5 Tips to Prepare for a Podcast Interview
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Are you about to be interviewed for a podcast? 

Don't worry, you're not alone. In fact, many people feel the same way before their first time on-air. But with a little bit of preparation, you can make the experience go smoothly and come across as confident and knowledgeable.

Anyone who's had media appearances and has been on the podcast circuit knows that successful podcast appearances depend largely on how well you're prepared. Podcast interviews can be a great way to spread the word about your business or book. But doing them wrong can easily backfire and make you look bad. I’ve made a shortlist of tips to help you make the most of your opportunity, impress your podcast hosts and entertain your listeners.

Here are five tips to help you prepare for your upcoming podcast interview.

1) Practice, practice, practice. 

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When you're invited to appear on a podcast, it's an honor. It means that the host trusts you and believes that your insights will be valuable to their audience. Before your big debut, make sure you're prepared to speak your truth.

This is especially important if you're not used to being on camera or in front of a microphone. Make sure you know what you're going to say and how you want to say it. The more comfortable you are, the better off you'll be. 

Practice your introduction and make sure you are clear and concise.

Being able to join podcast episodes can make for great marketing and it’s also a privilege, not everyone can get invited. Being a podcast guest allows you to reach a different kind of audience and expand your perspective. It’s also a great way to connect with people and other fellow creatives, business leaders, entrepreneurs, etc. So make sure you speak with a voice that’s clear and concise.

The way you speak is just as important, if not more so than your message. 

You have to make sure that the host understands what it is exactly that you are saying because then they will be able to provide clarity for their listeners.

Maintaining clear and concise speech patterns when speaking with hosts goes without saying. But remember everyone listening deserves an authentic experience from start to finish. Don’t forget to be your true self during the interview itself.

Keep in mind that it’s also important to stay on topic so try not to wander from the subject that you and your podcast host planned to have a conversation about. A podcast episode sounds more professional if the words you’re speaking come out smoothly and clearly.

As the podcast guest, you have to keep your answers focused and sweet.

During your podcast interview, make your voice as compelling and engaging for the host of the podcast to hear. Speak clearly so that they can easily follow what you’re saying. You are after all trying to share a product or service that they may not have heard of before in their life. So, it is very important for them to understand what exactly it is about before getting into an in-depth conversation about how awesome it is.

2) Get familiar with the host and the show format. 

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For someone looking to land an interview on a podcast or for someone who has already landed a podcast guest opportunity. It is important that you get familiar with the host and show format. The best way for this person to do so would be by listening in order to take notes about what topics might come up during their chat session. So there aren't any surprises when asking questions or making statements later down the line.

Knowing who your interviewer is and what the show is like will help you prepare better and sound more professional.

You see preparing for an interview is not just about researching the company and its audience. It's also important to do your research on who will be interviewing you. So nothing can go wrong and you’ll end up having a great podcast interview.

Another thing to add here is that we all know that job interviews are commonly known to be an intense experience. That’s why it's only natural that you'll feel some tension before your podcast interview.

As the podcast guest, you are in spotlight.

One way I've found not to appear nervous or scared during my chats with hosts and/or audience alike is by going into the meeting prepared.

When you are ready, there's no need for any anxiety!

Prepared in a way that you have a pretty general idea of how the podcast interviews will go down.

Hey, you can even familiarize yourself with the podcast format and host's questions in advance.

It's important that you know what questions will be asked, so your responses can match up accordingly.

A lot goes into hosting successful podcasts including knowing what's expected by both parties involved in each transaction between them. That’s why other podcasts involving expert guests are planned. In order to make a short, entertaining, successful episode, you have to know the scope of your topic. How long is a great podcast episode is supposed to be, and be able to naturally exchange ideas with your host.

3. Prepare a list of talking points that you want to cover during the interview

Our third tip is pretty simple in itself and it somewhat connected with the previous advice.

Make a plan for what you want to talk about.

The key to a successful podcast interview is preparation. It's important not only for the person conducting your questioning but also you as an interviewee so that when it comes time to talk, everything will go smoothly and without stress.

One of the best ways to prepare for a podcast interview is by making sure that you have prepared some talking points. These should cover anything from your background and experience, all the way through what listeners can expect when tuning in to an episode each week or month. 

This is where you convince them that you aren’t like the other guests from before. You have unique answers and you’re more than worth listening to.

Make sure you’re genuine and comfortable.

It’ll make up for the dead air or not-so-good microphone if ever your gear isn’t at its best as of the moment.

You can also use this time as a chance to make sure that all points are covered in-depth, so they don't need another follow-up question later on down the road. Plan ahead of time, do your research and talk. Don’t forget to mention your social media profiles and contact details. This way, you can lead to your website and other pages that might prove useful to them.

To recap, this tip basically focuses on preparing a list of talking points that you want to cover during the podcast interview. Then after that, you have to think about what's important in your field and how it relates back to those topics. All while making sure all information shared within each episode can lead someone else who was listening somewhere new. You'll know it's a successful interview if you've managed to do this.

4. Rehearse your answers out loud so you sound natural when speaking.

If you are preparing for an interview, it is important to practice the answers out loud. 

There are some easy ways you can prepare for your podcast interview and make sure that everything sounds natural. One way is by rehearsing out loud before going into an actual recording session.

So when they ask questions all around town about what's happening at work or home life. Not only will you know how your answer will sound, but you will also avoid looking like someone who has been caught off guard. Saving face matters here too.

You know what they say, practice makes perfect.

It's important to rehearse out loud so you can sound natural when speaking. Rehearsing in front of the mirror or recording yourself will give your voice some serious practice and make any forthcoming interview go smoother for sure.

The more you practice and get used to talking in this way the less it will seem as if an interview is happening and instead feel like conversation between two people who have mutual respect for each other's opinions on various topics. 

There are plenty of interesting guests you can get for podcast episodes but the one that makes for a great interview is the one who can speak naturally and truly be themselves.

5. Arrive early to the interview so you have time to relax and get comfortable.

You're about to embark on a journey that could lead you towards success, but first things first – get there early. 

Don’t be late.

The last tip I have for you to prepare for a podcast interview is to arrive early and make sure you're comfortable. You don't want any surprises during the process, so be prepared.

Arriving early will also give yourself time for relaxation and getting acquainted with your surroundings. You'll be able feel more relaxed, which will result in an impressive sound quality when you deliver content. 

That’s it for our five tips on how to prepare for a podcast interview.

These are only a few tips from the many out there but I do hope this has helped you.

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Until next time, keep up the good work, and best of luck with your podcast interview!

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