Guest Expert Tip: How Long Should My Answers Be?


I’m Jessica Rhodes and I’m here to help you rock the podcast from both sides of the mic. When I’m interviewed on podcasts, one of the questions that I’m asked most frequently is what makes a great guest or how do I be a great guest for podcasts? There are tons of things that I could talk about, but the one big tip that I want to share with you today is when you are asked questions in a podcast interview as a guest expert, don’t give short soundbite answers. Give long answers, and give stories in your answers. Maybe even end your answer with a question to the host, so you help make the podcast conversational. When you are interviewed on radio or television, the interviews are usually a lot shorter, maybe five minutes, or ten minutes. Maybe they are half an hour but they are edited down to really short segments.

Podcasts are different because they are conversations, they are thirty minutes, sometimes sixty minutes. If your answers are super short, the host is going to need twenty questions just to fill up the time. Don’t hold back, give great content, give great value, and don’t give super short soundbite answers. If you want to listen to my podcast Rhodes To Success, go to If you want to learn how we can get you booked as a guest expert, go to I’m Jessica Rhodes, here to help you rock the podcast from both sides of the mic, signing off from here in Rodanthe, North Carolina.

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