If you have been invited to be a guest on someone’s podcast, you should be incredibly flattered! Whether you’re an expert in your field, bring a fresh perspective to the table, or have opinions you’re willing to share, this is a great opportunity for you to get your voice heard. Although you might think that the host is the only one who should be preparing, doing your part as the guest to contribute will certainly lead to a more memorable recording. Follow these 3 steps to ensure that you leave a lasting impression on your host and your audience.
Step 1: Do your homework
The host may or may not choose to share their interview questions with you beforehand. If they do, use this as an opportunity to determine how best to answer them. In our previous blog post (add hyperlink when up), we discuss how to decide whether or not you should script your content, and this may be useful to review when planning your responses.
If the host does not provide you with interview questions, it is likely that you have a general idea of the subject matter that you will be discussing. Take some time to think through how you wish to present yourself and your ideas, and even jot down some notes if you feel that it will be helpful. If required, do a bit of extra research on the topic to make sure that you come off sounding both prepared and professional.
Step 2: Prep your recording space
If you will be recording your episode in the same location as your host, you can skip over this section. However, if getting together in person is not possible and you will be connecting remotely (as can be done online with the TalkShoe platform), it is important that you prepare the space that you will be recording in for the best sounding audio.
When selecting your location:
· Choose the quietest space that you can
· Avoid public places or anywhere with excessive background noise
· If recording at home, a carpeted room is best to reduce echo
· If necessary, kindly inform neighbours in advance so they can reduce their noise during this time
Step 3: Get your gear
Using an external microphone is ideal and doesn’t have to break the bank. The Samson
Portable Go Mic costs only $30 and is a great option for the occasional podcaster. If this is a one-time endeavor, TalkShoe allows you to use either your mobile device or computer mic to record with. Make sure you have everything set up in advance so you’re not scrambling on the day of recording.
You’re ready to go
If you have followed these steps, you are now ready to make a memorable podcast appearance! If you want any extra advice on vocal delivery strategies, check out the tips and tricks from our previous blog post. Although this might seem like a lot of pressure, don’t be nervous! You’re going to do great.