Hey savvies! In today’s episode, I am chatting about what to do when you’re not happy with an interview. Because let’s be real, if you record interviews with guests on a regular basis, you will probably eventually run into this at some point so it’s good to be prepared beforehand.
This may be just due to bad audio quality, not so great content, or something else but preparation is key so that you’re not stumped in the future.
Now let’s jump into the solutions you can take in the event that this happens.
- Ask to re-record. – If the reason you are unhappy with the interview is due to crappy audio quality that isn’t salvageable in the editing process and not the content itself, don’t be afraid to ask the guest to re-record. They likely want to be seen in the most professional light possible so I am sure they’d rather have an interview with great quality audio published than one that is almost inaudible.
- Totally scrap the interview. – Another option is to completely scrap the interview. Whether the guest just didn’t live up to your expectations or another reason, it’s okay to just completely get rid of the interview. I have done this before and that’s completely your right as a podcaster if you don’t love how the content turns out because you want to publish high quality content and not just put out an episode just for the sake of it.
Whether you want to reach out to the guest and let them know that you won’t be publishing the episode or not, that is completely up to you.
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3. Post it anyway. – The third option is to just post it anyway. I know I did this previously with an interview that I didn’t feel like was my best and it ended up being one of my episodes that was on the higher side for downloads which was surprising so this is an option as well. To be fair, the interview that I had published wasn’t terrible content wise, I just felt like the guest wasn’t comfortable behind the mic so some parts of the interview were a little awkward.
When something like this happens, it also gives you the opportunity to refine your processes, especially if the issue ends up being not so great content from your guest.
This means that you may need to do a better job vetting your guests before inviting them to be on your show.
I think that every hang up like this is just a learning lesson for us so that we can do better and continue to improve.
So if this happens to you in the future, don’t fret. Take it as a learning experience and use it to your advantage.
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Thanks so much for listening to today’s episode.
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