I’m very excited to have you on the podcast! This page is to help you prepare for the interview. We’ll address audio quality, computer specifications, and promoting and preparation for the interview.
Audio & Computer Instructions
If you’ve listened to a lot of podcasts that feature a guest interview, you probably already know that guest audio quality can vary quite a bit from person to person, depending on recording environment, equipment and plenty of other factors.
I want to provide the best experience for my audience, so I’ve put together some best practices to ensure the highest quality audio. Please read over these carefully.
Preparing Your Environment
1. To ensure that no technical issues arise during the interview, use a laptop or desktop computer with a strong internet connection, and not a phone, for the interview.
2. It is recommended that you have headphones available in advance of the interview. Headphones help prevent audio feedback and ringing. If you have one available, an external microphone (like a USB-mic or a headset with a mic) is encouraged, and will make your voice quality sound fantastic.
3. Decide on where you will be for the interview. Try to find a quiet room or environment where you can close the doors and windows and not be interrupted by others. The best acoustics are produced by rooms with plenty of fabric – carpets, bedding, couches, pillows – that help to ‘dampen’ the sound and reduce the chances of voice echo showing up in the recording.
4. Mute your phone, instant messenger notifications or anything else that might “chime” during the interview.
Preparing Your Computer
1. Please make sure you have closed all unnecessary programs, these will use CPU resources and can cause issues with recording.
2. For the best quality audio, we’ll be using a browser-based interview software called Zencastr. If you have questions about your computers ability to use the software, here are Zencastr’s minimum computer requirements.
3. The Zencastr software doesn’t download anything to your computer – everything works in the browser. We will send you an invite link to join the recording session. Start the interview by clicking your Zencastr Invite Link. In order to make sure your browser has permission to record and store the audio files from our interview, please do the following:
- Start the interview by clicking the Zencastr Invite Link we send you by email. We’ll have some standard back-and-forth to make sure we’re both ready and then begin the recording.
- You may be prompted by your browser to allow permission to allow it to store data and use your microphone, please allow both.
Important Note: When the interview concludes, *DO NOT* close the Zencastr window until we’ve confirmed that your recording has been uploaded! The wait will be just a couple of minutes.
Promotion & Preparation Instructions
To help the podcast go well and have the widest reach, we ask that you prepare for the podcast beforehand. I will not be doing traditional “interviews” as you hear on most podcasts. I believe that so many are doing them, I want to provide a unique value. I’ll discuss the topic with you beforehand and it’s your job to come prepared.
Before the recording
1. Please send a bio and headshot to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will help in preparation before the interview, as well as producing the podcast episode art afterwards.
2. Read and prepare the questions sent to you by Kurtis. These questions will generally be sent a week before the podcast.
After the recording
I believe it’s helpful for both that we both promote it on our channels. I will be promoting it more than 3 times between Tuesday and Saturday the week of the episode, which will be released on Wednesday. I just ask that you at least post about the episode once and link to the website link I’ll provide. This link will allow people to reach whatever platform they listen on. This link will be provided to you the week of the episode release.