I want to make sure I make the best use of your time and to make sure you have fun! Below are some recommendations to get you ready for your interview . . .
Promoting Your Work and Your Story
Help us share your story and work with as many people as possible by providing us with the following . . .
- Your Bio. If possible, please send Stephen a link to your bio, but of course he will be doing his own research on you!
- Your Headshot Fun or formal works, but we lean toward fun! Upload here. Please share the largest and highest resolution file you have (original files are best).
- Your Links. Send us links to your website, blog, social media profiles and anything else we can help promote.
- Special Offer. If you happen to have a free giveaway or a special offer for our listeners, please let us know. We know they would deeply appreciate it!
Sound Even More Amazing!
We know you’ve probably been interviewed several times before, so you know there are a variety of tech glitches that can affect your audio quality. Here are some recommendations to sound your best . . .
Interviews are conducted using Skype. Please consider downloading the latest version of Skype for the best audio quality. If possible, please use Skype on a laptop or tablet rather than your phone for the best audio. (My Skype name is stephenfwarley)
Using your phone isn’t optimal. If possible, please do not use Skype on your phone because the Internet connection is often much less reliable and tends to distort the audio.
If you have a microphone, please use it. You will sound far better than the built-in speakers on your laptop. At the very least, we recommend using your earbuds.
Find a quiet place. Noisy coffee shops don’t make the most ideal location for podcast interviews (they also don’t always have the fastest Internet connections). On the other hand, if your lifestyle makes noisy locations unavoidable, we’ll make it work and after all, that’s part of your story!
Turn off all notification sounds on your device. The sound of “bing, bing” going off during our interview might not seem like a big deal, but you’d be surprised how annoying listeners find it!
Close down all other programs. To help Skype function more efficiently, we recommend shutting down all of your other programs and apps.
Sorry, no swearing. We’re not trying to be stuffy, just trying to reach a wider audience, so we aren’t labeled as an “explicit” podcast on iTunes.
Interview Format and Questions
Your interview will be approximately 30 minutes in length.
At the end of the day, we believe the best interviews are those that are great conversations. At the same time, we also recognize our listeners are busy people craving actionable advice from you. To help balance both needs we have settled on the following format and questions . . .
Phase 1: Your Story (Approximately 20 minutes)
We are building an archive of stories about people who successfully made the transition from employment to self-employment or are in the process of doing so. We want to hear your unique story to inspire others to find their own path. Possible questions include . . .
- What are you doing for work right now?
- What were you doing for work before you started working for yourself?
- How did you decided it was time to work for yourself?
- How did you get started working for yourself?
- What was the most important life skill that enabled you to become self-employed?
- Describe one time you got stuck as you became self-employed and how did you get yourself unstuck?
Phase 2: Reframe Mindsets in 60 Seconds
In this phase of the podcast, we want to give quick, actionable advice and ideas from your gut reactions. Our goal is to provide our listeners with a new mindset for how they can work differently. Possible questions include . . .
- What’s one book that helped get you unstuck?
- How, when and where do you do your best work work?
- What is your business goal for next 90 days?
- What are your biggest distractions?
- What time do you get up each day?
- How do you self-reflect?
- What is your favorite productivity tool?
- What motivates you?
- What is the monthly cost of your lifestyle?
Phase 3: Coach Listeners (Approximately 5 minutes)
In the final phase of the show, we’d love for you to coach our listeners on how they could start down their own path to self-employment.
You are talking to folks who have been thinking about working for themselves (some for quite a while), but they just don’t seem to know how to get started. What would you recommend?
Then we’ll wrap up the interview with your special offer (if you have one), as well as telling our listeners how to learn more about your work.
The simple mission of Life Skills That Matter is help people create work that works for them using life skills. We believe in self-employment for all because it is fast becoming the option for many of us! It is no longer a path for a select few.
It is a path that has the potential to offer more meaningful work, the ability to form deeper connections and the opportunity to design work based on your values, purpose, needs and abilities. Most importantly, you get to be yourself!
We believe people are more inspired to consider self-employment when they hear from people similar to their circumstances in life who have made the leap. We are guided by the mantra, “When you see possibilities in others you begin to believe in them for yourself.”
Email Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org