Some of the best and most celebrated podcasts have really just been amazing stories told well. As podcasts gain more traction in popular culture, the importance of podcast storytelling has increased as well. No matter if you’re doing a dramatic series or just telling the news, the foundations of sto
Publish Date: Jul 14, 2021
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Some of the best and most celebrated podcasts have really just been amazing stories told well. As podcasts gain more traction in popular culture, the importance of podcast storytelling has increased as well. No matter if you’re doing a dramatic series or just telling the news, the foundations of storytelling can elevate your podcast to new heights.
To discuss the importance of storytelling in podcasting, Isabelle Mongeau joins the Q’d Up Podcast on Podcasting once again. Isabelle is the Head of Script Writing at Q’d Up and is responsible for many of the great stories you’ll find within our clients’ podcasts. Isabelle provides her unique insight and experiences so you can tell a better and more engaging story.
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Amazon pays $80 million for the Smartless podcast (3:47)
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NPR reporters wins Pulitzer award for ‘No Compromise’ podcast (7:24)
Podcasts have been steadily earning more attention in mainstream culture and once again, a podcast has reached new ground. Reporters for NPR podcast “No Compromise” became the first to win the prestigious Pulitzer Award as a podcast.
Tribeca Festival features podcasts (9:10)
Continuing on the trend of podcasts getting more exposure, the Tribeca Festival highlighted 12 podcasts across fiction and narrative non-fiction categories. That puts independent podcasts right alongside independent films and television, creating opportunities never before seen.
Isabelle’s introduction (11:52)
Segueing from the importance of storytelling in podcasting, Q’d Up’s Head of Script Writing Isabelle Mongeau joins the show.
History of storytelling (12:23)
Isabelle shares her personal insight into the importance of storytelling podcasts. She also takes a look back at history to show storytelling has been a mainstay in every medium, from cavemen to new media.
The impact of storytelling podcasts (17:52)
John and Isabelle explain why storytelling can be so impactful, at times being more engaging than a visual medium. Between painting the picture in your head to the release of
The chemicals behind storytelling (20:10)
When a story creates tension, it creates and releases oxytocin -- the empathy chemical. That means you as a storytelling podcast listener relate to the characters and want to keep following along to see how it ends.
Beginning your story (23:41)
As Isabelle notes, the beginning can sometimes be the most important part of a story. If you’re looking to build a world-class story, start with a question that your story is looking to answer.
Using an outline to build your story (26:24)
Isabelle believes every podcaster should be creating an outline of their show, no matter if it’s a narrative podcast or not.
Diversity and inclusion in screenwriting (38:03)
Having a diverse background or group of writers can help elevate a story and be more authentic. Matt and Isabelle discuss how diversity and inclusion can provide unique insights and eliminate potential blindspots to make your show better. John provides some stats to show just how diverse podcasting is.
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