Tag: radio interview tips
I found this on Twitter and thought I would re:blog it. Of course I made some comentary. *
“Words by Bob Baker
So you’ve just booked an interview on a major radio show or podcast. Congratulations! Your voice and message about your music will reach hundreds or maybe even thousands of listeners. This interview will make a huge impact!
Or will it?
Make the most of your radio and podcast interviews by being prepared. Here are a dozen of the best tips I found from three different online sources.
1) Disable call waiting: dial *70 first and then call the studio number. This disables call waiting for the duration of the phone call. As soon as you hang up, it will be reactivated. [good idea!]
2) Smile, smile, smile! Whether you are on radio or TV … SMILE. You’ll feel better and sound a lot more interesting too. [I fully agree]
3) Know exactly how much time you will have on the air as a guest. Three minutes or 30 minutes? You want to tailor your answers to the time allotted. [great advice]
4) Practice some prepared sound bites before the interview. Communicate your main points succinctly. How do you describe your music? What inspired your new album? What’s so special about your next gig? Practice this out loud. [do not practice to hard. If you sound like you are hitting talking points I will cut you off and ask another question. I hate when artists bring points]
5) Have three key messages. Short ones, not sermons. Sometimes the host opens the door, other times you have to answer a question and segue to a key message. A compelling message will have the host asking for more. But even if you squeeze in only one or two, you’ll get a big return for the time invested. [this is fine but I will not allow a speech]
6) Try to avoid doing interviews using a cell phone or a headset. Both are unreliable. [if you put me on speaker phone or use a blue tooth you will not be allowed to continue]
7) Submit suggested questions ahead of time, and focus on giving your best answers to the questions you have provided. But never assume the interviewer will use your questions. Be ready for anything. [never submit me questions I will throw them out or ask the opposite]
8) Compliment the host when a good question is asked: “That’s an excellent question” or “I’m glad you asked that.” It also helps to draw in your audience. [it's never a bad idea to compliment the host... Our compliment to you is giving you this opportunity]
9) Use the interviewer’s name in conversation. It creates a more intimate connection that the audience feels privy to. And it makes the interviewer feel good too. [good idea]
10) Have a glass of water handy (at room temperature). When your throat is lubricated it’s easier to talk. Plus, the water serves as a “cough button” if needed. [true]
11) Try standing while you speak — even for a phone interview. Your voice will carry further and you’ll sound more animated. [if I'm interviewing you, have a seat it might be a while]
12) Get your listeners involved. For example, before a commercial break, ask them to get a pencil and paper to write down the web site you are about to share where listeners can get your free downloads. Then they’ll have something to write with when you plug your web site later. [Thats fine on commercial radio. I will not be amused if you do this on my show]
I hope these 12 tips help you make the most of your next interview!”