Podcast Prompts
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Podcast Prompts

The ultimate directory of podcast interview prompts and questions for busy podcast hosts

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WHY THIS SITE EXISTS

Hi, I’m KP. As a podcast host, when you are preparing your questions for the interview, often times you may hit a writer’s block and can’t come up with any interesting questions. This happens to me all the time while preparing for my pod: Build In Public Podcast. So I decided to build a quick cheatsheet that can act as a handy aid/tool to unblock you and inspire some interesting questions/ prompts for your interview so your conversation flows smoothly.

THE QUESTIONS:

  1. What is something that you do easily that you are puzzled why others are bad at?
  2. What is your favorite 6 - 12 months period of your career?
  3. What is the best purchase you made that’s $100 or less?
  4. If you could have dinner with any 3 people dead or alive who would it be and why?
  5. If you could have a billboard with anything - what would you write on it and why?
  6. What’s a recent example where you broke a rule as a founder or a myth and feel pretty proud of it?
  7. What is the greatest risk you believe you’ve taken?
  8. What’s super old about your niche/domain that won’t change in your view? What’s super new that will stay for a reasonably long time?
  9. If you could be known to everyone by one identity… which one would you pick?
  10. If you could interview a famous person who’s not alive anymore — who would you pick? And why?
  11. What's something you're spending more time on than usual these days?
  12. How would your parents describe what you do for a living?
  13. If you could do college all over again, what would you do differently?”
  14. What are your top 3 books of all time?
  15. What’s something that other people may over-value that you don’t?
  16. What’s something new you’ve tried recently that you haven’t shared publicly yet?
  17. What’s an idea/space/company you passed on that you wish you hadn’t, and why?
  18. What activity feels like fun like a video game but could be work for others?
  19. What is a one-tweet worth of advice would you give your 18 year old self about life?
  20. Who has been a childhood role model for you that made an outsized impact on you becoming who you are today? As in who would you like to give a public thank you to?
  21. What’s the best experiment and the worst experiment you ran in recent times?
  22. If you had a chance to attend college now, are there classes you would like to take?
  23. What’s the number 1 takeaway from your current worldview that you wish people listening to absorb?
  24. What was a rather unpleasant or a screwed up moment recently for you? Imagine that and share with us what was your bounce back routine after your worst moment?
  25. In your own words, what does the phrase [insert phrase related to your topic, niche, audience] mean to you?
  26. When was the last time you faced two really compelling hard choices? And why did you make the final choice?
  27. If you had the budget and were forced to acquire another business, what would you acquire?
  28. If someone new had to run your business for a year without you, what would be the first 3 things you'd teach them to do?
  29. If you had to automate or outsource one thing you do manually in your business, what would it be?
  30. What would be the best testimonial you could ever get about your product or service and who would it be from?
  31. What is something most people think is important but you skipped entirely in your career/ journey?
  32. What’s something important to your daily routine now you wish you started sooner?
  33. What specific methods or techniques have led to building your most valuable business relationships?
  34. What’s one thing you believe you did that’s radically different from your peers 5 years ago?
  35. What are some of the biggest stressors for you right now in your journey? How can I prepare for them earlier?
  36. What’s one thing you changed your mind about recently?
  37. What’s one thing you believed 5 years ago that you had to unlearn the hard way to get to where you are now?
  38. What’s one thing you ignored early on but you came around to it because it became super important?
  39. What is the best advice you’ve ever received and how have you implemented it into your life?
  40. What is something you’ve read that has really lifted you on your journey and what kind of impact did it make
  41. If you could write down one question on your bedside and have the answer tomorrow morning, what would that be?
  42. What is the one activity or person that makes you happiest in the world?
  43. What does the hero of your story want?
  44. If you had a time machine, where and when would you travel to?
  45. What is the most important decision you’ve made and why?
  46. In your opinion, what advice seems obviously right, is relatively easy to follow, and is usually ignored?
  47. Have you ever replaced a bad habit with a good one? If so, what did you do?
  48. What nascent behavior today will go mainstream 3-5 years from now?
  49. What's a contentious point of debate in your field that would surprise an outsider like me? (David Perell)

Note: This list will be updated periodically, so stay tuned for more interesting / insightful questions that will be added soon.

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Created with love ❤️ by KP

Special credit to tons of amazing creators like Dickie Bush, Josh Spector, Danny Miranda, James Clear whose work has inspired these questions.