4 Tips to Rock Your Podcast Interview

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!

Whether you're hosting or interviewing, here are 4 tips to help you rock your podcast or radio interview!

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!

Be Yourself

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.

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I also want to take a minute to thank the 29 Minute Mom podcast for inviting me to be on the show to talk about travel planning resources – you can listen to the recording here! Hope you enjoy it!

Have you hosted or been a guest on a podcast or radio show?

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  • You were on Radio Disney?! How did you get into that industry?

    • I was! There was an ad in the paper for it (back in the day) and I went in for the audition and landed the job!

  • Leah

    Radio Disney sounds like such a cool opportunity :) I love these tips. I’ve never had an interview like this before but I feel like the industry is going more towards this.

    • It was the coolest! Podcasts are definitely growing – maybe one day you’ll find yourself on or hosting one!

  • Emily Bendler

    I used to listen to Radio Disney all the time!! Love these tips!

    • Love to hear that! Radio Disney will always have a special place in my heart :)

  • Abby

    I don’t think I’ll be a on podcast anytime soon, but I listen to a TON of them, and I’d love to be a guest one day. I would definitely need to write down some talking points or I’d be too nervous to remember anything. Thanks for the tips!

    • Thanks for reading, Abby! Which podcasts are your favorite?

  • Great tips! I agree that writing down talking points is very helpful!

  • Amber

    I am a note taker, so I love the idea of bringing notes with you! My blog is growing, so hopefully, someone will want me on their podcast one day to talk about social media one day! Then I can put your guide to good use!

    • Notes are key! Good luck growing your blog – I hope you’re able to be a podcast guest one of these days!

  • Anne Markey

    I have yet to think about podcasts but there are great tips for that and any public speaking opportunity

  • Stephanay Jnote

    This is helpful. I just recently conducted my first interview for my radio show. I did some of the things you mentioned but now I have more things to cover. Thank you for posting this.

    • Congrats on doing your first interview! I hope these tips help going forward!

  • This is so fun! I want to be on a podcast in the near future and eventually start my own too.

    • Thanks, Jenny! Good luck with your podcast goals :)

  • Brushing up on the topic is key. I’ve heard many interviews where the interviewer didn’t really know the person and was asking some really off the wall, or off-topic questions. That makes the interview awkward and puts the interviewee in a weird spot. Thanks for all the tips.

    • Same! Hopefully these tips will help prevent those awkward moments from happening!

  • Jewels Rhode

    These are excellent tips! I would love to be a guest on a podcast show this year. I’m definitely keeping these in mind :)

    • Thanks, Jewels! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!

  • I’ve listened some podcast interviews before, but I don’t see myself being interviewed anytime soon. This are things to keep in mind if in case. :-)

    Joy | fatmoments.com

  • SO many great tips! I’ve been invited on podcasts a few times before, but as time passes I become more and more shy to the point of not being able to do this any longer. I hope these tips will bring some confidence back. THANK YOU!!!

    • Thank you! Try to think of it as a casual conversation, especially if it’s a topic you love! I hope these will help you get to a comfortable + confident place going forward!

  • Amber

    Such great tips. What an amazing opportunity! Will keep these in mind!

  • Great tips!!! I have never done my own podcast but this will help so much if I ever do one!! Also that’s awesome you were on Radio Disney!

    • Thanks, Mistle! I hope you have the chance to join in on one some day – it’s a fun experience whether hosting or guesting!

  • Love these tips you’ve mentioned. I’ve never done a podcast but I love listening to them and would love to explore this form for enhancing my blog!

    • Thanks, Kiara! I love listening to them too! Do you have any faves?

  • You worked for Radio Disney?! That is seriously the coolest thing I have ever heard. I was OBSESSED with Radio Disney when I was a kid. Also, love these tips! I listen to podcasts all the time but I think I would be way nervous to be on one.

    • I did! It was the coolest job ever! I’m sure you’d kill it as a podcast guest! I think it’s really all about how the host is – if you have a good one you’ll feel like it’s a casual convo which is much more relaxing!

  • I was so nervous when I had my first podcast interview. These are some great tips to review for the next time :)

    Gennifer Rose | http://www.GenniferRose.com

    • It is a little scary, but also a lot of fun! What was your first interview about?

  • stephanieabills

    These are great tips!! I wish I had this before my first podcast interview. I was super nervous!

    • Thanks! Hopefully they’ll come in handy on your next podcast interview :)

  • great tips! pinning!

  • I have thought about trying a podcast series, but am a little nervous to be honest. Love your tips. You make it seem so easy!

    • Thanks, Erin! I’m sure you’d do great with it! The beauty of a podcast is that there’s no camera in your face, so you can script it out as much as needed!

  • I’ve never done a podcast, but it seems like it would be a blast!

    • It’s very fun! I hope you get the chance to do one some day!