The more prepared you are, the less you have to worry about the unpredictable; this rule applies to everything, especially when it comes to starting an interview podcast.
Of course, content and presentation play the biggest role when it comes to the medium of podcasting. And that’s why you need to make sure that there are no obstacles while getting your message across. Poor production will distract your listeners not only from your current, but possibly future content.
First impressions matter and you don’t want to scare your first-time listeners with unwanted noise. So, yes, starting an interview podcast is not an easy task.
Although audio content creation platforms handle this mission just perfectly, there are still a couple of tips to keep in mind before your podcast interview.
To be prepared is half the victory
The victory in this case is a seamless experience for your guests, an easy editing process for you and a high-quality podcast for your listeners. Now, your guests may not always be tech savvy, so discuss how to set up a podcast interview in advance. Providing them with guidance or advice is not only a nice gesture, but also a great way to avoid setbacks during the recording.
If you’ve got money to spend on buying or improving your recording setup—great, if not, Podcastle provides a simple fix for all sorts of recording issues, even the ones on your interviewee’s side. However, there’s a few precautions you may take to simplify the editing process even further.
It’s best if they (as well as you!) pick a quiet and low-reverb space for recording. Other than creating difficulties in post-production, noise will interrupt the flow of the interview and distract everyone present. However, if that’s not possible, don’t sweat it too much—there’s almost nothing an AI-powered podcast platform can’t do. But that’s for later.
Another reason to use a podcast recording platform for your interviews is the hassle-free connection; as a good host you don’t want to inconvenience your guests. Podcastle’s new interview feature erases all borders in remote interviews bringing up to 10 participants into the same ‘room.’ You may also stream your interview while it’s happening. With such a seamless experience there’s hardly anything separating you from your guests and your audience. All they need to do is click the link and hop on.
Post-production makes perfect
Whether it’s distance or global quarantine, audio quality isn’t the sacrifice you should be making. Luckily, with a multifunctional podcast editing software there’s a lot you can do in post-production. Podcastle also gives you great recording material for starting an interview podcast with locally uncompressed 48kHz WAV audio for every guest. The platform records a separate audio track for each guest, which means you can edit and enhance each track individually.
Correct the recordings without complicating the process. With just a few tools you can get your guest’s volume to match yours, cancel out background noise and make your podcast sound like it’s fresh out of a professional studio.
Know your questions
It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re online in the comfort of your own home or wherever you’re recording from. Don’t get carried away and divert from the topic, especially if you’re streaming the interview. And if it’s your guest that’s going too far off topic make sure to carefully reel them back in.
Even though Podcastle allows you to remove any filler words, it’s best if you work on becoming a concise communicator. Try to turn active listening into a habit too. While you can’t entirely control the flow of the conversation, it’s best to focus on your guest and what they have to add to the discussion.
You’ll have plenty of time to listen to yourself once you’re done recording and that’s actually what you should be doing. If you want to improve, playing back your interviews from your audience’s perspective should be a part of your routine. This way you can see for yourself what’s lacking and what’s extra. Could you rephrase the same question in a simpler and more understandable way? Are there any points you should’ve not made? Great, now you know what to avoid in the future. And if something doesn’t go as planned, Podcastle got all the tools to fix it.