#00 Guest Speaker Guidelines with Johnny Burke
Welcome to Closer To Venus, I’m Johnny Burke, and today I am going to talk about guest speakers, what they need to know, what to expect, and how they collaborate on creating an episode.
- The process starts when a prospective guest speaker is asked to send nothing more than a brief email about why their idea would be a good fit for our podcast.
- If we feel your story is a good fit, the next step is a discovery call, which also serves as an audio soundcheck to make sure your mic and headphones are operating properly with no background noise. This usually takes about 15-20 minutes, where we talk about the process of how an episode takes shape, and how we collaborate on what will hopefully be an impactful experience for the listener.
- Episodes generally consist of about 12 to 14 questions to start with, the run time is about 40-45 minutes. I’ll ask the guest speaker to come up with a handful of questions of what you would ask if you were conducting the interview.
- We try to discourage long-winded answers to questions and suggest a 2-minute limit, which you may have seen employed during debates. The idea is to create a lively dialogue, not a monologue.
- We also ask not to overdo promoting your book, event, or website, as the focus is on sharing your experience with the listeners.
- The focus of the content is on your experiences with the metaphysical, or unseen world, including those you have witnessed as a practitioner or as a first-hand researcher. Not what you have read about in a book, including any religious text; in other words, if you were not there, it does not count.
- Examples of the guest speakers we look for are afterlife/parapsychology researchers, mediums, near-death survivors as well as people who have experienced spiritually transformative events. Topics include past lives, reincarnation, astral travel, Ascension, mediumship, consciousness science, energy healing, the quantum realm, angels, spirit guides, shamanism, ancient civilizations, star beings, or just about anything that Edgar Cayce wrote about.
- How the show is recorded: Closer To Venus is currently a pre-recorded audio-only show, but the cameras are on as it helps to see who we are talking to, we just don’t record the video. You will need either a desktop or laptop( no phones please) and headphones or earbuds (mandatory). External microphones are strongly preferred, as earbuds with built-in mics can sometimes be very noisy.
- Last but not least, we ask that when the episode is published, you post it/ embed the link on your website. We provide episode and transcript links.
- That’s it, if you feel that you are a good fit, then we look forward to hearing from you.