I can remember going to a manifestation talk many years ago and the presenter asked everyone to talk about one of their heroes. As we went around the room everyone had something to say about the spiritual and thought leaders that many of us know, love and follow: Deepak Chopra, the Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Jack Canfield, Marianne Williamson, Louise Hay… The list goes on and on, but you get the idea.
Then it was my turn and I didn’t hesitate.
“The person I most admire is Terry Gross.”
The room was silent; everyone squirming a bit uncomfortably in their seats. The presenter smiled politely: “Um, who?”
I explained that Terry is the host of the NPR show, Fresh Air, and that I admired her for how well she relates to people and draws out the human side of whatever story they’re telling. To me Terry exemplifies professionalism and excellence in her field. I do a lot of interviewing for my “day job” in video production, and I will frequently hear Terry’s voice in my head, helping me to ask the right questions – perhaps not as eloquently as Terry herself, but at least it helps keep my instincts sharp and pointed in the right direction.
I’ve always loved listening to stories, both on the radio and on podcasts and audiobooks, but although I once had a job and was on air at a radio station in Prague many, many years ago I hadn’t really thought about doing my own show again until recently. I had been asked to appear on a couple of other podcasts as a guest, and started asking my hosts to for some basic pointers about doing my own. And, the more I thought about it the more I realized that perhaps I could actually have my own program.
Now, almost halfway through the year we have recorded the first 40 episodes and have many more guests lined up to come on. I love doing this – researching the topics, writing up the questions and doing the interviews. I’m so interested in hearing people’s stories and soaking up their wisdom and experience that it is one of the things that I most look forward to doing. I feel a special affinity and affection for my guests and am thrilled when I can send traffic to their website or if I can expose their work to a new audience. As my podcast continues to gain traction I love watching the numbers grow, and your feedback and support is so very appreciated. Thank you!
I look forward to many more months and years of talking with fascinating guests and growing the audience. If you haven’t yet subscribed to the podcast you can find all of the links here. When you do subscribe you’ll get a notification on your phone every Friday when a new episode is released. Again, I appreciate your support and feel free to share with your friends.
Tell them that one day I hope to have Terry Gross herself on the show. Wouldn’t that be fun – getting to interview the master interviewer? I’m putting that intention out there. Let’s see how long it takes for the Universe to align our paths.
Thank you again and happy listening!