I’ve been lucky in that I think I’ve had more good conversations than bad over the last few years doing my podcast. I think I’ve benefited from some really great guests and every once in a while I get one that makes me proud that I podcast. I know it the moment I hang up the phone. No matter the outcome though, I always leave an interview charged up with energy. There is a rush to doing those recordings.
A good conversation usually happens when the person feels very honest, both in their opinions and in what they have to say about their own work. I’ll admit it’s tough when a guest is quiet. It’s not always the fault of the individual as I know some people are just quiet by nature. Those shows though are more of a pull to get the recording done. Yes, there have been times I was worried it was all going to fall flat but I’ve never had a interview I wish I hadn’t done.
I love those guests that just run with it though. One of the hardest things I had to learn over these last few hundred episodes is when to shut up and just let the individual go. Sometimes, I think silence is the best skill.
My favorite interview is always the one that takes an individual who has never been in the spotlight before and lets them shine. In the end, if I feel like I got to know the individual just a little bit better while we spoke (and not just the project they were there to promote), I feel like I succeeded.
Tonight I succeeded.