Be a Guest on our Podcast!

Would you like to join the list of awesome guests who have been interviewed on the
Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson?

We are always looking for great stories to share.  It is fun, relaxed, and Greg is super easy to chat with.  Below are the basics for what we need from you to join our guest list.

We put a lot of information on this page. We did that because we want to make sure every guest has the same information. And, as busy as we get sometimes, we don’t want to overlook something that can help our guests have an enjoyable experience on our show. 

Please review the three sections:
● Where to start, ● What we need from you, and ● The interview itself.

Where to start:

STEP 1 – YOU WANT TO BE A GUEST –  Let us know you are interested by sending an email to podcast@urbanfarm.org to tell us a little about you and your topic. 

If you represent someone else, or have a great idea about someone else who should be a guest, that is okay too.  Just tell us about who we would be talking to and what we would be talking about.

STEP 2 – SCHEDULE YOUR INTERVIEW – Once we confirm your topic fits with our show format, we will send you a link to our scheduling program.  This will allow you to select the day then the time that works best for you in your own time zone.

We set up our recorded interviews based on the availability of our recording team.  We try to offer a variety of dates and times to pick from, but if you have a time constraint, let us know and we will let you know when a compatible window opens up in our studio.

What we need from you:

INTERVIEW APPOINTMENT – In the scheduling program you start by selecting your own time zoneWe work in Phoenix, Arizona, and do not have daylight savings time changes, yet our program adjusts automatically to meet your time zone.

Special note: If you are scheduling for someone you represent, we need you to select THEIR time zone and complete the questions as if you were the guest.  You can put your name and contact information in the Alternate Contact section of the scheduling questions.

SCHEDULING QUESTIONS – In the scheduling program we ask a few easy questions to help us stay organized.  We do need your contact information but you can be comfortable knowing that we will not include this in the public information unless you mention it during the interview. This form is actually quite easy and should only take a minute or two to fill out. At the end, there is an option to upload a document and a photo (see next two tabs).

Here are the questions we ask when you are scheduling:

# What TOPIC are we interviewing you about?
        —   A short title or description of what the interview is focusing on

# Name of your farm, company or business (and website if you have one):

# Will you be using SKYPE or a LANDLINE telephone for the interview?

# Skype CONTACT name / Phone Number for interview:
        —   Skype contact name is the one specific to you, not just your name please
        —   Phone number is the actual number we call to interview you

# Where are you located?
        —   City and State, or Region, Country, to help us know where we are calling.

# What is a BACK-UP phone number to call on the day of the interview?
        —   Just in case!

# NAME of person who originally invited you to this interview?
        —   Greg, Janis, friend, or publisher’s name

# Name and contact info of alternate person to contact regarding this appointment?
        —   Who ever does your scheduling, your publisher, etc.

# Are you an author? Please list title(s) of your book(s).
        —   If list is long, you can include it on word document with your bio.

YOUR BIO – In order to introduce you we require a short bio.  Just a few sentences are needed, so if you don’t already have one, don’t stress on making it complicated or long (maximum of 100-150 words please).

We like to tell a little about who you are, any training or education you’ve acquired – especially if it relates to the topic, and a little about your project, farm or garden.  We also would like to know what part of the world you are in so our listeners can get a feel for what kind of climate you experience.

Special note: You can upload a word document when you schedule, or you can send this in an email to me.

YOUR TOPIC QUESTIONS We also need a few topic-related questions or points of interest we can draw from to help direct the interview. You know your story best!  The interview itself is usually very free flowing and easy going and this information helps us talk about the important and interesting stuff in our short interview period.

Note: You can include these with your bio in the same word document you upload when you schedule, or you can send this in an email.

YOUR PHOTO We must have a front view photo of you for our launch page – preferably in a jpeg format.  We can crop it to fit, so something about 200-800 kb is great, and you can see other examples here.  If this interview is with two people we need a single photo with both people standing next to each other.

You can upload a jpeg file when you schedule, or you can send this in an email.

