208 Eric Hunley | Honoring and Respecting Your Guests


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Here’s the Recap:

This week I welcome to the podcast an expert in the art of interviewing and guest acquisition, podcaster Eric Hunley. Eric is the host of two major podcasts. Unstructured is a show where Eric leads dynamic yet informal conversations with an array of interesting guests and Portmanteau centers on the linguistic backstory of combining two commonly used words into a new word.

We discuss the amount of time Eric puts into his preparation, how he curates his questions and how being a host has pushed him outside of his comfort zone in life. We speak to the importance of having a sound relationship with both your guests and your audience as a podcast host. Finally, Eric shares his goals for his future in the podcasting landscape.

Episode Sponsors:


What We Covered:

  • 01:25 – This episode is sponsored by Focusrite 2i2
  • 07:08 – We learn how Eric got involved in the podcast industry
  • 22:33 – What is Eric shares his unique approach to finding and attracting guests to his podcast
  • 26:40 – The biggest fears Eric had overcame as a podcast host
  • 27:25 – How Eric prepares for his guest and other secret tactics he utilizes
  • 29:29 – Eric walks us through a typical interview flow
  • 34:15 – Why researching your guest is so critical as a podcast host
  • 43:50 – The important of building relationships with your audience and guests
  • 45:14 – Eric’s motivation to continue his podcast and how he’s grown as a host
  • 52:18 – Eric talks about his second podcast, Portmanteau
  • 1:07:38 – How listeners can connect with Eric


Links Mentioned

Focusrite Website

Eric’s Instagram – @hunleyeric

Eric’s LinkedIn

Eric’s Twitter – @hunleyeric

Eric’s Unstructured Podcast

Eric’s Portmanteau Podcast

Podfest Website

Podcast Movement Website

Books Mentioned

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It

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