8 ways to prepare for your podcast interview

A few podcast interview tips: how to prepare for a podcast interview

Have you received a request to participate in a podcast? Don’t be scared, a podcast interview request can help you spread the word about your business. To prepare for your upcoming podcast, here are a few simple and easy tips and advice to make your first podcast experience easier.

  1. ON THE DAY BEFORE YOUR INTERVIEW
    Download the Google Chrome browser from the Google website: https://www.google.com/chrome. Do this in advance – if there are any IT problems it is important that we fix this prior to the day of the interview.
  2. ON THE DAY OF THE INTERVIEW
    Instead of asking you to travel to a recording studio, we use SourceConnect as a high-fidelity conference bridge. On the day of the show, you will receive an email with your session details – a link and a password.  Your link will look something like this: https://now.source-elements.com/#!/guest/maconraine .  All you need to do is click the link and enter the password.
    Your mic should be plugged into the USB port, and your audio settings should select the external microphone as your microphone option.Once you are connected, we’ll do a quick sound check, check the audio levels on our side and then we will be off and running. Each interview should take between 20-30 minutes.
  3. INTERVIEW SCHEDULE – BE ON TIME!
    Please arrive on time, as the first 10 – 15 minutes will be used for a quick sound check before the interview starts.
  4. PREPARING FOR YOUR INTERVIEW: READ THE SCRIPT
    You will receive a script in advance. Review the podcast interview questions. Prepare by reviewing the script and your talking points in advance. No need to write out your verbatim answers but it does help if you jot down some of the main points you want to make. Depending on the podcast interview format, podcast interviews are conversations. When you are prepared, you ensure your message gets across and you and your host have a great conversation.
  5. OFFER AN ANGLE
    You know way more about what you do than we do. If you think something is missing from the script or if there is a big point you want to make that isn’t in the script, let us know. Tell us what questions you want us to ask and we will.
  6. ABOUT THE EQUIPMENT
    We recommend a Yeti microphone and a pop filter. When you receive it, make sure it works by connecting it to your computer and using it (perhaps a test run during one of your regular Webex calls). A few minutes prior to your interview, we’ll walk you thru a few additional audio quality checks to make sure your interview goes off without a hitch.Podcasting is generally all done with VOIP (Voice over IP) tools which require a stable internet connection (wired if possible) and a good quality input.  On the day of your interview, be somewhere with a stable internet connection. We’ll provide additional instruction prior to your interview for phone set-up, dial-in instructions, etc.
  7. SOUND QUALITY IS IMPORTANT
    Podcasting is an auditory medium. Even the best editing cannot fix terrible audio.  Ensure you have a great phone or internet connection. If you don’t, then go somewhere with rock-solid internet.
  8. WEAR HEADPHONES AND ELIMINATE NOISE IN YOUR PODCAST INTERVIEW
    Wear headphones. This limits the sounds the recording picks up.  Do your interview in a small, quiet room and close the door. No dogs, doorbells, cellphone chimes, email dings, overhead fans, or even fidget spinners. Put a sign on your door telling people not to knock.QUESTIONS?
    Please contact…
    Ben Bradley
    630-430-7267
    ben@maconraine.com

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