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10 Interviewing Tips for Hosts

Congratulations! You’ve booked a big guest, but the work of a good host is still not over.  Remember, securing a great guest is only the first part of the equation and doesn’t necessarily ensure a great interview.  The other half is figuring out the best way to make your guest feel comfortable and share interesting nuggets with you and your audience.  Producing engaging content will make listeners hungry to come back for more and also more likely to share your content with others.  We’ve compiled a list of interviewing tips here at BlogTalkRadio to help you conduct a stellar interview.

Research Your Guest
Study up on what’s happening in your guest’s life recently and even in the past and you’ll start to find areas you want to learn more about through your interview.  Your guest will be flattered that you have taken the time to really get to know who they are and will most likely be happy to come back to your show if asked.

Get Familiar With Your Guest’s Past Interviews
Read and listen to previous interviews your guest has been on to figure out a question that no one has ever asked before and possibly elicit a never before told anecdote. You can also comment on or build upon what your guest may have remarked in another interview to get at another angle. For instance, “In an interview on NBC, you shared that X movie was your favorite acting experience, well what was your least favorite one and why?” Also, creating new content may attract media attention and could get picked up by other publications or stations in the form of a sound bite or mention.

Prepare Your Guest
Provide your guest with the basic format of your interview, any technical or procedural things they may need to know and a few sample questions beforehand.  This will give your guest a general idea on how the interview is going to play out and get them thinking about interesting responses to some of your questions.  They may even promote the interview to their audience if you keep it top of mind for them.

The Right Question
Avoid yes or no questions. Ask questions that provide a good flow for your dialogue and not ones that halt it.

Your interview should be like a conversation. Prepare, but don’t just read down a list of questions to your guest. Use them as a guide and a springboard for your conversation. It’s very important to listen and have your questions come naturally. If your questions are too staged and rehearsed, the answers will be too. When your questions are spontaneous and based on your curiosity, you will get good content.

Two Way Street
The right questions are key, but you also need to strike up a good rapport with your guest. Sometimes it may make sense to share some information about yourself in the interview. After all, this is a conversation, isn’t it?

Listen to what the person you’re interviewing says. They may say something much more interesting than you had expected and fuel a number of follow up questions from your end.

Stay On Topic
You’ll find that many times a guest may come on your show because they are promoting a new project, movie, record or book. That’s great because you want your guests to get their messages out and also provide that info to listeners who have tuned in for that reason.  Of course you can always slip in a question or two after you have addressed the subject at hand.

Put Your Guest at Ease
Warm your guests up with some light conversation a few minutes before you actually start the interview. Before they know it, you are on the air and continuing the conversation.

Forget the headset or microphone and be yourself. To get a good interview, you have to be comfortable yourself. Make sure your interview space is in a quiet place and your set up is working for you.

We hope these interviewing tips will help you create great content. We look forward to hearing more of your conversations.

Update to Show Feature Request Process

Thank you for all of the feedback on the new process for submitting your show to be featured on BlogTalkRadio.  We took it to heart and have made an update to make it easier for you to upload your images. Now, our system will help you to crop the image to the perfect size without you having to do it on our own computer.  With the new cropping window, you can move the selection box anywhere on your picture or expand it to include more area of the picture and it will automatically fit our upload limits.  Give it a whirl and submit your show today:

1.    Click on “My Account” in your dropdown menu.

2.    Click on “Feature my show” under “My BlogTalkRadio”

3.    In the “Feature my show” tab, fill out the necessary info at the bottom of the form.

4.    Click “Submit”

For tips on submitting an image and description, view this previous post.

Host Tip of the Week: Profile Customization With Pics and Video



When hosting shows with BlogTalkRadio, what host doesn’t want their profile page to be unique, creative and indicative of their shows?

There are all kinds of cool things you can do to maximize your profile. Like adding pictures or video that can enhance your page, making it more visually stimulating, attractive, and interactive. Here are a few examples of what you can do to your page:
Example 1
Example 2

To customize your page and add video, pictures and/or html code you can go into your Settings link at the top left hand side of www.blogtalkradio.com (You must be logged in to do this). Once there, look to the gray box on the top left hand side and click on My Page. From there you have two places that you can use to add detail to your profile page.

1) In your Show Information Box. Look for the “Add Video or HTML Code” box. Any code that you enter in here will appear at the bottom of your Profile Page, beneath your Episodes on Demand, in a box called “Extras.”

2) In your Show Notes Box. Anything you add here will appear directly above your Episodes on Demand on your profile page in a box called “Show Notes”.

You can also add pictures and HTML to your various show descriptions.

Here is an informative and free website that explains the step by step input of HTML and what it all means: http://www.html.net/tutorials/html/

When you add pictures you will need to do so using HTML code. Many users take advantage of Photobucket to upload their own pictures and generate their own HTML code to use with them.

