The first of my interview podcasts is now available: Interview with Martha Beck: Your left toe holds the clue to your right life. It is about 40 minutes long.
Martha is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You are Meant to Live and a monthly columnist for Oprah’s O Magazine.
This discussion centers on the premise that in order to discover the right business to start, you first must get in touch with the work you are meant to do. Martha has some insightful and surprising advice, including tidbits such as:
- How your left toe may lead you to marry a different person than you intended
- The technique of “shackles on, shackles off”
- What is really contained in the “and” from “Do what you love and the money will follow
I will post a transcript of the call here a little later on this evening.
Readers shared some great questions for the interview (see comments on this post). I got so carried away that I only asked one official question, but I think she provided insight that will help to answer many of the questions submitted. For those that weren’t, I have tagged them for future blog posts.
I shared a few weeks ago that I wanted to include longer interviews with my personal entrepreneurial heros every other podcast, to be able to dive deeper into the brief subjects I talk about in my usual 5-7 minute format. I welcome input about this change, as well as suggested guests (the next lined up are John Jansch from Duct Tape Marketing and venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki.)
Since I have been sharing my learning about podcasting as I go along, I did notice a few things about my first interview:
- I have the severe need to exorcise the phrases “kind of” and “you know” from my speech. I never realized how much I said them until I listened to a playback of the recording.
- My questions can be too complicated (just ask one of my coaching clients who told me the other day after a particularly long-winded question “Can you rephrase that?” –translation — What the heck are you talking about?)
- The “um humms” that we use everyday when talking to someone on the phone to let them know that we are listening to them are deadly on recorded interviews. I had about 25 of them in this 45-minute interview, and I had to have the tape professionally edited by the pro Tim “Gonzo” Gordon. (The very patient Anna Farmery from the excellent podcast The Engaging Brand was kind enough to try to walk me through the audio editing process over Skype. My time ran out, as I have a lot to learn, but I plan on practicing what she shared for future episodes.)
- Finally, I discovered that despite all the things I have to learn and improve, I LOVE to conduct interviews. This has even led me to enter into discussion about my own radio show — stay tuned for more about this. (And I have to give total credit for exploring this idea to my buddy Robert who is perhaps the most encouraging person on the planet.)
I hope you enjoy the interview. Please share your thoughts about it!