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How to Become The Ideal Podcast Guest For Every Podcast In Your Niche with Juliet H

How to Become The Ideal Podcast Guest For Every Podcast In Your Niche

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How are you doing in podcasting as a guest, host, or both?

There’s a specific method to becoming every podcast host’s favorite guest! In this blog post, Juliet Hahn dives deep into the art of storytelling from the perspective of articulating your narrative effectively to fit the expectations of podcast hosts and their guests. Whether a 30-minute interview or an hour-long conversation, Juliet will explain how to tailor your story for different podcast formats and timeframes. Get ready to gain valuable insights and practical tips to become the ideal podcast guest and become every host’s favorite guest who connects deeply with the audience!

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This post is about articulating your story for podcasting. Stories connect us, and stories connect us deeper to individuals. They feel they know us a little more when they hear something about us. More. They want to know a little bit more about us or feel a little deeper connected.

So, I will give you guys some points that I want you to think about in your story and then some examples of where that looks and what that can look like. So there are memories. We have memories that are memory feelings, and then we also have visual memories. So, if you think about times in your life, and I want you to think about this, I want you to meditate or sit in a quiet space. However, it works for you. I have to walk my dogs.

Daydreaming to Become the Ideal Podcast Guest

I cannot sit still and daydream. So you go out and find a suitable space for you. You could be sitting at a beach, you could be taking a shower, you could be driving the car, but pay attention, but places that you’re allowed that your mind can kind of wander. And I want you to think about times when trauma could occur. So be prepared for where you are, but think, okay.

And then, if you have those feelings but can’t get a visual for them, try to explore them. Try to explore where that is and then where it is. If there was an experience that maybe has shaped you into kind of the path that you’re going to now, the pivots that you’ve taken in life, was there something in your childhood, something in your adolescence, something in your early teens and 20s that was a significant time in your life, but you do not think it’s really that important? What you don’t realize is those times when you can articulate that and talk about it. People will feel the passion and then feel where those dots are connected.

Story About One of My Prior Guests

So, for instance, there was someone who was on my podcast, and she wanted to be an entrepreneur. She said she always wanted to be an entrepreneur her whole life. And I found that interesting because she had already expressed that there were no entrepreneurs in her life. She never really saw it. She just always wanted to.

I was like, did you read about it somewhere? Did you learn about it in school? Because I wanted to connect the dots of how this happened. She said no. And then suddenly, as we were talking, she stopped me and said, oh my gosh, wait.

My Recall of a Long-Past Memory

I just had a memory. And it was my dad who had a store for about four years. He was a professor by profession, but he had this store for a little stint. She said she was four or five, and he had a store with the neighbor. So they used to have dinners where they would get together with the neighbors and the kids, and it was like this enjoyable time.

And she’s like, I haven’t thought about this in forever. I said, okay, take me through this a little bit more. As she was talking about it and getting these memories back, you could feel the excitement. Time and time again, other listeners listen to this episode and say that it was the coolest thing because we were invested in her story because of feeling the energy, seeing the energy, that she was unfolding this. So I asked her.

I said, okay, was there the man that walked through the door as a professor, your father? Was there a different energy of the man who walked through as the entrepreneur? And she said, oh, my gosh, I’ve been chasing that feeling 100%. My dad liked being a professor, and it was fun for him, but when he was the store owner, there was this energy. There was this excitement.

My Challenge To You: Take Steps to Become the Ideal Podcast Guest

There I was, daydreaming. My mom and he used to dance and talk about it. There was this dream that she was chasing. She became an entrepreneur and left the Fortune 500 life in her previous job, but that’s what it was. And she said I’d never thought about that.

So those are the things that I challenge you to do because when you do those, you come up with stuff that will connect deeper with audiences. When you’re on a podcast, whether you’re on a podcast for 30 minutes to an hour, these little parts of your life are the parts that are going to deeply connect with the audiences more than really what you’re selling or what you’re sharing.

Getting To The Energy

It’s about those parts of your life that you don’t realize that you are kind of there’s a little bit of an energy that comes up. The way that you talk, the way that you stand, that, again, a listener, an audience is going to be like, wait, I want to know more about that person. So that is the first thing I want you to do.

