I have recorded 101 episodes for the H&C Podcast - Because this is a massive milestone for me. I thought I would reflect over the 101 episodes and what I have learnt from all the experiences.
So one major thing that most people a part from the guests don't know - is that I don't plan out questions before any show. I'll take the basic things I know about the guest and use that. But, the 'Who, What, When, Where, How' structure works for me. I have become better at active listening than just listening. You wouldn't think there is any difference. But, there have been times where I have found myself lost in topic because I let myself wonder away from conversation which now I always tell people 'Conversation is an art form in itself'
Any guest that is going to be on the show. Always have the same question to ask me. 'What will we talk about?' and my reply is always the same.....I don't know. We can figure it out when we get there. Along the way depending on the guest - I have learnt to construct flow in conversation. Create things that make sense to not only myself. But, the guest as well. Most times, the guests are people I'm meeting for the first time in person or over the phone. In person, it can be daunting for them - holding a microphone, wearing headphones, waiting for me while I set everything up, or back in the early days - waiting for me to read my sponsor scripts (which I pre-record now)
My shows are usually an hour or so in duration - which I love because as time goes on, you can see or hear the guest become more comfortable with conversation. Almost forgetting that there is a mic in their hand, forgetting that the guest just met be 10mins before the show started. You begin to see the protective wall of themselves fall as maybe they start to realize that this is a conversation and not an interview.
At the end of the show you look at the time and see how fast it has gone, then surprisingly tell me how much fun they had or that they wish they could've talked longer. That part is something I love the feeling of. What's even more fascinating is once the show is done. We talk some more. Maybe we elaborate on a topic we said on the show. But, could dive into cause of what people may think, we share even more intimate stories with each other and before you know it - another hour has passed by.
What I think many people don't understand about podcasting, is that a great amount of work and planning has to be involved. Patience is always tested day to day. Working around schedules can be tricky and if you're a weekly podcast like myself - you may find yourself doing 4 prerecorded episodes in a week and then planning those release dates, times and creating the social media content for those said episodes.
If I ever found myself to be too caught up in the things I couldn't control. I always came back to my 'why'. Why did I start this show in the first place? The goal is to sit down with friends and talk to them about the things they love and why they love it, and in the process tell stories, and be self educated, and that if I keep those things in line. Then everything will be just fine.