Radio Interview Ideas
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I’ve been doing some radio interviews lately and wanted to share some ideas with you. If you do any, keep these in mind:
1. What’s YOUR goal for this interview?
Mine is to drive as many people who are listening to my site as I can without getting the host pissed off at me. I say: “Because we probably won’t have nearly enough time to FULLY cover this topic, I’ve got a site I’d like to direct your listeners to who want to get the FULL story.”
2. Do Your Homework on the SHOW and the HOST
Listen to a few of the last few shows online before you get on. You’ll get to know the host’s style and the format of the show. This will keep you from getting thrown off with something that you SHOULD know.
Make sure you do some research on the host to know their basic background. You’ll inevtiably be able to tied some of the items into the conversation along the way.
You don’t have to be a kiss-ass, but make sure you politely engraciate yourself to them. Don’t overdo it!
3. Take an Improv Class – NOW!
In order to be able to tie things in, you’ll need to be able to think quickly on your feet. How? By learning improv. I’ve been doing it for over 20 years and it’s the single best thing I’ve learn to help my speaking and interviewing skills.
4. Circular Construction
Comedians call it the “call back.” It’s when you loop back and include something previously said within the show. So, If there was a funny line that used the words “try the donkey” make sure and try and drop that in ONCE at the right time a little while later. Do it right and it will be funny to both the host and the audience.
5. Call in on a Landslide
I love my cell phone. For a long time it’s all I had. In the last 8 months, I have gotten a VOIP line at my place in Vegas. Why? Two reasons: interviews on radio and teleseminars that I record. A land line is USUALLY more reliable. Make sure you have one.
6. Take Notes
While you’re listening to either the callers or the host, take notes. That way if you do need to refer to it, you can later in the interview. Do not trust your memory. It will also make you look incredibly smart when you can refer to something that went on earlier.
7. A Website address that’s easy to remember and spell
Try and keep it to three words max if you can. Keep the
words short and things that people CAN’T mispell. Watch
out for homonyms. And, always use the .com extension!
(here is what I used, but don’t tell anyone, ok?
Until Next Time,
PS – I wrote this one fast and late at night. Sorry if
there are any errors. Done is better than perfect!