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A simulrec is a great idea. We used them all the time at the BBC World Service. Two people talk to each other via Skype or the phone. While talking via Skype/phone, both of you also record the conversation into a high-quality microphone. So, you chat through the phone/Skype, etc.; however, both of you also record into good mics at the same time. Once the interview is over, one of you sends the other person the high-quality audio WAV/AIFF file. The other person edits both quality files together. Now, you have an interview where both people have high-quality audio, and it's not crappy audio recorded through a PC microphone.
Everything you say needs to have a beginning, middle and end. And I mean EVERYTHING! In the last 18 years, I've seen soOoOOoOoOO many presenters waffle and waffle. They think they're amazing by just 'giving it;', when in fact they're just talking cow poo. And trust me, I've heard sooooo much cow poo over the last 18 years.
Before you open your gob, know EXACTLY what you're going to say. Know how you're going to start your presenter link and MORE IMPORTANTLY know how you're going to finish it.
Ask yourself this: how are you going to introduce your next item?
Random waffle is baaaad; prepared speech is awesome.
So, do you know what you're going to say now?
Talking over your guest drives me up the flipping wall, and professional broadcasters and podcasters are notoriously bad for doing this. So here’s a question for you: What is the sole purpose of your interview? Now, think about for a quick second while I go and play with some chickens.
The primary purpose of an interview is to get information from your guest across to your audience, and you can’t do that if you’re talking over the flipping answers. Gorgonzola cheese man! The interview is not about you and your big gob - NO - it’s about getting the information from your guest across to the audience.
To sum up
One - Ask your question and then keep your big mouth shut.
Two - Listen to the flipping answers and keep your big mouth shut.
Three - Don’t talk over the answers - keep your big mouth shut.
And FINALLY don’t make stupid noises when your guest is replying to your questions.
Right, I’m out of here because my bus leaves in 7 minutes, and I’m planning to be under it.
is an ex BBC, radio studio manager, and the ex manager of Radio Kings, the hospital radio station for King's College Hospital. He's presented on three FM stations and waaay too many community stations.