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Interview Prep: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
I’ve previously shared advice on giving interviews, but it’s such an important subject, both in terms of the work needed to prepare and how it can impact an author’s public image, I felt it was time for a revisit. As I’ve said before, interviews can be hard work. They’re not like a normal conversation, and your way of speaking needs to reflect that. If you have any experience speaking on panels or giving talks, you’ll probably have already honed your ‘public speaking voice’ but if you’re new to this, it can be quite daunting.
Remember you’re not only hoping to get exposure for yourself and your work when being interviewed, but you’re also forming part of the host’s material. You have a certain responsibility to provide them with an interview that’ll suit their show, both in tone and in terms of content. Difficult guests, or ones who can’t engage, will rarely be invited back.
Thankfully, there is a wealth of help available if you know where to look. I’ve gathered up some more resources to help make sure your interview game is on point:
1: 5 Bad Things Radio Guests Do (and 7 Ways to Rock on Radio) – Jane Friedman’s website gets us started, with this look at the dos and don’ts of radio interviews.
2: 15 Tips for Your First Radio Interview – Michelle Reeves is a life coach with an excellent list of helpful tips for those of you expecting your first interview soon.
3: 11 Ways to be Exceptionally Prepared for a Podcast Interview – While radio still dominates the audio media scene in Ireland, podcasts are a continually-growing medium. They have the added benefit of being truly international and available any time the listener wants. Most radio stations today make their segments available in a podcast format, so be sure to consider the unique challenges and opportunities this presents.
4: 10 Tips for Improving your Public Speaking Skills – At their heart, all interviews are a form of public speaking. Even though you can’t see your audience, you have to approach with the same level of seriousness. The Harvard Extension School has some useful advice here for developing those skills.
That’s all for this week. Good luck.
(c) Paul Anthony Shortt