People love to hear an interesting conversation because dialogue makes things fun. But when you are podcasting solo you miss out on that element. However, interviewing guests can add that exciting element to your podcast.
Interviewing is not as simple as ask a question and get an answer. There are a few things that you should consider.
- Prepare for the interview. Make sure to do background research on your subject. Background research includes the 5 W’s and H (Who, What, Where, When, Why, How), previous media coverage that your subject has received, and obtaining bio sheets if applicable.
- Prepare your questions. Write down your questions in advanced and make sure to organize them in a way that flows.
- Prepare to listen. When newbie interviewers have the questions written down they tend to not listen to the answer that the person gives. They just ask a question and move on to the next question. But when you truly listen to the answers, you’ll come up with more questions that will add depth and excitement to your interview.
- Prepare your guest. You’ll get a much better interview if your guest is prepared as well. Before you start, be sure to inform your guest of the types of things that will be discussed. Don’t give them each question word-for-word because that will give your interview a “scripted tone”. However, given them a basic overview so that they can prepare.
- One thing to remember is to always maintain control of the interview. Don’t allow your guest to ramble.
- Make sure you ask open ended questions. Avoid questions that begin with do you, have you, would you, could you.
- Avoid asking leading questions. Take your opinion out of the question before you ask. For example, if you ask “Were you excited about the tour” you’ll either get a yes I was excited or no I was not excited. The guest will be focused on the word “excited”. But if you ask “How did you feel during the tour?” you’ll get a much better answer.
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