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HARRY DURAN - PODCAST JUNKIES

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HARRY DURAN - PODCAST JUNKIES

Hurricane Sandy was an eye-opening experience for Harry Duran and it really got him out of his comfort zone.

The Podcast Producers welcomes Harry Duran of the Podcast Junkies onto the show. Harry's podcast is incredibly unique in both style and vibe. You feel like you're able to let loose and relax into your chair whenever you listen to his show. We invited this Podcast Junkie on the show today to get to know him a little bit better. Harry believes that the 15-20 minute mark is when an interview tends to hit the sweet spot and start to get good. He also loves to interview people with the video on so that he can see his guests' reactions to his thought-provoking questions.


A special thank you to the exclusive sponsor of Season 2, Podcast Movement. Podcast Movement is the world's largest gathering of podcasters and people involved in the podcast industry, taking place this July in Chicago. With over 1,500 attendees from around the world, and over 80 talks, workshop sessions, and panel discussions. Featured speakers include Alex Blumberg from Startup & Gimlet, Anna Sale of WNYC's Death Sex & Money, Glynn Washington of Snap Judgment, Kevin Smith, Tracy & Heben from Another Round, and more announced every week.

 

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KEY TAKEAWAYS: 

[1:20] Jessica has lost her voice. 

[2:30] Could you be silent for 11 days? 

[2:50] Harry Duran joins us on today's show! 

[3:50] Jessica loves Harry's podcast because you can let your hair down and get loose! 

[4:50] Thank you so much Podcast Movement for sponsoring us! 

[5:00] Why are you going to Podcast Movement? Call us at 347-480-1153 and leave us a message.

[7:15] Harry, do you ever listen to your own show? 

[9:25] Shout-out to all our Lebanese listeners. 

[10:50] There are many layers to producing really good music. 

[11:50] What was the most uncomfortable interview Harry ever did? 

[18:45] Doesn't it get distracting when you have a Skype interview with video on? 

[19:55] Harry is trying to get more comfortable with the silence during an interview. 

[21:25] Waiting and letting people continue their secondary thought after a question is answered can reveal much more than their initial response.

[21:50] The real meat of the conversation comes in about 15-20 minutes into an interview. 

[23:05] Who is Harry? 

[23:50] Harry is spiritual, but not religious. 

[25:25] Harry and his wife, Nathalie, have a dog named Disco who has been with them for 11 years. 

[26:50] Who is Nathalie? 

[29:15] Harry is a pure New Yorker at heart, but it's important to get out of your comfort zone. 

[30:05] Harry talks about living through Hurricane Sandy. 

[32:30] Most people will not be able to survive more than three days because they don't have an emergency plan. 

[36:00] Jessica doesn't want to teach her kids that strangers are bad, because most people aren't like that. 

[38:10] Harry is sooooo good at marketing. 

[40:25] You're never trying to sell the mattress, you're trying to sell a good night's sleep. 

[41:40] Hey Harry, help us come up with a retention hashtag! 

[43:45] First three people to hashtag Harry will get a free Podcast Junkies t-shirt. 

[46:15] Heads up listeners! We're recording these shows and then releasing them. We're not batch producing The Podcast Producers this season. 


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How to Book Your Own Podcast Guests

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How to Book Your Own Podcast Guests

Although there are great booking services such as those offered by our friends at Interview Connections, not all podcasters have the budget to hire this type of specialized  service, just yet. If you're one of those podcasters, read on.

 

Ideally before you begin, you would create a “one sheet” summary of your podcast.

Here's an example of a great "one sheet" for comedian, Jeff Civillico

This is just a nicely-designed graphic summary of what you do, who you are, and the general purpose of your show. The purpose of this one sheet of informational facts is  to help you with getting potential guests to warm up to you. This makes you look professional and shows that you take your podcast seriously. Consider hiring a designer, if need be, in order to get the image done just right.

 

The real secret to getting great guests on your show is the follow-up method.

...if you’re constantly emailing people to inquire if they’re available, they’re bound to notice you eventually.

Because, not everybody sees your email; it can go into spam, they get bombarded with other emails or don't think you're serious enough, etc. However, if you're constantly emailing people to inquire if they're available, they're bound to notice you eventually. Obviously, do not be obnoxious about it, but no answer is often times just that -  no answer. So keep trying every couple of days or once a week to get their attention.

 

If you notice that your follow-up method via email is not working, then try getting their direct attention through social media.

Twitter is often very helpful for this, as many people use it to quickly connect with their fans. Send them a quick tweet or Facebook message to inquire about having them on your show. Let them know you've been trying to reach them through email with no luck. They're actually more likely to respond through that medium than email.

Perhaps, you'd even like to reach out to them on social media first, to build a connection before sending an email and requesting an interview. The specifics of how you approach this is entirely up to you. Try experimenting with both methods to see what works best.

