Be Clear About Your Intentions for the Podcast
When contacting a potential interviewee, be clear about the goals of the podcast. “I would like to interview you because….” Also, let them know the types of questions you will be asking. Make sure you are talking to the right person.
Send a Pre-Interview Email
Let them know how you will record your interview, who is the audience, how much of their time you need, and how they would like to be referred to (pronouns, title, level of formality).
Send them a Podcast Release Form, which gives you permission to share their interview with the public. Have it signed and returned before the interview.
Know, but ask questions like you don’t
Research your topic and your interviewee, but drill down for the basics in your questions. Your listeners probably don’t know. That’s why they are listening.
Expert or Storyteller?
Are you looking for a soundbite from an expert in the field, or someone to bring humanity to your story? You might want no background noise for a statistical fact, but the sounds of the a person’s surroundings for a richer narrative in a story.
Turn off alerts, close the door, put away the food, and have a pen and paper in place for notes.