Finding great guests for an interview show - especially when you’re first starting out - isn’t easy. But when you know exactly who your audience is and what content will be most valuable for them, you give yourself a head start. Because if you know what content you want to share, then you know what type of expert you need to find to help you share it.
Having an application form in place is optional, and it might not be a step you take right away. However, having an application form in place for an interview show will ensure that you’re finding the best guests who can help you accomplish delivering great content to your audience.
OnceHub and Calendly are two great online schedulers that will help you create a live booking form to schedule interviews with ease. Invest time in setting up your scheduler right, and it will save you HOURS of back and forth and last-minute requests.
Having an interview flow (or interview outline) will help you not only prepare for your interview, but also help support you throughout the interview. This document can and should be created 1 time as a template that you can use over and over again.
For us this includes:
Having a central place where you can track:
This is the time right before you hit record where you have the opportunity to:
Use your interviews as an opportunity to create and grow great relationships, learn new things, improve in areas you’re currently lacking in, and - of course - to have fun!Also, you'll want to make sure you have a recording template set up in your recording & editing software. Regardless of whether you'll record directly into your recording & editing software, or use a secondary platform like Zoom or Zencastr to connect with your guest and record your conversation, having a template in place will save you massive amounts of time in the post-production phase. A couple of examples of things you might set in you recording template include:
Once you've stopped recording, take this opportunity to:
A few critical steps in preparing for a smooth editing process include:
For us, this includes:
Episode reminders are critical, as you want to be sure your guest has everything they need to share their interview with their audience. Make it a memorable chat and your guest will be excited to share!Our episode reminders include: