25 February 2007
Croziervision’s first podcast: Michael Jennings on sport in Australia

When about a year ago Brian first mooted that he was planning to get into podcasting I thought this was definitely something I should have a go at.  I’d always rather fancied myself as an interviewer.

Why it has taken a year to equip myself with a microphone is another matter but I’ve finally got around to it and my first interviewee/victim was my good friend and fellow Transport Blogger, Michael Jennings talking about sport in Australia.

As a first stab at a podcast (or should that be padcast?) it’s not too bad.  The quality is pretty good, although it could do with a few less thumps and bumps and I need to think a bit about my positioning.  I think Michael sounds very good, but I am a bit too far away from the mic and sitting in front of a rather echoey wall.  These are the sorts of things that you get better at with practice.

As far as the interviewing itself goes, all I can say is that it isn’t as easy as it sounds.  I was lucky in that Michael is a good interviewee who is happy to talk but I may run into trouble with a more taciturn subject.  My intention had been to get Michael talking and say as little as possible myself.  In the end, I still think I said too much.  And there were a few other don’ts to carry over to next time.  Such as:

Don’t laugh
Don’t mumble… or stumble
Don’t go “Uh, huh”
Don’t divert the conversation into irrelevant matters

Actually, the whole mumbling and stumbling business is a bit of an issue.  Until I started recording my own voice I had no idea how much I did it.  It’s amazing I have any friends at all.  It’s certainly something that needs to be addressed pronto.

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  1. Congratulations.  I loved it.  Especially the stuff at the end about Brett Lee learning Hindi and having a pop song in the Indian charts.

    Plus: have the Aussies sorted out their railway gauges, and if so, when?  Maybe (Patrick or Michael) you’d like to answer that on Transport blog.

    By the way, what I like about these amateurish podcast thingies that you (Patrick) and I both now do is how they do fly off at delightful tangents.  I found the stuff on Australian constitutional history very diverting.  And very EU.

    Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 25 February 2007 at 08:06pm

  2. I am actually learning quite a bit about being interviewed from doing this, and I am also finding it quite interesting. I was pleased with this one, in the sense that I managed to stay relaxed. In the las one I was too tense, and you can hear it in my voice. I am not sure if this was because I was sick when I did it or whether it was on a work evening. Possibly doing it on a Saturday (as I did with Patrick yesterday) is best.

    Posted by Michael Jennings on 26 February 2007 at 01:47am

  3. Re mumbling and stumbling, all I can say is that I’ve never noticed it before - and I’m someone who is QUITE impatient with people who mumble and stumble. Put it this way, I’ve never shouted, “For the love of God, ENUNCIATE!” at you, or had the urge to do so.

    Posted by Jackie D on 26 February 2007 at 11:22am

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