Thank you in advance for being a guest on our show! I’m looking forward to learning more about yourself, your business, and success and sharing it with our audience.
We’ve created a quick checklist of some things we’ll need before our interview, some helpful equipment and setup tips, and a general flow of our interviews. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out Joseph@EBGTexas.com
• High speed internet connection
• Software: Zoom web conferencing (free to download at www.zoom.us)
• Headphones (to avoid feedback and echo)
• A microphone (preferably not the microphone on your computer)
Information to Send Prior To Interview
• We’ll need a short bio giving a quick description of your background and achievements.
• One way, the best way, our audience can reach out to you
• Phonetic spelling of your name
• Headshot in jpeg or png format
The interview will take approximately 45 minutes. We prefer a conversational tone and approach to our interviews so the below flow is just a suggestive outline and not always followed to the letter:
We will be recording audio AND video and will post the video on our YouTube channel.
TIPS TO LOOK GOOD ON CAMERA
1. Get camera level with your eyes or a tad higher.
Photographer Matthew Rolston recommends adjusting the height of your laptop or computer so the camera is level with your hairline. If the camera is below your eyes, it will make your jaw and chin look disproportionally large and your nose hairs may become visible. You’re hotter when you’re looking up, not down.
2. Give yourself some light.
Turn on a desk lamp over your laptop so it shines on you, or sit facing a window. Experiment to get light that illuminates your face in a flattering way, but isn’t too harsh or too dim. Make sure you’re not back-lit! (That’s when there’s light coming from behind you.)
3. Find a quiet spot.
You’ll want to set yourself up in a quiet room with the door closed. Almost everyone has seen the clip of the professor being interrupted by his child on TV. Turn off all noisy computer and cell phone reminders – it’s best to turn your cell phone off altogether. You will also need to eliminate any background noises like fans and music.
4. Center yourself in the screen.
Make sure you’re not cutting off the top of your head or your chin, and make sure you’re not over to the left or the right. Angle your screen if you need to, or back away from your laptop. Paul J. Bailo, author of The Essential Digital Interview Handbook, recommends creating a triangle between your forehead and shoulders within the frame.
5. Clean up your background.
This is one of those rare occasions when a blank wall comes in handy. Make sure you don’t have a lot of distractions behind you. At the very least, make sure you’re not showcasing a messy room.
6. Check that your lens is clean.
If you have kids, it’s very likely someone has smudged it with peanut butter at some point. Clean it off — unless, of course, you love that airbrushing effect you get from a dirty lens.
7. Sit up straight.
No one looks good when they’re slouching.
8. Look at the lens.
Don’t stare at your lovely face. Resist that temptation, and look at the lens. Otherwise, your eyes will look slightly off focus. You feel like you’re making eye contact if you look at yourself, but you really need to focus on that lens instead.