One of the great things about online business is the ability work from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an internet connection. So last week Jocelyn and I took the kids to Myrtle Beach, SC to escape the cold weather that was passing through Kentucky.
Jocelyn also had a podcast interview scheduled for one morning while we were on our spur-of-the-moment vacation.
The hotel we stayed at had awesome WiFi, so she interviewed her guest on Skype one morning in the room while I took Isaac and Anna down to the indoor water park.
So the kids and I go down and spend the morning riding slides, floating in the lazy river, and playing on all the kid stuff (see giant submarine above).
The kids were getting hungry, and I knew Jocelyn’s interview was over. So we grabbed our stuff and went back to the room for lunch.
When I opened the door, Jocelyn was sitting on the bed, staring out at the ocean, and looking a little more than frustrated.
I asked what was wrong. Her reply:
“I just did an hour-long podcast interview, and forgot to hit record.”
Not good. Not only did Jocelyn miss a great interview, but she was kind of embarrassed to have to tell her guest they would need to reschedule and do it again.
It is an easy mistake to make, especially when you are out of your element.
When we are working at home, we always record podcasts in the same place in our home (usually the kids’ playroom).
So normally, we just kind of just rely on our routine.
However, when you are living location independent and decide to work from your beachside hotel room, it kind of takes you out of your element.
Ocean waves in the background, sitting on the balcony or just inside looking at the window, it’s so easy to get distracted.
That is what happened to Jocelyn, just when she started the interview she got distracted and forgot to hit record.
A simple mistake that could happen to anyone!
However, we decided to make sure that it never happened again! So we put our heads together and wrote down a procedures list for recording a podcast.
Use this checklist to make sure you don’t miss recording your podcast!
During Podcast Interview:
1. Make sure Pamela Call Recorder is open before your calling software!
We always open the call recorder before Skype to make sure that it is ready to go.
We use Pamela Skype Recorder. It is an amazing piece of software that gives you perfect, crystal clear recordings of Skype calls. We have used a couple other call recorders, but none of them are as good as Pamela. If you are looking for a software to record your Skype calls, check out Pamela here.
2. Open Skype
We use Skype to conduct our interviews. Skype to Skype is free, but you have to pay a small fee (a few dollars a month) to be able to call phones. 90% of our podcasts are recorded from Skype to cell phone (and the quality is amazing).
You can download Skype for free and get signed up for making Skype/phone calls (seriously, its the best way to record a podcast interview)
3. Click the phone icon, type in the phone number, click the phone icon to send.
4. Click back over to Pamela. A pop-up box will ask you if you want to record, click yes.
*If the box is not up, just hit the record button in PAMELA.
5. Make sure the timer is moving in the upper right-hand corner of the Pamela window.
6. Monitor during the call, and make sure the timer is always moving!
After The Interview…
1. Check audio after you hang up the call.
In the Pamela window, be sure to click on the file and hit play to take a listen to the call.
2. Make a copy of the file and save it to the cloud!
- Right-click and “Open Recording Folder.”
- Copy the file.
- Paste it into a cloud service to make sure you don’t lose the recording.
- (You can also move the file to another folder on your computer if you want)
We recommend using cloud storage for your audio files and keeping a backup on your computer.
If you follow these steps every time you record a podcast interview, you will never miss the recording or lose the file again!
(And neither will we! 😀 )
Have you ever forgot to hit record during an interview? Missed an interview on your schedule?
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