Thanks for being a guest on the House of #EdTech podcast! I’m extremely excited to have you on the show.

I put together this FAQ to help answer some of the most common questions. If anything is unclear or you have any additional questions, send me an email.

Before you start reading the questions and answers, please fill out this brief pre-interview questionnaire.

Thanks again, and we’ll talk soon!

~ Chris

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to buy a microphone?

That decision is totally up to you. But please be aware that when using your buil-in mic, on a scale of one to 10, the audio quality is about a four.

If you’re interested in investing in a really great microphone at a great price, I suggest getting the Audio-Technica ATR2100 USB Microphone or Audio-Technica AT2005 USB/XLR Microphone. Each plug directly into your USB port and will bring your audio quality to an eight/nine. It's total overkill for just this podcast, but a great choice if you have plans for a large amount of audio recording in the future.

How should I prepare?

Before the call, please check to make sure your microphone is working and do this by opening Skype and placing a voice call to the contact “Skype test call.”

I always listen to the call through headphones, because it helps cut out any distractions, so grab a pair if you have any handy. I also recommend pouring yourself a glass of water, just in case your throat gets dry after so much talking and you want to take a quick sip.

How can I sound my best?

When in doubt, slow down. Guests often don’t realize how fast they are talking. Talking slower will also help you organize your thoughts better.

In addition, the more furniture and carpet in your room, the better you’ll sound. The fabric helps absorb sound and cuts down on echo. If you don’t have a heavily-furnished room, that’s no big deal. But if you have a choice between two rooms, choose the one with more padded surfaces.

Will the audio be edited?

YES. Each podcast goes through a lengthy editing process. If you start answering a question and don’t quite like your answer, let me know and we can do a re-do. Any mistakes or pauses — which happens to me too, from time to time — won’t appear in the final cut.

That being said, the fewer edits needed, the better. Arm yourself with the knowledge that I'll be editing everything in order to help yourself relax if you’re nervous. Try not to use it as a way to answer questions in multiple ways to pick your favorite response.

Is this a video call, or just audio?

Feel free to make the call in your pajamas -- I will only be using the audio.

When will my interview air?

I generally record new episodes about two to five weeks before they’re scheduled to air. New podcast episodes are posted bi-weekly on Sundays. If you want to know the exact date, feel free to ask at the end of our recording session, I can pull up a calendar and give you a good idea about when it could air.

That being said, I’ll be sending you an email with a link to your episode the morning that it’s posted and you will also be tagged in Tweets related to the episode.

I also reserve the right to not use the recording.