Preparing for Your Engaging Missions Interview

I'm really looking forward to our interview. The tips below will help us prepare to have the best quality audio when you share your stories of God's faithfulness. Here are some general tips that will apply regardless of how we're connecting. I have some more specific tips for computers and mobile devices further down.

  1. Go somewhere quiet. If you can hear noise, it will probably end up in the recording.
  2. Try to stay still. You don't need to be a statue, but you'd be surprised what sounds can come through.
  3. Get your stuff. Have some water and any reference materials or notes handy.
  4. Smile. People can hear it in your voice.
  5. Breathe. Don't stress. This is about connecting with our audience and showcasing God in and through your stories.
  6. Pace Yourself. You don't need to speak slowly but don't try to rush either. I find that focusing on enunciation helps me to speak at an appropriate pace.
  7. Don't worry if something goes wrong. Let's have some fun. These interviews are edited before publication so we can always fix something here and there.

Tips When Using a Computer

  • Restart your computer.
  • Stay about 4-6 inches (10-15 cm) from your microphone.
  • Use headphones if possible.
  • If possible, use a wired network connection instead of WiFi.
  • Turn off notifications or set to Do Not Disturb (DND).
  • Close any programs or browser windows you don't need (especially DropBox, Google Drive or automatic backup software).
  • Use an external microphone if possible.
  • Turn off your mobile phone or keep it away from your computer.

Tips for a Phone or Mobile Device

  • Don't use speakerphone.
  • Stay about 4-6 inches (10-15 cm) from your microphone.
  • Use headphones if possible.
  • Turn off notifications or set to Do Not Disturb (DND).
  • Close anything you don't need.

Let's Do This!!!

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