“It’s about those parts of your life that you don’t realize that you are kind of there’s a little bit of an energy that comes up. The way that you talk, the way that you stand, that, again, a listener, an audience is going to be like, wait, I want to know more about that person.” – Juliet Hahn

I want to challenge you to go and find that place to daydream, think about those times, and then think about the times in your life where maybe you’ve pivoted, or you’ve been in a rut, or things are great, and kind of try to tie those backs. A couple of ways you can practice this is to pull your iPhone up and record yourself talking about those, so you can go back and listen and ask family members or friends about those kinds. Of times in your life, especially someone that’s you, don’t look back. You don’t know about when you were a kid because you don’t think about it. You had a good life but didn’t think of anything significant.

Connecting The Dots

Those are the things that I want you to think about and pull out. So when you’re doing that, the dots start to connect because you’re like, okay, well, oh my gosh, that did happen, and I didn’t even think about that later in life. I did Pivot, which had to do with that time. Again, those are the things you will want to express because you will connect deeper with the audience and the listeners. I also want you to think about how you talk about it.

Write It Down

So, some people need to write things down. They need to have bullets. Other people, if they have bullets, they get distracted. So it would be best if you thought about how you work best. Is it that you have bullets so you can touch on those parts?

Even if the podcast guest, the podcast host, doesn’t ask you those questions. This is like if you’re a listener now if you’re also a podcast host, adding little parts of your story will also connect deeper. So, like, if you have a guest on and something is brought up, you can bring up a personal experience of yourself because, again, it’s going to give a little insight to the people who are listening, and they’re going to want to know a little bit more about you. They’re going to want to connect a little deeper with you. So, if you’re on a podcast and the interviewer doesn’t ask, the host doesn’t ask a specific question.

But you know, it’s an important part of your life. It’s vital to entwine that in your story without making it weird. So, if the host didn’t ask you a question, you can’t just bring something up that doesn’t have any significance to it because then you’re not going to connect with the audience. It’s going to be weird and not natural. And that’s where people, again, are going to connect deeper.

When you’re natural, and you’re talking with passion and flow, people connect. Now, some people tell their story in a circle, depending on how your brain works. So it’s also good to think about how your brain works. Are you more of a beginning-to-the-end person or an end-to-the-beginning person? Are you more comfortable starting in the middle of your story and then wrapping it together?

Become the Ideal Podcast Guest Sometimes Means Being Uncomfortable

Or are you someone who can go from different parts and then tie it all together, and there’s always the ending kind of result of your story? So again, I want you to dive a little bit deeper into who you are, how your mind works, and how it is best because you want to be the most authentic. When you’re authentic again, you’re going to connect deeper. So when you’re on different podcasts, if you have a 30-minute podcast or an hour podcast, it is important to know who the audience is and what parts of your stories are the critical parts that you want to bring out. Sometimes, it’s good that you can just kind of the beginning of your life. You can kind of flow over it.

But there are those three key points that you want to mention. If the host asks you questions about it, you can elaborate more. But you know that the end is where you want to get the end part of your life. What you’re doing now, especially if you have something you’re selling, a product, a service, an entrepreneur, a small business, and you want to talk about that part. But hitting a podcast and selling is not going to connect.

Go Deeper For a Stronger Connection

It’s about the stories that are deeper and going to connect. When someone hears a passionate story, whether there are significant parts of the story or it’s just the person knows how to articulate, it is really when you, a listener, are going to be like, wait a second, I want to know more about this person. And then it is like, oh, they’re doing this, they’re doing that. Now, I feel connected. I want to know more. I want to follow them. And now, I want to listen to other podcasts they are on.

“When someone hears a passionate story, whether there are significant parts of the story or it’s just the person knows how to articulate, it is really when you, a listener, are going to be like, wait a second, I want to know more about this person. And then it is like, oh, they’re doing this, they’re doing that. Now, I feel connected. Now I want to know more.” – Juliet Hahn

I want to be in their community because you’re connected through their stories. So again, I want you to take a couple of little points: find that space to go back and think about your story. As you think about your story, think about the feelings and dive into those.

