4 Tips for Being a Great Podcast Guest
Updated: Dec 12, 2021
Being a guest on podcasts is an excellent way to network with people in your industry, reach potential new clients and grow your personal brand or business. Taking part in podcasts allows you to share your personality, expertise, and viewpoints. That said, there are a few things you can do to ensure you’re a great guest, which will pave the way to more opportunities down the line.
1) Be Prepared
It’s so important that you plan ahead of time for being a podcast guest. This means listening to a couple of its previous shows beforehand. This will give you an understanding of the show structure, the host’s personality, previous guests that were interviewed, and the general vibe of the show.
Make sure that the host sends you a list of questions or topics they want to discuss on the episode, so you can review them beforehand to ensure you’re giving the best answers and responses without being caught of guard. Remember, your podcast hosts wants the both of you to look good. They will appreciate the effort you make to prepare ahead of time – and so will listeners!
2) Be Real
It’s OK to fumble over your words, to take a few moments to pause, and to not be perfect. You’re a real person, not a robot. Laugh, have fun, and be relatable. If you have trouble finding the right words, make fun of yourself to lighten the mood, put yourself at ease, and show listeners that you’re down to earth.
Additionally, don’t skate around or dodge any questions. Answer them directly every time. Taking this head-on approach will only increase your likeability and episode rankings.
3) Be Audible
Make your audio a priority. If the audio is poor quality, the entire episode is poor quality. Your iPhone is not going to suffice. Invest in a microphone, and ensure you’re seated in a quiet room. This will guarantee that your audio comes across crisp and clear. Your host will be appreciative that you are a respectful and responsible guest, and your listeners will be thankful that they can easily understand what you’re saying.
4) Be Focused
Your attention should be on your host, and nowhere else. This means minimizing all distractions. Mute your cell phone, turn off notifications on your devices, and do not respond to any emails or text messages. This is not a time to multitask.
If you have pets or small children, make sure they cannot be heard over your audio, or find a quiet room for the recording process. And lastly, make sure you are not eating food, chewing gum or drinking from an ice filled glass. All these noises will interfere with your audio and make an unpleasant experience for listeners.
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