundproofing. From optimized mic position presets to headphone monitoring, innovation defines the MV7 experience. Legendary quality is one great decision away.

We must reject not only the stereotypes that others hold of us, but also the stereotypes that we hold of ourselves.

Here's what else is going on:

  • Read this: The Allusionist is leaving PRX’s Radiotopia after six years. The beloved podcast’s creator, Helen Zaltzman, describes the network’s consistent inaction toward diversity. Her statement is “a message to white people in organisations which are failing on inclusion.”
  • Lone ranger: Billy McFarland, the fraudster best known for the disastrous Fyre Festival, has been placed in solitary confinement for a podcast interview he gave from prison. For the first episode of Dumpster Fyre, McFarland recounted his side of the debacle to Jordan Harbinger.
  • Life forms: Podcast listeners, being humans in 2020, are lonely. “This year, let’s give intimacy a rest,” insists Edison Research SVP Tom Webster. Particularly for small shows, connection should be the goal — “connection with the listener, but also connecting listeners to each other.”
  • Power fuse: iHeartMedia has agreed to acquire Voxnest, a podcast marketplace and provider of podcast analytics, publishing tools, programmatic integration and targeted ad serving. iHeart aims to build a “one-of-kind programmatic platform” for monetization on a mass scale.

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