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Digital Health Today

Our mission is to serve our audience with great content and interesting insights, and a key way we do that is by helping leaders and innovators share their stories.  We are accountable to both our audience and our guests to maximize their investment of time engaging with our show, and we take that responsibility very seriously.

For your episode on Digital Health Today, we want to make sure you sound great so listeners can focus on your message – which is something you want too!  Don't worry: recording a podcast can be pretty straightforward – like making a phone call – but like everything that involves technology, there are a few key things to keep in mind to help things go smoothly.

We've summarized our tips here.  Please take a few minutes to read this page completely, and let us know if you have any questions.

NOTE: We have recommended microphones below.  If you don't already have a audio headset or podcast microphone, be sure to make a small investment in your episode by picking one upIf the audio quality sounds like it is being compromised, we will ask to reschedule the call.

If you already have one, or you'd just like to test the audio quality of a new one before the interview, we're happy to arrange that too.

Thanks for your interest in supporting Digital Health Today!

What Equipment Do I Need?

The bare necessities:

Laptop with Internet

A wired internet connection is best, but if you use Wi-Fi, please ensure you’re in a place with good service.

Zencastr for Podcasting

Call Software

All you need to do is connect your microphone, and then open the link we provide in a modern browser (i.e. Chrome or Firefox). There is nothing to download and your audio is recorded locally before being uploaded at the end of the recording.

A Wired Microphone and Headset

This is r-e-a-l-l-y important! We have some ideas for you on this one.

What are some good options for microphones?

If you don’t have a mic already, here are three that will help ensure the best sound quality, and they can be used for all your computer-based calls. Two are very portable and all of them sound great, and are compatible with both Mac and PC laptops.

Good

Sennheiser PC 8 USB

This one is only about $30 and also works really well.

Better

Plantronics Blackwire C720 M

About $100, this mic was introduced to me by Jack Barrette from Wego Health, and he sounded terrific!

Best

Blue Yeti USB Microphone w/Studio Headphones and Knox Pop Filter

Blue Yeti USB Microphone

This is an excellent microphone! The kit as shown is about $150 in the US, but in the UK the parts are sold separately.

*These links are Amazon affiliate links, so if you use them to purchase, we will receive a small (very small!) commission at no additional charge to you.


Can I use my earbuds?

Well, uh, technically speaking, you could..but… …after some poor quality recordings, we don't allow them anymore on this show.  An important part of our job is to make sure our listeners have a great experience with your episode, and that they stick around for the whole thing.  A key part of that is making sure you sound great!

There are lots of microphones that require only a small investment, and they will help ensure the audio quality of our conversation.  You don’t need to own a fancy one, and, in a pinch, we can try to get by with earbuds or another mic you already own – but please know: usually earbuds just don't cut it and, if the sound quality isn't good, we will need to reschedule the call.  Our advice is to pick up a good microphone/headset for somewhere between $30-$150 – you'll sound great and will certainly find more uses for it!

 

Earbuds Pro: Availability

Earbuds are delivered along with nearly every smartphone, so if you have smartphone (er, of course you do), you have something that can work.

Earbuds Con: Audio Quality

Earbuds pick up a lot of background noise, and can capture noise when you move or the mic rubs against your collar, shirt or chin – even with minimal movement.  This creates noise on the recording that can't be removed. The mics we recommend have noise cancelling, which reduces background noise and helps you sound great so listeners can focus on your message.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the interview conducted?

We usually use Zencastr recording software, which doesn't require that you download anything.  In some instances we may use Skype, Zoom or Facetime – all with audio-only.

When will it air?

We normally record 1-2 months ahead of release, and we are happy to schedule releases to coincide with other activities or announcements you may have.

Is the interview live?

No, our interviews are pre-recorded and edited before airing.

What does it cost?

Nada. Zip. Zilch. We feature leading innovators and don’t charge to be on the Digital Health Today program. We cover our costs through the support of of our sponsors and partners. We welcome new sponsors if you’d like to become one, and introductions if you feel led to make them, but that is not a requirement.

How long is the interview?

We normally schedule a 40-50 minute block of time to conduct the interview, and edit the overall podcast to about 30-40 minutes.

Ok, feeling good with the information so far?

Great! Now, read on for some Pro tips to take it to another level!

Don’t use a swivel chair

It’s best to use a chair with four legs, not a swivel chair. Swivel chairs can make sounds that are impossible to remove in post-production. Use a comfortable chair with four legs instead.

Turn off your cell phone!

Or, at least put it on silent, but put it somewhere where the vibration won’t be picked up on the call (i.e. not on the desk next to the microphone).

Trim the echo

Rooms with lots of tile and glass can create echoes during the recording, making you sound distant.  Choose to record in a room with carpets, curtains, and soft furnishings. Some people choose to record in the comfort of home!

Close the windows and doors

Avoid interruptions and ‘BBC moments’ by keeping windows and doors closed –and maybe even locked!

Remember microphones are sensitive!

They pick up more sounds than you may think. Tapping on a keyboard, drumming the desk…even carefully moving papers or clicking pens can (and do!) get picked up on the recording. Even with post-processing, they can’t be removed if they are recorded at the same time as your voice.

Pour yourself a drink – but probably not the kind you’re thinking about!

Professional newscasters and radio personalities choose apple juice to keep their mouths hydrated and voices lubricated. Who knew, right?  Coffee and water can dry out your mouth and produce more clicks and sounds when you speak, so top up on these after the call.

Smile!

We don’t use video, but your smile helps put the energy into your voice that people will hear when they tune into your episode. We know, it sounds silly, but it’s true!

What are the six ‘Lightning Round’ Questions?

What is a saying, quote or phrase that motivates you?

We also use this for social media posts about your episode.

What's a piece of advice you have for others working to innovate in healthcare?

Something you wish you knew earlier? A common mistake you've seen made (or made yourself)?  A lesson you learned as a child?  Try to avoid answers like ‘stick with it' and ‘things take longer than you think'….our listeners know that sort of thing.

What book do you recommend to our listeners and why?

Of course, we love business books, but your recommendation doesn't have to be one.  Let us know what you enjoyed reading and why.

What’s a piece of technology (besides your smartphone) that you recommend our listeners check out? (This can be anything from low tech to high tech. Have you discovered a great app? Coffee maker? Running app? Child’s toy? Travel website? Let us know!)

If I gave you a check for $5 million for you to invest in health technology today, how or where would you invest it?

This can be a company, type of tech, market, purpose, person, organization, etc – it’s your money!

We make a contribution to a charity in appreciation of your time on the show – what charity have you selected and can you tell us a little about what they do?

This is our way of giving back and raising awareness about a cause you’re passionate about. It doesn’t have to be health related – choose a cause that is meaningful, and let’s raise awareness about what they do!  We make a small donation and include the charity in social media posts about your episode.

How can I share my episode?

We would love your help in spreading the word about your episode when it goes live. Typically, we send about a dozen tweets over the course of a week or two, complete with some photos and tagging you and your episode in them.

Please share, email, re-Tweet, and post your episode to your colleagues, organizations, and followers. We will tag you in a few tweets, so, for maximum impact, please like, re-Tweet, and post on your channels.

When your episode goes live,
we will send you an email with:

  • a short link to your episode (one that is easy to remember)
  • some suggested tweets
  • an image to share
  • and a few Twitter handles to include (@dhealthtoday and @healthtechdan)

Plus, every episode has sharing icons on the show notes pages, so you can share across your networks.

Have someone you'd like to recommend for the podcast?

We're always on the lookout for great innovators and leaders who can share insights and knowledge with our global audience. Let's get started!

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