1. 𝗠𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗽𝗼𝗱𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘁𝘀 - The best way to learn (and set yourself up for learning) is to jump in. You've got to get your hands dirty to get good at something – you can't just think about it, read about it, or discuss it.
2. 𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗮𝗻 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃 𝗰𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀 - This is one of the best ways to learn how to think on your feet and all good podcast and radio hosts, like all great comics and improv performers, have this ability.
3. 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗹𝗼𝘂𝗱 𝗱𝗮𝗶𝗹𝘆 - Whether it's introducing a guest or reading a script, you need to be able to do this. And the only way to get good at it is by doing it again, and again, and again, improving a little each time.
4. 𝗕𝗲 𝗮 𝗴𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗽𝗼𝗱𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘁𝘀 - To be a great host, you need to fully understand the guest experience, from the pitching process, to what it feels like to be rejected, to how scheduling is done, to the technical requirements needed to connect, to getting through an interview with a host who hasn't prepared at all. This will make you more empathetic to the guest experience when you are the host.
5. 𝗟𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗽𝗼𝗱𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘁𝘀 - Don't reinvent the wheel – learn from others.
6. 𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗧𝗼𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗺𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀 - Anything you do at a Toastmasters club, from selecting a topic to speak on, to researching that topic, to outlining your presentation, to delivering your presentation, to receiving feedback about your presentation, will help you to do these things when podcasting.
7. 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗽𝗼𝗱𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘁 - When you edit yourself, you're forced to look at all the little mistakes you make when delivering your content. Knowing the mistakes you made will help you avoid them on future episodes.
8. 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀' 𝗽𝗼𝗱𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘁𝘀 - Sometimes it takes somebody else making a mistake to realize that we're doing the exact same thing. Editing the podcasts of others will show you "your" mistakes in different way.
9. 𝗣𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝘂𝗽 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗱𝘆 - Timing is everything in comedy and performing standup will help you to improve on your ability to successfully do it. If you write your own material, which you should, you'll also get better at editing yourself and clear on what's really necessary for your message to connect with people.