8 Ways To Make Your Podcast Guests Feel Comfortable

By MuddHouse Media Team

As podcast hosts, we all want to create a welcoming environment for our guests. But it's not always easy to make someone feel comfortable when they're about to speak on a public platform. At Muddhouse Media, we believe that building a rapport with your guests is essential to creating engaging and meaningful content. Here are eight steps you can take to make your podcast guest feel comfortable.


1 - Communicate ahead of time

It's important to establish clear communication with your guest ahead of time. This means providing them with the necessary information such as the date and time of the recording, the topic of discussion, and any guidelines you may have for the interview. You can also ask if there are any specific concerns or topics your guest wants to avoid.


2 - Introduce yourself

When your guest arrives, take a moment to introduce yourself and make them feel welcome. Ask how their day has been, offer them a drink or a snack, and chat with them for a few minutes before diving into the interview.


3 - Explain the format

Some guests may feel more comfortable if they know what to expect. Take a few minutes to explain the format of your podcast, how the interview will be conducted, and what kind of questions they can expect. This will help your guest feel more prepared and at ease.


4 - Ask easy questions first

Start with some easy questions to help your guest feel more comfortable. These can be basic questions about their background or interests that don't require too much thought. This will help your guest settle into the conversation and feel more relaxed.


5 - Be an active listener

Active listening is key to making your guest feel comfortable. Show your interest in what they're saying by nodding, smiling, and asking follow-up questions. This will help your guest feel heard and understood.


6 - Use humor

A little bit of humor can go a long way in making your guest feel at ease. Don't be afraid to crack a joke or make a lighthearted comment to break the tension.


7 - Be respectful

It's important to be respectful of your guest's time and opinions. Avoid interrupting them or talking over them, and try to steer clear of controversial or sensitive topics that may make them uncomfortable.


8 - Thank them

At the end of the interview, take a moment to thank your guest for their time and participation. Let them know how much you appreciated their insights and contributions to the conversation. This will help leave a positive impression and encourage them to come back for future episodes.

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