Unleash the Power of Engaging Guest Introductions to Level Up Your Podcast Introduction:
Today, we’re diving deep into the world of guest introductions. Brace yourselves, because I’ve got some tough love to share. If your guest intros are lackluster and lengthy, it’s time to stop and fix it.
Your listeners deserve better.
Tip 1: The Perfect Podcast Guest Intro Format
Picture this: You press play on a podcast episode, excited to dive into the conversation, and suddenly, you’re subjected to a never-ending, uninspiring guest intro. Don’t be that podcaster! Let me unveil the perfect guest intro format that will make your intros concise and engaging. Ready?
All you have to do is tell me who your guest is and why they’re here.
Boom! That’s it. Short, sweet, and straight to the point.
Tip 2: Avoid the Heinous Crimes Against Guest Intros
Now, let’s address the most heinous crimes committed against guest intros. You might think your guest intros are just fine, but let’s dig deeper. I’ll reveal some common offenses, and you can silently assess your own guilt. First, reading your guest’s bio from their website—lazy and unimpressive. Second, mispronouncing their name and not bothering to edit it out—ouch, that’s a big no-no. Lastly, the ultimate offense: asking your guest to “tell us about yourself.” Remember, it’s not a question, and it’s not what great hosts do!
Tip 3: Crafting a Thoughtful Guest Intro
Now that you understand the perfect guest intro format and the crimes to avoid, let’s delve into the art of crafting a thoughtful intro. It’s time to do your homework, my friend. Here’s a quick checklist:
- Confirm the pronunciation of their name.
- Determine the most accurate and relevant title for your intro—pick the one that aligns with the episode’s topic.
- Connect the dots by researching your guest’s background. Explain to your listeners why they’re on the show and how the conversation will serve them specifically.
Bonus Tip: Delay the Intro for Maximum Impact
Consider delaying your guest intro until after the interview itself. It may sound counterintuitive, but trust me, it works like magic. Check out episode 148, titled “Want to Nail Your Podcast Guest Intro Every Time? Do This!” on my website for more on this technique. The bonus is that your guest won’t feel awkward responding to their own intro!
Introducing your guest efficiently is not only respectful of your listener’s time, but it’s also your responsibility as a host. By adopting the perfect guest intro format and avoiding the crimes against intros, you’ll elevate the quality of your podcast. Remember, great hosts take care of their listeners and their guests. If you need more tips on becoming an exceptional host, explore the performance category of episodes on my website or book a free one-on-one podcast coaching call with me. Let’s make your podcast shine!
#148: Want to Nail Your Podcast Guest Intro Every Time? Do This!
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