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What do Snooki, Shaq, Snoop Dogg, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have in common?

Answer: Each of them has their own podcast. 

If it seems like everyone and their brother has a podcast these days, it’s because they do: According to Fast Company, there are currently over 525,000 active shows out there and more than 18.5 million episodes available for your listening pleasure. Not too shabby for a medium that didn’t exist some two decades ago. 

If you’re interested in launching a podcast of your own, a great way to begin is by taking an online course (or four). Start with these:

If you’re a podcasting newbie, start here. This bundle contains five online courses that will help you select the right audio equipment, establish a brand, and monetize your podcast. Also included are valuable lectures about mind-mapping techniques for compelling speech as well as a masterclass on the three-step persuasion blueprint for influential speaking.

After covering the fundamentals of recording, editing, promotion, and marketing, this 10-part bundle delves into the nitty-gritty of the technical aspects of podcasting — things like power breathing, voice acting, and mobile audio production. Lectures covering video production, on-camera presentation techniques, and body language are featured, too, in case you’d like to dabble in video podcasts someday.  

In this invaluable four-part bundle, a team of experts walks you through high-quality podcasting from a seasoned insider’s perspective. Learn about the creative and technical aspects that go into host John Lee Duma’s podcast Entrepreneurs on Fire, then hear two producers of NPR’s Snap Judgement dish on crafting riveting narratives. School of Greatness host Lewis Howes and This American Life reporter Alex Blumberg also make appearances to talk marketing and story composition, respectively. 

The Podcast Master Class is your one stop shop for all things podcasting, with 55 lectures that cover everything from the audio gear you’ll need to designing podcast art to crafting an outro. Regardless of your budget or skill level, you’re sure to come out of this course a podcasting pro. Plus, it’s just $12 — winning!

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