It Could Be Tricky

It could be tricky because you might have had some trauma but think about where that trauma is today and what lesson you learned in that trauma that will help you connect the dots, tie things together, and connect with more people. If there’s nothing, right? Again, even if you think that there’s nothing essential or, like, my story is insignificant, it’s not that big of a deal, that’s not true. Everyone has a story and something significant to share that will connect deeper. It’s just the way you articulate it.

“Everyone has a story and something significant to share that will connect deeper. It’s just the way you articulate it.” – Juliet Hahn

So, dive in again to your life. Think about that. Think about times, practice, right, practice on your phone, practice with a friend, if that’s how you’re going to be able to learn how you flow, how you articulate, where you’re comfortable, where you’re not comfortable, where you need to kind of practice a little bit more.

Thnk About That

The other thing is when you start going on a podcast, or if you’re a podcast host, you need to think about the little pieces of your story that maybe someone’s not going to ask you, but you know, are essential because they are what shaped you. And it could be just one sentence. Figure that sentence out where you know you’ll be able to tie it into your story at all times.

It’s always the things that you approach 30 30-minute podcasts is going to be a little different because you’re not going to be able to elongate all the parts that you think but need to practice on. Okay, I’m touching on three things at the beginning of my life. I’m touching on three things here in the middle of my life, and now I’m touching on where I want to go, the product, the service, and something you want to sell. So those are the things that are important for you to think about: how excitable you get when you tell your story, how authentic you are when you tell your story. Those are the things that are going to connect with listeners and audiences deeply.

Getting Comfortable Leads to Becoming the Ideal Podcast Guest

The more you’re comfortable, the quicker you become the ideal podcast guest. So if you have to have bullet points, or if you’re someone, bullet points distract you, and then you get off kilter. And it’s just better that you practice because the more I know it isn’t very pleasant, but the more you practice, the better you are; and the quicker you will become the ideal podcast guest. And it’s anything in life, trust me, I am someone that is like, you know what I’m great doing the first time. I usually nail it. I do for some things, but it’s because I’ve also practiced them throughout the years, so it’s not always the first take.

If I think about it, it’s okay. I’ve been doing this for years. I’m just really comfortable with it because I’ve practiced. So figuring out how you work best, whether you need bullets, whether you need again, nothing if it’s just practicing on people on your phone so you can listen, oh, wait, you know what? I sound a little dead there. I need to stir things up there, or, oh my gosh.

What I Didn’t Realize

What I didn’t realize was how excited I got when I talked about what I learned from that college professor, my first year of college, and how much that shaped me into where I am today, what I did, and where I pivot again. I had this experience in elementary school that I didn’t realize was a scar. But now I see why it happens because then I see my journey throughout my life. So those are the things that I want, and I’m challenging you to think about and do again. I walk.

That’s where I daydream the best. I cannot sit. If I sit, I think of laundry and other things I don’t want to consider. So I need to move. That’s the way I do my best daydreaming.

Conclusion: Begin Become the Ideal Podcast Guest

Find that space, do it safely, and then make sure you know how you’re articulating and how much time you have on a podcast. What critical things will dig deeper and connect deeper with those audiences? And it doesn’t have to be about what you’re selling, what you’re sharing. Books, products, services, small businesses. It’s really about your story that is going to connect deeper.


About Juliet Hahn

Juliet Hahn is a storyteller, consultant, keynote speaker and content creator. Her mission in life is to give other people a stage to share their stories. She believes deeply that everyone has a story and we all can learn from each other. We just need to listen. Juliet helps her clients be able to articulate their stories. She helps connect the dots so they can share and connect with more people.

Your Next Stop Podcast and YNS Live highlights people who have followed a purpose/passion and made it into a career. These shows are inspiring and will get you thinking! YNS live with NFL Thread a series within YNS Live dives deep to understand who NFL women are and what motivates them. YNS Live chips away at the perception of NFL women and showcases their talents, initiatives and missions. PIVOT dives into the players & spouses as they share transition out of the league. Through these conversations, Juliet guides people to explore their past in order to connect the dots to their own story. Everyone has a story and it is through sharing, active listening (and sometimes laughing) that people connect and learn from one another.


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