How to Participate as a Guest on the Podcast and Videocast

Join the Recording Studio

Dear Guest, Thank you for agreeing to participate as a speaker and contributor on the IM podcast and videocast. You should receive a calendar invitation email containing a link to join InstantMediations's online studio to record your episode. This studio is powered by ```` and joining and participating is easy. On the calendar invite, simply click the link and then click ``Join`` on the page that opens. Don't forget to enter your name (and website address or Twitter handle) when you click ``Join.`` That's it! You'll enter the studio's backstage and the host will see you and move you on air to participate.

Didn't Receive Your Calendar Invite?

In the event you're still awaiting to confirm a date and time to record, you can email us at for a status check.


1. When do I record or go live to the public?

See your confirmed time and date on your calendar invitation.

Unless it is agreed that your episode will stream live in real-time on the internet, you should assume that you will pre-record the episode for later publication. Pre-recorded episodes usually publish and release within 1-2 days after recording, or on some future agreed date.

2. What if I appear at the wrong time or show?

If you appear in the studio when no host is available to admit you on air, then please double check your date and time, and if necessary, email us at to address any errors with your confirmed date and time.

If you appear at a time when another recording is already in progress, you may wait and enjoy the show from your backstage view, or you may exit the studio and return at your scheduled time.

3. How do I prepare my environment for recording?

The 3 things all participants should have: fast internet, clear microphone, and good lighting.

  1. Try to sit near high-speed internet and participate using a computer (instead of using a phone or tablet). If your internet is not fast enough, you may consider appearing by audio only rather than appearing by choppy video. If your computer has limited RAM, then close power-hungry or data-hungry programs that may interfere with your computer’s processing (good tip too for when using Zoom).
  2. If possible, try to connect an external microphone for clear audio. Bluetooth earbuds with microphone can work well too. Noise-cancellation mics are great. And avoid sitting near loud “humming” devices like fans and fridges or recording near traffic, pets, or kids. If there will be some noise around you, then be ready to click your mute button (shortcut keys: CTRL + M) when you’re not speaking.
  3. If appearing on video (most common), be sure to have plenty of light in front of you. Avoid the silhouette look caused by light behind your back, or from sitting in front of a window. You’re welcome to test out your screen appearance and lighting anytime you want once you get your calendar invite guest link.

4. How long does it last?

Recordings typically last just 20 minutes.

Episodes with more more than 3 participants on air, or that contain more complicated subjects, may record longer, in rare cases up to 1 hour.

For efficiency, please appear promptly at your schedule time to do a microphone check and to go over the topic and format. Feel free to visit the link on your calendar invite anytime prior to test your own camera, image, and lighting.

5. What is the topic and what is the format?

Discussion topics are agreed upon between hosts and guest contributors. Do you have an interesting topic idea dealing with conflict resolution you’d like to explore? Great! We love providing a platform for engaging content that both educates and entertains. Prior to an episode, hosts and guest contributors should exchange discussion points so as to narrow issues and present well-structured conversations to the public.  While topics may be controversial, they should not be overly political to avoid alienating viewers and listeners.
The format for each episode is to be an interview-based conversation, where all speakers give input. However, focus will remain on the guest contributor in a way that promotes their brand. At the present moment, there are no questions from a live audience.
Each episode follows these basic steps:
1. Host announces topic of the day;
2. Play intro credit music;
3. Announce host names and titles and introduce guest contributors;
4. Hold discussion, screensharing as necessary;
5. Wind down and end discussion
6. Play outro credit music.
You can see plenty of example of example episodes following the format and structure above on the YouTube Channel, Podcast Library, and LMI Website.

6. Who is the audience?

Deciding what topic to discuss on air has a lot to do with what your audience is looking for. While viewers and listeners on the IM platform come from diverse groups (gender, age, background, etc.), based on some consumer research, we’ve concluded that our audience is comprised of individuals from 5 main groups:
1. Individuals interested in episodes for law clients, and legal tips/tutorials (non-advice) for potential law clients.
2. Individuals interested in episodes containing practical mediation tips and tips for pro se mediation parties.
3. Individuals interested in episodes that educate on dealing with conflicts, communication-skills, and addressing interpersonal relationships problems.
4. Professional mediators interested in mediator skills and med-arb training opportunities, and in conflict resolution advice/theory/techniques, especially in online mediations.
5. Professional business owners interested in mediation practice management and marketing, and those seeking tips and training for growing or expanding their practice.

There is a relationship between the content contributors share with a particular audience group, and the content audience members want to consume and see more of. Contributors are therefore encouraged to explore “trending” topics as topics to be discussed on each episode. Trends in particular fields can be discovered from places such as Google Trends and on Twitter. Overall, connecting contributors with consumer viewers and listeners is more an artform than an exact science. IM will continue to help guest contributors craft and present their topics in ways that connect with audience members.

7. Where will it publish?

All episodes publish to InstantMediations’s Lawyers & Mediators International YouTube Channel, and on this site’s pages.

The audio of most short episodes and some long ones also publish to  InstantMediations’s Podcasts Library.

Finally, published recordings may be published to InstantMediations’s social media accounts. Social media postings may “tag” contributors and may be “reshared” by InstantMediations’s followers.


8. How much does it cost?


The Lawyers & Mediators International Show & Podcast by is a free service put on by knowledgeable professionals who aim to provide informational and educational content to the public, especially those dealing with conflict resolution issues.