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Sounding your best for the Deep Listening Podcast Audience

Thanks for scheduling your valuable time on the Apple Award Winning Podcast Deep Listening Audience

A few tips to set you up for success with your discussion with Oscar Trimboli

Our promise to our audience is one or two practical tips which will help them understand their listening better.

Based on our research, the audience love and remember stories more than facts, figures and frameworks.

Don’t worry if you aren’t a natural story teller, Oscar is a great host and listener and his role is to be the eyes and ears of the audience.

Your mindset

  1. Imagine we are having a conversation over coffee or a meal and it’s so interesting that people on the next table are fascinated by what they are hearing and what to lean in closer to understand more.
  2. This is a conversation rather than an interview
  3. Nothing is live to air. If you want to say something differently please say so – everything can be fixed in editing with our amazing sound engineer Jonny

Your stories

  1. There are 3 types of stories that bring a point to life
    • Professional stories from your experience or the experience of others
    • Personal stories from outside work that make a point
    • Famous stories from history, from famous events and beyond
  2. A beginning, middle and end
    • Stories that start in a specific place, time and people connect with the audience
    • Exploring tension, conflict and emotion make the stories most memorable
    • In the end, its about what you learnt from the story and what the audience will take away
    • The more stories the better
    • If you can be specific with first names this helps the story make sense rather than titles which creates anonymity rather than connection with the audience

Your environment

  1. If you are in an office
    • Find a quiet room where you won’t be interrupted
    • Avoid rooms with lots of glass or wooden floors
    • Bring a glass of water
    • Switch your mobile phone to flight mode
  2. If you are in a home office
    • Let others know you are being recorded and ask them to avoid interrupting you
    • Switch off your home phone (if you have one) or lower the ring volume
    • Avoid rooms with lots of glass or wooden floors
    • Bring a glass of water
    • Switch your mobile phone to flight mode

Your equipment

Some background to how we will be recording. We will be using your computer and the internet to connect the conversation to software called Squadcast. This will make you sound like you are talking to me face to face. You can hear me and I can hear you, we won’t be able to see each other – just like the audience I will be listening deeply to you.

This is an equipment check list

  1. Squadcast Software
    • You will receive a link called in your schedule and reminder email
    • Copy and paste this URL into Google Chrome Web Browser – Using Google Chrome will mean all your settings will be automatically detected for your microphone, webcam and audio headset. It would be great to see your face during the interview, we will only be recording your audio.
    • Once you enter the recording room, bookmark that webpage. Doing so will automatically set your computer’s permissions to allow access.
    • Double check to make sure your audio input and output settings correspond with the speakers and mic you are using.
    • After the interview has finished, please wait about 2-3 minutes before leaving the recording room in order to allow enough time for your audio files to upload.
    • This is a 5 minute overview video about using Squadcast and set up if you need more information
  2. Internet connection
    • The faster the better
    • Ideally – Ethernet cable to your computer
    • Next best – Wi-Fi connected to a router
    • Last resort – Using your cell/mobile wireless hot spot
  3.  Computer
    • Switch off all visual and audio notifications – eg email, Skype, Slack, Instant Messages
    • Pause all background software such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, OneDrive – this will use valuable bandwidth
  4. Microphone – Using an external microphone gives clearer audio and reduces echo.
  5. Headset –  It’s important that we eliminate any unwanted feedback from the audio on your computer

Let’s work together to achieve impact for you and your organisation.