Whether it’s your favorite podcast topic, a recounting of your greatest life failure, or the one episode where you allowed all of your emotions to come crashing to the surface for your first-ever audience, no guest experience is completely risk-free. That’s because an emotional guest can throw off even the most seasoned broadcasters. You see, while most guests are happy to talk about their experiences and hobbies on a podcast, others may not have so many similar topics in common with you. If they become anxious or start crying as they recall a painful memory or painful moment in their life, this could cause them to overreact and act out inappropriately during their interview. This could be as minor as responding defensively after you ask a softball question or as major as abruptly ending the interview mid-sentence when you bring up something they find traumatic. However if you listen carefully enough and are committed enough to understanding what’s going on with your guest rather than brushing it off as ‘just nerves’, you should be able to prevent such situations from arising and handle them effectively instead.

Why it’s important to know how to handle emotions on your podcast

Emotions are an unavoidable part of life. Whether we’re happy or sad, excited or nervous, we experience a wide array of emotions every day. When it comes to the public speaking realm, this is especially true for podcasters and broadcasters. A podcast can be one of the most intimate experiences in which you share your thoughts on a particular subject with an audience. You want that audience to feel comfortable enough with you so that they open up and talk about themselves without fear of judgement or rejection. However, some guests may not have similar interests or preferences with you and if they become uncomfortable during their interview, it could lead to them overreacting and acting out inappropriately during their interview. For many people, this is a traumatic moment in their lives where they have to re-live a painful memory that they would rather forget. Not only does it make for an awful listening experience, but it also creates a huge obstacle for those who are trying to grow their podcast into something more than just an online hobby by getting more listeners and gaining more traction in the industry. If you’re able to handle difficult guests effectively, your podcast will have an easier time attracting new listeners as well as growing its popularity amongst existing subscribers.

How to tell if your guest is getting emotional

If your guest starts to become emotional, they might start to lose track of their speaking voice, making it difficult for you to understand them. They might also start telling a story over and over again or not answer your questions. When you suspect that your guest is becoming emotional, try asking them if they’re okay. If they seem to be getting stuck on one point or are struggling with their words, try asking them if they can slow down or take a break from the conversation. They may like you to take control of the conversation by saying something like “I’ll take a quick break” or “I think we should take a break here so that we can wrap everything up”. Sometimes, just taking a break is enough to calm them down and get them back on track with their words when they’re ready. Additionally, if you feel that your guest is becoming frustrated with you because you don’t have any solutions for whatever issue they’re discussing, try apologizing for what happened in the past and addressing how this could have been handled differently in the future. This will help make them more receptive towards the future of your podcast going forward and let off some steam while doing it!

What to do if your guest starts to get emotional

1) When the guest starts to get emotional hold the space for them.

2) Ask if they are able to continue with the interview.

3) If they say they’re alright and want to continue, ask what you can do for them as a host.

4) If they say they want to stop, thank them for their time and apologize if needed.

How to prevent your guest from getting emotional

The most important thing you can do is to acknowledge your guest’s emotions as they happen. If they become emotional while talking, let them know that you understand what they’re going through. After all, it’s not polite to ignore a person’s emotions just because they’re on the other end of a microphone. In addition to this, there are a few things you can do to help prevent your guest from getting too emotional during their interview. The first step is limiting how much time you spend with your guest before the show takes place. This way, if your guest goes into an anxious meltdown in the green room or backstage area, it won’t be such a big deal. Another way to help prevent your guest from getting too nervous and uncomfortable during the podcast is by being prepared for anything. If your host’s favorite episode topic is embarrassing moments in their life, ask them about them beforehand so they can prepare their own questions. If they’ve always wanted to talk about something but never had someone willing to listen or give them feedback, now might be their chance! Another good example of this would be asking guests who are grieving about how much time has passed since their loved one died so that you can assess how best to handle any difficult topics during the interview without pushing them too hard. It’s also important not to rush through a conversation because if you get impatient and start hurrying things along with guests who are sensitive topics for them rather than giving them space and time, it

The take-home message

In order to make sure your podcast is running smoothly, it’s important to know how to handle emotions that might arise. First, it’s important to be aware of your guests’ emotional triggers and what type of emotions they might be feeling. For example, if your guest is a man who is about to get married, you should avoid asking a lot of questions about what the wedding plans will be like. Second, it’s important to take care of your guests. If they are getting emotional or their tone has become too heated, step in and offer them a break or something to drink. If you have to cut the episode short, make sure you have an email address or contact number for them that they can contact you on.

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