Just the Tip from Your Podcast Performance Coach

086 How to Make Your First Question Count

Aug. 27, 2019

You’ve heard me say it before. You have seconds, SECONDS, to grab the listener's attention. Don’t squander it with a boring first question. 

Picture it. A new listener has found your show. They made it through the show intro, the tease, the guest intro with the cautious anticipation that you might actually have something interesting for their earballs. But, they’re still just one swipe and click from quitting you and trying someone else on for size. 

The moment has arrived. Everything is hanging on your first question. Do you have what it takes to keep them interested? Have you got the sauce to make them want to stick around?

Here’s a hint. If you ask, ‘How did you get started?’ or simply state, ‘tell us about yourself’ (which is not even a question!) then you’re dead in the water. Your chances at an explosive first impression as an interviewer have been doused. 

Don’t worry. I’m here to help. 

In this episode of Just the Tip, I don’t just give you some gentle (not so gentle) coaxing to abandon the boring and get creative; I give you ways to do it. 

And, I even demonstrate how interesting this can be. #parentsjustdontunderstand #mymomhasnocluewhatIdo

So, if you’re looking to improve your interview skills (and you should be unless you’re freaking Oprah, in which case, holy crap, hit me up Oprah!) then don’t waste another second reading - hit play. In less than 5 minutes, you’ll have a much better way to kick off your interviews and you’ll find out what my mom thinks I do for a living. 

When you have better questions, you have better conversations. That translates to a better podcast for your listener and for your guest (who is WAAAAY more likely to share something they thought was not the usual, ho-hum snore fest). 

Want more help making your podcast unboring? Let’s chat. Click here to access my calendar where you can book a free 15-minute coaching call.

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