Yonder Podcast Guest Information
So… you’re going to be a guest on the Yonder Podcast! Hooray!
Here are a few things to know:
All guest interviews are audio only
Interviews are intended to be recorded beginning-to-end, but we can edit if necessary due to technical issues, children running into the room, mental lapses, earthquakes, or whatever.
Please allow 2 hours for the interview. Most interviews will last about 1 hour or less. However, we schedule a 2-hour block to allow for any technical problems that may arise and to allow the conversation to flow without getting hurried as we approach a time limit.
The recording program that we use, Zencastr, is a very user-friendly tool which runs in the Chrome (preferred) or Firefox browser (see other requirements) on Mac or Windows laptop and desktop computers. You do not need to install anything special other than one of these browsers. All that you'll need to do to use is click the link in your calendar invite at the scheduled time. Make sure that you have a good wifi or wired internet connection. Disable any network backup software, and pause/quit file syncing services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or Bittorrent. Interviews are audio-only, so you don't need to worry about the camera, lighting, or fixing your hair. If you have any trouble connecting, you can contact Jeff directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We strongly recommend using a USB headset. If time allows we will be glad to overnight you a USB headset for your use on the podcast. If you wish to buy one on your own, we recommend the Sennheiser Culture Series Wideband Headset. They run about US$40 on Amazon.com. Do NOT use a Bluetooth headset or Apple AirPods - they sound fine for phone calls, but the audio quality is insufficient for a podcast.
In any case, you must at least use headphones to avoid echoes that will disrupt the recording. Make sure that you are using the best microphone you have access to and that the outbound microphone volume level is set appropriately both in your computer OS and within Zencastr.
Try to find a place where things will be relatively quiet for the duration of the interview. It’s best not to be in a room where other people will be talking, phones will be ringing, or you will get interrupted. It’s also good to find a room that’s not too reverberant or echoey. A locker room is about the most reverberant space possible – empty, with hard surface walls, floor, and ceiling all parallel to one another. You’ll want to find a space that LEAST resembles a locker room. Carpeting, book shelves, furniture, non-parallel walls – all of these things will dampen and break up the sound to make for better acoustics. Clap your hands to hear the room reverberation.
Don’t stress over environment too much. It’s not nearly as important as having a good microphone. But if you have the option of moving to a better room, the guidelines above will help.
Yonder interviews are very conversational. You shouldn’t need to prepare anything. The idea is to talk about your everyday experience. Before we start recording, we will check in briefly about any topics that you would like to cover and/or any topics that you’d like to avoid.
It’s better to talk more than to talk less. Because we cannot see one another, it’s impossible to visually signal that you have something to say. So just jump in with it! Talking over one another is much better than the awkward silences of politeness.
Please help us to promote your interview through social media, email lists, or any other outlets you may have. Follow @yonder_io on Twitter and like the Yonder page on Facebook. We will let you know when your interview gets posted. Then please share and retweet our posts, and/or post links of your own.
We will need a photo of you to associate with the podcast. It needs to be high-resolution and not-too-close-cropped. The photos that we use for social media are often cropped right to the face, but we need some space to allow for the responsive design of our site and overlaying text. It ends up as a background image and scales with the page, so we need a photo that is high-resolution enough to scale up for a large monitor. More than 1000px in both height and width is preferable. See examples of the photos that other interviewees have used at http://yonder.io
Here are a few photos that have worked relatively well in the past: