Does the thought of being a live guest on radio send shivers down your spine? If so, it shouldn’t.
After nearly five years of talk, I have developed my own style and comfort level as a host. But, “it ain’t necessarily so” for a guest.
Doing live broadcasts can be as easy as talking to your best friend from your kitchen table with a cup of coffee.
Fear of the unknown and various misconceptions are the barriers to guests saying yes, yes, yes!
What I do for you
As a host, there are several areas of responsibility such as pre-show research and booking interesting guests. I keep in contact with all future guests, send a detailed instruction sheet with logistics of the show and contact information.
After an initial phone conversation, I build the message of my one-hour episode around one or two main concepts, creating several questions as a guide. Nothing is scripted, and the key is to have a natural conversation.
In the background, the framework of the episode is created and dispersed through announcements either before or after the episode airs. Promoting through all social media channels is something else I do for each guest and hope guests also use their contacts to promote their appearance.
Once on the air, I monitor the production, call-ins, chats, and the flow of the message as well as the timing. Most importantly, I try to make each guest feel comfortable presenting their message, and we have a short chat just before air time.
Tips for Guests
When appearing as a guest on any form of media, you should know your topic well so that when speaking everything feels natural. Let your passion show, but if you feel you need help, you may wish to invite someone to act as your advocate or spokesperson.
As a guest, you should be proud to share the episode’s links and information to your circle of friends, colleagues, and family, and ask them to share as well.
The beauty of podcasting is you can do it from the comfort of your home, no need to report to a studio, no expensive equipment, you’re just a phone call away. Be assured that I will lead and guide you through the interview, you’ll have plenty of time, which often flies by once we are into it.
Don’t fear to make mistakes, there is no judgement or debate, rather a natural conversation between friends.
If you would like to be a future candidate for consideration on Shattered Lives Radio, get in touch. You just might be a great guest!