After I released my first eBook I was invited on a bunch of podcasts to talk about it. After being on so many back-to-back, I started to notice some patterns that I wanted to change to make a better conversation and better content for listeners.
If someone has podcast chances are they have other content out there. Check if they got a new job, released a new course, anything they would be excited or proud of, and give them props after your introduction.
I got this from The Rock, he does this in interviews a lot. It sets an amazing tone for the rest of the conversation. I mean who doesn't like compliments? Especially if it's someone you never met, it's build trust early.
Also, see if you have any common interests like movies, books, or even previous guests you may have had on the show and what you liked about that episode.
I like podcasts conversations to be laid back and less like interviews, so things like this break the ice and lets everyone relax.
Dale Carnegie said, “A person’s name is to that person, the sweetest, most important sound in any language.”
I admit I do not do this. It's such a simple concept and I wish I did it.
It can be as simple as "That's a great question, Nick".
It sparks their attention and makes the conversation more personal. Please, don't do this on every single question it will then come off as fake.
When I was on the Tech Jr Podcast, I noticed they had a section at the end called "Nerd Minute" where you would talk about anything you were interested in like superheroes, anime, Star Wars, etc.
Since I knew about I had something to prepare and I let the host know that I was aware. More trust built.
Humans love stories, it's how we have communicated since the beginning of time. Stories carry emotions they can be funny, said, or triumphant.
More than likely, you have a story to tell from high school, college, your kids, old job, or something you can tie in.
Those are good hot takes light-hearted ones that don't cause any harm.
I really like sleight of hand magic tricks, like card magic. I learned a few tricks off of YouTube and show to them to my kids and their friends.
When I bring it up in interviews people are usually interested in knowing more about it, it's an easy way to tell a story. I usually talk about how I scared my daughter the first time I did one.
I don't try to talk about new things every single podcast I'm on. They are going to have different audiences more than likely.
If you listen to any famous person who's been on podcasts they have been telling the same stories and making the same points for years. It's completely normal if you don't have something fresh every time don't try and force it.
I need to work on this! I'm much better at writing because I get to think before making my points and I can always go back and delete or rewrite.
Pro Tip: Same thing with podcasts! They can edit any dead air, you can even ask for a do-over.
Sadly, I haven't done this since podcasts are recorded sometimes I freeze up because I feel like I have to respond quickly before I have a good thought formulated.
Going forward I will pause more and relax so instead of being pressured to blurt out something to avoid awkward silences. (Podcasts have editors for a reason)
I've listened to a few podcasts and you can tell when the quest is really trying to get a quote that will go viral or Instagram. It's annoying and sounds weird just be yourself and I promise you'll have something unique naturally come out of the conversation.
These we basically notes to myself, but I wanted to make them public so others can benefit as well.
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