Podcast interview - 7 top tips for when you're making a guest appearance on a podcast
On what would have been my lovely Nanna’s 89th birthday, I felt inspired by thinking about her, when I recorded my guest appearance on a podcast. Ben Geoghegan presents a podcast called ‘‘A Better HR Business’ – The Podcast About Growing Human Resources Businesses’. He invited me on as a (virtual) guest. I settled down with my hot chocolate to chat to him.
As Ben says: “Welcome to ‘A Better HR Business‘ – the podcast which looks at how HR consultants and HR tech firms grow their businesses; and how they help employers get their best out of their people.”
In it I talk about my background and what led me to where I am now and how it feels. I also discuss what services I provide for people and what kinds of roles they tend to be in. We focus on discussing my particular ‘niche’. The specific area that I work in which is the performing arts with small, creative businesses. I provide some advice for people who are perhaps worried about working in a specific ‘niche’ area, rather than keeping things broader. I also talk about my plans for getting new clients (fingers crossed!) as well as what I see coming next in the world of HR and how to prefer for these changes.
Beforehand I was quite nervous to be stepping outside my comfort zone and putting myself out there for everyone to hear. In the end I actually really enjoyed chatting to Ben and forgot I was being recorded at times!
My 7 top tips
- Prepare in advance – I asked Ben what kinds of questions he was going to ask and made bullet points on what I wanted to talk about
- Ask to meet the interviewer beforehand so you can get to know them a little bit
- Take a breath and take your time in answering
- Have a glass of water to hand – in case you get a frog in your throat or start coughing (not that we want to scare anyone at the moment)
- Practice in advance so you can hear what you sound like and if you are clear and loud enough – you might also find out what your ‘filler’ words are (when you’re thinking of what to say) and be able to avoid them
- Remember it’s just like having a chat – be yourself and try to enjoy it!
- Ask to listen to it before it goes live so you can check what you sound like and ask for any edits to be made.