Being a Guest on the Podcast

 

Thank you for agreeing to be on the School of Purpose Podcast. Here is what you can expect as well as frequently asked questions.

What do I need to do to prepare?

Not much, actually. Aside from figuring out how you will record your voice, there’s little preparation involved at your end.

The interview will (probably) talk place over Zoom. Only the audio portion of the Zoom recording will be used, so you don’t need to worry about how you or the background looks.

Being in a quiet place would be helpful.

What can I expect during the interview?

The goal is to have a free-flowing discussion about how you have experienced purpose and meaning. I’ll ask questions to guide you as we go, and I’ll identify themes in what you’re saying.

The first question will probably be for you to tell us a little bit about yourself. You can give a brief biographical description. From there, the questions will start unpacking your perceptions and experiences with purpose and meaning in your life.

Interviews usually last between 30 and 50 minutes.

Feel free to tell stories. They work very well in podcasts. Also, please bring up discussion points or experiences that you would like to talk about.

What do I need for audio equipment?

The sound quality of your recording will vary by the quality of your equipment. Here are several options. All will work.

1. The computer microphone and speaker. You can just talk facing the computer, and let the computer microphone pick up your voice. You can listen to my questions from the computer speaker. This isn’t ideal, but it works just fine.

2. Headphones or earbuds. If you have them, and feel comfortable using them, it’s better to use headphones or earbuds-especially if they have a microphone attached to them. Listening to me this way prevents feedback. If the sound is coming out of the computer’s speakers will be picked up by the computer microphone. Having the sound go directly to your ear avoids this. A pair of Apple earbuds works just fine.

3. Microphone. If you have one, you can use your own external microphone. This would plug into your computer, and you would speak into it. (Using headphones for listening is a good idea when doing this). This produces the best sound. If you’re tech-savy, and know how to record your voice on your computer, you can record it and save it as a .wav file. You can then send me the recorded file. (My voice and your voice will be recorded on separate tracks).

Don’t worry about the equipment, just use the best that you have available. If, for some reason, you can’t do the interview by Zoom, we can do it by phone.

What if I say something that I wish that I hadn’t said?

This happens sometimes. Somebody will say something that they are feeling in the moment. Then they realize that they don’t want it shared with the world.

We can edit the portion out, but you have to tell us within a day or two of the interview so that we do it before publishing the episode.

What happens after the interview?

We will process the interview to make it sound as good as it can. This includes editing out extraneous noises.

The episode will be published anywhere from one to many weeks after the interview, depending on our recording schedule. It will appear on Apple, Spotify, and other major podcast platforms.

Feel free to share the podcast on your social media.

Let me know if you have any questions: bradleywrightphd@gmail.com

You can learn more about what we’re doing at schoolofpurpose.org.