First things, first!

Please make sure your send in your podcast release form. This was on the link that you used for scheduling.  However, if you missed that, here's your second chance! 

Sound quality is key

Podcasting is an auditory medium. Thus, sound quality is of the utmost importance. Even the best editing cannot fix terrible audio quality, so do what you can to ensure your voice comes through clearly.


Ensure you have a great phone or internet connection. 

If you are being interviewed over Zoom, Skype, Google Voice, or Google Hangout and have spotty wifi, go somewhere else with a rock-solid internet connection and no background noise.


Do your interview in a small, quiet room and close the door. 

Any sound on your end will be picked up by your microphone and recorded. That means barking dogs, construction or voices outside your window, your roommates talking in the next room, kids playing, overhead fans or AC units, phone or email notifications, and you fidgeting with stuff while you are being interviewed are all recorded and crowd out your voice. Small rooms are better because large rooms, empty rooms, hallways, and tall ceilings cause echo. 

Turn off all notifications during your interview: on your phone, tablet, email platform, computer, alarm clock, microwave, etc. If you prefer to turn your phone on vibrate instead of turning it off entirely, bury it under a blanket because the vibration sound will be picked up by the microphone.


Wear headphones (borrow a pair if you don’t have one). Again, this is about limiting the sounds the recording picks up, and not wearing headphones will cause your interviewer’s voice to echo back through your speakers when recorded.


If you have one, use a microphone. This can be as simple as the built-in mic in your headphones. No need to go out and buy anything special for an interview, but if you have a mic, use it.


If you can’t find a quiet place, you should reschedule the interview for a time when you can. If you have an unexpected noisy interruption like a dog that won’t stop barking or a partner who comes home and starts making noise, ask your podcast host if they would prefer to do that part of the interview over or reschedule the interview if the unexpected noise isn’t going away anytime soon (this often happens with construction).


Speak naturally

The podcast format lends itself to the conversation. So speak how you normally speak. If you are naturally humorous and often crack jokes, don’t be afraid to show some humor (it’s a good idea to keep the jokes clean though!). But don’t force it if that’s not your usual thing.

Trying to adopt a brand-new speaking style in an interview because you want to sound smarter or more fun is always a bad idea. You’ll sound stilted and you will be more focused on your speaking style than what you’re saying. Your ideas are what matters, they’re why the podcast host invited you—focus on those and your natural voice will allow them to shine.

After the interview


Send materials promptly

Most podcast hosts post show notes on their websites, which describe the content of each episode and often include photos, bios, and/or links to the people, projects, and organizations discussed in the episode. Your podcast host will let you know if they need any photos, bios, or links from you. Promptly send links to your website and work, as well as anything you discussed that you think the podcast listeners would find useful.


Confirm the air date and link

When the episode comes out, you should share the link and social media promotional images with your networks. Be sure to ask the host how and when you can get that link.


When the episode is released, make sure to post it on your academic website, department webpage, and social media accounts.


If you published a book, send the link to your publisher with a request that they add the link to their site. Most book publishers are quite happy to do this, as well as promote any of your social media posts about your book and your interview (be sure to tag the publisher in your posts so they can find them).


Have fun!

Podcast interviews are a great way to get the word out about your new book or project, chat with the host about a topic you and the host are passionate about, and connect with a new (or maybe already familiar) audience.



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