How to TV Interview via Satellite


As your fame and credibility grow as a speaker, you’re going to be asked to do national and international television interviews. Unless you’re based in NYC, you’ll be doing most of your interviews via satellite from a remote studio up linked to NYC or other major cities. Being interviewed via satellite is more difficult for a number of reasons, and you want to be prepared so you can maximize your national/international exposure. Watch this short video (2:34) I shot at the satellite studio for Chinese Central TV in Chicago (CCTV) where I was up linked via satellite to Washington, DC and Beijing, China. I’ll look forward to your comments.


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  1. I’ve done this and it’s a surreal experience. You can’t see anyone and you’re usually in a small room looking at a video camera a few feet in front of you. One of the challenges is juggling the satellite delay and interpreting the international interviewer who has an accent when you can only hear them in one ear. While doing that, you’re expected to respond as an expert that does satellite uplinks all the time. The situation can be very pressuring especially in the beginning. Once you’re used to it, it’s fun.

  2. Gill Phelan says:

    Great advice on speaking slow Steve–if you really want to make sure to be understand slow it down and enunciate. No sense going through all this work and having to chance to influence people in different cultures and then blow it by speaking too fast.My friends and I here in Costa Rica understand this about each other and we are also careful to not use complex vocabulary.

  3. Thanks for the view “behind the curtain”, Steve.

    I’ve not done an interview like that. This closest I’ve come is performing on stage under lights so bright that I couldn’t see anyone. Not the same thing – because I knew that people were out there.

    Appreciate the inside scoop.


  4. Durward says:

    Great tips. It would be great to include a minute of the live interview with the audio from the interviewer. This could give your audience a little more understanding of what it’s like. I’ve been on both sides of the mic. It’s also challenging for the host, waiting for a response from a question.

  5. steve says:

    You can see my last 100 TV interviews from around the world at

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