HELPFUL TIPS – Things to know & think about :)

HELPFUL TIPS – Things to know & think about 🙂

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Podcast interviews are usually short (10–30 min.) 

You really only have time to make 1-2 points well. Trying to cram more ideas into a short interview muddles your message and makes it difficult for listeners to follow. Instead, identify your anecdotes and points ahead of time, and come back to those in the interview. Both the host and listeners will appreciate it because interviews work well when they are clear and focused.

Prep Your Answers to Interview Questions Beforehand

No need to write out full paragraphs to read aloud (an interview isn’t a lecture), but jot down 1-2 main points you want to cover. Podcast interviews are conversations, so you probably won’t get to all of the planned material or questions because the conversation can take off in different directions. This is where your 1-2 main points come in handy. Keep coming back to those points to ensure your message gets across and you and your host have a great conversation.

Sound Quality is Key

Even the best editing cannot fix terrible audio quality, so do what you can to ensure your voice comes through clearly.

Do your interview in a small, quiet room and close the door. 

Any sound on your end will be picked up by a microphone and recorded. That means barking dogs, construction or voices outside your window, your roommates talking in the next room, kids playing, overhead fans or AC units, phone or email notifications, and you fidgeting with stuff while you are being interviewed are all recorded and crowd out your voice. 
Put a sign on your closed door telling people not to knock or open it. 
Small rooms are better because large rooms, empty rooms, hallways, and tall ceilings cause echo. If you can find a carpeted room or a room with lots of blankets or furniture, even better. In a pinch, closets can be a great place (yes, seriously). Public areas like coffee shops or parks are horrible for interviews, even if you’re using headphones and good microphones: every single sound will be picked up and will render your interview next to useless.

 Turn off all notifications during your interview

On your phone, tablet, email platform, computer, alarm clock, microwave, etc. If you prefer to turn your phone on vibrate instead of turning it off entirely, bury it under a blanket in the next room because the vibration sound will be picked up by the microphone.

If you can’t find a quiet place, you should reschedule the interview for a time when you can. 

If you have an unexpected noisy interruption like a dog that starts barking or a partner who comes home and starts making noise, ask your podcast host if they would prefer to do that part of the interview over, or reschedule the interview if the unexpected noise isn’t going away anytime soon (this often happens with construction).

Speak Naturally

The podcast format lends itself to conversation. So speak how you normally speak. If you are naturally humorous and often crack jokes, don’t be afraid to show some humor (it’s a good idea to keep the jokes clean though!), but don’t force it if that’s not your usual thing. Trying to adopt a brand-new speaking style in an interview because you want to sound smarter or more fun is always a bad idea. You’ll sound stilted and you will be more focused on your speaking style than what you’re saying. Your ideas are what matters, they’re why the podcast host invited you—focus on those and your natural voice will allow them to shine.


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