Tips for a successful interview
The Day of Your Interview:
I record using Skype (see audio quality notes below). A few minutes before your interview is set to start, send me a message on Skype (my username is a-seifert), so that we can get connected.
I’ll call you using video for just the first few minutes. I like to chat face-to-face with my guests, particularly if I don’t know them. This helps us quickly develop report, and your interview will be that much better because of it.
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE CAMERA-READY (I likely won’t be), because, we’ll shut video off when we hit the record button. My podcasts are audio-only for the time being.
By far and away, Skype provides the best audio quality for your interview (if we can't be in person).
To avoid connectivity issues, please be sure to be hard-wired into your modem, if possible. (All this means is that you connect an ethernet cord from your computer to your modem, and shut your computer's wifi off. This forces your computer to use the ethernet cord's internet connection.)
Please wear a headset with a microphone (even the ear buds and mic you use with your phone are better than nothing).
Record from a quiet room with minimal background noise.
Infuse Your Personality:
This one is critical.
A podcast is an audio only content medium, which means your voice has to convey your personality. Don't feel uncomfortable about letting your personality come through in your voice.
Be animated, engaging, and energetic!
You will notice that my voice becomes much more animated when I begin the actual interview. It is intentional. Audiences find it much more engaging when there is a lot of energy behind a person's voice (especially when they can't see the person who is speaking).
Nothing I ask is ever out of left field or provocative. That’s not my goal. My goal is to share your inspiring story to help others see what is possible.
I have a very conversational, go-with-the-flow interview style. We will always begin with a short version of your back-story. We’ll then go into the meat of the interview (your work, the adverse event you overcame, etc).
I’ll always guide you. Don’t worry about having to “keep the conversation going.” That’s my job. You just sit back, relax, and tell your story / share your content.
Perfection Not Required:
Your interview will be recorded (obviously!), but don't let that make you nervous! Recording means we have the option to EDIT, which is a beautiful thing.
If you begin an answer and want to try it again, let me know, pause for 2 seconds, and go for it. I will remove the first attempt. No one will ever know.
Feel free to take a breath and take time to think before answering a question. Awkward pauses can easily be removed in post-processing.
In general, I like a conversational interview style. This means, you can stumble over your words a bit, and it's totally fine. I want you to sound like YOU, not a rehearsed robot.
If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out to me. Aside from that, I'm thrilled to have you as a guest on the podcast!