First of all, from the bottom of my heart, thank you SO MUCH for coming on the podcast to have a conversation about money. I take your time commitments seriously, so I want to make sure I’m as efficient as possible on my end during your scheduled time. Please read below to find out what Beyond The Dollar is about and how I can help you sound as amazing as possible on the podcast.
What Beyond the Dollar is About
Money is taboo. We’d rather discuss our sex lives or religious beliefs than our finances. Yet by not talking about something as powerful and important as money, we have nowhere to share our fears, insecurities, hopes and wants.
Beyond The Dollar wants to make money more approachable by having frank and honest conversations. Each episode, we candidly discuss a topic at the intersection of money and life. The goal is to create a space where wins, failures, happiness, shame and everything in between gets its turn.
- Money and life are intertwined. Talking about money also means talking about life choices.
- I firmly believe that money is meant to enhance every aspect of my community’s lives. Let’s have conversations that can help them align money with their values.
- Nobody is perfect. Sharing mistakes is as important as sharing successes. Let’s be open and honest about our experiences in order to help you learn, share and grow.
- Every belief, thought and conversation a person has around money impacts their relationship with it. I want to help my community cultivate a confident money mindset so then can become more financially empowered and live a happier life.
My Intentions With the Podcast
I intend to help people understand that money isn’t just budgeting, earning more, or heck, hoarding cash. It’s about thinking how money is simply a tool in our lives. I want to help people think about money as more than just numbers, that there’s more to it than how much or how little we have of it.
By taking this approach, I aim to make the conversation around money as approachable as possible. I hate jargon (though I understand and totally see the need for it in fine print sometimes), so I avoid it as much as possible.
Just a heads up: I reserve the right to edit parts of our conversation if I feel like you’re promoting your products or services excessively. I give you an opportunity at the end (plus I link to resources in the show notes) to talk about where people can find you.
Flaunt Your Stuff
I want to help you share your story in a way that connects with our listeners. I know you do important work and have an interesting perspective to offer, which is why I invited you on!
Please provide us with the following at least a few days before our scheduled call (if you haven’t done so already in our scheduling form):
- Your Bio. Who do you help? How do you help them? How are you different?
- A photo of you (you know, a headshot) – Please share the highest resolution files you have. More than one is great.
- Any links you want to share, including website, blog, social media profiles
- Email all of the above to firstname.lastname@example.org
Interview Format and Questions
This is not an “interview-style” podcast. Instead of me just asking you a bunch of questions, I aim to engage you in a conversation alongside our audience. Sure, I have questions and talking points, but don’t think of it as you having to do a sleazy sales pitch, be an “expert” or being put on the spot.
I aim to have a 35-45 minute conversation, though I’ll schedule an hour time slot so that I can get any tech issues out of the way and answer questions you may have. If we haven’t finalized a recording time, here’s a link to my calendar. If those times don’t work, please email me yours (or a few times when it’s best) and we will sort something out.
I believe the best conversations happen naturally, so I don’t want to rush you. That said, I will be giving you an topic of what to expect during our conversation so you can ponder on any talking points.
Here are some general topics/questions I cover in all our episodes:
- Personal stories relating to how money and life intersect
- What are some common roadblocks as it pertains to money?
- How does our fear get in our own way when it comes to our financial life?
- What has been the biggest lessons learned pertaining to money and mindset?
- What are some resources/support that people can look for/go to?
When you say something that perks my ears, I may ask some follow up questions:
- What was important to you about that?
- What did that feel like?
- That’s really interesting – can you tell me more?
- What else should I know about that?
Let’s Make You Sound Good
Technology is great, but it’s not perfect. If you’ve been on podcast interviews before, you may be aware of tech glitches and issues.
Here’s what I’ve found works best:
- I record our podcast episodes using Squadcast. You’ll be given a unique link ahead of time. It’s best if you can hop on 5 minutes before our scheduled time so you can have time to figure out the tech before our recording.
- Once you click on the link you’ll go into a “green room” where you can adjust your settings and type in your name before heading to the “recording room.”
- Currently, Squadcast only works on Google Chrome.
- Here’s a video tutorial for how to use Squadcast:
- If you can’t see the above video, click on this link for a step by step guide on how to use Squadcast
- If you have a microphone, I’d appreciate it if you can use it. The built-in mic on your laptop picks up a lot of background noise and won’t sound great. If anything, use your headset/ earbuds. Make sure it’s not swinging as it’ll pick up a lot of noise also.
- Go somewhere quiet. For example, I like to (literally) hide in the closet or the bathroom so my son doesn’t find me. Also, please use headphones as well even if you have a mic, as you may sound echo-y.
- Turn off all notifications from your phone or laptop. Listeners hate to hear dinging sounds throughout the interview.
- Close down all other programs and plug in the cable from your modem if you can. A faster internet connection is best, and closing programs can help Zencastr (and your computer) run more efficiently.
- If you really want to go the extra mile, I would love a local recording from you. I will be more than happy to walk you through the tech.
That’s it! Again, I really appreciate you taking the time to chat with me on Beyond The Dollar. If you have any questions, please feel free to send them over to email@example.com