Preparing for a Radio or Podcast Interview, Pt. 1

I’m not sure where you are on your writing journey, but if it hasn’t happened yet, hopefully it will one day soon. Your invitation to guest on a radio program.

First Hired by Anita BrooksWith the release of my book, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job MarketI’ve done several interviews now, while working to line up numerous others. (If you want to listen in, I’ve got links to those who provided them.)

Imagine my surprise when the podcast host for Engaging Life and Leadership called. Podcasts are Internet radio shows, so they enable you to reach global listeners versus a regional audience. Think of it like this: Podcasts are the big-city landscape of audio, while most traditional radio programs have a home-town community feel. Each has its strengths and weaknesses, and each reaches different wants and needs.

Engaging Life and LeadershipSince my guest spot on Engaging Life and Leadership went over so well, I was asked to return — again and again. It didn’t take long until the unexpected happened.

“Will you join the show as a permanent co-host?” Darren Dake asked.

We’ve now recorded over twenty episodes as a male/female team, discussing relevant answers for Christian men AND women in 21st century leadership. At last count, we are reaching 17 countries.

But why did I just tell you all of this? For a few reasons actually.

  1. As authors, there’s constant pressure to build your platform. From the beginning, I’ve trusted God to design mine, and partnered with Him in the building. He continues to do more than I could possibly have imagined.
  2. My heart beats to help others, especially my writing brothers and sisters. Consider this an open invitation to be our guest on the show. Regardless of your book’s genre, there’s a place for you. All authors and speakers run their own businesses. You are thought-leaders. We can help you find a topic relevant to our program that will enable us to promote your project. Email me if you’re interested.
  3. The nail-biting prospect of guesting can terrify the most confident of men or women. So I want to share what has helped me survive small, nationally syndicated, and global radio programs.

Here’s my pre-show routine:

Radio Interview Mic
Have You Interviewed Yet? Prepare Yourself.
  • In Michael Hyatt‘s awemazing Get Published! program, he advises the creation of a briefing book as a guide during your interview. I created a PDF synopsis of my book, including the questions sent to the host in the media release. If you’d like a copy of mine as a sample, feel free to email me at (Half of the hosts never asked the arranged questions, but my briefing book kept me on track when they strayed.)
  • Double-check dates and times, (accurate time zones especially) to ensure I don’t experience a faux pas, and either scramble last minute or extend my nerves and frustration from a longer wait. My worst fear? Missing the opportunity altogether.
  • Get a good night’s sleep the night before. I’ve discovered half a Melatonin is a great way to enhance my natural sleep rhythm, providing deeper rest.
  • Walk or exercise prior to my interview, making sure I finish an hour before show time.
  • I take a shower about forty-five minutes before to freshen up.
  • Share my prayer need on social media. Friends and family appreciate the chance to support me in advance. (Plus it reminds some who want to listen in.)
  • About fifteen minutes before, I get prostrate in prayer. Literally. I lay on my living room floor, as flat as possible, and humble myself before God. I ask the Holy Spirit to guide my words and still my tongue when appropriate. He hasn’t failed me yet.

There’s more I’d like to share, but I’ve run out of room. Next month, I’ll list the things I do during the interview to help me spread the message in a more effective way. Some are plain old common sense, but a couple will surprise you. See you then.

Have you interviewed? If so, what do you do to prepare?

8 Replies to “Preparing for a Radio or Podcast Interview, Pt. 1”

  1. Great and timely advice, Anita! I’m preparing for a film shoot next week to help launch my first novel in February. We’re filming an author interview and a short film of my personal testimony. Your steps of preparation are exactly what I need right now! The prostrate-on-your-face step sounds like perfect pre-interview prep! I’m going to email you for a copy of that PDF. Thanks again!

    1. Hi Melinda,

      So glad this helps. And CONGRATS on the film shoot for your novel. What an exciting time for you.

      Of all the things I do for preparation, the prostrate-on-my-face step is absolutely the most important of all. I tremble at the thought of doing any interview without humbling myself before God. And I’ll get you that PDF on the Book Briefing right away.

      May God Prosper the Work of Your Hands,

  2. This is so helpful, Anita. I’m embarking on a no-holds-barred promotional campaign for 2014 for both my Birder Murders and my upcoming memoir release, and I hope to line up plenty of interviews, so this is wonderful prep for me. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thanks for sharing your pre-show routine with us, Anita! I especially like the “prostrate in prayer” part! I’m always tempted to get anxious about new endeavors that take me out of my comfort zone. And even if I can’t stretch out on my living room floor, I’ve found that I can choose to “humble myself before God … (and) ask the Holy Spirit to guide my words and still my tongue when appropriate.” Thanks for the reminder, Anita!

    1. You nailed it, Karen. Trusting the Holy Spirit to guide our hearts and tongues can transform any interview into an amazing experience. Helping our neighbor while honoring God is the best part of sharing the message.

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