Everything You Need to Know About Being a Guest on the Experience A Day In The Life Podcast!

First things first, thank you so much for taking your time to collaborate with us on an Experience A Day In The Life Podcast series. You’re stepping up as a role model for many people who may aspire to be just like you one day.

Your participation is much appreciated and we want to show our gratitude by valuing your time and ensuring we don’t waste a second of it. Therefore, we’ve put together this article as a resource for you to prepare for your upcoming interview. Although we feel as if we’ve included everything you’ll need to know, please feel free to reach out to us with any other questions.

The Guest Journey

Below is the typical A to Z timeline for a guest on the Experience A Day In The Life Podcast.

  • Intro Call: If you’re reading this, we’ve already had the intro call. But this is the call where we get to know each other and ensure that you are a great fit for the show.
  • Completing your ADITL Worksheet: If you haven’t completed it already, you should have your ADITL Date on the calendar and our team should already be in contact with you to help you complete it.
  • Experience Alignment Call: This is a very quick call before the interview just to realign ourselves and outline the most important topics to be discussed in the interview. This call is necessary because our editorial calendar dictates that we schedule interviews at least two months in advanced, it’s always effective to reconnect before the interview.
  • Podcast Interview: We’ll either bring you into our studio in Manhattan or connect via video call for the 2 hour interview.
  • Post-Production: Unlike some other podcasts, the Experience A Day In The Life Podcast is highly produced and edited. Therefore, our turn around time will most likely be roughly 2-3 months. During that time, you will have ample time to review the final transcript before your episodes are published.
  • Promotion: Before your episodes are published, you will receive all of the promotional material so you can share your story with your own personal and professional networks.

About the Podcast

Krista Bo and Mat Po interview professionals across all jobs and industries about a Day In The Life on the job and relevant experience leading up to their current position.

Each interview is turned into a two part series with it’s own unique title:

  • Part 1: the A Day In The Life (ADITL) episode 
  • Part 2: the Experience episode

You can find the podcast on these platforms: 

 

About the Interview Structure

The interview will take about 2 hours in total. We call it an interview, but in reality this is more of a casual conversation. Remember: this is a highly edited podcast, meaning, what’s said in the studio won’t necessarily make it to the final cut. So don’t feel pressure to be perfect. 

Although this is a conversation, we obviously have to keep a structure to stay on pace. That being said, we split the interview up in 4 parts: 1. Introduction, 2.Experience, 3. ADITL, 4. Advice 5. Closing

 

  • Introduction: This is where we will ask you to state your name, title, job description, details about the company and any foundation material relating to your job or industry. The ability to name your employer is required for our show. If there is specific wording or phrases that need to be included, be sure to send those to us.

 

  • Experience: We start the conversation talking about your story and career journey. We’ll usually begin with your first career aspiration and end up with how your got the job you have today. But consider these other prompts as well as others:
    • Why did you choose your major/ minor/ degree/ school?
    • What was one experience that significantly impacted your career?
    • How have your career goals evolved over time?
    • Who were your role models throughout your career?
    • To what do you attribute most of your career success?

 

 

  • A Day In The Life (ADITL): In this portion of the interview, we will give you a copy of your ADITL Worksheet. Think of each task as a catalyst for a new question. It’s important to know, we aren’t reporting on your daily activity, we are using your daily activity to spark interesting conversations about your job, and industry. 

 

  • Advice: These are FUN! We will be brutally honest with you, if you don’t want to sound like an echo chamber, you might want to think about your answers to these questions before the interview 🙂 Consider these prompts for your advice:
    • What would you tell your 18 year old self today?
    • What is your best advice for aspiring [Your Job Title]s?
    • How do you define your best work?
    • What is your favorite/ best habit?
    • What are some tools or resources you use on the job?
    • What are your favorite books to read?

 

  • Closing: After the interview, we will take some photos and inform you on next steps. WE WILL ASK YOU: Who do you know who would make a great guest for the Experience A Day In The Life Podcast?

About the Interview Logistics

If you can make it to NYC, an in-person interview is the most efficient way to get this done. It is very important to keep in mind that we share a studio. That means, we need to be very diligent in keeping to a set schedule. Your promptness is much appreciated!

Studio: Gotham Podcast Studio- 39 W 38th St 10th Floor, New York, NY 10018

PLEASE ARRIVE TO THE STUDIO AT LEAST 15 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED TIME. When you arrive to the the address, go to the front desk and say you are visiting Gotham Podcast Studio. After signing in, come up to the eighth floor where we’ll greet you. 

