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The Podcast Host

Find Your Very Best Voice, from Warmups to Delivery Style


Find your own voice and deliver your message with authenticity.


Exercises and techniques to warm up and fine-tune your voice.


How to perform behind the mic and present your podcast.

Course Summary

  • 39 in-depth lessons
  • 39 video tutorials
  • 45.53 minutes video tutorials

Taught by: Donald Pirie

Voice Over Coach

Donald Pirie has one of the most recognisable and most used voices in Scotland. For years he has been the main, male voice on STV and BBC Radio Scotland and is also the voice on Channel 4's popular gameshow 15 to 1. Recent corporate clients have included AXA, Microsoft, S1 Homes and Vodafone.


Your voice is arguably the single most important tool you’ll need to run your podcast.

But we often pay much more attention to things like mics, equipment, and editing software, than we do to our own voices.

This course – brought to you by Scotland’s top voice training coach Donald Pirie – is designed to help you get the very best out of your voice, your delivery, and your performance.

Here you’ll learn how to break through the mental barriers and gain the confidence needed to get behind the mic.

You’ll also learn how to warm up your voice, and take good care of it in the long run.

These are all vital steps towards creating first class audio content, and presenting your message to the very best of your ability.

Video: Introduction to Donald Pirie, Course Tutor (0:29)

Mindset & Confidence
Video: I Hate My Voice (0:37)
Video: Gaining Confidence (0:38)
Video: Practicing Interviews (0:42)
Video: Interview Influences (1:00)
Video: Finding Your Own Voice (1:25)
Video: Should I “Just Be Myself”? (2:00)
Video: Will Anyone Like My Voice? (0:53)

Video: Breathing Exercises (1:38)
Video: Using Your Resonators (1:30)
Video: Articulation (1:25)
Video: Move Your Body (0:44)
Video: Preparation Do's & Dont's (1:18)
Video: Clothing Matters (0:54)
Video: Should I Eat a Green Apple? (0:31)
Video: Scripting (1:07)
Video: Going Off-Script (1:13)
Video: Tongue Twisters (0:58)
Video: Pronouncing “Th” Sounds (0:58)
Video: Look After Your Voice (1:07)

Video: Correct Distance From Mic (1:16)
Video: Avoiding Plosives (1:09)
Video: What Angle Should I Record At? (0:34)
Video: Physical Position (1:54)
Video: Should I Stand Up? (0:36)
Video: Why Wear Headphones? (1:40)

Video: I Talk Too Fast (1:27)
Video: Uhms, Ahs, & Crutch Words (1:31)
Video: Take a Breath (0:34)
Video: How Do I “Brighten Up” My Voice? (0:54)
Video: How Do I Sound Natural? (0:58)
Video: Recording Natural Conversations (1:15)
Video: How Do I Speak More Clearly? (1:37)
Video: I Want a Deeper Voice (1:04)
Video: Dealing With Long Recording Sessions (2:07)
Video: Recording On-Camera Vs Audio Only (1:14)
Video: Should I Take Drama Classes? (1:41)
Video: How To Practice Presentation (1:14)
Video: Beg, Borrow, & Steal! (2:01)

What Our Customers Are Saying

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“My experience with ThePodCastHost made my podcast launch possible. I overcame a lot of my fears early on. I highly recommend The PodCast Host to anyone. I owe The PodCast Host a tremendous debt of gratitude.”

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Richard Brown

“I only have great things to say about The Podcast Host. Not only in the quality of their production work, but also with their knowledge and insights around technology, equipment & advice in podcasting.”

Richard Brown
Director, The Property Voice

“Colin is the man when it comes to helping you launch a podcast or improving your podcasting skills. The online courses were invaluable and his advice along the way superb.”

Andrew Hart
Financial Advisor, The Voyantist

“As someone who literally had no idea how to go about starting a podcast I am so glad I found Colin! If I hadn’t signed up for the Producer Package then I know I would have become completely overwhelmed and would never have managed to bring my podcasting plans to fruition. I’m going to be honest and say that I worried about the monthly cost but I can safely say that it is indeed money well spent. The time I have saved trying to learn to do all of the things that Colin took off my hands has been spent creating good content and building my platform. Colin and the team have a great system going. Everything is streamlined and easy and [the team are] there as a mentor throughout. If you want to concentrate on creating great content for your show, hire the Podcast Host to worry about everything else!”

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Jackie Brambles

Despite my 30 years of experience in programme-making, Colin and his team’s insight into what makes a podcast compelling is invaluable. I would strongly advise any first-time podcaster to bring The Podcast Host on board as your podcast coach, partner and safety net. Both he and Matthew were calm, reassuring and had endless patience whenever I stumbled and got me back up and running quickly, with even more knowledge as a bonus. I honestly wouldn’t make a podcast without them and I’d strongly suggest, neither should you!

Jackie Brambles
CEO, Broadstance Media

Simon Allison

Colin and his team have been a massive help in setting up our series of podcasts. My colleagues and I went into the world of podcasting knowing nothing. However with Colin’s support, it turned a really legal podcast into something fresh and exciting. The Podcast Host was instrumental in assisting us, from a theme tune to giving us useful content to use in our podcasts. We have turned from Podcast Plebs into to Podcast Prim-donnas! We would recommend The Podcast Host to anyone.

Simon Allison
Partner & Specialist in Employment Law, Blackadders LLP

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