Has your emailing campaign and outreach paid off? Have you finally booked your first podcast interview? Great!! Where are you going to be when they call you? You hadn’t thought of that? It’s fine, zip through the infographic and learn what you can do to make this as successful as possible.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret, just because you record the interview, it doesn’t mean it will be released.
What can send your interview to the “not great” pile?
Podcasters are protective of their audiences time, so bear in mind that the selection process ends at the end of your interview. If the interview is a dud, it might go into the “didn’t work out pile”. This can have a lot of factors, perhaps there wasn’t a conection between you and the host, perhaps you were in a noisy place, or maybe you didn’t read the prep notes your host sent.
I say this alot but please, please, please make sure you are in a quiet place when you are being interviewed. Life happens but your spot at Starbucks during lunchtime is not ideal as there will be a lot of background noise.
I could go on for ages (wink, wink) but it’s easier for you to look at the infographic. Questions? Feel free to get in touch.
Can you add a little variety to your segments? Sometimes a guest might be great on paper but when you listen to the recording it can be a little long and dry. Your guest may have been nervous, it might not have been a great day for them, whatever.
In the forum a lot of people said their attention wandered after 30 mins.
I am not telling you to cut your podcast short my we are all different. Think about surprising your listeners (pleasantly!!) by mixing things up a bit.
Stick with your format but could you try to:
Break up a longer conversation with a recap?
Quick fire Q’s
Illustrative clip from a different source
Perhaps these will not make it into the final cut but it might be a good way to get more “personality” from your guest.
Can you think of a podcast where this is done really well? Have you tried this? What feedback did you get from your listeners?
What are you doing (unintetionally) that turns your listeners off?
Sometimes we can do things that niggle at listeners, so much so it becomes their chief pet peeve with all podcasts. When I saw this thread on a forum I was amazed at some of the comments. A lot of people had the same gripes but different examples of their “pet peeve”. Some said they would not give a podcast a second shot, which I think is a little harsh. I’m a believer in second chances! Podcasting is a lot of work and it’s a labour of love for most people but from the very long list of things found there are things you can take note of when you are recording or doing your editing.
I’m going to post some of the things you might not be aware you are doing and quick fixes. Look out for it. What is one thing that might turn you off from a show. Before you answer remember a lot of people are learning as they go along so be kind.