Monday, February 16, 2015

Radio Guest Jitters?



by Linda Mackenzie

Are you nervous when you thinking about being interviewed on the radio? Well that is just normal. Even the top radio professionals in the industry may get some nervous jitters before being interviewed or going on air.  Most radio stations want sensationalism or controversy and may even set you up negatively to entice their audience, even if they don't believe what they are saying to you. So the only way to really prepare for an interview is to know your topic inside out, be honest, truthful and be prepared for the unexpected.

Most radio hosts are very busy, so when you approach them to get on air you may want to include 8 questions or 'Talking Points' about your topic. In most cases the  radio hosts will use some, or all of them, which puts you ahead in the interview game. However, NEVER read your answers on air. Listeners know when you are reading. A really good radio host will actually hit you with an off the wall question to force you back into conversation mode if they suspect you are reading.

It may help to rehearse these 'Talking Points' once or twice with a friend or family member before actually going on air. You can also have your friend or family member make up their own questions that you don’t know in advance about your area of expertise. The trick is to NOT to rehearse too much because you will sound like a canned response and people will lose interest, including a really good radio host. A good host will have you off the air in record time if your interview sounds canned.

Don't be afraid to make a mistake, listeners usually find this endearing instead of horrifying, because it makes you human. You can either quickly ignore and pass over the mistake, admit the mistake or make a joke about the mistake. To err is human and everyone makes mistakes - just try not to make mistakes about the integrity of the information you are presenting.

Remember a radio interview is just a conversation between two people, which happens to be going out to many. Focus on the conversation and just go with the flow. Remember the only way to really prepare for an interview is to know your topic inside out, be honest, truthful and be prepared for the unexpected.

Follow this blog each week to learn more hints on how to be a great guest on radio!

Since 1996, Linda Mackenzie has been a record-breaking call-in radio host on traditional radio, where she was syndicated and/or simulcast on 246 radio stations/channels. In 2002, a pioneer in internet radio broadcasting, Linda can now be heard worldwide on internet radio.  She is the Founder and General Manager of HealthyLife.net Radio Network.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Be A Great Guest On Radio




by Debbi Dachinger
 
Radio is a terrific venue. Being interviewed allows people to know you and what you do quickly. It also allows the listeners, including potential clients, to see you as an expert and gives the sense that your business (or your book) is “legit.” So being booked as a radio guest can be a positive and powerful promotional device for you and your business.

To be a guest on radio is great whether it's a popular internet radio program on a bona fide station or a traditional radio station because both get listened to on average 3-5 hours a day. According to past research from Edison-Arbitron podcasts are only listened to 1-3 minutes at the top of the hour. Although some podcasts may be a good venue to be interviewed on if you hit a very popular host with a large following.

How do you become a great radio guest? Here's some hints... The first and foremost thing is to be yourself. Then, if you want to be on radio, listen to radio. Tune in to the kinds of talk radio shows that you think would best showcase you (or your product) and would most likely feature you.

Pay attention to each guest interviewed on the radio show. Notice on various shows the guests you like  and dislike. Ask yourself: why do I enjoy listening to them? What kept me captivated? Why do they bore you or make you want to tune out? Take note because these are qualities you will want to use and avoid while on air, of course through the filter of who you are authentically. Never lose your unique voice.

Follow this blog each week to learn more hints on how to be a great guest on radio!


Debbi Dachinger is a popular radio and TV media personality and guest, a speaker, a multi-book and sought after media coach. Debbi  has the fun, cutting-edge talk radio show 'Dare To Dream' broadcasting every Wednesday at 11am PT on HealthyLife.net.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Susun Weed: I Dare You To Live a Positive Life



by Debbi Dachinger, Dare To Dream Radio Host, Wed. 11am PT www.healthylife.net 

I recently interviewed Susun Weed from the Green Blessings radio show on HealthyLife.net. We had a brilliant conversation - see how this influences you. I dare you to take Susun's dare!

Debbi: What is the greatest lesson you've learned?

Susun: The greatest lesson I have learned is that there are no lessons. Life is an experience, not a test. There are no right answers; there are no wrong answers. Life is a picture puzzle and every piece is important, and every piece has its place. Learning lessons separates us from the intimate awareness of our life, moment to moment. No lessons!

