Congratulations! You just received an invite to be a guest on your dream podcast. Making sure it’s a success starts way before the host hits record. Not only do you need to prepare for the topics being discussed in the interview, but you also need to be prepared for when the interview goes live. No, we’re not talking about promoting (but don’t get us wrong, that is just as important). Today we’re talking about welcome pages.
What Is A Welcome Page?
A welcome page isn’t a landing page.
A welcome page is a page on your website that you create prior to the recording so that you can direct listeners there by plugging the URL during the interview. This gives the lister a place to connect with you and it also shows the host that you’re serious about podcast marketing.
We have identified 7 key elements every podcast interview welcome page should have. We always recommend starting with an easy to remember URL. Typically a host will include the link in their show notes once the show is live, but you won’t know what the link is until the show is live. You need your URL to use during your interview. It’s still a good idea to make it something easy to remember–usually the show’s name or an abbreviation. Here’s an example:
What Should You Include On Your Welcome Page?
Your page should open with a large headline welcoming listeners from that specific podcast to establish familiarity. Even more important than the headline is the podcast’s artwork, this gives the page viewers a trust seal, immediately reassuring them they are in the right place. You’ll always want to include a welcome message that references the podcast. Again, this will ensure the listener knows they’re in the right place.
Oftentimes, podcasts are listened to through audio only so you want to include your headshot. This is likely the first time they are seeing a face to go with the voice they just listened to on the episode. Next to your headshot should be your contact information, email and social media accounts, so they know where to reach you.
Arguably, calls to action are the most important part of a welcome page. Contrary to popular belief in digital marketing, our data shows that when it comes to podcasts, audiences respond well to three options. You never know where listeners are on their journey and the goal here is to meet them where they are, not where you are. We call it the three Yeses, a small yes, a Medium Yes, and a BIG YES. These offers will look different for everyone depending on your audience and business. The small offer is a freebie, a small report or guide. Your medium offer is a small investment of either money or time for them, like a free copy of your book. And the big offer costs both you and the reader a time or money investment, like a paid course or phone consultation.
Are Welcome Pages Necessary?
Short answer is no. They aren’t a requirement. If you follow the other steps of doing a good podcast interview on a right fit show and do what is needed to properly promote the episode, you will still see results. Welcome pages are a valuable asset but they account for only one of the primary factors we see when conversions from your podcast interviews are lackluster. But data shows they are an effective way to move passive listeners to active visitors on your website who are self-motivated to take action. They are a great way to turn leads into sales and definitively track your return on investment (ROI) from shows, which is why we always recommend them to our clients.
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| The Gratitude Café
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| Cultivating H.E.R. Space
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The Core Connections Podcast is a show dedicated to bringing you cutting-edge ideas, research + solutions for all things health, fitness and wellness related. Host, Erica Ziel, tackles controversial subjects, challenges the status quo and brings on experts to discuss topics that aren’t talked about enough in women’s health. Her passion for helping women feel their very best each and every day is demonstrated through her determination to educate, empower and inspire women to make the BEST decisions for THEIR bodies!
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| Brilliant Balance
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I’ve helped hundreds of housewives who struggled with similar issues with my proven strategies and a blueprint of step-by-step skills. I am known for helping women step outside of their comfort zones, reignite their marriage, and reclaim their identity. I don’t do Band-Aids, I only teach life-changing healing methods.
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20 Podcasts For Women In Business and Leadership
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| Good Girls Get Rich
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| Beyond the Business Suit
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| Her CEO Journey™
With host Christina Sjahli. Weekly show where my featured guests and I explore the financial and business challenges women face on the entrepreneurial journey to success. You’ll hear them talk about the money side of their businesses in ways you’ve always wanted to know about, but wouldn’t dare ask. They openly share their disappointments, failures, successes, and everything in-between as they grew sales ranging from 6 to 9 figures. Knowing where your business stands financially helps you make critical decisions with confidence. It’s simply the best way to be sure you grow a business that fuels the life you want to live.
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| Go-To Gal
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| The Heart & Hustle
A business and lifestyle podcast for creative entrepreneurs, dreamers, and doers who want to make the most out of their life. Consider us your newest BFF’s who are in your corner (and your ear buds!) giving you practical tools to use in your business and life, while empowering you with some spit fire truths that will ignite you to go get it. Each Tuesday & Thursday’s, Evie McLeod & Lindsey Roman bring you tangible and actionable tips to up level your business and life while giving you some laughs and encouraging you to chase after your God given dreams. We believe you have ONE life to live, and YOU get to choose how you want to live it. Ya ready to run your business like a rockstar and own who you were made to be? Perf. Chat with you there!
| Liz on Biz
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| Glambition® Radio
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| The Jen Marples Show
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| She’s INVINCIBLE
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If someone told you that you had to give a talk in front of 1,000 people tomorrow, how would you feel?
Would you be up all night tossing and turning, scared about saying the wrong thing or maybe scared that you wouldn’t say enough?
One of the biggest fears out there, other than death, is the fear of public speaking.
About 40% of the US population is introverted, meaning they prefer minimal social interaction and gain their energy from being alone. So how do you prepare to give a talk when your nerves get the best of you?
First of all, historically, the most memorable speeches weren’t the ones that went the fastest or had the most words in them. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was around 1,400 words. The Gettysburg Address at 272 words is shorter than most podcast introductions.
So, to nail the podcast, you don’t have to jam your interview full of words and ideas. And you definitely don’t have to speak at light-year speed. In podcasting, less is more.
