How To Improve Your Podcast Interviews – 3 Things You Should Do, 4 Things You Should NEVER Do

Nashville mayor Megan Barry had an affair with the police officer in charge of her security detail. She got caught. Now she’s trying to save her job.

I like what Megan Barry has done for Nashville, but somebody needs to get her some media training ASAP if she wants to keep her job.

Here’s the interview, which has a lot of great lessons for podcasters on both sides of an interview:

A few suggestions on how to improve it…

  1. Slow down.Being hurried during an interview makes it, at best, look like you have somewhere else to be, and at worst, look like you’re trying to avoid what’s being asked.
  2. Give complete answers.This entire interview is one soundbite after another, which adds to its fast pace. Sooner or later, you have to “land the plane” when answering questions, but the questions being asked here are not closed-ended and deserve more detailed answers.
  3. Pause slightly before answering a question.Give your answer a little breathing room. Pausing before you speak helps your words to stand out and makes it easier for people to pay attention to them.
  4. Don’t talk over the guy asking questions.At best, talking over the guy asking questions makes it look like you’ve got a prepared answer or aren’t listening. At worst, it makes it look like you’re trying to shut him up.
  5. Don’t make excuses if you want to be seen an a leader.Megan Barry had an affair. There was international travel involved, some with just her and the police officer with whom she was having that affair. Her “aggressive schedule” isn’t the issue here.
  6. Don’t try to change the subject when you’re guilty — own it.

    Megan Barry had an affair. She wants to move on and the city of Nashville wants to move on. It’s up to the city when that happens though, not her. If she wants to speed things up, she needs to answer the questions people are asking her.

  7. Don’t respond to multiple questions with, “As I just said…”You sound like an asshole.
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