Preparing for Your Podcast Interview

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Tips for podcast guests

Have you been invited to be a guest on one of our podcasts? Here are some tips to help you prepare.

What Materials Do I Need?

Our discussion will take place over an web-based platform that is similar to Zoom or Skype. You will need:

  • A quiet room
  • An Internet-connected computer with Chrome installed
  • Headphones
  • Some kind of microphone (at a minimum, a webcam mic)

The quality of your audio will be better if you use a better microphone, particularly desktop microphones.

Getting Ready

Share Background Materials. Send the host any articles or proofs that you want reviewed. It will help us develop better questions.

Set Goals. Think about what you want accomplished in this interview. Do you want to raise awareness of an issue? Do you want to communicate the results of your research finding? Do you want to promote a book? Do you want to argue for some professional agenda? Decide what you are trying to accomplish to better orient your overall preparation.

Assemble Talking Points. Podcasting doesn’t work well when someone overprepares or talks in scripted monologues. Think about phrases or points of information that you want communicated, and wait for an opportunity to use it.

Set Up Your “A” Material. If you have anecdotes, stories, or some other bit that you think wins over audiences. Tell the host that you’d like the opportunity to share it with listeners.

After the Interview

After the interview, our production staff will convert the interview audio into a podcast episode. Click here for advice given to guests of The Annex. Some of this information may be helpful to guests of our other podcasts, although other podcasts might not have the same policies as The Annex. Please ask your show’s host to clarify any questions.

Photo Credit. By TGblogger – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76138895

Joe

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