Some of my favorite podcasts are the ones where I feel like a fly on the wall in a room where two people are having a great conversation. But making your podcast conversational is not something that always comes naturally. Here are 4 tips on making your podcast interviews more conversational.
- Be a welcoming and gracious host – Set the stage for a great interview by being warm and welcoming with your guest. Invite them to be relaxed and honest. When you are open and friendly, your guests will feel more comfortable sharing personal experiences. This will help the conversation flow and break the ice.
- Share your own stories – Even though your interview-based podcast is spotlighting your guest, your listeners want to hear from you, too! Share your own stories and perspective so the interview sounds less like a job interview and more like real conversation.
- Pause before you ask your next question – While it’s easy to rush to the next question after a guest has finished with their answer, make a conscious effort to pause before you move on to your next question. This will allow the guest to expand on their answer with a personal story or anecdote or even lead the conversation in a new direction, spurred on by something that came up in their answer.
- Go off script – While it’s great to be prepared for your interview with a list of questions you’d like to ask your guests, don’t let that preparation dictate how the interview goes. If your conversation is going in a really interesting direction, don’t cut it off to get on with your next question. Follow the natural flow of the conversation and allow that amazing content to reach your audience.
So don’t be afraid to loosen up, be yourself and open your podcast up to fantastic conversations with your guests. And if you need fantastic guests for your podcast, my team and I at Interview Connections would love to help!