• Michael Gallant

Preparing for a remote podcast interview


This short article concentrates the key TECHNICAL lessons I have learned from speaking with our great guests, and serves as an “SOP” for our podcast interviewees. It is also a good preparation for any interviewee conducting a remote podcast episode.


First and foremost – welcome, we’re happy to have you!

Second, let’s understand what is needed from you to make your podcast episode into the greatest podcast episode of all times.


So, without further ado:


Context:


Listen to a couple of episodes, and take a look at the project website to get some context.


Scheduling:


If we haven’t scheduled a time yet, suggest a couple of slots options to do the podcast. Weekends are best for me 🙂


Administrative preparation:


Here are things I need in order to publish:


  • Send me your short bio, or how you would like to be introduced

  • Send me 3-4 high quality pictures (funny, formal, adventurous) of you


Sound quality:


  • Sit in a quiet room to eliminate background noises

  • Keep your mic at a fixed distance. A professional microphone headset is best. A headset is second best

  • Do the interview with a computer rather than a phone – that would allow us to communicate better (we will see each other) and have a smoother interview. I might use some ‘hand signals’ or body language, such as “slow down a bit” or “let me make just one remark”


Content preparation:


Here are questions I always ask:


  • Tell me your story in 2 minutes or under

  • What are/were your motivations in doing what you do - why did you decide to do it?

  • What are the top things you feel you got from your experience?


Last but not least:


  • Speak 10-15% slower than you usually do

  • Relax and smile 🙂


Reach out to me, or comment here, if you have any questions.


Looking forward to speaking with you!


Michael




Podcast prep with Noam and Michael


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