First off, I [Craig!] want to say thank you for taking the time to read this, and for setting aside the time for a podcast interview. Obviously, this site wouldn’t exist without you!
Let me know if you have any questions or concerns which spring to mind after you’ve read this. While I don’t expect you to do any prep work, I’d be delighted to talk about the interview if you wish.
Your head shot
There will be a specific web page for your podcast episode and we would like to include a head shot.
If you have one, please send it to me at your convenience. Let me know if you need me to credit a photographer with the image. Ultimately we need it to be 250×250 pixels. So we will crop/resize it if necessary. If your head shot has a watermark/copyright on it, please send me a 250×250 so we don’t mangle the watermark/copyright on the image.
When we’re recording, I will introduce you to the listeners by reading a short biography. We’ll write one for you, and I’ll bring it along for you to review (and make any changes you like). But, you are welcome to point me to an online Bio you prefer I use, or write your own biography and send it to me.
…and anything else for your episode’s page?
When we publish the podcast, there will be a dedicated web page on our site. I’ll also ask you at the interview, but if you want to send me anything–web site addresses, links to your pet projects, etc.–we’ll include that on the episode’s page.
The basic interview process
We do all of our recording face-to-face. I’m going to show up with real microphones, etc. :) Ideally, we’ll find a reasonably quiet spot with a table where we can sit face-to-face. The entire process should take less than an hour; I expect to record for about 45 minutes and we aim for a finished podcast that is about 30 minutes long. That said, if you have the time and we’re on a roll, I’ll record more, and we can break it into multiple podcast episodes.
The audio will be edited; we’ll remove dead spaces, and any, “Wait, could we do that over…” type of stuff. You won’t be under pressure to say everything perfectly, nor do you have to talk constantly as if it were a live interview. My goal is to get into a comfortable flow of conversation, and to guide us through a basic structure that will fit well with how we publish the transcripts on the web site.
Your favorite headphones
Bring your favorite headphones! It’s more fun to wear your headphones so you can hear exactly what is being captured by the microphones.
A key feature of our site is that it is organized into pre-defined questions. This enables people to read everything from one person (e.g., the entire transcript of your podcast episode). OR, they can read what everyone has contributed (including a section of your transcript) to one particular question. For example, someone could come here and read all the answers to “What are you working on now?” as a source of training ideas, or all the answers to “Whom do you admire?” to look for inspirational people about which to learn more. (And everything is translated into more than a dozen languages.)
You can read the normal list of questions if you wish. But I’m not going to ask you every question. (We invite contributions from everyone, so people can choose to answer any of the questions.) For the podcast episodes, I’ll just organize our conversation so it can be broken up to fit under the main questions.
We’re going to actually do our homework on you so that we can ask you questions which [we hope!] you will find interesting. I am NOT going to just say, “How did you get started in Parkour?” and then stare at you. In fact, that question may not even make sense in your case. So IF we do our homework well, and IF I manage to do a passable impression of an interviewer, [uh-oh, those are big ifs] then we’ll end up with a great conversation that fits into the super-structure of our main questions… without it being a boring list of questions.
You don’t have to prepare anything. But, at some point, I always try to ask, “Is there a story you would like to share?” and I usually end with the very ambiguous “Describe your practice in three words?” question-that’s-not-grammatically-a-question. Those are more fun if you’ve had a chance to think about them.