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Tips for Preparing for a Podcast Interview

Part of the Podcasting For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you're interviewing someone for your podcast, take some time beforehand to prepare. Knowing a bit about your interviewee and having an idea of the questions you want to ask can stave off uncomfortable — and uninteresting — silences. Use the tips in the following list to help get ready for your interview:

  • Know who you're talking to and what you want to talk about. It's a good idea to visit guests' Web sites and do research. You don't have to be an expert on their subject matter, but you should be familiar with it.

  • Have your questions follow a logical progression.

  • Prepare twice the number of questions that you think you'll need. Then if your guest gives brief answers, you have a stockpile of questions to call upon.

  • Never worry about asking a stupid question. Chances are, your audience has never heard it answered before.

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