I started my first job a few weeks before my 12th birthday and it was hands down, the coolest job experience one could have. I worked in promotions, wrote and recorded commercials, and hosted a weekly talk show on Radio Disney. I loved meeting new people and learned so much from the interviews I conducted. But recently, the tables turned and I found myself sitting on the other side of the interview table… as a guest on a podcast (which also ended up being a really fun experience)!
Since podcasts have been on the rise, and in light of my new guesting opp, I wanted to share some tips for anyone thinking of hosting their own podcast or being a guest on one!
Know Your Audience
This first one is just as important as knowing the content for the show! You need to know what kind of demographic you’re talking to, so you can tailor your content to them. Are you speaking to millennials? Moms? Business owners? You can craft your talking points based on who exactly you’re trying to reach and what you want them to know.
Brush Up on the Topic
You’re likely pretty knowledgeable about your interview topic, but be sure to brush up on it anyway. You never know if there’s a stat or some other helpful tidbit that might come in handy during the interview. This will also help save you from that “Ugh, I know I saw something on this somewhere once..” moment. Plus, you want to make sure you’re able to confidently speak during the show!
Write Down Key Talking Points
The beauty of radio and podcasts is that you’re not on camera! This means you can have a little cheat sheet in front of you with words or phrases to help you remember things you want to talk about, which is especially helpful if you think you might freeze up or forget some things you want to say. This will also help you have the key takeaways for the listeners handy so you can repeat, if needed!
This generally applies to all of the life things, but BE YOURSELF! Seriously. I know it can be hard to relax in these situations with your nerves jumping all over the place, but take a breath and treat the interview as a casual conversation with a friend. Once you get into that mindset and you start talking about a topic you love, all of the nerves will fade away.
Have you hosted or been a guest on a podcast or radio show?