Meeting people while recording a podcast is the best.
A couple months ago, my sister and I were on the phone discussing ideas for the podcast. At the time her friend Natalie was with her, and Amelia mentioned she’d be an awesome guest. Natalie owns her own Floral Studio, Pozie by Natalie, and is really plugged into the local business community, including a lot of work with non-profits. Check out her Instagram here!
I was on speakerphone as they were driving, and Natalie chimes in, “Yeah, people like to say that they want to open a floral business when they retire and I have to hold back from telling them how little they understand about the industry.”
I have to interview this chick. - my thoughts immediately upon hearing this.
A few weeks later and her and I were recording an episode. True perspective and a willingness to be honest and open are perfect qualities in a guest, and Natalie had both in spades. She was awesome to work with and once again I was grateful for an interviewee who was more than happy to stay up late to record. I was even able to stress test software which helps me record long distance calls, so definitely a plus on the production side of things.
This FaceTime recording software is designed to record either video and audio or solely audio from FaceTime calls. More often than not, the guest has iOS and we can use FaceTime without any use of our actual phone numbers. I have yet to have a guest call in on a non-iOS phone, so I didn’t know if the software would still accept the call. Then I remembered Hand Off, a feature in macOS and iOS that allows the PC to use a phone number connected to FaceTime. All this to say I was 50/50 expecting it not to work.
We did hit connection issues, requiring Natalie to initiate the call and some strategic placement on my part to make sure my phone got enough signal. But once we had it, we had it – no crashes once I hit record, and we headed into a solid hour and a half of dialogue before it was time to call it quits. Sometimes the technical issues go away when you expect them to show up.
Interviewing someone like Natalie is a solid challenge for a couple reasons. First, I have never met her. I know my sister enjoys her friendship, but that’s the extent of it. It’s one thing to meet someone for the first time and immediately interview them in person, it’s quite another when this is all via telephone. It can be a bit weird or feel totally natural. I tend to feel comfortable right away, sometimes blind to the possibility that my counterpart may need a bit more time to open up. This wasn’t the case with Natalie. Her words and thoughts were fluid, and she came across as unapologetically authentic. She says her piece and follows through on what feels right to her, guided by her heart and her head. Clearly, this is working well for her personal life and her business.
I wish knew about the Floral Couture skills in Natalie’s repertoire earlier in the podcast. It’s definitely worth revisiting on another episode, simply because it’s a niche subject. Natalie was published in the Florist Review for her work and after simple searching for the art form, it is impressive to say the least.
Something else I loved when hearing Natalie’s story was how she came to be a florist. A love and respect for all things flora started at an early age, and it was something her and her Dad bonded over. She decided this would eventually become her livelihood, and she’s made good on that promise. Natalie works with a variety of businesses and individuals in many different mediums. Whether arranging for delivery, contributing to a photoshoot or event, or donating auction items or flowers for fundraisers, she keeps busy. She is extremely well known through her entrepreneurship and philanthropy, a showcase for her many years of hard work.
In all honesty, it can be a little intimidating interviewing people I view as successful as Natalie. It can also be difficult not to compare. Several of my guests, Natalie especially, have so much to show for their efforts. It can be easy to focus only on the results and forget every painstaking step it took to get there. Every “No” that had to be turned into a “Yes”, or every roadblock that demanded a detour. But at the end of the day, there are people who are harder working, more determined, and willing to accept rejection, difficulties and delays more so than the next person. And that’s what all of my guests have in common, their ability to keep eyes on their goal and not every little thing standing in their way.
I thoroughly enjoyed interviewing Natalie. I put in a lot of work into my interview questions, and the extra effort paid off. I wanted her to know I respected her industry and cared enough to bring more than just the simple, “tell me about your business and what do you do” questions. The content she gave in response was perfect, giving us a thorough episode that I know many guests will draw from.
Truth be told, I write this blog post after just finishing the first episode of our bonus segment, Follow Ups. Jonathan Schmitz from Episode 003 joins me a second time around for some engaging conversation on a plethora of intriguing subjects. Be sure to check out Natalie’s episode if you haven’t already had the pleasure, and please enjoy our new segment and bonus episode afterward.