Being a Successful Podcast or Radio Guest

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In a previous post, Pitching Radio Programs and Podcasts, I gave some suggestions for proposing yourself as a guest for radio programs or podcasts. Once you’ve gotten an affirmative response, here are some tips on making the most of your time on the air.

  • Send the producer or host three to five talking points in advance. This is usually welcomed because it makes their jobs easier. If they choose not to use you’re suggestions, that’s fine, but providing a few ideas helps to ensure that the information you think is most important will end up on the air.

If you’re an author, assume that the host is not going to read the book. Yes, sometimes they do read the book before your appearance, but most hosts just don’t have the time.  This is another reason why providing talking points is in your best interest. If the host skims your book, he or she might end up asking you about something that you view as a minor aspect of the work.

Before sending out your suggested talking points, go back to thinking of who will be in the listening audience and what they care about. Make your talking points about them, not you. Don’t use the same statements or information for every appearance.

  • If you’re an author, check your Amazon rankings before the program starts and two or three hours after the show is over. You can do this whether the program is live or recorded. Either write your rankings down or take screenshots. This can give you an instant reading on how effective your appearance was. It will also help in the follow up you’ll do after the program…more on that below.
  • Never write out what you’re going to say and read it. Instead, practice what you want to say out load…compose and refine it orally, not on paper. The audience can tell when a guest is reading and it puts them to sleep.
  • Practice answering common questions about your topic in four or five short sentences. The average listener won’t be able to follow or digest a long compound sentence.
  • Smile when you talk. The audience can “hear” your facial expression. Have fun with it!
  • The day after your appearance airs, send the host/producer a thank you note. If you noticed a profound change in your Amazon rankings, let them know. This is valuable information for them about how powerful their program is, and it frequently gets passed onto their staff in advertising or underwriting.

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C.L. Fornari is the host of GardenLine, heard live every Saturday morning on WXTK, and podcast and streamed online through iHeart Radio.  She is also the co-host of Plantrama, a podcast that is released every other Thursday. For more information and links to both programs, go to the Radio page at www.GardenLady.com

Pitching Radio Programs and Podcasts

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By C.L. Fornari

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There are many reasons a garden communicator might be interested in being on the radio or a podcast. You might be the author of a new book or the manufacturer of a product that you want to promote. Perhaps you’re looking to strengthen your brand as an expert in the field of gardens and gardening. Or maybe you have a great horticultural idea you’d like to share with the public. Continue reading “Pitching Radio Programs and Podcasts”

One on One with GWA Members

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By Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp with Veronica Sliva

JEMS: I remember the first time I met you…we were riding on the bus at a GWA meeting (I don’t remember where) and we were sharing our stories. You had just gotten married or got married not too long ago. You were so warm and fun, providing great advice. It’s one of my GWA special memories. Continue reading “One on One with GWA Members”

Top 10 GWA Member Resources – #10

header728.jpgEach week for 10 weeks, members of the GWA Communications Committee are sharing creative presentations about some very useful GWA resources that you may not even be aware of. You’ll be able to see these presentations on GWA’s social media channels as well as every Tuesday here on the blog. Be sure to check back each week for a glimpse of a unique take on some of the wonderful resources available to all our members. The GWA Communications Committee wants to be sure you’ve been paying attention, so stay tuned for an opportunity to win prizes after completing a quiz. Continue reading “Top 10 GWA Member Resources – #10”

Top 10 GWA Member Resources – #9

CaptureEach week for 10 weeks, members of the GWA Communications Committee are sharing creative presentations about some very useful GWA resources that you may not even be aware of. You’ll be able to see these presentations on GWA’s social media channels as well as every Tuesday here on the blog. Be sure to check back each week for a glimpse of a unique take on some of the wonderful resources available to all our members.

The 9th presentation in the series is a screencast video by Katie Elzer-Peters that features another one of her favorite resources: the QT Newsletter.  Continue reading “Top 10 GWA Member Resources – #9”

Top 10 GWA Member Resources – #8

pexels-photo-315653.jpegEach week for 10 weeks, members of the GWA Communications Committee are sharing creative presentations about some very useful GWA resources that you may not even be aware of. You’ll be able to see these presentations on GWA’s social media channels as well as every Tuesday here on the blog. Be sure to check back each week for a glimpse of a unique take on some of the wonderful resources available to all our members.

Week #8 is a unique video about what it takes to be a Garden Communicator in today’s multi-tasking, multi-media world.

Continue reading “Top 10 GWA Member Resources – #8”