And, it is likely you are familiar with YouTube. You can use YouTube to upload and generate HTML code for your own videos that you have uploaded.

If you are looking for evening more branding and customization, you may want to take a look at the Branded Profiles option on BlogTalkRadio. This BTR offered Premium Service is a great because it enables hosts to:

• Customize all show graphics on your page
• Own all the banners placement: You can use these to market your own services or to sell sponsorships and keep 100% of the revenue
• Stream content live and archived content on your site with a branded player
• And much more.

Here are a few examples of what your page could look like:
Branded Profile Example 1
Branded Profile Example 2

Click Here for an in depth look at the features and benefits of the Branded Profiles. If you want more information regarding branded profiles, contact us here.

Keep up the great work with your profiles!

Rue McClanahan: 1934-2010. Still Witty (and Randy) in Her Final Years

Sadly, yet another Golden Girl is gone.

Rue McClanahan passed away early this morning at age 76 after suffering a massive stroke.

CAPTION: "I really like digging for different jewels to play," Rue (above) told us. "I've loved looking for Easter eggs all my life. So I like solving puzzles," Rue (above) told us.

"I really like digging for different jewels to play," Rue (above) told us. "I've loved looking for Easter eggs all my life. So I like solving puzzles."

Her death follows those of fellow Golden Girls stars Bea Arthur, who died last year at age 86, and Estelle Getty, who died in 2008 at age 84 .

But we’ll always remember Rue for her wicked wit, which often revolved around her characters’ overactive libidos.

Case in point, while chatting with our TV Talk host, Shaun Daily, last year about a role on NBC’s Law & Order, Rue said:

“I had to play a woman who had an affair with a United States president—or hadn’t.

“That’s the question: did she or didn’t she?

“Because her son Continue reading

Unearthing Gems from the BlogTalkRadio Archive

You may have noticed some changes to the BlogTalkRadio homepage in the last few days.  We’re trying something new!

In the past, the Featured Talk Radio Shows area has been used to spotlight recently-aired programming that was not spotlighted in other ways on the site, or that was happening spur of the moment.  We still have the ability to use this area for that purpose.

But since we have thousands and thousands of archived episodes on every subject under the sun, why not present some of our great interviews from the last three years, grouped by theme?  So far, we’ve showcased Broadway stars, summer dining, Harry Potter fans, baseball fever, and more!

Here is where you, the BlogTalkRadio hosts and listeners, come in.

BTR home page

If you have a great idea for a theme for the BlogTalkRadio homepage, we’d love to hear it.  Post it in the Comments section of this blogpost, or email it to hostpr [at] blogtalkradio.com.  (We may not be able to respond to every idea, but we are taking them all down!)

Please include an episode (or episodes) that you think represent this theme well, and we’ll do some research to see if we can make a go of it.  Recommend one of your own shows, a show of a friend, or a favorite show you have heard in the past!

We look forward to receiving your suggestions – and keep an eye out for your theme idea on the BlogTalkRadio homepage!


Features Editor

In Memoriam of Steve Bayne

We are very sorry to hear that one of our esteemed hosts, Steve Bayne of The esteBAM Show, has passed away.

Many of us were listeners of the show, where esteBAM interviewed celebrity guests and always had a great time.

Steve was a pleasure to work with and have on the network. He was professional, energetic, and infallibly positive. I’m sure many of his listeners and online friends did not even know about his illness.

Here is an excerpt from a testimonial Steve sent us on May 6th about his experience with BlogTalkRadio:

I am forever grateful to Blog Talk Radio for giving me an outlet to let my talents shine. I am not sure if the creators realize what this platform can do for people, it has truly changed my life. Yeah it may sound weird what I am saying, but when you feel you have lost everything you once stood for and felt like the end was nearing and have an outlet to turn too such as Blog Talk you may then understand what I am saying.

Thank you Blog Talk Radio and all of the staff for being there to help me and creating such a wonderful environment to broadcast my show every week. With you guys I may have not been able to pull myself back to the happy go lucky person I once was before getting sick. I will forever be grateful for to you as a company that stands behind their hosts; there are other sites out there that do not do that for their hosts.

Steve thoroughly enjoyed being a BlogTalkRadio host, and we enjoyed having him around. Even through his most difficult times, Steve did not complain. He would e-mail me with excitement every time he booked a hot new guest, and always thanked us when he was featured.

The BlogTalkRadio community will miss Steve very much, and our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.

Listen to broadcasts of The EsteBAM Show including interviews with Catherine from Rock of Love 2, Dymz from Flavor of Love 3, Serenity from A Shot At Love 2 and more.