To make a complicated question very simple; no, your podcast does not need a co-host? Should you podcast have a co-host, that’s entirely up to you. But there are some things that you should consider?
What Type of Show are You?
The first question you need to ask yourself is What Type of Show are You? Some shows do better when there are more voices in the episode recording. However, this can take many forms. Are you interviewing guests? Are listeners submitting questions for you to respond to? Or is the podcast delivering an expert opinion on a topic?
How you answer these questions will determine if a co-host is necessary for you.
Are You Interviewing Guests?
If yes, you may actually be good. Because interviews are inherently conversational, you will naturally be having the back-and-forth dialog that a co-host would provide. However, sometimes having a co-host to share the interview with can help lighten your workload and make producing your episode easier.
It is important to note that there is such a thing as too many people being on a podcast. Think about when there is a large group of people in a room. Naturally some of them will end up talking more than the rest. For the most part this is fine because side conversations will eventually emerge to where each person is engaged in their own conversation. This however, is not okay in podcasting because you don’t have the room to support side conversations between hosts and guests. There is only one episode recording, which means every listener will be getting the same fundamental experience. Having too many people will introduce unnecessary noise into the conversation.
Are You Responding to Listener Questions?
If you’re responding to listener question, more than likely you’re responding to a DM they sent you, therefore you probably don’t have audio of them asking their question. In a situation like this, depending on the types of questions asked, it may be helpful to have a co-host. Having a co-host in this scenario provides the conversational dialog that will help keep listeners engaged with your answer to the listener’s questions.
However, sometimes a listener will send you their question in an audio format. When this happens, use the audio to present the question. People love to hear themselves, this is true in radio, and remains true in podcasting today. Keep in mind that not every listener has good recording equipment, so you will definitely receive recordings with varying levels of audio quality.
To help mitigate audio quality and delivery methods, we recommend using PodInbox.
Are You Delivering an Expert Opinion?
The final question is Are You Delivering an Expert Opinion? If so, then you need to make sure that you are the right person for the job. Do you know enough about that topic in order to deliver? It may be the case that you are not the right person to answer a question. That is okay. When this occurs you can bring a guest onto your podcast that is qualified to answer the question. In this case, the qualified guest is fulfilling the role of co-host.
Do you need a co-host for your show? It really just depends on what the purpose of the show is and what your goals for the show are. A good podcast has an engaging conversation in some form and it keeps your listeners interested. It is also important to recognize that when certain topics come up, you may not be the right person to speak on them. That’s when a qualified guest comes into play.