5 Helpful Tips for a Podcast Guest

5 Helpful Tips for a Podcast Guest

 

Podcasts are now unbelievably popular and therefore, demand for podcast guests has increased massively. There’s pretty much a podcast for any subject. Review podcasts for film and TV. Conversation podcasts on all sorts of subjects from the lighthearted through to the very serious. There are comedy podcasts, political podcasts, mental health podcast, parenting podcasts, the list goes on and on.

So, unless you’ve been living under a rock you will have heard of them. More than likely you will have listened to a few favourites on a regular basis.  With that in mind I’m going to share 5 helpful tips for a podcast guest after my own experiences.

Early this year I was asked to be a podcast guest for the very first time. To talk about working from home/ running your own business while dealing with a chronic illness condition. It was my fellow spoonie Gem over at The Quirky Gem who asked me to be a guest on her own podcast series ‘In Conversation with’.

Although I said yes straight away, I was incredibly nervous but excited too. Because she lives down on the south coast and I’m in London our conversation was to be recorded over the phone. So, no going in person and sitting in front of a proper microphone, which I was pretty pleased about.

On the day she phoned and explained how it would all work and then went straight into her intro to record. I already chat online to Gem quite often and felt like I knew her a little already. When we started chatting it really was like having a good old natter to a friend. Within minutes I felt really comfortable talking.

Then, as we were all thrown into the depths of the Corona virus Lockdown she asked me again to be a podcast guest. This time talking about how the Lockdown has affected me in general due to my chronic illness and also my business as a social media manager. It was  such a positive experience the first time, I jumped at the chance to chat to her again about the current circumstances.

Personally I enjoy listening to podcasts and probably listen to more now that I have been a guest myself. So I decided to share 5 helpful tips for being a podcast guest. I am by no means an expert, and I would love the experience of being on more. But thought these tips might be helpful if you get offered the chance to be a podcast guest.

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What do Ghoul School, Woolworths and Jeff Brazier have in common?

Simples………….Jeff Brazier has been recruited by Woolworths.co.uk to become the Head Teacher of a Halloween venture called Ghoul School to find the scariest kids in the UK!!

Kids from all over the UK are being asked to don their best Halloween outfits including their ‘scariest faces’ and ‘monster attitudes’ for the new online event to find a ‘Head boy and girl’ through a series of tasks at the Ghoul School. Head Teacher Jeff with be helped by his monster team ‘The Woolies’ to help him on the day!

So how do I know all this?

Well I had the opportunity to interview Jeff about this venture in conjunction with Woolworths.co.uk.
I have never interviewed anyone before, so to say I was a bit nervous was a huge understatement!! But I thought that I would take note of all the ‘self help’ style jargon and ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’!!

However, I needn’t have worried in the slightest as he was an absolute pleasure to chat to. In fact he made the job easy for me as I had finally met someone who could talk as much as me!! he was really down to earth talking about the new venture with Woolworths, how he enjoys celebrating Halloween with his boys, how he tries to ‘recycle’ some of their sweets they get Trick or Treating and save them from rotting teeth!!

Anyway I thought I would share a few of the questions with you and then I have been brave enough to include the audio of the interview with you!!!

However, there are rules………………………

1. Don’t be too critical as it was my first ever interview!!!

2. No laughing at the comedy Irish accent……….that’s mine not his!!! ( OK maybe a snigger is allowed)

3. No leaving comments telling me I sound like one of the kids off ‘Why Don’t You’ (those readers of a certain age will remember the programme!!)

Here are a few of the questions I managed to ask……….

Do you dress up and try and scare away the kids Trick or Treating at your door?

No, I dress up and go out with the kids and everyone knows that it’s me where I live, if you get what I mean, and my door is probably busier than most. So I think they assume that because I work on television that I’ve got a shed load of sweets and a shed load of money, and neither of those statements are actually true. But no I really do need to stock up and I know where I will be going to get the sweets as well.

For the kids who want to get involved with the event what exactly do they have to do?

Ok, so what it is, is a one off event actually run by Woolworths.co.uk the Ghoul School is their creation and we’ve basically found a wonderful manor house, a Tudor mansion up in Liverpool called Speke hall, and we would like 10 finalists to join us where on the day we’ll play lots of challenges, play games and basically try our very best to find our Head Boy and Head Girl.
Kids have until Sunday to get their entries in. What they need to do to prove that they are the scariest kid in the UK, they need to dress up and get their face paint on, and they need to be as scary looking as possible and parents need to send their picture by email to Woolworths@thebrooklandsbrotherspr.com with 140 words explaining why the kids think they are the scariest in the UK.

Are you going to be a ‘wicked’ Head Teacher or are you going to try and be nice to the children?

No, I’m going to get rid of Jeff Brazier for the day. I’m going to be the Head Teacher of the Ghoul School, I’ve yet to think of a name, my alias. I’m going to make it my personal mission in life to scare them all the time and really put them to the test!

But to hear the interview in full just click on the link below to download and listen. He talks about all things Halloween, his kids and sweets!!!!

 

 

 

Jeff is currently working with Woolworths.co.uk to find the nation’s scariest children to attend the world’s first ever Ghoul School which Jeff is head teacher of. Ghoul School will be held at Speke Hall, Liverpool on 8th October 2011 where Jeff will help Woolworths.co.uk name a Head Boy and Head Girl of Ghoul School.
 
Visit Woolworths.co.uk for further details and to meet The Woolies.
 

**REMEMBER CHILDREN ONLY HAVE UNTIL SUNDAY TO ENTER**