Thank you for being a guest on this podcast! Sound quality is a crucial part of making a great podcast that people will enjoy listening to. Good equipment can’t overcome a bad environment and vice versa. Here are some tips to help prepare technically and mentally.
Noise: Make the area you are recording in as quiet as possible. Choose a small room where you can close the door. Put a sign on the door warning people not to knock or come in. If you can hear people in nearby rooms, let them know you are recording. Remember that the recording will pick up all sounds, not just your voice, so it’s essential to remove distracting background noises whenever possible. Some of the most common background noise culprits are dogs, children, cell phones (even on vibrate), laptop/tablet notifications, clunky jewelry, ice cubes in a glass, microwaves, air conditioners, alarm clocks, chewing gum, slamming doors, etc. Before recording, take a moment to assess your environment so you can mute any distractions before they become a problem.
Echo: Rooms with wood, tile or concrete floors can create echo or a cavernous sound. This is easily remedied by covering nearby surfaces with towels or blankets.
Connection: A great connection is essential. If you are being interviewed on Skype, Google Hangouts, Zoom or a similar technology, make sure you have a solid internet connection. Spotty wifi connections won’t work. If you are being interviewed by phone, use a land line whenever possible. If you must use your cell phone, do it in a place where you know you have a very strong signal and won’t drop calls.
Headphones: For Skype/Hangouts/Zoom online interviews, headphones are essential. Borrow a pair if you need. Without them, the interviewer’s voice will be echoed back through your computer speakers and will ruin the recording. There is no need to purchase a new microphone- if you have one, please use it- but the computer’s internal microphone will be fine.
Theme: When sharing your thoughts and stories, keep in mind the main themes of the podcast, and circle back to them when possible.
The value of pre-planning.
The value of hospice/palliative care and the importance of involving them sooner whenever possible.
The value of ritual and the impact of sharing grief with family and community in the wake of a loss.
The value of education so families can make confident and educated decisions.