Guest Guide 2016-12-04T09:51:01+00:00

Podcast Guest – Preparation Guide

In order to help guest coming on the podcast prepare for their appearance, make the experience as enjoyable as possible and ensure a quality podcast, we have prepared the following guide.


Basic items you will need:

  • Decent webcam – webcam’s built into a laptop generally are not of the best quality.  
  • Headset with mic is prefered.  The mic in your webcam or built into your laptop is not of the best quality and will pick up a lot of ambient noise.  Even with a headset mic, you will want a relatively quiet location.
  • We generally use Skype for the podcast, make sure your are running the latest version to reduce the potential issues.
  • Adequate internet connection – Fast DSL with a 1mb up and 3mb+ down speed is needed for a decent audio/video connection.  Hardwire connection is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.  Wireless connections do not handle video streams well and will cause issues during the show.
  • E-mail the host your Skype name at [email protected]  Please send this info several days before the show so we can add you as a contact.
  • DECENT LIGHT.  Almost all webcams are horrible in low light.  Having decent amount and quality of light is very important for good video.


Show Prep:

  • Things to do a few days before your appearance:
    • If you would like to have a pre-show interview with the host, it should be scheduled no less than 3 days before the show.  The pre-show interview can be used to help answer any questions you might have and allow us to perform an audio/video check, plus go over a few items related to your appearance on the show.
    • Announce your appearance on the podcast in your social circles (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc) and be sure to include the date and time of the show (including the time zone since this is a global podcast).  In your announcement be sure to also include the name of the podcast and a link to the live show web page (
    • Check your video quality.  Is the camera focusing properly?  Does the color look correct? Do you have enough light?
    • If you have specific photos you want as part of the show, send the host the links or the actual images (size should be at least 1920px on the long end).
  • Things to do 1 hour before the show:
    • Make another announcement in your social circles.  Encourage people to come see YOU LIVE!
    • Reboot your computer and keep the number of programs you open to the minimum needed for the podcast.  Rebooting helps the computer be at it’s peak performance.
    • Check that no internet bandwidth task are going on anywhere on your network that may impact your ability to send quality video and audio.  For example, is anyone watching Netflix, uploading large files?  Is Crashplan or some other online backup program running?  These things may use up so much bandwidth you can’t properly transmit video or even audio.
    • Reduce the noise in your location.


Show Time:

  • Timing:
    • Show starts at 8:30pm Eastern, 7:30pm Central
    • Chat starts 30 minutes before show start.  You can join chat then and start “talking” with the audience or just wait for the show start.
    • Be ready for host to call about 20 minutes before the show starts, via Skype
  • Things to do while on the show:
    • Don’t touch your mic unless you are muted.
    • Mute your mic if there is going to be noise at your location, including you moving around, typing on your keyboard,scratching your face, etc.
    • While we don’t want someone to consume all the “air time”, we do want YOU to talk, after all YOU are the guest.  So feel free to expand upon the topic being discussed.
    • Log into the live chat.  You may not be able to keep up with the conversation in chat, but it’s there if you need it.
    • The hour will go by MUCH faster than you think and it is very likely we will not have time to cover everything we wanted to talk about.  That’s OK, it gives us a reason to invite you back!
    • HAVE FUN!!
  • Things to do after the show:
    • Show is usually posted a few days after the live event.  Once published, host will make an announcement letting everyone know it is now available.
    • So that the show, and your specific appearance, gets viewed as much as possible, please post in your social circles asking people to do all of the following that you feel comfortable asking (links to all of these will be included in the show notes):
      • Encourage people to listen to or watch your episode.
      • Ask them to subscribe to the podcast
      • Ask them to join our forums
    • Also encourage your social circles to search for the podcast on iTunes and leave a comment.  In addition, encourage them to subscribe to the podcast either through iTunes, our website or their favorite podcast catcher.



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