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How to Interview for Podcasting | With Radio Pro, Matt Young

In a series all about presenting your Podcast content, we can hardly miss out one of the biggest trends in Podcasting of recent years: the humble interview. Interviewing is a real skill in itself, requiring preparation, practice and a whole lot of other little nuances. I thought it would be great to get a Radio Pro on to talk about this topic – someone who's been doing interviews for years in a live, public sphere. If you mess up an interview on live radio, after all, there's nowhere to hide!

On that note, I'm joined today by Matt Young, a long time radio presenter and experienced interviewer. On this episode you'll learn the common mistakes people make, techniques for not drying up and much more.

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How to Interview for Podcasting | With Radio Pro, Matt Young

Here’s some of the great stuff you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Matt Young’s background history as a radio presenter
  • Common mistakes that people do when interviewing
  • Necessary skills in interviewing
  • The techniques and tips on how to conduct a successful interview
  • How open-ended questions help in gaining more information from your interviewee
  • Matt’s tips during the preparation stage of the interview
  • Giving out 1,2,3 questions altogether during a prompt interview
  • How does listening to other interviews affect your interviewing skills
  • How Matt works with mapping out his interview or how he keep track of his questions
  • The most important key to a successful interview is “YOU HAVE TO LISTEN WHILST TALKING”
  • How body movements add vitality to the voice to show enthusiasm during the interview

Mentioned on this episode

Steve Perryman

Steve Perryman is a well-known football player who used to play for Spurs. Matt Young mentioned his interview experience with Steve and he shared his technique and tips on how to concentrate with the interview while still coming up with new questions.

Jason Van Orden

Matt mentioned Jason’s ability to tell a story and get his listeners to enjoy his talk.

Chris Evans of BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show

Matt shared his big admiration to Chris’ skills on handling prompt interview during the Breakfast show’s mystery guest portion.

Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan is a British journalist and television personality who is known to successfully gaining honest answers from his interviewees.

They Talk for a Living

They Talk for a Living is Matt Young’s upcoming podcast which was inspired by him being a radio presenter and it’s a weekly podcast about people who make a living from talking.

Let Me Know What You Think

I’d love to hear your feedback! Let me know what you think of this episode in particular. Drop me answers to the following questions in the comments:

  • How do you do a good interview?
  • What skills do you need to perform the interview well and make sure it’s engaging?
  • How do you prepare for your interview?

Thanks again for joining me on this episode and, as always, if you have a spare moment to leave me review on iTunes or Stitcher, I’d so appreciate it.

See you on the next episode!


1 Comment

  1. Georg Lohrer says:

    Hi Colin and Matt,

    thank you very much for this episode and your good example how an interview could be done. I just in front of launching my own engineer’s podcast in english. As non native english speaker I have quite a big passive dictionary to understand. However I already remarked that I have to improve my active eloquence to be fluent and flexible enough. Although having meanwhile a 9-5 pure-english job since seven years it is still a challenge to have this fluency and relaxation in speaking like you guys have.

    Additionally I’m more than alone when coming to dialects. I’m listening to British and American podcasts and I’m regularly astonished about the difference not only in sound, but also in expression. I assume my spoken english is quite a crude mixture of all the examples, snippets and pieces in my head.

    Thanks again. I appreciated your talk very much.

    Ciao, Georg

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