We’ve seen how Expert Podcasters conduct their interviews and it is so amazing hearing their funny and lively interactions that are quite very entertaining. Most of us wonder how can they possibly do that in their shows no matter what topic it is, whether it’s a Top List, Finance, How To’s, Products or the like. It is really interesting how they can make it really engaging.
Of course, doing your first podcast interview can be quite intimidating and overwhelming, especially if you’re new in the business. You may feel so inferior having an expert talk in front of you or maybe it might come to a point wherein you are loss for words. Seems like a dead end situation, right? What can be done to become a better podcaster? Let’s learn more.
At the recently concluded FinCon, renowned podcaster Steve Stewart shared his formula of hosting a podcast interview that makes you sound like a pro even if you’re a complete newbie.
Welcoming your guests sets the mood for the interview. The more enthusiastic you are, the more they would feel appreciated. Keep in mind that they gave you an hour or two of their precious time. Make it worth it! Make them feel your warmth and make sure that it transcends to your listeners.
Engaging in a little chit-chat with your guest at the start of your podcast interview is fine, just as long as you don’t get carried away in the conversation. Steve points out that it’s crucial to transition into what he calls the “meat of the interview” within the first 5 minutes of your show. Otherwise, you’ll have to edit a lot a part—or even the whole—conversation after.
Of course, we know we all listen to the guest and his answers. But sometimes, we never truly listen… Making a point to listen to your guest as he or she answers your questions and not just focusing on what you’re going to ask next is more than just being polite, courteous, and professional. His or her answers would also be able to give you some hints as to how to transition smoothly to the next question.
At the same time, your guest may point out something fascinating that you want to emphasize, or a bit confusing that may need more clarification. The only way you can do all of these is by listening.
One of the common myths you’ve probably heard when it comes to doing podcast interviews is not to have any dead air during your podcast episodes. That may be true when you do solo shows. But when it comes to podcast interviews, Steve assures that dead air is fine.
That’s because making dead air permissible during your podcast episodes makes sure that you don’t run the risk of interrupting your guest while he or she is speaking. Dead air also gives you the chance to think about the next logical question to ask your guest carefully. Also, it helps makes your guest feel even more comfortable because you are, in fact, indirectly telling them that it’s okay for them to pause for a moment and collect their thoughts before speaking. Of course, you may edit them afterwards.
Steve suggests that telling your guest how you can relate to what he or she just said is another great way to ensure a smooth conversation flow during your podcast interview. This can come in handy if you find yourself caught in a situation where you’re finding it difficult to think of a next logical question. These connections are the spices in a conversation.
Steven points out in this video that Podcasters should edit their Podcasts. Since listeners spend valuable time on you, make sure your Podcast is worth their time. Create valuable content. Get rid of unnecessary nuisances. Have Podcast Engineers take care of the edits afterwards.
Nothing can be more frustrating and annoying to go through a great podcast interview with your guest, only to find out that you never got the chance to hit the ‘Record’ button. It sounds funny, but even Steve admits that this has happened to him as well.
To make sure that this doesn’t happen, Steve recommends starting recording even before you begin the interview session. It’s okay if there is a bit of dead air and separate conversation that may be happening in the background. You can always edit these out after.
There is no excuse for the following phrase to ever make it into an MP3: "kinda sorta maybe". If you only "kinda sorta maybe" know your topic then I don't need to be wasting my time listening to you.
Be the subject matter expert and OWN IT! Go bold or go home. (This one's literally from Steve)
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