If you want to know how much I believe that to be the case you should go back and listen to Podcastification episode #2 - www.PodcastFastTrack.com/2
One of the most difficult places to ensure that the sound quality is the best it can be is when you are doing guest interviews or having a conversation with a guest to the show.
When you introduce a person to your show who is not familiar with audio production or sound quality issues - you've just introduced a whole slew of variables into your show that can seriously impact the sound quality.Some of the more common sound quality issues a guest can introduce to your show are:
Etc., etc., etc.
In this episode I'm going to take just a few moments to run through some of the simplest remedies to most of those problems.Remedy #1: Prepare your guests
If your guest doesn't know anything about sound quality and what it takes to get good sound quality in an audio recording, it's your job as the host to kindly and briefly educate them.
Now I know this is a contested point. I heard one podcaster say just a week or so ago that he doesn't want to add any additional burden to his busy guest's schedule by asking them to do anything extra before the recording. I get that - but I disagree.
If the people you're interviewing care anything about their own brand and image, they will appreciate you helping them sound the very best they can for your audience - which may at least in part, become their audience after your interview.
So what I usually do to prepare my guests is this: I send them a one-page PDF document that outlines some of the issues that I need them to take care of BEFORE we start recording. I know other podcasters who create a page on their website with the same information, to which they point their guests ahead of time.
You can find a copy of my PDF document which you are free to tweak and make your own, HERE.
But so you don't have to wait to download it... here's a quick blast through the document to give you an idea of the kinds of things I include:
FOR MY GUESTS
I can't thank you enough for being willing to come on my show. I'm confident that your experience and expertise will be of great value to my listeners. I just wanted to give you a quick bullet list of things that you can do to prepare for our conversation. I want you and your brand to be represented in the best possible light, so please read through the list below and make any of the suggested adjustments you are able to make prior to our conversation. Following these suggestions will enable us to make the most of our time.
When you first get on the line with your guest, take time to get to know them in a comfortable way... but then transition to "get er done" mode. Let them know that you need to do a quick quality-check to make sure the audio quality is good. Then do it.
Here are the steps I'd recommend you go through every, single time you do a guest recording.
And there are likely many other things you could add to the list. The point is to keep it simple, but at the same time thorough so you don't miss anything essential.
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