It's definitely time consuming to get a busy person's attention, which is why patience and persistence are key factors to getting your ideal guests on your show. However, there's also nothing wrong with reaching out, within your already established network, for connections and to people. Start by interviewing your friends or acquaintances and then ask them at the end of each interview if they have any connections who would like to be on your show.

 

This is a great way to expand your circle quickly and get a new blood on the show.

Keep in mind that sometimes the 'less famous' guests have the best insights and knowledge, which you simply don't hear anywhere else. Don't always try to aim for the high and mighty big names; they're used to talking about the same thing over and over again.

The one tip you should keep in mind throughout this process is that people are more likely to say yes when they've had a warm introduction vs. a cold one. Focus on building a relationship and getting your name somewhere in their network first; whether it be by conversing with them on social media or by building a connection at networking events. These are all great ways to finding new and amazing guests for your show.

 


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Until next time, Ayn.


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The Best Portable Way To Record Face-To-Face Interviews

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The Best Portable Way To Record Face-To-Face Interviews

When you're on the go and need to record an in-person interview, it can be a bit hectic dragging along your mixer, condensers, mics, and mic stands. The very thought of unplugging and re-plugging all of that equipment just seems a bit ridiculous. Also, if you happen to be in a different state or country, do you really want to risk your expensive equipment getting damaged by the airport 'throwers' or worse, have your luggage go missing? Let's just skip all of that right off the bat and go with something lightweight, portable, and simple.

 

What You'll Need:

  • A Digital Recorder
  • 2 Lapel or Lavalier Microphones
  • A Two-way 3.5mm Jack (Jack Splitter)
  • And that's it!

 

The Digital Recorder

First of all, one of your first questions might be, “Why do I need a digital recorder when I have a perfectly good smartphone?” The thing about smartphones is that they don't deliver the interview-type quality you will need. As I write this at the near end of 2014, smartphones still have a hard time recording more than one microphone in their little device.

After all, I think when every mobile creator in existence decided to add a microphone in their phones, it was more for you to record personal voice memos than to record an all decked-out face-to-face quality conversation that thousands of people will listen to.

Don't get me wrong, you can attach a high-quality mic to your smartphone if you want to, but just be aware your guest will seem washed out standing next to your high-quality voice.

A good digital recorder doesn't cost as much any more. Now-a-days it's mostly used among professional musicians who are playing around with a tune and don't want to rent out studio space to test it out. This is great news for you who may not want to spend their entire savings on portable audio equipment.

Good recorders on the market today are the Tascam DR-05 and the Zoom H4n. The Tascam sells for about $100 on Amazon and the Zoom is going for about $200. The Zoom is the pricier among the two because it has four channels that you can record on simultaneously. They both have pretty great microphones built-in, but the reason why we don't want to use those for our podcast is because the audio levels will vary if two people are sitting far enough away from each other.

You will have more control over the audio quality with two good lavalier microphones, which brings us to our next topic..

 

Lavalier Microphones

These are tiny clip-on microphones that you attach to your shirt. They will make you feel cool, professional, and snazzy. There are microphones out on the market that come with a battery pack and are wireless, but I think the moment you have to start dragging around extra equipment, you reduce the meaning of what 'portable' is. So for today, let's keep it simple.

There are two great microphones on Amazon that come highly recommended. The first one is the Audio-Technica ATR-3350 valued at $33 dollars and the Sony ECMCS3 Clip valued at $20. The Audio Technica is the preferred choice because it has a 20ft cable. This gives you the flexibility you need for interviewing people at a distance. The Sony Clip has a 3ft long cable, so it may make things a bit awkward for interviewing purposes. However, if you are fixed on the Sony Clip, you can buy a jack extension cable for about 8 dollars or less.

 

The Two-Way 3.5mm Jack.

This jack is a necessary component to tie the entire recording process together. As you can imagine, you place your microphone in one end, your interviewee's microphone in the other, and then you plug the male end into your digital recorder...and you're done! This is what it takes to obtain a high-quality recorded podcast on the go. The microphones listed above are great for both outdoor and indoor activities, so you'll never feel left out of the loop again.

You can purchase jacks that have more than two inputs. For example, if you're expecting to interview a group of people all at once, you'll need the appropriate amount of mics and to attach it into your 3 input, 4 input, or even 5 input 3.5mm jack. If you are expecting to interview even more people in one room, then using the built-in microphone that the Zoom H4n has, although not ideal, will help you get there.

 

Conclusion

Overall, owning two mics, a tiny portable recorder, and a jack split is the best option you can have to get great results on the go without being bulked down by equipment. You'll be able to produce a great sounding podcast with your interviewee and be proud to share it to your listeners in no time. Editing your podcast on the go might be a little bit difficult, but don't worry, you have Podfly here to help you.

 


Podfly is a group of audio engineers that focus on making your podcast sound the best it can be. We provide editing services, transcriptions, show note descriptions, and more. All you have to do is contact me at ayn@podfly.net or any one of our team members to get started.

Until next time, Ayn. 

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