Debbi: What is something you are deeply grateful for?

Susun:  I am deeply grateful for the plants. They feed me, clothe me, shelter me, warm me, and give me breath. They provide me with medicine in exchange for a little effort on my part. They delight my senses with color, form, scent, taste, and texture. They dance in my dreams with fairy wings. They are the Ancient Ones, the wise ones. They grow absolutely everywhere, showing me that persistence always furthers. And they give me something to talk about, to write about, and to love. Green blessings are everywhere. 

Debbi: What's the most important thing you do to keep your life positive?

Susun:  My first teacher of Zen gave me my lifetime koan: The difference between good and bad is the sickness of the human mind. It is all one, you see.

Debbi: If you could DARE the listeners to do anything that will create positive change for them, what would you dare them to do today?

Susun: I dare you to start drinking nourishing herbal infusions before this week is over. Learn how to make them by watching me do it on YouTube, or by reading any of my books. Buy at least four ounces of dried stinging nettle (energy), or oatstraw (sex), or linden (anti-inflammatory), or  violet (soothing). You can order them online or by mail. Put one ounce, by weight, of one dried herb into a quart jar and add boiling water to the top. Cover tightly and steep for 4-10 hours. Strain. Refrigerate. Drink within 36 hours. Repeat. I drink a quart of nourishing herbal infusion daily, and have been doing so for more than a quarter of a century. I dare you to join me in optimizing your health, the Wise Woman Way.

Tune in to Green Blessings!  the 1st Thursday every month  9am PT on www.healthylife.net.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Maryanne Comaroto: I Dare You To Live a Positive Life



by Debbi Dachinger, Dare To Dream Radio Host, Wed. 11am PT www.healthylife.net

I recently interviewed Maryanne Comaroto from Maryanne Live! radio show on HealthyLife.net. We had a brilliant conversation - see how this influences you. I dare you to take Maryanne's dare!

Debbi: What is the greatest lesson you've learned?

Maryanne: One of the greatest lessons I have ever learned is that Love is a verb!

Debbi: What is something you are deeply grateful for?

Maryanne: I am grateful to be alive and to be able to be of service

Debbi: What's the most important thing you do to keep your life positive?

Maryanne:  To remember who I really am and what I am here for

Debbi: If you could DARE the listeners to do anything that will create positive change for them, what would you dare them to do today?

I would invite them to stop at nothing to find the truth about who they are and what their purpose is.  It is always a privilege to be connected to other way showers and light bearers...


Tune in to Maryanne Live!  which airs Tuesdays at 10am PT on www.healthylife.net.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Dr. Andy McCabe: I Dare You To Live a Positive Life



by Debbi Dachinger, Dare To Dream Radio Host, Wed. 11am PT www.healthylife.net

I recently interviewed Dr. Andy McCabe featured host, of Autism w/Dr. Andy on HealthyLife.net.  We had a brilliant conversation. I dare you to accept Andy's dare!
  
Debbi: What is the greatest lesson you've learned?

Andy: Most of what I worry about doesn't matter. What matters is whether or not I am kind to others and also, kind to myself. Kindness can also mean telling others, or myself, something they, or I, don't want to hear that is true.
  
Debbi: What is something you are deeply grateful for?

Andy:  I am deeply grateful for the mind God has given me. It's my playground and the ultimate toy. I can create a new story every day, if I wish to. I can make things happen that will benefit others and, in the process, enjoy myself. I can use my mind to wade through the complexities of life and, in my own way, find my way.

Debbi: What do I do to keep my life positive?

Andy:  I remind myself on a daily basis of some advice given to me by my Uncle Jack, fondly known as Jake the Fake. Jake was a lovable con man. One day he said to me, "Andy, nothing is on the level! You may not understand what I mean now, but as you get older, you will!" So, what I do to keep myself positive is to remember that life isn't fair and don't expect it to be. However, the joy is in fully participating in the process. We get a big book of tickets for the carnival ride of life and we decide whether to use them or not. I want to use all mine and ask for another book!

Debbi: If you could dare listeners to do something, what would it be?

