Here’s a few tips we’ve gathered from watching several of the interviews

  1. Engage with the audience — both in the chat window and through answering questions.  The best interviews are the ones where you as the speaker are commenting back and forth in the chat, as you can as well as reading and answering questions that come up.  Of course be mindful of the host, but the interaction increases the amount of comments and questions from the audience.
  2. Offer books, offers, etc.  Ryan Hanley did a great job of this.  He offered a free, signed copy of his book for someone who asked a great question.  This obviously isn’t necessary, but if you are able to do it (and want to) it did cause a high amount of engagement for Ryan’s interview!
  3. Watch a few interviews before yours. If you can jump on and watch a bit of an interview before your interview you’ll have a better idea of the flow of the interviews, the questions, audience engagement, etc.  This will help you be more comfortable from the start!
  4. Use headphones.  Using headphones reduces the chance of feedback and poor audio quality.  If possible, use headphones to ensure that the interview quality is as good as possible.
  5. Brightly lit space. Make sure that where you are being interviewed is well lit.  Good lighting allows the audience to focus on your content, rather than trying to figure out if you’re in a basement or a dungeon 🙂
  6. Quiet background.  This might seem obvious, but ensuring that where you are is free of background noise allows for high quality audio and helps people get more out of your content.
  7. Have links ready.  If there are blog posts, podcasts, or other links you think you might mention in your interview, have them readily available so you can drop them in the chat during the interview.  Folks are looking for those links, so posting them in the chat make it that much easier!
  8. Show up early.  Show up at least 10 minutes early…this gives you time to jump in the chat, welcome people, interact with them and get a feel for the audience.  It makes you more approachable when you begin your interview.