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Tips for podcast guesting like a pro

So you’ve been pitching yourself out as a podcast guest on other shows and someone has said yes!

How do you make sure you bring the best quality content possible so the host loves you and people listening want you as a guest on their podcast as well?

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A great podcast guest listens to the show

This is something you should do before you’ve even pitched yourself because you want to pitch an idea that perfectly fits the content a host is doing already.

Once you’ve been accepted you want to listen to the host’s interview style and also take note of what previous guests have brought to the table.  Especially what’s worked and what hasn’t.

That way you’ll know what you’re in for and you’ll also have a sense of the kind of content that adds the most value to the show.

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A great podcast guest asks for topics but not questions

As an interviewer there’s nothing worse than a guest who’s been given the questions ahead of time and then freaks out anytime anything is asked that wasn’t on the original brief.

When you’re a guest on a podcast you want to be prepared but not over-prepared.

The best interviews are the ones where you’re able to have a relaxed conversation that can go off-script if something more exciting happens.

If you’re expecting things to go a certain way it’s hard to be fully present because you’re trying to remember what you’ve prepared rather than being in the moment.

Some podcast hosts might send you questions as a matter of course but if they don’t, don’t demand them.

Ask for enough information so you can make sure you’re fully prepared but then be ready to go wherever the conversation takes you.

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Great podcast guests offer themselves up for a pre-interview

This is not only helpful for the host because it gives them a chance to refine their questions for the actual interview but it can also be really helpful for podcast guests too.

Ideally, you don’t want to be meeting the host for the first time when you’re about to press record.

A pre-interview can give you a chance to build rapport so you’re way more comfortable during the actual interview.

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Great podcast guests care about audio quality

If you’re already hosting your own podcast you should have a good podcast microphone but if you want to be a podcast guest it’s a good idea to buy a mic because you want your audio to sound as good as possible.

That also means you need to think about where you record.

Your recording space has a huge impact on audio quality so make sure you stay out of echoey rooms and away from hard surfaces like floorboards and tiles.

Also make sure, if you’re recording via a remote recording platform, you’ve shut down all the other programs so nothing goes “PING!” in the middle of the interview.  And that you’ve turned off everything that might be making noise like an air conditioner or a buzzing hard drive.

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A great podcast guest waits for the interview files to upload

If you’re being recorded via remote recording platform you’ll need to keep the session open until the audio uploads to make sure nothing gets lost.

Don’t make the mistake of exiting when the host says goodbye in the interview because you might end up with no audio and that’s never a good thing.

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A great podcast guest shares the show with their network

After the podcast is finished make sure you email the host or their producer to get them to send you any links or assets for social media once the episode is live.

This will help get their show in front of your audience just like the interview helped you get in front of theirs.

If they create images for social media that don’t fit your brand or don’t sit right on your feed, feel free to create your own via a free tool like Canva.

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Great podcast guests return the favour

If the interview goes well and you think they’d have great content to offer your audience why not ask them to be a guest on your show?

By inviting them on your podcast that’s one less episode you need to think about!

Got any other great ideas for how to promote your show?  Write them in the comments below!

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