Your Podcast Cheat Sheet


What's next?

I want to make sure I make the best use of your time and to make sure you have fun!

Below are some recommendations to get you ready for your interview... 

1. Promote Your Work and Story

Help us share your story and work with as many people as possible by providing us with the following...

  • Your Bio. Who do you help? How do you help them? How are you different?

  • Your Headshot. Fun or formal works. Please share the largest and highest resolution files you have (original files work best).

  • Your Links. Send us links to your website, blog, social media profiles and anything else we can help promote.

  • Special Offer. If you happen to have a free giveaway or a special offer for our listeners, please let us know. We know they would deeply appreciate it!

All of this information can all be sent to me via my pre-interview form. 



2. Sound Your Best

If you've been interviewed before, you know there are a variety of tech glitches that can affect your audio quality. Here are some recommendations to sound your best . . .

Interviews are conducted using Zoom. Download the latest version of Zoom for the best audio quality.

  • If you have a microphone, please use it. You will sound far better than the built-in microphone on your laptop. At the very least, we recommend using your earbuds.

  • If you do not have a microphone, please download Zoom on your phone. The audio quality from your smartphone will be better due to your mouth's proximity to your phone's receiver. And this will prevent you from sounding like you live in a fishbowl ;-)

  • Find a quiet place. Noisy coffee shops don’t make an ideal location for podcast interviews (they also don’t always have the fastest Internet connections).

  • Turn off all notification sounds on your device. The sound of “bing, bing” going off during our interview might not seem like a big deal, but you’d be surprised how annoying listeners find it!

  • Close down all other programs.  To help Zoom function more efficiently, we recommend shutting down all of your other programs and apps.

  • Sorry, no swearing. We’re not trying to be stuffy, just trying to reach a wider audience, so we aren’t labeled as an “explicit” podcast on iTunes.

3. Interview Format and Questions

Your interview will be 35 minutes to an hour in length. I believe the best interviews are great conversations. At the same time, I also recognize our listeners are busy people craving actionable advice from you. To help balance both needs we have settled on the following format and questions...


Part 1: Your expertise. (25 - 35 minutes)

After a brief introduction, I'll start asking you questions about your topic.

Unless I've had too much coffee (which happens ;-), you'll likely do more of the talking. The interview format I use is called Question, Question, Comment.

I'll ask you a question. I'll then ask you a follow-up question about something you said. Then I'll add a comment if I feel like it will add to the conversation. 

It's a pretty natural back and forth. Rather than a game of 20 questions that take us a mile wide and an inch deep, my goal is to be present, be curious and pull out your best insights. 

Common questions include:

  • What is your chosen area of design experience? What is your why?
  • What is your design philosophy? (what is your personal take on the industry that you are in, any thoughts or commentary?)
  • How did you get to do what you do?
  • How would you define your design style?
  • What are some trends that you see in {your design field} today? What trends do you like? What trends don't you like?
  • What is the one thing you would not do?
  • What is one thing all of your customers ask for/ most common request?
  • Do you feel like your cultural background has had an impact in the way you design? If so, how does it manifest itself?
  • What is a career highlight?
  • Is there anything that has changed (during COVID) that you will continue to do moving forward?
  • Where do you see the state of {your design field} industry going towards?
  • What support or resources have you turned to?
  • What advice would you give young designers today?
  • If you could talk to your 18 year old self, what would you tell/warn/counsel about?

Follow up questions include: 

  • Why?

  • 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?

Part 2: The Key Questions (3-6 minutes)

I ask these two questions on every show:

  • Why did you get started in this type of work? What is your "WHY"?

  • What inspires you creatively? Where do you find this inspiration?

Part 3: Where can the audience find out more (1 -2 minutes)

This is your chance to share your website, book, course, social media, cause or and resource you would like people to check out. We'll also be sure to put this information in the shownotes and blog so people can easily find it.

4. Okay. So what are we trying to accomplish here?

Galiatea was founded with diversity, connection and social impact in mind: it provides interior designers and design conscious customers with made-to-order luxury handmade furniture and home decor made with sustainable materials by underrepresented artisans globally while paving the path to increased social consciousness.

We believe that design and art can dispel ignorance and stimulate economic growth.

Our promise is to continually foster the creativity and innovation of the human spirit while inspiring the pursuit of protecting cultural heritage.

While staying true to our promise we want to highlight the variety of professionals in the design world.

 Our goal through the podcast is to inspire our audience to embrace diversity and differences in the arts & design and to appreciate and be aware of the variety of design creatives and brands outside of the mainstream design industry.

We continually invite our audience to push past the status quo and explore a new way of creating and continually finding inspiration to drive their creativity.

We are so excited for you to be our guest and we hope you have fun in the process!