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Do You Need to Interview People on Your Podcast?

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If you're thinking of starting a podcast, but you’re worried you aren’t a great interviewer, stop worrying! Read our three tips about interviewing guests on your podcast:

1. Do it alone

When we say "do it alone", we really mean it! You don't have to interview guests for your podcast. Many podcasters start without interviews and/or a co-host. Equally, not every episode has to include a guest, so you could alternate them if that's easier for you. Ultimately, it comes down to your skillset, confidence and comfort.

2. Co-host

Maybe you don't want to do all the talking, and that's okay. How about a co-host or two? There are also podcasts that rarely or don't feature guests at all, but are based on banter and talking between friends, family or colleagues. This is also a great way to naturally improve your conversational skills, which could lead to having guests in the future.

3. Improve your skills

Your idea starts with a passion, a hobby, some research and basic equipment to get you started. Once you've navigated your own script and the first few episodes, then you can start building your interviewing skills, but that's only if you want to. If you feel like your podcast would do better with interviews, there are many tips and tricks you can search online or read about in our previous article. However, it's your podcast, your decision, and your timing, so you don't have to have guests on your podcast if that's not what you want. If you do, that's great! Either way, just take it one step at a time

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Deanna (or "Nana Barratt") is an MA Creative and Media Enterprises graduate from the University of Warwick. She previously studied Popular Music, but decided to take a different career path into writing. She now writes about music, the TV and film industry, and East-Asian culture, and gives student advice and lifestyle tips.

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