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How to have more authentic interviews

If you invite a guest onto your podcast who is interesting, knowledgeable and successful, the odds are that they have given many interviews before, meaning that they will have ready-made responses and go-to stories for most questions. On the one hand this is great, because they have probably polished those answers to perfection, but on the other it can also make your content sound a bit scripted; a bit of a routine exercise for the interviewee.

To avoid this, you have to somehow surprise them with questions they aren’t asked a lot, questions that can get them off their usual script and that can help to achieve a free-flowing, natural conversation. This will really help your listeners understand the mindset and story of the guest; they will open up more and will give you an interview that is really special.

So, if you’d like your guest to provide truly unique content for your listeners, try to get into their minds, find a few questions that can surprise them either before or during the interview, and ask one of them whenever the interview starts to sound a bit scripted. This way your entire show will sound authentic and honest. Listeners really appreciate those things!

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2 thoughts on “How to have more authentic interviews

  1. Thanks for the excellent suggestions Jessica.

    I completely agree. It is much more interesting for listeners when the conversation is more casual. That is to say, as long as you do not take it to the point of imposing on your listeners time with casual conversation.

    I prefer to attempt to make it more like a brainstorming session with the guest passing along their techniques up to a point. And asking them the questions that I would ask through different levels of experience that the listeners may have attained.

    A very thought provoking subject. Thanks so much!

    Jim Berry

  2. Thanks so much for your comment, Jim. I completely agree. There is a fine line and as a listener, I gotta say sometimes when the conversation is too casual, I get disinterested. It’s the host’s job to keep the conversation focused on the topic at hand.

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