Recording a Great Podcast Interview: An Editor's Perspective


Over the past few years I've had the pleasure of editing hundreds of podcast interviews on topics from tech, creativity, education policy, food, venture capital, business, books, and a lot, lot more.

While each interview or discussion is different from the last in content, length, number of guests, format, and recording quality there is one thing that I’ve learned differentiates a great interview from a forgettable one, that also makes editing a breeze.

Taking your time to make longer recordings can lead to better interviews

“Gee, how do you figure that one out, Alex?” 

Well, we all do it. Stumble over our words as we try to express a thought or opinion and in our hurry to do so we don’t finish the first sentence before starting another one in a different way.


From an editor’s point of view, this is a nightmare. Having two incomplete sentences that are trying to answer a question but at different paces, rhythms, and pitches either means you either have to leave both in or end up with an edit that doesn’t flow well, like in YouTube videos where you can tell the video has been cut.

Solution: Pause. It doesn’t matter for how long. Think about your question or answer, depending on your role, and then start speaking. You might have some dead air or awkward silences in your audio but the final interview will be *a lot* more concise and flow without the fluff of someone figuring their question or answer out out loud.

Whoever edits your podcast will thank you for it.

This originally featured in the Sonics Podcasts monthly email

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