Podcast Guest Appearance
The information below will help you prepare for the interview. Please fill out the form at the end. Once we receive the form, please give us some time to review the request and determine whether our audience would benefit from having you as a guest. Even if we’ve already invited you, please go ahead and fill this out for us as it really helps us keep things organized.
Goals for the interview
Our podcast is geared towards the public at large.
The primary goal is to bring experts on the podcast who can educate listeners on various facets of obesity. We hope to simplify the science of obesity for people to help them get a better understanding of the disease. Wherever possible, we hope to provide actionable tips to the listeners to help them navigate the complexities of obesity.
If you have products, services, or publications to promote that would be of benefit to our listeners, we’ll definitely give you the opportunity to do that. However, we do want to keep the primary focus on the listener, helping them succeed in their struggles with obesity.
Format for the interview
Once you’re accepted as a guest on the podcast, we’ll get you scheduled for a date/time to interview.
You will be emailed an outline of the interview with key aspects that will discussed in the podcast. If you do feel that there are some questions that would be very relevant to the podcast but were missed, please email us so that we can review and get back to you.
We’ll email you a link to the online meeting, which will be recorded in audio (+/- video) format. If you have a professional microphone setup, that’s great! If not, your laptop/desktop and a good pair of headphones will be fine.
The interview usually lasts approximately 45-60 minutes but may be longer or shorter depending on the topic being discussed.
We won’t be recording right when you join the interview. I’ll be checking that all of our equipment is on and working properly, adjusting sounds levels, etc. first. Once that’s all set, we’ll get going!
Don’t worry about mistakes while recording. Interviews will be edited afterwards to make you sound great!
We request you to make sure that you are in a quiet room and your cell phone, computer notifications, reminders, pagers, etc. are turned off so they don’t interrupt us.
Technical aspects of recording
We will be recording with Squadcast. You will be sent the link via email once we confirm a date/time.
You’ll want to be on a device with a great internet connection. A device wired to a router will be best. If you are on Wi-fi, just make sure you’re in a place with a really excellent connection.
Be sure you have pair of headphones with a microphone. Headphones plugged into a computer or smart phone will give decent audio. If you have professional recording equipment, that’s even better, but don’t worry if you don’t have that.
Tips on reducing room echo
A bit of planning prior to the recording day will go a long way in getting a great sounding audio.
Here are some simple things you can do to get great sounding audio:
- The ideal room to record would be a room with quite a bit of soft stuff in it. This will help absorb and diffuse sound waves. Try to find soft things like blankets, pillows, etc. to put around the space where you are planning to record. Avoid rooms with wood or tile floors, if you can’t put a rug or a fabric mat underneath you.
- Shut your window shades.
- Make sure all doors are shut and a heavy towel is placed on the floor between the door and floor.
- Hard objects and surfaces reflect sound and can cause echo. Cover any hard objects such as counter tops or desks with a blanket or a towel.
- Place towels or moving blankets on the wall directly behind you by hanging them on the back of a few chairs.
- Place pillows or soft bags in each corner of the room.
- Mic technique is another big part of how much room sound you’ll hear in your recordings. The further away from the mic you are, the more room sound you’ll hear. You should try to stay between 3 and 6 inches away from your mic while recording.
Podcast Guest Form
By participating in the interview, you agree to allow the Decoding Obesity podcast team to record, distribute, and disseminate the podcast in any manner. You also agree to allow the Decoding Obesity podcast to retain non-exclusive rights to the produced media for potential future use in speeches, books, and in all other public distribution.