Finding Your Voice as a Podcast Host with Niala Boodhoo

Our voice is the crucial public element to hosting, but being comfortable with and discovering, developing and maintaining your own voice can be the toughest personal part of being a podcast host. Through a combination of inspiration and practical tips,…

Our voice is the crucial public element to hosting, but being comfortable with and discovering, developing and maintaining your own voice can be the toughest personal part of being a podcast host. Through a combination of inspiration and practical tips, attendees will learn how to hone your individual host voice. This session will include:

Tips for developing your own ear

Handling frustrations with your voice

How to deal with external feedback (including from your audience)

Voicing tips that include how to write for yourself and markup a script

Practical physical advice about how to relax and take care of and nurture your personal voice

Niala Boodhoo is the host of Axios Today, a weekday morning podcast of the biggest news of the day, plus stories you won’t hear anywhere else – in just 10 minutes!

Niala was previously part of the 2019-2020 class of Knight-Wallace Fellows at the University of Michigan, where she studied podcasting business models. Her broadcast career includes being Founding Host/Executive Producer of The 21st, a daily news program for Illinois public radio stations, and host of WBEZ’s The Afternoon Shift. Niala got her start in public radio at WLRN, the South Florida NPR station, while still a Miami Herald reporter, where she launched the Miami Herald Friday Business Report on WLRN. A Miami native, Niala has also been a journalist since 2000 for Reuters, the Associated Press, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She has also been a vocal coach and podcast/audio consultant since 2015. She has a Master’s in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a Master’s in Latin American/Caribbean Studies from Florida International University. She is also a graduate of Calvin University, where she studied philosophy and psychology.