About Being on TMWS

Conversation 

We strive to be conversational as opposed to scripted, however, we’ll send some of the topics we plan to cover a few days before your recording. Anecdotes and brief personal examples or stories are great. They come across more relatable than throwing around data and numbers (though those are important too).  Relax and have fun. Because that’s what we’ll be doing. 

Lastly, please be thoughtful about using technical jargon that could confuse someone outside your area of expertise. Our goal is to make these conversations accessible and inclusive regardless of experience level. 

Technology 

We prefer to use Riverside FM to record the show. We’ll provide the Riverside link in the note we send a few days before your recording.  For the interview, you will need to access Riverside from a desktop or laptop computer to ensure the highest quality audio. 

Use a microphone other than your computer’s internal one. Despite how fantastic your computer is, its microphone will produce the lowest quality audio. We want you to sound great so the audience will focus on your words instead of where you’re recording. There are a bunch of options out there, and just about anything will be better than your computer’s built-in microphone. (We like the Audio-Technica ATR2100 since we’ve both used it.)

Make sure to wear headphones. If not, we’ll get a feedback loop. That is, our sound will come out of your speakers and into your mic leading to unhappy audio. 

Prior to our meeting, we encourage you to test your components to ensure they are working and configured correctly. You should be able to do this testing through Skype.    

Location/Conditions

To help generate the best audio quality, please take these steps. 

– Be in a quiet location. 

– Keep your cell phone far away preferably in another room or on airplane mode. 

– Do not have any Bluetooth devices in use such as a keyboard. 

– Close other windows on your computer. 

– Have water or something to drink with you. 

– Avoid tapping or pounding your desk when making points. 

– Be comfortable. 

We want you to shine. 

The episode will be edited so it’s OK to interrupt with a question or something else. Our conversation should last approximately 30-45 minutes. If we think it’ll run longer, we’ll likely stop and check in to make sure you’re good on time. 

Post-Conversation 

Once your episode is released, we’ll send you a link as well as an audio clip and links for sharing on social media. 

If you have any questions prior to or after our recording, please reach out to Amy at [email protected]

We look forward to talking with you soon!