THANK YOU for your interest in being a guest on The CALM+COZY Podcast! I'm looking forward to our interview! First, I feel like you should know that I'm not a professional interviewer. I've had to learn by doing and I'm still honing that skill. I receive a lot of compliments about my podcast as a whole but I've never been told, "Wow! You should win an award for your flawless interviewing skills!" LOL.
What I am good at is connecting with people, making them feel comfortable and heard, and asking some interesting questions. If you're okay with that, I think we'll get along just fine!
ABOUT THE PODCAST
The CALM+COZY Podcast was born in February 2018 as the perfect creative"edu-tainment" outlet for an introvert who hates being on video. It hit 175,000 downloads in the summer of 2020 with several four and five-star reviews. One listener called me her "sleep fairy godmother."
Episodes vary in length and type. Some episodes are short stories to help you fall asleep, others are 10-30-minute solo episodes on various sleep-related topics, and interviews with other wellness professionals can be up to an hour in length. I like variety and so do my listeners!
Episode topics include insomnia relief, sleep tips and techniques, sleep-related products, rest, self-care, self-love, and my own personal stories. Part of my message is that sleep should be available to anyone without having to depend on "popping a pill" so I do not endorse the use of drugs, medication, CBD, synthetic melatonin, or supplements that may cause side effects. I am not a doctor and do not give out medical advice on my podcast and ask that my guests don't either.
WHO LISTENS TO THE PODCAST?
My audience is made up of mostly women from all over the globe, with most of my listeners in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. The CALM+COZY Podcast can be found on iTunes, Spotify, and anywhere podcasts live. Episodes used to go live every week, but as my business has grown I've had to cut back to 2-3 episodes per month. Thankfully, fewer episodes haven't meant a drop in listeners.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING OUR INTERVIEW
We’ll begin our call by chatting for a few minutes before I start recording. When we’re both ready, I’ll press record. Don’t worry about being too professional, we’re just having a conversation. Be yourself and remember that almost anything can be edited out. (It’s likely that I’ll be the one who says something silly that will need to be cut from the episode.)
I have found that the best preparation for our chat is hardly any preparation. In the beginning, I used to do a pre-interview with guests but found the information to be watered-down and rushed the second time around when the mic was on. Your material is best shared the first time I'm hearing it.
I’ll start by introducing you and ask you to give a two-minute introduction. I do this because you can do a better job of talking about you than I can. I basically want to know what you do and whom you serve. If you have an interesting story of how you got into that line of work, please share! (I won’t be timing you, I just don’t want the introduction to go on for too long. Listeners want podcasts to get to the point within the first few minutes.)
We’ll dive into the questions right away. If I have a question about something you’ve said, I’ll wait until you’re done answering, then we might go deeper into that topic. For this reason, I don’t recommend having detailed notes that you read word-for-word. It will prevent us from going “off-script” and can make it nerve-wracking. I suggest point form notes so you don’t forget the main points you want to cover. If I ask you something you don’t know the answer to or aren’t comfortable answering, just say so! We’ll move on and I’ll edit it out.
I will ask you how listeners can connect with you/work with you at the end of the episode. This will be separate from the book/product/course you’re offering, and you can share your Instagram or Facebook handle, as well as your website URL.
Our call will likely be up to an hour in length, and might be edited for a 30-45 minute episode. It depends on how much great information you want to share!
Your episode might be scheduled to air up to 4 weeks in advance. I'll let you know when it's scheduled to go live and tag you in my Instagram/Facebook post the day of. A photo of you will be posted as well, so feel free to send that along when you get a chance, otherwise, I'll "borrow" one from your Instagram profile.
SO, WHAT SHALL WE TALK ABOUT?
Please complete and submit the form below. I don't need detailed notes, this is just to give me an idea of what you would like to talk about. Nothing is set in stone. This is simply a guide...
OKAY, LET'S GET YOUR INTERVIEW BOOKED!
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, PLEASE EMAIL ME AT: firstname.lastname@example.org
You'll hear from me soon!