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Podcast Interview Info Sheet
(Revised 09/01/2017)

 

 

Thank you for volunteering to be on the show! I just wanted to provide some advice and suggestions for how the recording process works before we start. And if you have any questions, please reach out:  sarah@restofus.tech.

To pick a day, please go to https://calendly.com/restofusintech/podcast

Background of “The Rest of Us in Tech” and the Podcast

Statistics show that the tech industry is over 80% men, and usually they are white, straight, and any other fairly “normative” trait. But what about the rest of the people in tech? Why does it always feel as if no one knows they exist?

The idea for this show came from a few different experiences. First, I love having great conversations with other people in tech. Second, I love hearing about what projects, organizations, and events people are out doing. Finally, I love the idea of being able to share the work of “The Rest of Us in Tech” and increase visibility.

About the Interview

The interview will be a video interview over talky.io (with Hangouts as a backup). The video will be recorded and then edited for the final version. The episode will be released in 1080p (Full HD) on YouTube, then 720p (HD) and an audio-only format for the website and any podcast feeds on iTunes, Google Play, etc..

It will start with us chatting and doing some ice breaker material. It will help warm us both up, and hopefully have some fun before we start the actual podcast. It will also give me time to verify cameras and microphones are working for both of us.

After that, I’ll officially start the podcast with an intro to the show, an intro to you, and then dive into the questions.

Before the Interview

What I Need From You Pre-Interview

I’ll need only a few things from you pre-interview. I’ll try to gather some information ahead of time from Twitter, LinkedIn, your website, etc. However, anything you can provide will help out that much more.

Things I’ll need from you:

  • A bio about yourself, like one you might read concerning a speaker at a conference, for instance.
  • Projects, conferences, events, or other things you’re involved in that we can chat about. These do NOT have to be tech-related.
  • Any additional sites you want me to look at ahead of time, especially if pertaining to the above.
  • Anything you don’t want me to mention. We can avoid these.
  • Prepare something silly. A joke, silly story, or something we can do (like pretend we’re on NPR, or dance a silly dance). It’ll help us warm up more easily, or perhaps be something fun to add to the podcast! (Or perhaps for outtake/blooper footage for the future.)

Day of the Interview

Setting Up your Interview Space

This is a video podcast, so there are a few extra things to keep in mind:

  • Make sure your background isn’t too cluttered with stuff. It makes it hard to focus on the person on screen.
  • Don’t have anything out you wouldn’t want the internet to see.
  • Try to make sure lighting is in front of you and not behind you. Light behind you casts shadows on the camera, making you more silhouette than person. (So, no windows behind you, or other room’s light, for instance.)
  • Have some water or other drink handy. You might want it after talking for a bit. I know I do!
  • Tidy yourself up a bit, but you don’t have to be a perfect supermodel. You’re wonderful just as you are!
  • If you can, wire your computer into your router. This will produce a more stable and faster signal for uploading video. (Hey, sometimes we have to geek it up a bit by running that 50ft ethernet cable across our living room!)

Camera Framing/Positioning

This is perhaps always the part that gets not discussed, but is quite important! While not doing this will still result in some ok video, any of this you can implement will just make the quality that much better!

  • (I’ll add these in a bit)

What to Expect at the Actual Interview

I want the “interview” to be as casual as possible. I want it to feel more like a chat between friends rather than anything formal with specific questions. If there’s any interview where you can truly be yourself, or goof off, or anything like that, it’s this one!

What I plan to cover:

  • I will hit record as soon as we connect; however, I want the first 10-15 minutes to be casual chat and ice breakers. I’ll ask some serious questions (like making sure I pronounce your name correctly), and some silly ones (what video game character do you wish you could be?)
  • I’ll say when I officially want to start. I’ll read off the intro to the show, introduce you, and read your bio.
  • I’ll ask about how you got into the tech world, where you work now, and a bit of what you do there.
  • I’ll ask about some of the projects or jobs you’re working on. These do not have to be tech-related. (More questions will come based on how our conversation goes.)
  • I’ll ask about what you’ve learned from the things you’ve worked on or been involved with.
  • I’ll try to include some more personal interesting questions, like coolest movie you’ve seen recently, or what you think of some topic in tech right now. This is designed to be fun, so take this where you want to. We’ll run with how it goes.
  • I’ll want to end with something you’d want to share with a large audience: Have advice for the rest of us in tech? Have some inspirational quote or idea? I like ending the show on a great note.
  • I’ll wrap it up, wait a few seconds, and then it’ll officially be done.
  • At that point, I’d love to get feedback on how you think it went, and get any constructive thought on how it worked.

Links

The link to the video chat will be at talky.io/restofusintech. This has worked great for every guest but 1 so far. In case this fails, I’ll either try a different Talky link, or we can use Google Hangouts. (Unfortunately Skype watermarks it, which makes it harder to use that video recording.)

After the Interview

Post-Production

Post-production is where all the final things come together. This includes:

  • The musical intro, title slides, and episode number and guest name
  • I cut the videos so the back and forth conversation is fluid and you see the person talking.
  • I can cut out mess-ups, bad questions, long pauses, etc.
  • I can add in things we talk about (eg: pictures of a thing you built, image of website you work on, etc.)
  • Correct any audio level adjustments

Thankfully, you don’t have to do much of anything! This takes many hours though, and may cover the course of several days. If you want to see the video before it “airs,” I can show it after this point.

Final Things

If we mentioned any websites, side projects, books, videos, or anything else, now is the time to also track those down. With a video podcast, we want to show those off! So if there’s any pictures or anything going on, please email those to me. If they’re large, we can discuss setting up a Dropbox or something similar.

And SHARE! Let the world know you were on the show! You are always welcome to share the episodes, retweet our tweets, tweet your own tweets, share the iTunes/Google Play/YouTube/etc. links however you want, and always to reference the show or myself too!

Questions?

I’ll be happy to answer any questions you have, or discuss more about how we want the show to go. I want the show to help make your work more visible, so I’d love to know how to do it best.

And thank you!  🙂

Sarah Withee

Email: sarah@restofus.tech
Twitter: @RestOfUsInTech , @geekygirlsarah