Hi! Nicole here, and I'm so so (so!) excited about having you as a guest on Real Talk Radio.

I want this to be as fun and easy for you as possible, so I've put together a list of tips and instructions for how we can co-create an episode that we're both ridiculously proud of and dying to share with the world.

I've been a guest on my share of podcasts over the years, and this is the type of thing I always wished the host would send me. So... here I am doing it for you!

How to schedule our recording session
  • When you click the below link to my online scheduling tool, you'll see that I ask for a two-hour time block, and when people first see that they're usually all "but wtf will we talk about for so long?!" Believe me, time flies faster than you think! We'll talk a bit off the air to start, and then we'll record a 90+ minute podcast, leaving time to chat for a few minutes and say goodbye off the air as well, all in under two hours.
  • Note: if you can't find a day/time on my schedule that works for you, let me know and we'll figure something else out. I want you on the show and I'm happy to be as flexible as possible!
  • Simply click here to access my online scheduling tool, which will allow you to select your chosen recording slot and share your Skype name. Once you do that, we'll be all set. (Note: we'll record on Skype and it's audio-only, so feel free to wear your comfiest pajamas!)
Before we talk
  • About a week before we're set to record I'll email you and ask for your bio and a high-res photo. Photos should be oriented in landscape mode (wide, not tall) and be minimum 1800 x 1200. If you want to send a couple of photos, go for it! I can choose the one that works best on my end. (You can also take a peek at my podcast homepage to get a sense for which types of photos work well.)
  • In that same email that I'll send you prior to our recording date, I'll ask you to provide a quick list of 3-4 of your favorite topics to discuss or questions you most love being asked right now, which will help me structure our episode around what you most want to talk about.
  • Lastly, I'll also ask for your PayPal or Venmo info, since all of my podcast guests get paid.
Recording tips
  • We'll be talking on Skype, and I've found that the best audio quality (and the best chance of not having a dropped call) happens when we're both connected via ethernet instead of just wifi, and when Skype is the only program/application open on your computer. So if you can do those two things before we talk, I'd really appreciate it! Also: please wear headphones so there isn't any feedback or static.
  • Skype will allow me to record both sides of our conversation, but if you can take two minutes to record your own audio it will dramatically improve the sound quality of your episode.

Here's how to record audio on Quicktime for Macs:

      • Open Quicktime (already installed on Macs).
      • Choose File > New Audio Recording.
      • To change the recording settings, click the arrow next to the Record button. Then choose your microphone (the one on your computer, unless you're fancy!) and recording quality.
      • To monitor audio while it's being recorded, use the volume slider.
      • Click the Record button to start recording. Click it again to stop recording.

Have a Windows device?

      • Go to your start menu.
      • Search for "Sound Recorder" or "Voice Recorder".
      • Open the free, already-installed app.
      • Record your voice using your computer microphone.
How we'll create the best episode ever
  • Real Talk Radio is the home of honest conversations. We record long episodes for a reason—so that we can go deeper than the usual surface-level small talk and elevator-pitch type of stuff. I want to really get to know you on air, to talk about our fears, joys, secret dreams, current obsessions, day-to-day routines, challenges, and so much more. I want to give you the chance to tell stories (hint: people loooove listening to stories) so feel free to answer any of my questions with a story. People also love to hear specific details about your life, so the more detailed you can be, the better.
  • No restrictions on language/swearing. Just be yourself, and say whatever you want to say.
  • Remember: you're on the show because I adore what you're doing in the world, and I think my wonderful community absolutely needs to get to know you. So I'm totally confident that anything you want to share will be fabulous!
  • Once the episode goes live, I'll send you a link to your show notes page and a variety of visual assets to use in case you want to share our episode on social media or via an email list, but please know that there's no pressure to do so. It feels icky to me when people demand that kind of thing, so I don't do it. To be honest, my hope is that I will have given you the platform and space on Real Talk Radio to create a piece of content that you're truly excited to share; that's my #1 goal!

If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to give me a shout, otherwise you can expect that email from me a few days before we record to grab your bio, headshot, PayPal or Venmo info for payment, and the 3-4 things you want to discuss in the episode, and then we'll rock + roll from there.

Thanks again for coming on the show. It's going to be GREAT!