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Podcast Script Vs. Podcast Outline

Full transparency here, my podcast episodes have gone through an evolution over the last year-and-a-half. Now, you have to understand that today’s episode is number 95. I did not do some of the things that I do today when I first got started.

And I say this all the time, but I’m a firm believer that you have to give yourself grace when you’re just getting started!

It’s going to take you a while to figure out the systems in the processes that you want to use. Or the ones that you know without a shadow of a doubt do not work for you!

Take everything you learn here today with a grain of salt.

You may love the idea of scripting every single word you’re going to stay in your podcast. or you may love the idea of following a loosely created outline for your podcast.

If you’re just starting out and reading from a Loosely written script will help you feel more confident, go for it! If you think you’ll actually sound like you’re reading, then try to go off a bulleted outline instead. 

But the whole idea of today’s post is to remind you that there isn’t one way to do this. I actually use multiple ways of scripting and outlining my podcast, it just depends on the day.

Let’s jump into a podcast script vs. a podcast outline.

Podcast Script

My outlines have gone in the other direction from where I started but for a very different reason. I’m trying to streamline the production process of my podcast. It helps for me to have a more detailed outline that I can easily turn into show notes once I’m finished recording.

The more detailed podcast outline script I have, the easier it is to create show notes later.

And it’s funny because I said today we were going to talk about the difference between a podcast script vs. a podcast outline, but what I’ve done is created a sort of mash-up of the two. And before I show you exactly what I’m talking about I want to tell you what a podcast script means to me.

A podcast script is verbatim or close to exactly what you’re going to say in your podcast. I’ve recorded where I script out every single thing that I can think of for a podcast topic, but then I still eventually ad in my own personal touch or story that I know can enhance the podcast episode.

Maybe you’re are a rule follower.

And this idea makes you cringe.
I get it.

If you’re going to spend time writing out an entire script, then what’s the point of going rogue right in the middle of a podcast episode?

If that’s the case for you, then I highly recommend you creating a script for your podcast.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to use Google Docs and do the voice typing for your script. You can literally turn on the little red microphone and start talking – the computer does the rest.

Here’s how it works:

Ex: Google Docs Voice Typing

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Podcast Outline

When I first started podcasting, I wrote loose outlines for each episode. Similar to how you create a story outline: there was always a beginning, middle (with 2-3 points), and a conclusion.

This was very visually simple and easy to follow whenever I was recording, but I found myself getting off-topic more often.

I realized I needed to stay as focused as possible on one topic so:

  1. I didn’t confuse my audience.
  2.  I didn’t confuse myself. (I tend to get lost in story if I get too far off track!) 

Like I said earlier, this is an evolution for your podcast. You may decide that you start with a script and then end up without lines or vice versa. Everything I do today is totally different than when I first started.

The point is you have to start somewhere, right?

I say it all the time,

“Keep it up. We all have to start somewhere!”

Just get started and try one of these ways out! You can’t go wrong either way. Do what works best for you!  

Examples of a Podcast Script Vs. Podcast Outline

Take a look at the examples below to see how I formatted episode 95 vs. episode 32.

Podcast Script Vs. Podcast Outline


Podcast Script


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HI, I'M Krystal Proffitt

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