7 Reasons Why You Should Record an Interview at TBEX North America


Chris Ducker of and Shawn Smith of, recording a Mobile Pro interview at FinCon Expo Conference.
Chris Ducker of and Shawn Smith of, recording a Mobile Pro interview at FinCon Expo Conference.

Have you ever wanted to be able to record a quick interview on your iPhone at a conference like TBEX? I have…for years.Can you imagine…recording 10-12 podcast interviews, all in-person, with key leaders and colleagues in your niche? How about recording and banking all of that content for a future Audio Blog or Podcast in less than 3 days. Wouldn’t that be smart!What if through these in-person interviews, you were offered:

  • Several Joint Venture opportunities
  • Five offers to become affiliates for your product
  • Four offers to be a guest on podcasts
  • Two offers to be a guest on webinars
  • A potential speaking engagement
  • An offer to write a guest blog post for a world-class conference in your niche

Wouldn’t that be incredible? Well…it was for me, and that is what happened to me in August at the second annual Podcast Movement Conference in Dallas, Texas. But here’s the crazy part: This is the 5th time in the past year opportunities like this happened at a business conference – all because I had a pro-quality, mobile recording setup with me at the event.Some of the best interviews happen spontaneously – in the hallways at the events.

Me:      “Do you have a few min’s for a quick interview?”
Guest:  “Sure, how about now?”
Me:      “Perfect! There’s an empty table over there…” 
Five minutes later, and we’re recording!

(To hear audio clips recorded on my iPhone with Lou Mongello, Chris Ducker, both speakers here at TBEX, and others, go here)

Attending conferences has helped me network, and connect with key people in my niche more than any other step in building my online platform.

Recording these in-person interviews on my iPhone at events have led to more business opportunities, and more sales, than anything else I’ve done. And they can do the same for you too.

Lou Mongello from WDW Radio, Jared Easley from Starve the Doubts and Founder of Podcast Movement Conference, and Shawn Smith, The Mobile Pro at #PM14.
Lou Mongello from WDW Radio, Jared Easley from Starve the Doubts and Founder of Podcast Movement Conference, and Shawn Smith, The Mobile Pro at #PM14.

Here are my 7 reasons why YOU should record an interview on your iPhone here at TBEX this week (even if you don’t have a podcast).

  1. Record 10-15 interviews in 3 days – Yep, in 2-3 days, you can easily knock out a dozen, 20-30 minute interviews, and still attend your key sessions. That’s two to three months of high-quality, high-value, weekly content you can bank for an audio blog post or podcast episode.
  2. Secure on-the-spot interviews –  Only at an event can you snag hallway interviews with Keynote Speakers, Session Leaders, Event Organizers, and colleagues in your niche – many that you might not get by phone or Skype. And again, the audio quality will be much better.
  3. People will remember your name – Hosting an in-person interview creates a much stronger bond than a business card swap. When you meet for 20-30 min’s face-to-face, and you shamelessly promote your guest and their latest project during the interview, and then again on your Audio Blog or Podcast, they will remember you. Plus, here’s your opportunity to give back to others who have blessed you, by promoting them.
  4. You have a digital recorder in your pocket – If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you already have a pro-quality recording studio! No need for lots of expensive, complicated recording equipment – and no extra batteries, cables, and chargers, like with a digital recorder. (Android users can record with their internal mic and the Auphonic App – it’s free in the Google Play store.)
  5. Cheap mobile microphoness – Just this past year, a bunch of tiny, lightweight, simple, cheap, pro-quality mics have been released and are available NOW (i.e. Use the ATR2100 ($60) for noisy locations, and the Zoom iQ5 ($99) for quiet spaces and to record interesting background sounds. I keep these two mics in my backpack all the time. They set up in 1 minute.
  6. Cheap apps – There’s a ton of simple-to-use, cheap, but pro-quality apps that you can download and start using NOW. BossJock Studio iOS App ($10) is my go-to favorite. These apps have auto-gain control, and auto-limiting built right in, so you and your guest will sound great every time.
  7. Your readers and audience love road trips – Take them with you when you’re on the road! You can feel the excitement, and buzz – both in the room, and in the voices of you and your guests during an in-person interview. Plus, with all the amazing places you travel, you can capture those vibrant background sounds not found anywhere else in the world.

If you have an iPhone or iOS device, for about $110, you can get a pro-quality app and mic that will fit in your backpack or purse, and you’re in the big-leagues. And they’re NOT that complicated to use.

Recording a podcast interview at TBEX North America can be the opportunity to finally get started with audio. Doing in-person interviews have transformed my business, and they can do the same for you.

So here’s your call to action:

BEFORE you arrive in Ft. Lauderdale (or before you arrive at your next conference), commit to recording at least ONE podcast interview at the event – even if you’ve never done one before!

Buy a small mic, download an app, or just bring your smartphone, and TAKE ACTION! If you need your first interview to prime the pump, let me know. I’d be honored to be your guest!

Finally, don’t miss my TBEX North America session:  Mobile Audio Blogs and Audio Books Made Easy:  How to Record, Edit, Level, and Publish an Audio Blog/Podcast or Audio Book on your iPhone or iPad from Anywhere in the World.

No computer or tech skills needed. Newbies and Pros alike are welcome! I’ll bring with me all the recording gear mentioned above, and a variety of microphone sets ups for your to see. I’ll be on-hand throughout the conference, and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

PLUS, everyone who attends my session, will have the chance to win an ATR2100 Mic Setup, so you can start recording pro-quality interviews right away!

Author Bio: Shawn Smith (a.k.a. The Mobile Pro) is the author of the ground-breaking eBook and step-by-step video course, “5 Ways to Record Podcast Interviews with an iPhone”. Since 1994, Shawn has flown over 800,000 miles all over the world as a musician, keynote speaker, missionary, and mobile technology expert at, and he is quickly becoming the foremost authority on Mobile Podcasting. Shawn is passionate about equipping, training, and inspiring entrepreneurs to create pro-quality content and manage their business from anywhere in the world. When not on the road, Shawn lives with his lovely wife in South Florida, in the United States.
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