Sonologue offers a bouquet of workshops for all levels and set ups. You supply the idea; we help you get it out to the world.
We believe in the power of the heard word.
Podcasting from beginner to Mastery
Topics Covered in Workshops
Since 2011, Sonologue has conducted bespoke trainings for various clients across India, including communications students, journalists, NGO’s, and consulting firms.
Creating and launching a great podcast from selecting a format to hosting and publishing
Podcasting from Scratch
5 sessions to design and produce a podcast with ALL the steps!
Discerning why and how corporates/organisations should podcast and what format suits best
Mastering techniques for interviewing for audio and how to get the best field recording
Roadmap to Podcasting
Recognizing the roles, processes and best practices of podcasting, complete with worksheets and toolkit
Learning elementary production and editing techniques so you can stitch together interviews or features with music and intros
Podcasting 1 on 1
Critiquing and finessing existing podcasts to amp up both the quality of sound as well as the content. Take your podcast to the next level
Podcasting for Journalists
Understand the benefits (and techniques) of podcasting for journalists from other media
Features and Naratives
Mastering how to create sound-rich feature and narrative podcasts in a vivid documentary storytelling style
Record & Produce for the Ear
Scripting for the ear. Especially useful for people used to writing copy for print/video. It’s different for the ear
Podcasting for Social Enterprises
Learning the benefits of podcasting for social enterprises, NGOs,
and development professionals
Developing an episode from start to finish – with one on one mentoring and including an introduction to audio editing and production
Why take a workshop?
Since 2011, Chhavi has been conducting regular workshops for individuals, colleges, corporates, as well as NGO’s. She also runs a popular 4-hour crash course in a different city every month. Since lockdown she has run the Podcasting From Scratch webinar online (Five hours over five days, take any or all five).
For organizations and journalists, she has sessions that go from two hours to two weeks. Over the years, she has done hands-on workshops for media organizations like Malayala Manorama, Harappa Education, The Quint, specialized day-long workshops on making audio features and narrative podcasts for cultural organization like the Goethe Zentrum, full day workshops on writing for the ear (since podcast scripting is vastly different from web or video copy) as well as the basics of editing for working journalists. For grad students at the Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication at the University of, she has done two-week long intensive workshops where she mentored them through the process of making broadcast-ready features.
These classes can be for four individuals or 25 and can be customized to focus on any or every aspect of production — from concept, conducting interviews, writing and scripting, to technical issues like field or lond distance recording, editing, and mixing as well as logistics and distribution.
What Workshop Participants Say
Podcasting 101 was a comprehensive self-starter workshop, that came in at a ripe time when I was researching the medium. I felt fully equipped post the workshop and was successfully able to launch “IndiaBiospeaks“, a science communication podcast with the support of my team at IndiaBioscience. I learnt about content building, radio manners, delivery, recording, mixing, publishing and distribution, as well as how to build consistency and sustain the effort in the long term. I highly recommend this, and Chhavi is a superb coach and my go to Guru for anything podcast!
Having participated in the last (and first) batch, I can for it being as enjoyable as it was instructive. Chhavi Sachdev is very generous with her teaching, but what set this course apart for me was how generous she was with sharing her hard-earned insights and tips-n-tricks. It’s reassuring to see professionals so secure with their accomplishments that they freely share and encourage ‘competition’.
During March 2019, about 10 participants of Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad took part in Chhavi Sachdev’s workshop on Podcasting with Sonologue. The participants were a mix of completely naive yet enthusiastic lot to informed and trained Mass comm. students and lecturers. Chhavi managed to keep all of us completely glued to the entire workshop. A hands-on approach to recording, planning of the distribution of informative handouts, interactive hearing sessions and a couple of laughs are all an intricate part of this fun workshop. Chhavi was efficient, time bound and highly organised in her presentation and conducting the workshop. I highly recommend this workshop to anyone who would like to explore the world of podcasting.
I attended a mini-workshop by Chhavi last year, just around the time that I was recording my first podcast series. I found her workshop to be well-structured and effective. Her insights, born out of her first-hand experiences in podcasting and journalism, were rich and helpful. The notes that she gave out continue to act as points of reference for me. I would certainly recommend her workshops.
If the podcast industry is new for India, the thought of a podcast workshop is a novelty! And yet, Chhavi’s workshop was well thought out explaining the basics of what is needed to set up one’s own podcast, the right mix of practical exercise and things to know. A sequel is in order, Chhavi!