EXTRA PHOTOS (optional) If you have a few pictures of your project or farm, you can email them to us at podcast@urbanfarm.com and please include “PODCAST PHOTOS” and your name in the subject line.

YOUR BOOK TITLE(S) – If you have written any books – especially those related to our core topics – we will include links on our main launch page with our show notes.

The interview itself:

INTERVIEW CALL – This will be Greg calling you on a Skype or landline phone as you selected on the appointment questions.  We may do a test call in the few days prior just to make sure we have the information correct. 

This contact information will NOT be shared unless you include it in the interview.

EQUIPMENTWe respectfully require that you use either a landline phone or a computer for a Skype phone call.

  • LANDLINE phones are the kind that is attached to the wall by a cord.
    • Cell phones will pose problems as they drop calls or have a delay that causes conversation overlap/delay.
    • Cordless handsets often present problems as they tend to have a sound feedback
  • If you are using your computer for a Skype call, you ABSOLUTELY MUST have a headset to avoid sound feedback.
    • The audio portion of the call needs to be direct to your ear so the microphone does not pick it up as background noise and cause an echo.
    • Earbuds for phones will work quite well if you keep the microphone out in front of your face.
  • If a cell phone is your only option
    • YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST have a headset or earbuds to prevent sound feedback,
    • We cannot interview over speaker at all
    • The phone needs to be fully charged

The first two listed are the two preferred options as they prevent sound feedback and provide consistent and clear audio for our microphones.

LOCATION – We will call you, so where you choose to be is entirely up to you.  During this interview you will need to be in a quiet area free from distractions or noise. Minor farm noise is understandable, however, we have noticed the microphones will pick-up background noise. An occasional chicken does not bother us unless they are close by and too loud, the same goes for other farm noises.

TIMEFRAME – The interview generally lasts about 45 minutes, however we have set aside a maximum of 75 minutes to include pre- and post- recording time with you.

Please note: When you select your interview appointment, you are choosing your own time zone.

CONVERSATION – The interview conversation can be described in three parts.

  1. We are interested in your story and how you are related to the topic of the interview; so, the first part is Greg introducing you and giving you a chance to expand your story to show how you got to where you are now.
  2. The next part is the topic-based questions you give us and questions Greg develops from the first part of the conversation.
  3. The last key part is our signature questions that talk about any lesson you’ve learned along the way from failures, your biggest success to date, what drives you to do what you are doing, the book that influenced you the most, and maybe a piece of advice for our listeners.

We wrap up the interview with your contact information and important links, and you are done

We take it from there to create our launch pages on several platforms. We will send you email notification when the launch is going to happen and include links you can use.  All we ask you to do is visit your podcast’s show notes page on our main website as soon as possible to verify the information for accuracy, and then share the links with your contacts.

OUR SIGNATURE QUESTIONS – There are 5 signature questions that we like to ask, and we do this after we have covered the main part of the interview.  Greg is likely to ask any, or all, of them because these answers are important to our over all goal to help educate and inspire our listeners.

  • A Failure – Can you tell us about a time you failed, how you overcame that failure, and what you learned from it?  (We use the word ‘failure’ only because overcoming it and learning from it shows that these things happen to everyone and they don’t have to stop us from achieving our goals.)
  • A Success – What was your biggest success? (We want to know what you are most proud of so far).
  • Your Drive – What drives you? (What is it that really keeps you going?)
  • A Book – What book has been the most influential in your life? Please give us title and the author’s name. (We will add an Amazon link to this book on the show notes page for any listeners that would like to get it themselves)
  • Advice – What is a piece of advice you can give to our listeners? (This can be deep and profound, or incredibly simple – it is up to you.)

One additional item that we would love from you is an article on your topic that we can include in our newsletter.  We love sharing news and articles from our podcast friends.

I will be your liaison before and after the interview. I am here to help in any way that I can.  We hope you join us!

 

Sincerely,
Janis Norton
Podcast Producer, Program Manager
The Urban Farm
podcast@urbanfarm.org