"Thanks for accepting my invitation to be a guest on our podcast! Here's how to prepare for and schedule the upcoming interview..."

A Special Note from Kirk Du Plessis, our Founder & Head Trader

Thanks again for your interest in coming on my podcast for options traders and investors - we don't often invite people and are very selective of who we have on the show.

My goal from day one bringing in outside traders has been to get new and fresh perspectives on trading from other like-minded people I respect. I believe that hearing different stories on how to be profitable (including the struggles and setbacks) makes us all more successful in the long-run.

And to that end, podcasting is a great medium to build a deeper, more intimate relationship with your current readers (as well as new audiences).

I can't wait to speak with you soon and please take time now to review this guide we've put together below to help make sure you get the most out of your interview on our show.

Looking forward to our show together!

Best regards,

PS - If you haven't already, please head over and listen to a couple recent shows on our main podcast page. This will help you get a "feel" for how the show will go during our interview.

  • Have Fun!

    I’ve had a blast doing these interviews and in the process have developed great friendships with fellow traders.

    I promise this is going to be a great experience for you and you should have fun during our call. I’m not here to argue and dispute what you say but rather continue to ask questions and help our listeners understand your story and trading style.

    So, let’s have great time okay!?

  • Interview Agenda

    Here is the general process for how most of the interviews will go but as always I’ll help lead the conversation if I feel we are hitting on great topics. Most interviews last between 30-45 mins.

    (1) Start with your general background and how you got into trading.

    (2) Your current trading “style” or “plan” and the changes you’ve gone through over time to get where you are now.

    (3) How you find, analyze, place and manage your trading.

    (4) Some keys to success you think are important for all traders to learn (position size, charting, volatility, etc.).

    (5) Quick review of your daily routine with regard to monitoring current positions, analyzing adjustments, etc.

    (6) CLOSING BELL SEGMENT: A detailed review of a current trade you are looking at or recently made. This would include how you found the security, the setup, option strategy used, profit target, position size and expected timeline.

    (7) Any follow up thoughts or tips you can share with our audience.

  • Opportunity to Promote

    At the end of the interview I’ll give you ample time to promote your website, service or profile. We will also link to it in our show notes for the actual episode that goes out to thousands of our subscribers the day the show goes LIVE.

    That said we kindly ask that you refrain from being “pitchy” during the interview as this has been seen to turn people off and make them stop listening half-way through the interview. We’ve tracked the best success and click-through rates when you promote yourself only during the end of the show.

  • Reboot Your Computer

    The goals is to save as much memory as possible for audio processing. We suggest that you consider disabling some of the programs you automatically load at startup. For Skype interviews, we only need a few essential utility programs.

    Launch as few other programs as possible. Keep as few tabs open in your browser as possible. Additional tabs consume additional memory.

  • Check Audio Levels

    You don’t want your volume too high or too low because it will cause an echo in the background while we are recording the interview. We suggest that your computer volume be at 50%.

  • Turn OFF All Notifications

    Please turn off all notifications and move to a quiet area of your home or office for the interview recording. This includes any cell phone or computer bells, dings, rings, blings, whistles, etc. This dramatically reduces the quality of the recording and interrupts our conversation.

  • Headphones & Mircophone

    It is important to wear earphones or earbuds, so that the sound from the other person doesn’t bleed into your mic, creating an annoying echo. Any pair of headphones will do so long as you are also able to speak clearly into your microphone at the same time.

    Though not a requirement, a great microphone will improve the audio quality of our interview. We suggest anything from Logitech as it’s fairly inexpensive and provides great quality on both Mac and PCs.

  • "Closing Bell" Segment

    Towards the end we have a segment called the “Closing Bell“.

    This is far and away our most popular segment and it gives you an opportunity to talk about a current trade you are looking at right now or recently made. We like to dive deep into just 1 trade during this time including everything from how you selected the stock, the setup and to option strategy to your position size, profit targets, etc.

    Please have something ready to share if possible that’s very specific. Again this is where our audience gets a lot of value from our interview.

  • Send Referenced Material

    After the show is complete (or in advance) please send over any reference material you’d like to be included in the show notes for listeners to access on our blog.

    This might include any mentioned stock charts, books, video tutorials, checklists, etc. It would also be great to get a very short 4-5 sentence bio from you to include with our launch.

  • Going LIVE!!!

    Because we record and edit shows well in advance to ensure they meet our high quality standards, you’re show will likely go live a couple weeks after our recording.

    When it does go live we will let you know via email. In addition, we’ll include a link to the show, code to embed the audio file and a custom interview graphic for sharing.

    Because we typically get follow up comments to the recording it would be great if you could check into the show notes page 1-2 times the week it goes live to help answer questions from listeners. This is also a great way to continue building a relationship with them.