Creating Engaging AI Podcast Show Notes with ChatGPT

AI Podcast Show Notes

AI podcast show notes can be a massive time-saver in your podcasting process.

In this post we dive into how you can use ChatGPT to whip up some seriously engaging show notes without breaking a sweat.

Why Show Notes Matter for Your Podcast

Let’s face it, show notes are sort of like the unsung heroes of the podcasting world. They may not steal the spotlight, but crafting your show notes in the right way can dramatically improve your overall visibility online.

The Power of Podcast Show Notes

So, what are podcast show notes?Podcast show notes are the description and text of your podcast episodes that help a podcast listener decide if your episode is the right one for them. It’s also a great place to provide additional information about your episode for your listener.

Podcast episode show notes are like a roadmap for your listeners, guiding them through your episode’s key points, pointing them towards the necessary references or resources, and enhance the overall experience of your podcast.

On top of that, podcast show notes are a goldmine for your website’s SEO. Episode show notes, filled with relevant keywords, can help your podcast climb the search engine ranks. This means more visitors to your website, more podcast listeners, and more business.

The Struggles of Creating Show Notes

Despite their importance, creating show notes can feel like a total time-suck. Creating and editing podcast episode alone can feel like finishing a marathon, only to be told you need to run another one… uphill.

For seasoned podcasters, the constant demand for fresh, engaging content can feel like you’re stuck in a never-ending cycle. For newbies, it can be downright intimidating.

After you finished putting all your time and effort in planning, recording, and editing your podcast, the last thing you want to do is spend another hour (or multiple hours), putting together even more content.

Using ChatGPT for Your AI Podcast Show Notes

ChatGPT’s Understanding and Processing Power

The reason we’ve been geeking out over ChatGPT is because it can actually be trained. This means you can train the AI to understand your podcast’s transcript and make sense of it. It’s like having a dedicated assistant who can dive into your content and come out with the most important bits for your show notes.

Time-saving and User-friendly

One of the biggest, and most obvious, selling points of ChatGPT is its ability to save you time. And we’re not just talking a few minutes here and there. This AI can help podcasters drastically cut down the time spent on creating show notes, freeing up your schedule for other pressing tasks.

And for those new to the podcasting world worrying about YET ANOTHER TOOL, fear not. ChatGPT is easy to use and doesn’t come with a steep learning curve. So let’s see just how easy it is to turn ChatGPT into your own personal podcast show notes generator.

How to Leverage ChatGPT for Your AI Podcast Show Notes

Step 1: Input Your Podcast Transcript

Start by feeding ChatGPT your podcast transcript. Copy your transcript and paste it into the text box. Remember, the more context ChatGPT has, the better it can generate your show notes.

Paste episode transcript into ChatGPT to create AI Podcast Show notes

You may encounter issues when copying your transcript into ChatGPT if you have longer episode. If this happens to you, you may need to split your transcript into smaller pieces. And we actually have a trick to make it work with ChatGPT.

Step 2: Guide ChatGPT

Contrary to what you might believe, ChatGPT isn’t THAT intelligent, so the next step is about effectively guiding ChatGPT along in the process.

Think about the style, tone, and format you want for your show notes. Additionally, you can provide ChatGPT with specific examples of the format your looking for.

As a quick example, you may already have a consistent format that you’ve been using for your podcast show notes:

  • list 3 major talking points of the episode
  • give a brief description of your guest
  • discuss what the audience will gain from the episode
  • wrap it up with some resources discussed in the episode.

Rather than trying to explain all this to ChatGPT, you can simply paste in examples of previous show notes that you’ve already created, and tell ChatGPT to develop a new AI podcast show notes page in that same format.

Giving ChatGPT instructions for creating AI Podcast Show Notes.

Step 3: Generate Your Podcast Show Notes

Now, let ChatGPT do its magic.

Click the ‘generate’ button and watch as your show notes start to take shape.

Arrow pointing to the submit button in ChatGPT.

Step 4: Edit and Personalize ChatGPT’s Output

Once ChatGPT has generated your show notes, it’s time for a little human touch.

Review the generated text, make edits, and add back in any personality or voice that you feel is missing. Remember, ChatGPT will get you 85-90% of the way there, but your unique personality is what will make your show stand out.

Editing AI Podcast Show Notes in Google Docs

Step 5: Rinse and Repeat

Just like that, you have your first set of AI podcast show notes. Simply repeat this same process for each of your new podcast episodes, and you will quickly realize just how much time you’ll save.

Important Things to Keep in Mind

As much as we love ChatGPT and it’s ability to save us SO MUCH time, it’s not without its limitations. For one, it’s outputs aren’t always perfect. While it can get you about 85-90% of the way there, you’ll still need to do some editing and tweaking to ensure the content fits your audience and style. This is ultimately why your audience is tuning into your content – FOR YOU!

Also, ChatGPT is a stickler for length. It can only process a certain amount of text at once. So, if you have a particularly long transcript, you may need to feed it to ChatGPT in sections rather than all at once.

Even with these limitations, ChatGPT is still a game-changer for podcasters. It’s all about working smarter, not harder. By understanding and navigating these limitations and learning how to effectively use AI tools like ChatGPT, you can get a ton of value and save a lot of time in your overall process.

That is what the NextGen Podcaster community is all about. Helping you navigate these tools, so you can spend less time finding and implementing the right tools, and spending more time on the things that help you grow your show and your business.

Now we want to know, what other AI tools have you been using to save time and money podcasting?


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    1. Hey Amy! We’ve definitely explored these tools as well and have had discussions about them inside our community mastermind sessions. One of the biggest reasons Marc and I prefer going the ChatGPT route is because of the level of control you get with the finished show notes. I haven’t used Descript or Swell AI in a while, but I know after those tools generated your show notes, you were kind of stuck with what you got (even if they were really bad). On the flip side, you have the ability to better cater and adjust your show notes to what you’re looking for when using something like ChatGPT. That said, we still have people in our community who prefer to use tools like Descript or Swell AI and that gives them all they need. I’m going to use nobody’s favorite answer (lol) and say it really all comes down to personal preference and what works for you and your process 🙂

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