The majority of our episodes are recorded online, and after 120+ episodes, we have accumulated lots of knowledge in this space. In saying that, it’s still not perfect, and we are still learning and finding out ways to get the best quality audio from people.
- It goes without saying, but you will need a high-quality internet connection, and ideally via an ethernet cable, as wifi can sometimes drop out.
- A quiet space amongst soft furnishings is ideal. Hard surfaces like glass and tiles create a very lively room, and as a result, adds to some complexity in editing at the end.
- A USB microphone like a Blue Yeti is ideal. If you don’t have a USB powered mic, a gaming headset with a microphone on it is probably second best, and lastly, built-in earphones are the last resort. You can pick up a pretty decent USB mic for under $100 on Amazon, and you can use it for all your video conference calls – your colleagues will thank you for it!
- When recording, shut off Dropbox, Google Drive and BOX. All of these can take some bandwidth and we want to ensure we are getting the highest quality available.
- Use a modern web browser to connect to the session. Make sure it is updated and everything is working before you get on the call. We have started using Webcams as part of the recording process, so if you prefer not to show your face, that is okay! But it’s something to be aware of.
If you are nervous, that is okay. We record and edit all episodes and if you like, you can request to hear it before it gets published.
If you are feeling nervous about your interview, just say it to the host at the start. You would be surprised how natural this is, and all of the hosts are so thankful that you have agreed to come onto their shows, and will enjoy anything that you have to say!