I recently had the opportunity to be interviewed for a podcast about my PhD research. It was an exciting and unique experience, and I wanted to share some thoughts and tips for anyone else who may be in a similar position.
First and foremost, it’s important to prepare thoroughly. This means familiarizing yourself with the podcast’s format and audience, as well as the specific questions or topics that will be covered during the interview. It’s also a good idea to practice answering questions out loud, either with a friend or by recording yourself. This can help you feel more comfortable and confident during the actual interview.
Additionally, it’s crucial to be able to clearly and concisely explain your research in layman’s terms. Remember that the listeners of the podcast may not have a background in your specific field, so it’s important to be able to explain your work in a way that is easily understandable. This means avoiding technical jargon and using examples or analogies to illustrate your points.
During the interview itself, it’s important to stay focused and present. It can be easy to get nervous or distracted, but it’s important to remember that the interviewer is there to help you share your research with a wider audience. Try to stay relaxed and be yourself – authenticity is key.
One final tip is to have fun! Being interviewed for a podcast is a unique opportunity to share your work and insights with a wide audience. Embrace it and enjoy the experience.
Overall, being interviewed for a podcast to share your PhD research can be a rewarding and exciting experience. By preparing thoroughly, being able to explain your work in layman’s terms, staying focused and present during the interview, and having fun, you can make the most of this opportunity and effectively share your research with a wider audience.
About Midlands Music Research Network
I connected with MMRN on Twitter and found the opportunity to be part of their Midlands Music Musings podcast series, currently edited by Nicholas Ong.
“MMRN is an inclusive network, encouraging engagement not just from M4C-funded researchers but those in a self-funded capacity, those within broader music academia, research-based practitioners and more.”
Learn more: https://midsmusicnetwork.wixsite.com/mmrn/about-us
Listen to Midlands Music Musings featuring Madison Miller
The episode is also available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Amazon Podcasts.