I like new stuff and ways of presenting things. So I thought “why not stream parts of an interview to accompany the written portion?”
I went off, did the interview, wrote the story.
And cringed when I listened to it on mp3.
“Errr… i think… I mean y’know that it really isn’t like that…”
We don’t speak like we read, do we?
So here’s eight short tips to turning your interview into an audio stream.
- Start off the interview with an explanation.
- Ask the interviewee to pause after every answer.
- Pronounce your words care-ful-ly. Wecan’tunderstandwhatyou’resayingifyou’rerattlingitofflikeamachinegun! Whew!
- Make sure that you’re not “eeee”, “ahhh”, “orrrrhhh”, “errrrmmm” when phrasing questions. Editing it out is a bitch.
- Record in a quiet environment. Otherwise you might just inadvertently pick up things that weren’t met for your ears (“Ehhh, I heard that she went for breast surgery…”).
- Don’t move the microphone when we’re speaking. Screechy noises are not good on the ears!
- Make sure that you’ve got a script. And your interviewee has read it.
- Inject enthusiasm into your voice or find someone who can.
For more podcasting tips head to Jack Herrington’s O’Reilly page.
I used Wavepad sound editor.