10 Questions to Ask Any Podcast Guest

10 Questions to Ask Any Podcast Guest


So you just landed an amazing guest for your podcast. But then you realize you have no idea what questions you’re supposed to ask them, right? Well, don’t worry, because today I’m going to share with you 10 questions that you can ask anyone, I don’t care what your podcast is about what your topic is, or what you were discussing, you can ask these 10 questions to any guest on your podcast. So let’s get right into it. Hi, Krystal here, and I want to share with you the 10 questions that you can ask any guests on your podcast because I’ve seen this over and over again, where someone starts a brand new podcast, maybe they had a solo show for a while, and then all of a sudden, they want to bring on interviews, or you decide from the very beginning that you want to have an interview podcast. But then you get to thinking, What am I supposed to ask these people? Maybe you have one or two really specific questions that you need to get answered for you for your audience. And it’s the thing that they are an expert in. What about the rest of the time, let’s say you have 30-45 minute window to fill with a conversation and you have no idea what other questions to ask them? Well, I’m going to give you 10 that you can ask any guests. So let’s get right into it. The first question is, what is your story? This can be asked in many different ways. You could say, tell us a little bit about yourself, or I’ve heard on other podcast where the host will say for those listeners who don’t know who you are, can you give us a snapshot of your story or share a little bit about your journey to where you are today? There are many different ways that you can say this, but the main thing is, what is your story? Tell us more about yourself? Question number two that you can ask is, how has your story the journey shaped who you are today? Did they have like some major life moments that happen? And it changed their whole trajectory? Like there are a lot of other ways that you can ask this but mainly you want to ask, how has your journey shaped you into the person that you are today as we are recording this podcast? The third question that you can ask any podcast guest is, can you tell me about a time when you had no idea what you were doing? I love this question so much. Or can you tell me about a huge mistake that you made because y’all, we’re all human, we all mess up. We all make mistakes. And I guess it just makes me feel better knowing that everyone else makes a mistake. Like it just kind of reminds us all that we are not perfect. And we are in our own journey or own path. But it just makes you feel better knowing that someone else who may be an expert in something has made a mistake along the way as well. Actually, I would love it if you would comment below and tell all of us here is there a time in your life when you had no idea what you were doing, I can actually think of several off top my head, I had no idea what I was doing. When I became a mom, I had no idea what I was doing. When I first started this business. Like, there’s just so many things. I’ll share another one in the comments below. But comment below where was a time in your life when you had no idea what you were doing? Okay, back to the questions. Okay, so this is an opportunity for you to throw in like like a fill in the blank question. So and I actually have a few of these. But the fourth question that you can ask any podcast guest is, how did you overcome [insert obstacle] ? Like if you know, that they overcame…You know, let’s say being under educated or they were poor, there was a major life struggle that they had. How do they overcome this? I think this is such a great question because it really gives insight into who they are. And it kind of takes the listener on a journey from where they were in where they are today. So I love this question to ask during a podcast interview. The fifth question that you can ask is, how long have you been a [insert their expertise] or whatever they’re an expert in. But let’s say you were interviewing a doctor, how long have you been a doctor? And maybe this will give you like a real short answer. Maybe they’re going to tell you five years or 20 years, or I just got started. But that’ll at least give you an idea and your audience as to maybe what the journeys been like for them. I know for me, if someone were to tell me that they were a doctor, and they’ve been a doctor for five years, I could easily spin off into other questions that are related to Oh, really like so you finished medical school not too long ago? How was that? Where did you go to medical school? How was your residency? What did you learn? What was your biggest takeaway? Like, there’s just so many? I’m like a question machine. Like first or when it comes to podcasting, I can always come up with questions, but ask those questions about how long they have been doing what they are an expert in. Love this next question because it really gives insight into who someone is on a deeper level. But the sixth question is, if money weren’t an option, what would you do every day? You know, I could think of so many things that I would do every day, Monday morning option, I would be on a beach somewhere, or I would be traveling, I would just be eating all the bread, right? Because the parent, I guess, if you have money, you can just eat bread all day every day. And then it just doesn’t have I don’t know, I don’t know. Because money. Like I’m not to that point where money isn’t an option. You know, money is an option. But what would you do every day? If money weren’t an option? Put in the comments below. I want to know, because I’m generally curious if you would sit around and travel and eat bread, because that apparently is what I want to. Question number seven, is, what advice would you give to your younger self? I actually asked almost all of my guests this question on my podcast, because I’m generally curious, like, that is something that, like, for me personally, what would I tell my younger self, I would say, you’re going to mess up, you’re going to make mistakes, just keep going, you are on the right track. So what would you tell your younger self? If this was an opportunity that you are proposed with on a podcast? Someone asks you? What advice would you give to your younger self? What would you say? Put in the comments below? Because I really want to know, and I can’t wait to dive into all of your answers. Question number eight, is what keeps you motivated to keep doing whatever it is that they do, you could insert their expertise or their passion or what they do for a living their occupation. But what keeps you motivated to keep going, this really gives you insight into who they are, but also kind of tells you what kind of a motivated person they are, maybe they are just motivated to be the way that they are because they don’t know any different or maybe they really struggle in the motivation department. And that could be really cool to expose that to your audience and let them know like, hey, if you struggle with this, this person does too, and they’re on the same journey that you are, they may just be a few steps ahead of us. So that is an amazing question to ask any guests on your podcast? Question number nine is, how do you plan for rest and self care? I think this is relevant. No matter who you are, if you are a human being, you need rest and self care. So ask your guests, how do they plan for it? Do they make it happen? Some may say, you know, this is something I do on the daily, this is something I only get to do once a year. And I think really understanding that insight kind of gives you a better perspective on who they are as a person. And the 10th question that you can ask any guest on your podcast is, what is your vision for yourself, your company, whatever it is that they do for the next five years? Where do you see yourself five years from now? Or you could say 10 years from now or 20 years from now? Or where do you want to be when you’re a certain age? But just asking the simple question, Where do you see yourself in five years? I think thanks. So many of these questions can really give you insight into who the person is and not just what they’re an expert in. Of course, you want to know that you want them to deliver amazing, valuable information to your audience. But digging in a little bit deeper with some of these questions can really just provide a better conversation. It’s gonna be a better interview for your podcast. So give a thumbs up if you found this video helpful. And make sure that you check out this video all about setting up for a podcast interview. If you’re brand new to podcast interviews, this walks you through step by step everything you need to know in order to get set up for your podcast interviews. And if you liked this video, be sure to subscribe and hit that bill. That way you’re notified anytime we put out a new podcasting video every single Friday. And I invite you to join us in the free five day create your podcast bootcamp where you’re going to learn everything about how to start, launch and marketing your podcast. So remember, keep it up. We all have to start somewhere

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