While you won’t be directly speaking to 1,000 people when you do an interview, you can assume that you will have about 1,000 (maybe many more) listeners over time. There are three major areas, when done well, that will help you establish authority, trust, and genuine connection with your audience – and make it sound like there was never any stage fright in the first place.
3 Ways To Establish Authority With Your Audience and Overcome Podcast Stage Fright
1| Speak to a Person, Not a Podcast Audience
If you’ve taken a phone call, you can do a podcast interview. Yep, it’s that easy. Do you get super nervous when talking to your aunt Dora on the phone? No? Good!
In fact, thinking of the interview like a phone call is the ideal attitude to have about podcast guesting. You want the interview to be as personal as possible. What’s more intimate that a one-on-one call with someone? It should feel like you are overhearing two friends talking at Denny’s.
Have you ever been talked about while you’re in a room? People don’t like to be talked about when they are right beside you. It feels even weirder to not even acknowledge the person in the room that you are talking about. It’s a bit off-putting. But many times, this is how guests address the audience. They talk about them like they aren’t right there listening.
For example, the podcast guest is talking to the host and they say, “Your audience may be interested in my book.” News alert: although the audience isn’t typically there with you live, it feels live for them when they listen to the recording. For the audience, it feels as though they are in the room with you listening. There’s a better way to address them.
Instead, treat it like you are connecting with someone one on one. Use words like “You may like this book.” Rather than saying, “Your audience may be wondering,” say, “You may be wondering how to do this.” Those subtle nuances in language are very beneficial to aiding your stage freight and making the audience feel like they are being talked to, not at.
This also helps with your mind-set that you aren’t talking to a large audience. Using “you” phrases when you address the audience makes it feel as though you’re only talking to one person right in front of you.
Sometimes it’s a bit nerve-racking sitting there waiting for the host to hit record, imagining all the people that you might potentially be talking to. The reality is, you aren’t talking to anyone other than the host. So, keep your conversation focused on that. Keep your statements personal and not geared toward a larger, more general audience. Which brings us to the next point.
2| Make It Personal
When in doubt, use “you.”
Make all of your statements personal. Don’t talk about “them” or “they” or “those people in the world.” Talk to “you.” Using the general “you” directs your message to whomever is listening. That’s what the listeners want to hear.
Remember, when a listener puts the earbuds in their ears to listen to a podcast, the relationship is intimate. It is simply the podcast host, the guest, and the listener. So keep that in mind while you are speaking.
Want to take the personalization to the next level? Say “we,” “us,” or “our”. These pronouns bring the listener and host closer together, making the problems, struggles, and victories being discussed universal.
For example, here is a good line: “Maybe you’re just like me and we both need this to get our podcast interviews out there.”
Remember, talking to the people here and making each statement personal grounds you in the moment. It’s a reminder that what is seemingly a big interview is simply a personal conversation with a friend that is later shared with others. If you think about it this way, the stage fright and the nerves start to subside.
An interview isn’t something that you “don’t know how to do.” An interview is a conversation, and you’ve probably had plenty of those throughout the day of the podcast. You are experienced. You know how to do this.
A personal conversation, not an impersonal blast to the masses, goes a long way.
Reframing the interview this way can give you the confidence you need to overcome stage fright.
3| Slow Down!
Okay, okay, okay. So when we have stage fright, the number one thing we do is speak faster. It doesn’t build authority; rather, it oozes insecurity and the audience will notice. It shows that maybe you have somewhere else to be. Or maybe you just want to get it over and done with. When our voice speeds up, it also starts to waver.
The first thing to understand is that most podcasts are listened to sped up. Most listeners are playing at 1.5x or more normal speed, which makes it extremely hard to hear what you are saying if you are already talking too fast.
Besides, going too fast, racing from point to point, isn’t a good look. In the military, even when you’re late, you walk. Walking embodies more confidence and authority than frantically racing from one meeting to the next.
When you slow down, you also get more vocal awareness and power too.
Speaking faster lets you fit more words into your interview, but more words don’t get you understood. Do you yell to get someone to understand you? Or do you slow down, look people in the eye, and talk slower, softer?
If you think of the movie Dirty Harry, you can probably recall one of Clint Eastwood’s most famous lines: “Go ahead, punk. Make my day.” This line isn’t famous because of the length of his line or because he yells the phrase. The way Clint Eastwood says this line is deeply intentional. This line stands out, not because there are a lot of fancy gestures. It stands out because it’s said slowly, smoothly, and with intention. That’s what gives him the authority in the moment, and that’s what makes this line memorable for all of the viewers. Speaking slower has the power to make what you say more impactful!
Podcasting is different from radio. It is a conversation not bound by a clock, whereas radio is bound by time—limited segments and commercial breaks. So, podcasting allows you to really take your time (radio doesn’t). Sink into each word, sentence, and idea you share. You aren’t hurried by the next commercial break. There is nowhere to go.
When you are talking quickly, it sounds like a pathetic plea, not a conversation with a friend. We don’t use that frantic speed and tone when talking to a friend or family member. Don’t destroy the truth and authority you’ve built throughout a podcast by going fast or panicking at the end. Plus, your rushed speaking will be more pronounced against the podcast host, who likely doesn’t share in your stage freight. Or they at least have more practice in hiding it. Matching your rhythm to theirs will make the interview feel more genuine and natural to the audience.
While these three points won’t directly kick your stage fright to the curb, they will help you hide those fears from your audience. You will sound like a professional and exude confidence. And when we are able to repeatedly show up with an air of authority and ease, the things we once feared—like big speeches—actually become a lot easier.
Don’t let stage fright keep you from being the best guest, the guest you know you can be.
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