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530- Interviewing a podcast guess who is too nervous

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter, we discuss a recent youtube.com video with the topic from buzzsprout.com site that deals with interviewing scared guests who aren’t used to being interviewed or even podcasting.

The video can be viewed with this 6 minute video:


So we have a young podcaster who tries to define what the process will be in a few steps in dealing with your podcast guest before the recording of the interview will be:

  • Send the guest an outline of the content prepared for the interview;
  • Call your guest before the interview ;
  • Send your guest an episode and propose it to your guest and ask for the interviewee’s input;
  • and a bonus tip is given by another podcaster — suggest having just a “conversation” to make the interviewee more comfortable.

Now, for this podcaster, I have done interviews as podcast episodes for the past 15 years. And luckily, I never encountered a guest who froze solidly because the guest could not stand the idea of being recorded (mainly because the thought of making mistakes was too great).

In fact, you should be aware of some advice given in an evergreen podcast by Max Flight that deals with another side of a podcast guest — that of “Being Interviewed.” It describes the other aspects of being an interviewee that you should also consider:

As a side note, you yourself may be called upon to be the GUEST and BE INTERVIEWED. And we have a past audio episode from this series that is delivered by Max Flight on the issues and the preparation of being interviewed:

I also had a workflow where I did speak to the guest ahead of time, reviewed the outline and questions that I proposed to deal with him during the interview, as well as run through a few ideas to make the guest feel comfortable. And it has not failed me yet.

Thus, we hope that you can create a good workflow for your podcast interviews that will make your guest comfortable and the result can be to have a good interview, well-paced and informative, that will deliver the most important thing to your audience –VALUE of the subject matter with a good cadence and a comfortable audio that will make your audience appreciate your show.

Thank you for your attention.

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BONUS — How to be a podcast guest — a guide

In this BONUS episode of The Podcast Reporter, we deliver the news of a free pdf document called “Podcast Guest Guide.”

This came as a promotion in an email note from podcastguests.com. And the summary of this very short pdf document (just seven pages) is as described:

“In this completely free guide from PodcastGuests.com, you’ll learn:

1. The value of being a guest expert on podcasts
2. How to put your best foot forward to get booked as a guest
3. How to find and pitch podcasters
4. What you need to do to prepare as a guest
5. How to leverage your podcast guest appearances for maximum impact

No email address is required to download this guide — just click here to view the guide in PDF format! (Or right click and select “save as” to download it.)”


Now, after downloading and reviewing this guide, I feel that this could be of value to new or aspiring podcasters. As you step through this pdf document, the words of wisdom for preparation and to present the best of yourself are key.

For example, the ONE SHEET concept is a great one — it almost resembles the one-page resume that was so popular in the early 2000s for those who wanted to seek new employment. Yes, the podcastguests.com site offers a resource to create a one-sheet document. And they suggest that you can send a prospective podcaster your own one-sheet resource for that individual to consider you and your qualifications to be a guest on a specific show.

In fact, the podcastguests.com site also has not only a newsletter that has a listing of podcasts seeking guest for which you can enroll, but they also have a directory (where you can list yourself as a potential guest) in which you can have the podcasters seeking guests come to you.

Then the document gives some suggestions for preparation — both technically and for substantive subject matter content for an interview as a guest. By the way, for the right preparation for recording or joining a recording as a guest, you can refer to the checklist that is provided for free from The Audacity to Podcast from Daniel J Lewis. You can get a free copy of this “Pre-flight checklist” for recording in podcasting. The  better prepared you are, then the better your chances of having a great interview as a guest.

And, of course, one of the most important steps in being a guest or “being interviewed” is the follow-up — something that is covered and emphasized toward the end of the pdf document.


And speaking of follow-up, this is a good lead-in to bring to your attention what is said as a key step in a past podcast episode that discusses how to get the most out of “being interviewed.” In fact, you should be aware of some advice given in an evergreen podcast by Max Flight that deals with another side of a podcast guest — that of “Being Interviewed.” It describes the other aspects of being an interviewee that you should also consider:


In addition to these two resources, I also recommend an episode from the back-catalogue and archives of Daniel J Lewis from his show, The Audacity to Podcast, where he discusses being an interviewee, as well. These go farther and deeper into the action steps needed to be both a good interviewer and an excellent interviewee.

With these resources that we present, we hope that your skills as a podcaster can improve and that they will help you to succeed as a professional podcaster and a great guest for other shows in which you can be interviewed.

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2021, Matrix Solutions Corporation and podcastguests.com and Max Flight and Daniel J Lewis and michaelandmike.com. All rights reserved.

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477- How to be a good Podcast guest and be interviewed

In this episode of the Podcast Reporter, we deliver some tips from a couple of great podcasters on the topic of being a great guest and being interviewed.

First, we point you to a recent email from Chris Brogan about how you can be the best guest possible within your podcast experience. In this email distributed to his list of fellow-thinkers, he mentions these key action items:

“How to Be the Best Guest

  • Have a Story;
  • Have a Point of View;
  • Be Ready to Fill In Some Blanks;
  • Entertain and Inform – if someone’s asked you to be a guest, it’s to entertain and inform the people they serve with the information they’re asking from you.
  • If You Have to Sell, Do It Gently – Be clear about what you sell. Just don’t sell it. (Much.)”

I have always been an advocate for good interviews. I myself had a podcast show (one of the first since 2006) that dealt with interviews of entrepreneurs, which was called The Struggling Entrepreneur. This show was well before others who copied this format came into the podosphere, and six years before any other podcaster was “on fire.”

From this interview-based show, I received some good information that is evergreen from Max Flight, after I interviewed him for my show, The Struggling Entrepreneur.

Thus, for a good 30-minute conversation with Max Flight about being interviewed, here is an audio episode in which Max discusses the topic of “being interviewed” in a great manner. This is evergreen content, and it is still very relevant today.


For this podcaster, the art of interviewing is a topic that has been tossed around the podosphere since 2006 in various ways. For those of you who have had jobs before where you were involved in events marketing or some kind of journalism, then your experience will help greatly in adding the professional touch of interviewing, as well as being a guest for someone else’s interview on another podcast.

Although it seem as if today’s environment has every neophyte podcaster giving advice on being an interviewer, but few have actually captured the formulas for being a great guest. Both Chris Brogan and Max Flight have delivered to you the best suggestions from their experience.

We hope that you, yourself, can learn some gems from these two podcasters to improve your skills as a guest when you are being interviewed. Why? Because your audience will be able to see great VALUE in your content when they listen to you as the guest.

Thank you for your attention.

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423- Being interviewed on podcasts

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter, we repurpose evergreen content with Max Flight, a podcaster, who describes for us the issues with being interviewed for a podcast — i.e., not being the interviewer, but the interviewee.

As you will hear in this audio episode, the content from Max Flight is from the point of view of the individual being interviewed. And although the time frame was a bit earlier in the podosphere, the issues and the suggestions are still valid today — although there are a few more tools to assist the novice podcaster being interviewed.

As a side note, you yourself may be called upon to be the GUEST and BE INTERVIEWED. And we have a past audio episode from this series that is delivered by Max Flight on the issues and the preparation of being interviewed:

And so we deliver the podcast content from episode #20 of this series, you will notice that Max had a very good ear for quality content, and he brings his suggestions and experiences from being interviewed on the previous (and now podfaded) show of The Struggling Entrepreneur.

Editor’s note: some of the content has been updated to reflect today’s environment.

Thank you for your attention.

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