I have been asked by a few potential guests tow questions: Do I do a pre-interview before recording the podcast and can I send them the questions I will ask during the interview before the recording of the show?

The short answer to both questions is “no” and the reason is that I feel that the episodes of the podcast are better if they are done with spontaneity on both the part of the host (me) and the guest (you).

I suggest to all guests they should watch and/or listen to the most current and a few recent episodes of the podcast before our scheduled recording time.

Here are a few more facts that may help you prepare for the interview

When the time comes to record the episode, I generally arrive about 15 minutes early (it is an old habit I have form working in radio).  You do not need to get there that early, but I will be there when you are ready.

The first thing that I do is greet you and check audio and video for the recording.  Once that is all good I start the recording of the podcast and verbally confirm on the recording that you give me permission to recording the video and audio of our meeting to be used on the podcast and any promotional materials for the podcast (social media posts).

Next, we do a little “small talk” where I do my best to help you feel relaxed and comfortable with me and being on camera.  I also make sure that I am pronouncing your name and any other words that I am concerned about correctly before we begin the actual interview. 

During the actual podcast interview some of the topics and/or questions I may bring up include:

  • What was your life like before your COALS: challenge, obstacle, adversity, limitations and or setback (aka disability) come into your life.
  • How did your disability/COALS
    • occur
    • impact your life
  • What is/was your biggest obstacle between you and success
  • Who or what inspired you the most to succeed?
  • Who were/are your heroes, role models and/or mentors in your life?
  • What are you currently doing in your life that might surprise others?
  • What are you goals for the future?
  • What advice would you give to others who are facing the same COALS and/or disabilities that you are facing?
  • How can people connect with you?

Except for the last two questions on the above list, there are no guarantees I will ask all the aforementioned questions in every episode.  I like to adapt each episode to each guest and keep it fresh for all my listeners.

Do not forget that I use Zoom to record the #DefineYourself Podcast. if you want to learn some tricks and tips on how to look your best on Zoom, click here.

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