If you’ve been invited to be a guest on a podcast, congrats! Being on a podcast is fun way to share your expertise, experiences, and help others learn from your journey. Here are five ways you can ensure your episode really shines (and avoid some unnecessary blunders)!

 

Tip 1: Take Your Audio Seriously 

  • Pick an ideal room to record. This room should be small with things that absorb sound (carpets, furniture, curtains) and in a quiet area away from any noise. 
  • Use headphones. Using headphones and turning off your internal computer speakers prevents unnecessary feedback and electronic echoes.
  • Use a USB microphone. Although computer mics are fine as a last resort, it won’t provide the best audio. If you don’t have a USB microphone, use a microphone that’s built into your earbuds or headphones. In most cases, these are better than your computer mic. No matter what, never use a bluetooth connected microphone as the connection can be unreliable. 

Tip 2: Remove all Distractions

  • Close out apps. Close your email, calendar, instant messaging (slack, gchat, etc.). 
  • Silence all devices. Silence your phone, alarms, and any other notifications. 
  • Don’t eat. No eating or chewing gum.  You can have water but mute when sipping! 
  • Focus on the conversation. If you need to take notes, have a pen and paper ready as typing is easy to hear over the microphone! 

Tip 3: Listen to a Previous Episode

  • Know the audience. Podcasts are about having a discussion that is valuable to the audience. This means having thoughtful, genuine conversations that reveal a human experience. 
  • Know the type of questions you’ll be asked. Although every guest is different, there will be certain questions that a host will always ask. 
  • Identify the overall feeling of the episode. Is the podcast host playful or serious? Are there certain topics the host avoids like religion or politics? Knowing these things beforehand will do wonders for the episode.
  • Know the correct way to pronounce the host’s name.

Tip 4: Keep it Real 

  • Don’t be promotional. You were asked to be a guest because of who you are, not because of a brand, employer, or product you represent. Although you may be asked about these things, speak like you’re catching up with a good friend you haven’t seen in a while. 
  • No need to be perfect. Although most podcasts will edit out unnecessary ums, ahhs, and awkward moments, the best shows embrace laughing, talking your thought process out loud, and other ways a chat happens organically between host and guest. 
  • Let the host control the flow. The host is responsible for the flow and filling any awkward silences. Try not to ramble or deviate too far from the initial question. Focus on answering the question posed in a valuable and meaningful way and the host will do the rest.  

Tip 5: Share Your Episode

  • Share your episode after recording. When you get notified that your episode is premiering, share with your network! Promote on social media, on your website, and via email. Your host will usually work with you to promote across every channel so you can get your voice heard!