Guest Tips

podcasting tips

First time podcasting? Here are a few tips to have a good easy recording session.

equipment & software

  • Learn more about the sound check and downloading recording software here.
  • Recording will be done in a google meeting - the link will be sent when the recording is scheduled.
  • Headphones and a good microphone.
  • Disable any ambient noise reduction settings on your local computer for the microphone you are using.
  • If you can, be on an ethernet connection rather than wi-fi.

day of recording

  • Reboot your computer the morning of the recording.
  • Shut down all non-essential applications.
  • Pause or shut-off background applications that do backups or monitoring (like Time Machine, Dropbox, Google Drive Sync, and Backblaze or similar).
  • Close unnecessary browser tabs and windows.
  • Put your phone on silent or Do Not Disturb mode (you can also put macOS into Do Not Disturb mode).
  • Put any other Slack accounts into Do Not Disturb mode.
  • Inform others around you that you are recording so that there are no interruptions.

sound check & recording

  • Sound check starts 15 minutes before your scheduled recording. Please be in the video room at least 5 minutes prior to sound check.
  • If weirdness occurs (can't hear me, can't connect, etc), reload your browser and enter the room again.
  • Remove any ambient noise where you are: kick your cat(s) out, turn off your phone, close the door.
  • I aim for 30-40 minutes per recording, but sometimes sessions go over or under.
  • When recording it may feel like more time has passed than what actually has. Don't worry about going over/under but if you want to know how much time, run this online stopwatch while recording so you can see at a glance.
  • Episodes are not live and are edited, so there is room for mistakes. Don’t worry about being perfect!
  • Relax and be yourself!


  • Promote your appearance! I always tweet about guests on the Website 101 Podcast twitter account and on my company twitter account @caffeinecre8ion, please Retweet and/or share on other social media you use including Facebook and LinkedIn.