Denise Griffitts, Host of Your Partner in Success Radio [Interview]

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Podcaster Interviews

I’ve known Denise, host of Your Partner in Success Radio, for many years and have been privileged to be a guest on her show.Your Partner In Success Radio

Denise, please tell us about your podcast.

Your Partner In Success Radio with host Denise Griffitts brings together leaders and entrepreneurs from a wide range of business disciplines, from marketing and sales to leadership and productivity, to share stories, wisdom, tips, & advice. This is a podcast that inspires success.

Why did you start this podcast?

I began podcasting in 2008 for a couple of reasons. One is that I am a highly committed introvert and while I knew that connecting and networking with other entrepreneurs/solopreneurs could benefit me, and them in many ways I had no interest at all in attending networking events or meetings even though I was frequently invited.

The other reason is that I am also camera phobic and you have probably noticed that you will not find photos or videos of me on the web. I made an early decision in my business to keep my personal life private and while I was never going to go along with the common wisdom that demanded that we all have photos and YouTube videos, I did have my voice and found that podcasting is a perfect fit for me. I have been blessed to meet terrific people from all over the world, many of whom have become friends, colleagues and quite often, clients.

How long have you been podcasting?

Since 2008.

What do you look for in a guest?

Mine is an interview style podcast and is very conversational so my guests will spend their time with me sharing their stories, actionable tips and advice and case studies that help our audience move their businesses forward. It is a podcast that inspires success and that is all because of my guests.

How can listeners find you?

It is hard to throw a stick on the internet without finding me. My business website is Your Office On The Web (https://yourofficeontheweb.com) and my podcast site is Your Partner In Success Radio (https://yourpartnerinsuccessradio.com)

You can also find me on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and of course anywhere you consume your business podcasts.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YourPartnerInSuccessRadio/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/denisegriffitts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DeniseGriffitts

Instagram: http://instagram.com/denisegriffitts

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/denisegriffitts

Denise Griffitts, ‘Your Partner In Success™’ is a happy nerd in stilettos who works from her beautifully appointed home office with the enthusiastic assistance of her feline office assistants and one woefully outnumbered dog, Abbey Rose. A long-time online business creator and marketer, online business manager, and web developer, Denise is also the host of the very popular podcast called Your Partner In Success Radio which has been identified as one of the best business podcasts you need to be listening to now on INC. com.

Author Interview Questions – Be Prepared to Answer

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Interview Tips for Authors

Even though you’ve prepared, there may be questions an interviewer asks that you hadn’t considered. Here are 10 questions you want to be prepared to answer:

  1. What inspired you to write this book?
  2. What can you tell us about your book?
  3. What did you learn writing this book?
  4. What surprised you the most about writing your book?
  5. What does the title, or subtitle, of your book mean?
  6. What are the two main take-aways from your book you want people to know?
  7. What do you hope to accomplish with your book?
  8. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
  9. Where can we buy your book?
  10. What else do you plan to write?

Practice your answers to these questions so you sound natural when you reply.

Skype Interview Tips (Good for Zoom too)

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Interview Tips for Authors

Since more and more media outlets are using Skype for conducting interviews, here are a few tips to help you look and sound good when sharing your message.video calls

  • Set up Skype in advance. If you don’t yet have a Skype account, set one up now on your computer. Practice using it with a friend in advance so you know how it works and can feel confident during your interview. Your Skype username and profile photo will be the first thing your interviewer sees when connecting with you. Be sure it’s professional. If you already have a Skype account you use for family and friends, create a separate  professional account for interviews.
  • Avoid distractions and interruptions. Turn your phone off to avoid distracting notifications. Close any programs you have running on your computer. The night before, and then an hour or so in advance, restart your computer to be sure it’s running at its best and not going through an update that could slow things down or cause distractions. Close the door and make sure everyone knows you are not to be disturbed. Close the windows. No pets in the room. Turn off the AC.
  • Sound your best. Your computer microphone is not the best for interviews. If you’re going to  do a lot of interviews and want to sound your best, invest in an external microphone. Be sure to select that microphone as your audio source in your Skype settings. Here’s an article about some of the best microphones for Skype.

John Wall, Host of Marketing Over Coffee Podcast [Interview]

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Podcaster Interviews

John WallMarketing Over Coffee is a marketing podcast, audio on demand that covers both classic and new marketing. Your hosts, John J. Wall and Christopher S. Penn, record the show every week and publish the show on Thursday mornings. You can download the shows and listen to them whenever you want – in your office, on your commute, where and whenever is convenient for you. Each show is about 20 minutes long and is filled with the kinds of marketing tips and tricks that you can only get from casual conversation outside of the office.

They routinely cover topics such as:

  • Staying up to date with social networks
  • Search engine optimization and search marketing
  • Email marketing, multivariate testing, and copywriting
  • “Old school” offline marketing campaigns
  • And answer fantastic questions from listeners like you!

They have been podcasting since 2005 and are looking for marketing and technology leaders to be guests. They also cover AI in marketing on the In-Ear Insights Podcast.

Here are some of the most downloaded episodes.

John speaks, writes and practices at the intersection of marketing, sales, and technology. He is the producer of Marketing Over Coffee, a weekly audio program that discusses both new and classic Marketing with his co-host Christopher S. Penn, and has been featured on iTunes.

More on his professional background on LinkedIn and you can read more from him at RoninMarketeer.com

Video Interviews

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Interview Tips for Authors

Because Skype has successfully integrated its system with major TV newsrooms, many video interviews are now done using Skype.

Check your environment so there are no distractions. Keep the backdrop simple so you are the focal point. If you are an author, you might have a copy of your book in the background.

Position the webcam so it’s pointed slightly down and with any light directed at your face. The more light there is, the better the video will look. Don’t sit in front of a window.

It’s hard not to watch yourself or your interviewer on the screen during a video interview. For the video to look like you’re maintaining eye contact with the interviewer, focus on looking at the camera lens. It will feel awkward at first. Practice doing this with a friend until you get comfortable.

Relax and enjoy yourself! The more you practice and the more interviews you do, the more comfortable you’ll become.