ChatGPT is the programme that everyone seems to be talking about at the moment. And the tool is just as topical in the podcasting community as any other.
But what is ChatGPT and how can you use it as a podcaster?
I decided to put ChatGPT to the test and ask it this exact question. And, yes, whilst it is niggling in the back of my mind that Google will downgrade this article, I thought it was a good way to see how ChatGPT itself thought it would be able to benefit the podcasting community.
What is ChatGPT?
ChatGPT is an AI tool designed to respond in a conversational way to give detailed responses to a user’s questions. Despite some limitations (it was only launched in November 2022, so this is totally understandable!), many people are already raving about its use and advantages for helping cut the time needed to produce good copy.
My ChatGPT Results
This is what ChatGPT told me when instructed: ‘write a blog post about how to use ChatGPT as a podcaster’:
“As a podcaster, it’s essential to have engaging content that keeps your listeners interested and coming back for more. However, coming up with new and exciting topics to discuss on your podcast can be a daunting task. That’s where ChatGPT comes in. ChatGPT is a large language model that uses artificial intelligence to generate responses to any question or prompt. In this blog post, we’ll explore how you can use ChatGPT as a podcaster to improve your content and engage your audience.
One of the most challenging parts of creating a podcast is coming up with fresh ideas. ChatGPT can help by generating ideas based on your niche or topic. You can ask ChatGPT to provide you with a list of topics related to your niche, and it will provide you with a list of ideas that you can use for your podcast. For instance, if you run a health and wellness podcast, you can ask ChatGPT for ideas on how to stay healthy during the holiday season.
Interviews are an excellent way to add variety to your podcast, but it can be tough to come up with relevant questions that are engaging for your listeners. ChatGPT can help by generating questions for your interviews. You can provide ChatGPT with some background information about your guest, and it will generate a list of questions that you can use during the interview.
ChatGPT can also help you write your podcast scripts. You can provide ChatGPT with an outline of your podcast episode, and it will generate a script based on your outline. This can save you time and help you focus on other aspects of your podcast, such as editing and marketing.
Engaging with your audience is essential for building a community around your podcast. You can use ChatGPT to generate questions or polls that you can ask your audience to answer. This can help you get a better understanding of what your listeners are interested in and tailor your content to their needs.
Show notes are an essential aspect of any podcast episode. They provide your listeners with a summary of what they can expect to hear in the episode and any relevant links or resources. ChatGPT can help you write your show notes by generating a summary of your podcast episode and any links or resources that you want to include.
In conclusion, ChatGPT is a powerful tool that can help you improve your podcast content and engage your audience. Whether you need help brainstorming new ideas, generating interview questions, writing scripts, engaging with your audience, or writing show notes, ChatGPT can help. By incorporating ChatGPT into your podcasting workflow, you can save time, improve your content, and build a loyal following of listeners.”
I won’t lie, I think that the copy that ChatGPT gave me is quite decent. Particularly considering how I gave it a very vague instructions. After all, I could have been far more specific and asked it to focus on various keywords, etc.
However, I think it’s fair to say that the copy I was given is a first draft at best. There is no way that I would personally publish this result straight onto my website.
Because, in my opinion, as good as the copy is, it just doesn’t sound like me. It sounds like it’s been written by a robot, and that just doesn’t sit with my brand. There’s a lack of practical examples and information that bridges taking a piece of information and linking it in a way that makes the information meaningful and useful for the reader of the article.
As an added point of interest, I ran the copy through the Hemingway App and whilst the passive voice and adverb use was good (i.e. it was very low), 48% of the sentences came back as hard or very hard to read. Depending on your audience, this could be a bit of an issue.
Personally, I feel that ChatGPT offers podcasters a good starting point for copy if you are stuck for ideas and need a helping hand getting started.
So, my overall conclusion is that when using ChatGPT as a tool for writing copy for your podcast, I would recommend ensuring that you are using it as just that, a tool to help you create good copy and not a replacement for your copy needs entirely.
Will I Be Using ChatGPT?
This is a good question, and I’d be lying if I said that the thought of using it for copy hadn’t crossed my mind.
There are countless AI writing tools already out there that are used daily by those in podcasting, social media, and many other industries. I myself have used tools such as Jasper and Copy.ai in the past with varying degrees of success.
So, being completely honest, yes, I probably will use ChatGPT when it comes to writing copy. However, if and when I do use it, I won’t be posting the copy that I get given. As a professional, I’ve got a duty to fact-check anything that I’m posting on my website, and as a human, I have the desire to know that the copy I am producing is aligned with myself, my brand, and my business.