When doing live interviews, the face-to-face process is the still best way. But if your guest isn’t available on the said schedule, you can solve this problem by conducting it online via Skype.
Here are some tips to get quality results if you are planning to conduct a Skype interview for your video/audio podcast.
- Get yourself good audio resources and recording tools. Check out Call Recorder for Mac, Total Recorder for Windows, Soundflower, Audio Hijack, Audion, Powergramo and Pamela Recorder which is available to both Mac and Windows.
- Before you start, test the levels and quality of your video and audio. Check if there is feedback, echoes and unnecessary noise so editing will be a lot easier. This will also prevent you from redoing the interview which is a hassle to your interviewee. Use earphones instead of speakers while recording to hear all the details.
- Focus on your interview by looking only at the camera or at your interviewee’s video display position.
- Keep a good flow of the conversation. Stay relaxed because it’s better for your interview. Crack some jokes from time to time as icebreakers if you think the discussion is moving off-track.
- Be wary of the time. Podcasts usually take 25-45 minutes so keep aware of your time. If it takes longer and you think you’ve already covered everything, you may end it or stress that you are conducting a very important interview. You can then split it up into a two-part episode to keep it interesting for your listeners or viewers.