I agreed to an interview on a blog talk podcast. The podcaster was just beginning to get the hang of podcasting, and I’m happy to help fledging efforts.
Except the show was double booked.
I phoned in, and the host greeted me, then proceeded to interview someone else entirely, leaving me in that limbo where you don’t know if you should check out, mute and feed the dog, or butt in.
I listened for half hour and was never acknowledged.
What went wrong?
If you want to create a podcast about your book, go for it. But I anticipate that you may get bored just talking to yourself, so you’ll want to invite guests, just to liven up your hour or half hour podcast.
Once you incorporate guests, you must also incorporate that most complex organization system known to writers – the calendar. Keep track of your guests. And while you’re at it, keep track of their information and emails.
Newbie Writers Podcast uses a Google Calendar so my partner Damien can see what I’ve scheduled without asking.
Send a confirmation to your guests a few days ahead of time, it helps them remember and helps YOU remember who’s calling into the podcast.
That said, have a few back up shows you can implement in case the guest bails.
In a blog talk environment, you don’t have timing control so have a clear idea of what you want to hear from the guest, and keep to one theme or subject.
In my case during this blog talk podcast, the first guest took up the whole half hour show time, which was not necessarily a problem, but if that happen, send a quick note right at that moment to apologize to the silent guest and re schedule.
I had a situation where my partner over slept because his time change in Australia (from Fall to Winter) occurs during a different week than the CA time change (from Winter to Spring). Our guest was ready to interview at exactly 3:30 and couldn’t wait and talk at a later time. We simply cancelled and I immediately re-scheduled the guest.
Guests do spend time organizing their thoughts and making room in their schedule to talk with you. Do be conscious of their time; it’s professional and polite.
Conversely, last week my partner developed a hideous cold, plus the scheduled guest wrote and asked if we could interview him at 6:00 PM PDT instead of 4:00 PDT. Nope. We too are on a schedule. So if your guest can’t accommodate the times of your show, it’s perfectly okay to firmly and nicely say no and either reschedule or realize that this guest may not work out.
In this business sometimes it’s you, and sometimes it’s me.
I’m thinking it’s mostly you.
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