The In-Person Setting: In the room, it will be you, us and our sound engineers. You will have a microphone, and headphones and we will all be sitting in front of the camera around a desk. Krista and Mat will be on one side, you will be on the other. 

The Remote Setting: If you are not in New York, we will be conducting this interview over Skype or Zoom. Prior to the interview, we will ship you a simple USB microphone set to use for the interview. The microphone set has set up instructions and paid return shipping back to us. 

****Please take precaution to find a quiet space for the entire length of the interview. The room should also have good acoustics (ie: the smaller the room, the better the sound quality is.)***

Dress to Impress: We don’t have a dress code and want you to dress how you see fit. We will tell you two things. First, you are being recorded on camera and we do plan on taking pictures. Second, it might get a little hot in the studio. 

Sounding Perfect: We will remind you, however, keep in mind that you need to speak directly into the microphone. You might be tempted to move your head, which is fine, just be conscious of where your mouth is pointing as you speak.

 

Post- Production

After the interview, we will inform you of your anticipated release date. But until that date, you can be confident that we are working to craft your story. We start by transcribing the interview audio, then create the script by adding the narration.  Then we put everything together in our editor. 

You will have the opportunity to review the script.We will send you/your bosses/your team the scripts to review via Google Docs before the episodes are released. This is a “speak now or forever hold your peace” moment. If you want anything changed, now is the time to bring it up. 

In these scripts, you’ll see our introductions, narrations, and outros to the episode paired with your interview audio transcribed word for word. (There will be a key for you to follow along.) This way, you can review what you said and what we narrated and make suggestions or comments via the comment function on Google Docs on things you want taken out of your interview audio or re-worded in our narrations. This is a collaborative process so your feedback and concerns are important to us! 

When looking over the scripts, please keep in mind:

  • This is the transcript of the podcast episodes. This document will not be published in an article format
  • You cannot change the words you have already said
  • You can request to take back words you said in two ways:
    1. We can delete it all together & use the comment function to indicate what you want specifically taken out
    2. We can narrate what you want said instead with context /clarification provided from you! Use the comment function to make a suggestion of how you would want the narration to read
  • We outsource our transcribing so there will most likely be typos here and there
  • No need to fix the typos, but if something doesn’t make sense, flag it via the comment function and we can verify exactly what you said and how you said it

After everyone who needs to look at it have looked at it, we will produce the two episodes in Adobe Audition taking into account the revisions made.

***If the episode(s) change(s) in any major way at this point in the production process, we will let you know and reflect any changes in the Google doc scripts. The only changes that would be made most likely at this point would be cutting out portions of the episodes to keep each episode under 30 minutes each OR condensing interview audio to keep to time.

 

Promotion

We want to share your story with the world! With your help, we can get as many people as possible to experience A Day In The Life of you! Please use the below information to share your episode with your professional and personal networks.

The big social media platforms for us are LinkedIn (@xADITL) and Instagram (@xADITL). We’d also appreciate a follow (we are #teamfollowback if you were wondering). 

Leading up to the release of each episode in your series, we will email you letting you know that the episode is live. We will provide you with:

  • Links to the show
  • Links to the website’s show notes page
  • The episode’s soundbites

 

Your Employer

In some cases, your employer may need to be involved in the production. We are happy to collaborate and have worked with many different PR, HR and press teams at companies like NBC and LinkedIn. If you know that your employer needs to be involved, we will coordinate that with you before the interview.

Sensitive Subject Matter: We understand that there is just some subject matter that you rather not say. Please make us aware of any sensitive subjects before the interview to ensure for better preparation. 

Branding: We’d love to feature your company name or logo on our website and in the post. Please let us know if this is ok or not. Additionally, if there are any specs on wording or phrases regarding the company, please let us know beforehand.

Names: Whether it be clients, customers, prospects, partners or colleagues. Please let us know what or who we can or cannot name drop. 

Transparency: First and foremost, we want you to be happy with this podcast. We want to produce our content in tandem with you and your company. If there is a marketing or public relations department that needs to speak with us, we’re more than happy to. Furthermore, if there is specific wording or details that your company would like to add in, we encourage that too. We want you to share it and use it for your own professional gain and PR. 

Collaboration: If your employer or company would like to explore how we can collaborate further please let us know.

 

See You Soon

Again, thanks for letting us share your story! You’ll be instrumental in shaping the career journey of many. We’re looking forward to Experiencing a Day In The Life of YOU.

Best,

Mat Po & Krista Bo

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