Have you ever wondered what characteristics you need to become a good podcast
host? To help you decide if this is the right path for you, I have compiled a list of some
of the skills and attributes to help you on your podcasting journey.
The best advice that I can give you is to be you. Be Authentic, be real and be
vulnerable! These are all attributes that make you relatable and will engage and build
trust with your audience. Don’t try to be anyone else and put on a persona; respect your
audience because they will see through you.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Respect your guest and audience and
prepare adequately for your podcast. Ask the guest to send you a bio and references to
their work. Research the subject matter of the guest. Check out other interviews of
individuals in the same field who have been interviewed for further background on the
person. Please do your homework, or you will look shoddy.
You improve your interviewing skills by becoming a better listener.
Allow the conversation to flow; the best way to do this is to be engaged and listen
attentively. If you are thinking about what your next question is going to be, you are not
present, and it shows not only to the guest but also the audience.
Also – leave all your stresses, anxieties and worries outside of the interview. If you are
overwhelmed, it will impair your ability to listen effectively.
Talk to your audience.
Speak to your audience; imagine they are in the room with you when you are
interviewing. Talk about them as though they are the third person.
Writing good copy and esp killer headlines is essential if you would like your podcast to
stand out. Hook your audience in with a dramatic headline that entices them but does
not give too much away. The ability to ask the right questions and get your guest to
reveal something they do not usually tell will help you write engaging headlines.
If you found this helpful and would like to get started on your podcasting journey, I have
compiled a free 9 step report full of tips and tricks to help you get started.