Andy:  Think of their most life enhancing dream that they would love to have happen. The only requirement is that in some way the dream frightens them. I don't mean something that is life threatening, immoral or illegal but rather, something that makes their heart beat faster and could potentially bring them a sense of joy or fulfillment. Write it down. Take responsibility. Make a plan. Visualize it happening many times during the day. Take action on a daily basis.


Tune in to hear Autism w/Dr. Andy McCabe on Thursdays 10am PT on www. healthylife.net

Monday, January 5, 2015

Kristin Fontana: I Dare You To Live a Positive Life



by Debbi Dachinger, Dare To Dream Radio Host, Wed. 11am PT www.healthylife.net

I recently interviewed Kristin Fontana from the Guiding Stars radio show on HealthyLife.net. We had a brilliant conversation - see how this influences you. I dare you to take Kristin's dare!

Debbi: What is the greatest lesson you've learned?

Kristin: TOTAL freedom awaits if you have the courage to be who you are!

Debbi: What is something you are deeply grateful for?

Kristin: Deeply Grateful - apart from my precious family.....I am eternally grateful to the universe for bringing me together with my greatest life teacher for from that moment on, I connected to my life's work as an Evolutionary Astrologer which has helped me help others in a profoundly meaningful way but it has also always served to shine a light on the path back to my root nature, ultimately finding my way back home to myself, and through extension, God.


Debbi: What's the most important thing you do to keep your life positive?

Kristin:  To keep life positive - Honestly, I was just born that way, due to being a Sagittarius sun, I tend to always spring from an optimistic place. I realized very early on about the law of energy. What you put out comes back. I listen to music of various kinds to support this space and I meditate...


Debbi: If you could DARE the listeners to do anything that will create positive change for them, what would you dare them to do today?

Kristin: I would DARE listeners to try and experience life outside their comfort zone every once in a while. Whatever that may be. Trying a new restaurant/dish. Buying a new piece of furniture or piece of art. Watching a movie in a genre they are not used to watching. Everyone falls into routine - but to be aware of it and make sure we don't get too "stuck"  is important. Allow yourself to LIVE, LEARN and TRY!


Tune in to Kristin Fontana's Guiding Stars  which airs Wednesdays at 10am PT on www.healthylife.net.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Risa Feldman: I Dare You To Live a Positive Life



by Debbi Dachinger, Dare To Dream Radio Host, Wed. 11am PT www.healthylife.net

I recently interviewed Risa Feldman from the Risa's RoundTable show on HealthyLife.net. We had a brilliant conversation - see how this influences you. I dare you to take Risa's dare!

Debbi: What is the greatest lesson you've learned?

Risa: The greatest lesson I have learned in my life is to not fight what the universe has in store as hokey as it may sound.  There are times when you need to rise to the occasion and go above and beyond efforts to make things happen.  However, if at every turn you seem to keep hitting walls - I
have learned to stop and pivot.  Maybe there is a better way of looking at the situation, or of attaining what you seek. Or maybe it's not meant to happen.  The term just "Go with the Flow"  I try and follow as much as I can. 

Debbi: What is something you are deeply grateful for?

Risa: I am deeply grateful for the opportunities I have had in my life. Whether the opportunities were ones offered to me, or ones that I sought out on my own, they all have come with valued experiences that have molded me into the person I am.

Debbi: What's the most important thing you do to keep your life positive?

Risa:  The most important thing I do to keep my life positive is spending time in nature. Whether a walk on the beach, a hike in the mountains, watching a sunset or walking my dog down a tree lined street - I always breathe deeper and slower when I am in a setting that brings tranquility and beauty.

Debbi: If you could DARE the listeners to do anything that will create positive change for them, what would you dare them to do today?

Risa: I would DARE listeners to try and experience life outside their comfort zone every once in a while. Whatever that may be. Trying a new restaurant/dish. Buying a new piece of furniture or piece of art. Watching a movie in a genre they are not used to watching. Everyone falls into routine - but to be aware of it and make sure we don't get too "stuck"  is important. Allow yourself to LIVE, LEARN and TRY!


Tune in to Risa's RoundTable Show which airs the 4th Wednesday each month at 9am PT on www.healthylife.net.