How to Do an “Ask Me Anything (AMA)” Episode

So you want to do a Ask me anything episode today I've got the tools and some insights to do it right.

Oscar Trimboli asked me, “Hey, do you have anything about doing an Ask me anything sometimes called AMA's. That type of episode?”

Well, there are a couple of things to think of number one, for this to work you need an audience. So this is the first thing you need is an audience.

The next thing is the tools, and I always recommend that you have your website's setup to accept any kind of input. So I've got a voicemail number from podcastvoicemail.com

I've got an email address.

I also have a tool called speakpipe that allows people to record right there on the website if they have a microphone on their computer. No matter how they want to contact me, you can do that there and I put all those tools on one page. For example podcastconsultant.com/contact. That way you don't have to say, “here's my email address. Here's my phone number.”  They just have to remember one thing.

he other thing is, are you going to do this live -keep in mind – doing a live show is a separate set of skills that you need. This also means you're going to be quick on your feet, you're gonna have to answer questions on the fly where if you get them via voicemail email you can really safely construct an answer that's going to be sure to provide value on your own timeline.

If you want to do this live my favorite tool right now is stream yard Streamyard has a free version I pay for the full version. But this allows you to automatically stream to places like Facebook, and YouTube, and Twitch and all these places all at the same time (and it records it as well). It's super easy to use. I use it every Saturday, I do a show called Ask the Podcast Coach, which in a way is an ask me anything episode

Now, the last thing is if you're having people send in their questions, and then you're going to get them on a certain date people will late until the very last minute to send them in. So keep that in mind. If you start to panic, like, Oh my gosh, nobody is sending in questions, you're probably going to get a bunch the day before.

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PodcastVoicemail.com

Speakpipe.com

Streamyard

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About the Author
Dave Jackson has been podcasting since 2005. In 2018 he was inducted into the Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame. He has over 2 Million Downloads. Has helped thousands of podcasters plan, launch and grow their audience. He is part of the Libsyn.com Tech Support Team. He is a Featured and Keynote speaker at events. He is the author of the Book More Podcast Money
2 comments on “How to Do an “Ask Me Anything (AMA)” Episode
  1. Oscar Trimboli says:

    Thanks so much, Dave – much appreciated – great tips about the timing of last-minute replies

    I’m wondering if you are going to “ask me anything” will it be easier for the audience to make the AMA specific to a theme rather than too broad

    1. Dave Jackson says:

      That’s hard to say. If you have a theme its a way to Niche down the responses. Your Audience may not care where you went to elementary school

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