Interview with Seth Godin: Are You Indispensible?


Earlier this year, I received the opportunity to interview Seth Godin. Seth is an incredible person--he's an Internet marketer, he's the creator of Squidoo, he's an inspiration. When I found out I had this opportunity, I was so excited that I squealed to everyone I knew--I was going to get to ask Seth a few questions, wasn't that cool?

And, as things usually go in my life, no one I knew really had any idea as to who he was. Figures, huh?

Here is a link to my interview with Seth. This is probably my favorite interview I have done--simply because reading it always gives me more inspiration than I have when I start it.

Interview with Seth Godin

Oh, and how did I get this massively cool chance to interview Seth? I emailed him and asked for it. And he said sure.

I have interviewed a few other people who I never would have expected to interview: Neil Gaiman's assistant Lorraine Garland, Peter Straub, Conrad Williams, S. G. Browne and Christopher Moore. And I know there will be more.

So, don't forget: if you want to talk to someone--or interview them for your blog, etc.--ASK them :) They may just surprise you and say yes :)

7 comments:

  1. If everyone who reads this asks Seth Godin for an interview he may not be happy that he gave you one. ;-)

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  2. I've emailed some very prominent physicists to be a guest blogger. No one has responded. Yet. But it doesn't hurt to ask. I also want to aks some of my favorite authors to be a guest blogger. We'll see how that goes.

    Stephen Termp

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  3. Kari, thanks for reminding us that nothing ventured, nothing gained.

    And, Jan, you've got a point - watch him get bombarded with requests. :)

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  4. Sounds awesome! It would be so cool to interview people you REALLY idolize...

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  5. That's right! All we have to do is find the courage to ask. If they say no, then we're no worse off than before. If they say yes, wow!

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  6. I heard Seth Godin speak at a marketing conference in Toronto. Riveting speaker for 70 minutes. It seemed like 30. I bought his book Purple Cow. Congratulations on getting an interview!

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  7. The way I look at asking for an interview is that, honestly, all you can do is ask. If they say no, they say no. I asked Neil Gaiman on Twitter and he told me I had a good blog and then directed me to his assistant Lorraine. I interviewed HER which was also an interesting interview. Close though :)

    I am always super-polite. I ask them if they would participate in an email interview consisting of 6 or 7 questions. They have a week to return it to me as I'd like to post it as soon as I can, of course. I ask for permission to use pictures they have on their website, blog or whatever.

    Usually I get no response rather than a no. Which doesn't necessarily mean no in email terms--they could have not gotten the email, not read the email, etc.

    Stephen, I know a couple of those prominent physicists I would bet. You might set it up as an interview with open-ended questions. Sometimes a guest post can be intimidating because... well, what do you write about? It also provides them with less work--and that's what I'm all about. If they know it's only going to take them 10 minutes to fill out the interview, they are more likely to say yes than if they have to come up with the subject and write a whole article (especially without getting paid for it).

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