Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed for SparkDialog Podcasts! I look forward to talking to you. Use the following to learn about how the interview will be conducted and to schedule your interview time.
For the interview, you'll need to use a laptop or computer (not a mobile device) and Firefox or Chrome. I’ll record using a web interface called Zencastr. On the day of our interview, look for an email from me with a link on it. Clicking on that link will bring you to the conference room where the interview will be recorded. Your side will be recorded locally (this will minimize any distortion from an internet connection). Once our interview is finished, there will be a prompt not to close your internet window until your side of the interview is uploaded to me. (This is automatic, you don't have to do anything but wait.) A dialog box will appear when it is safe to close your window.
Note that I also ask for your Skype name below. We'll use the VoIP in Skype, which is typically more stable. If you don't have Skype, please let me know.
Some guidelines will help to get good sound:
1.) Remember to wear headphones. This will cut down on echo. It is better to have headphones without a mic on the cord, which can pick up a lot of noise from movement. I've had mixed results from headsets (headphones with a mic placed near your mouth). If you have one of these, also have backup headphones in case we are getting too much rustling noise.
2.) If possible, use a wired internet connection.
3.) Remember that sounds you make, even something like squeaking in your chair, will also be picked up by the mic and will be heard in the podcast.
4.) It's not always possible, but if you have your own microphone, that will of course get much better sound! Also, it helps if you are in a room that has a "warm sound", for example, a living room or bedroom, with soft objects to absorb echo. If this isn't possible, just draping a blanket or placing a pillow behind your computer will also help!
5.) Silent notification sounds on anything that might be picked up by your mic, like from your phone.