February 2023


How To Summarize Your Podcast

You are a podcaster and are looking for a fast and efficient way to summarize your podcast? Then this blog post will give you the ultimate edge. Your audience will thank you.

Founder Associate

As a podcaster, you likely understand the importance of writing a podcast summary for your audience. However, crafting a compelling summary can be a challenging task for many, especially when you're feeling uninspired or struggling to find the right words. Or your are just simply don't have the time for it. 

Before you just sit down and write a bad podcast summary, you should know why this would be a trivial mistake. 

A poorly written summary can cause your audience to lose interest or even click away from your content. To create a solid summary that captures your listeners' attention, there are a few key elements you should incorporate. 

In this article, we'll provide a step-by-step guide to writing a compelling podcast summary and share a helpful shortcut to save you a lot of time. Let's dive in!

Step 1: Take a critical look at the podcast episode

To write a compelling podcast summary, it's important to start by listening to your podcast episode critically. This will help you identify the main ideas of the episode and find any compelling points that you can use in your summary. If you don't have time to listen to the entire episode, you can just let jamie record it, but more about that later. 

Step 2: Determine the topics and most important point

Your podcast summary should give a good overlook of what topics have been discussed and what the main takeaways from those topics are. This will help grab your audience's attention and encourage them to listen to the episode. It's important to make sure that your podcast summary aligns with your episode title so that your audience isn't confused or misled.

Step 3: Structure your summary

After you have identified the main topics that you covered, you can summarize the most important takeaways for each topic. It’s important to include all important points to one topic under the respective topic section. Although it might happen that a topic is discussed throughout the whole podcast episode, the main takeaways should be structured under each topic section.    Keeping your summary concise and informative without giving away the entire episode is also crucial. You can also consider adding a call to action that encourages your listeners to tune in to this or future episodes.

Step 4: Introduce your guests

If you have any special guests on your podcast, be sure to mention them in your summary. This is a great way to interest listeners who are interested in your guests' niche. 

Step 5: Make sure the summary is clear and concise

The last step in writing a compelling podcast summary is to edit for clarity and brevity. Your summary should be clear and concise, and you should also check for grammar and spelling errors. A well-written summary will help inform your audience and encourage them to listen to your podcast.

If this still sounds like too much work, we have something for you. 

jamie is a personal AI assistant that summarizes Meetings and other Audio based events. This is why jamie is also perfect to summarize your podcast. And it couldn’t be simpler!

  • Just download the app 
  • Login to start jamie 
  • Play the podcast on Spotify, Apple iTunes or on any other podcast platform  
  • When the podcast is done, stop jamie
  • With in a few moments you will have your summary 

Here is an example summary generated by jamie of the podcast “What Does it REALLY Mean To Do Things That Don’t Scale?” By Y Combinator. 

Executive Summary:

  • Do Things That Don't Scale means doing something that's provocatively manual on the part of the founder, that doesn't rely on code or scalable processes.
  • The job of the CEO and co-founders is to do the shittiest, worst, low status work and be personally accountable for making the entire system run end to end.
  • Doing things that don't scale is necessary when starting a company and is counter to what is expected in larger companies like Google and Facebook, where scalability is emphasized.
  • Emotional well-being and maintaining motivation are important for founders when starting a company and can be challenging due to criticism and high stress situations.
  • Michael suggested that founders should go into the process with the mindset that it might take two years to see results.
  • Michael suggested that founders should focus on building a better product in order to better serve customers.

Examples of Do Things That Don't Scale

  • At DoorDash, the founders did all deliveries themselves. They raced to the restaurant, made sure they got the right thing, threw in an extra and delivered it themselves.

Extra tip:

By adding your own thoughts and perspective at the end of the summary, you can make it feel like more than just a regular podcast summary. 

We hope this article helped you and wish you happy summarizing with jamie.

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