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    by Dennis Woods
    Before the interview:

  • Send the interviewer a biography with a few suggested interview topics, and lead off with that during the interview. Once on air, those subjects that you’re most familiar with will set the pace for your listeners.
  • Post an advertisement on social and professional media concerning your appearance.
  • Upon arrival, use the check-in function on Facebook—or comparable functions on other social media—to again alert prospective listeners.  Adding a photo to the post will boost its attractiveness.
    During and after the interview:

  • Send up-to-date posts during commercial breaks if possible.
  • Expect the interviewer to run other programs, such as Facebook Live, and the radio interview concurrently. In this format, the program reaches a larger audience; however, some subjects discussed on Facebook Live during commercial breaks may be repeated during the on-air broadcast. This writer’s advice is to not use the same phrases to address the same question a second time. For the Facebook Live listeners, the effect is an unnecessary repeat of what then becomes a tired line.
  • Provide a copy of your work to the interviewer for display and for use during promotional breaks.
  • The interviewer will present your work several times during the interview; try to direct the conversation to your work at least once when answering a question.
  • Post the interview, respond to some of the comments on your social media, and repost the show’s audio and video links, if available.



About the Author

Dennis Woods was deployed in combat for every President from Reagan to Obama, amassing over 57 months in battle. Black Flag Journals was written using a series of nine battle journals that bore witness to his actions in America’s longest war. His military career has taken him from the Island of Grenada to the Middle East. Woods is also an inventor of devices that are chronicled in Black Flag Journals. These included the use of training munitions in combat to reduce civilian death and collateral damage, and the first use of thermal optics on artillery weapons to increase American crew safety. The author lives with his wife in Virginia, where he continues to innovate and invent new devices and techniques preparing for future wars.