Do We NEED the Guest’s Backstory for Your Podcast?

Dave Jackson
5 min readApr 1, 2021

Knowing every detail about the guest’s background can definitely help produce a valuable podcast episode as you will ask better questions. That is a given.

Does the listener really need their backstory? I think not! This post is going to cover how asking people for their “backstory” can be an immediate turn-off, as well as some tips on how to ask questions that will get them talking instead.

How many podcast interviews do you hear start with this, “Tell me a little bit about yourself?” Ugh. For me, what the host is…