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Hey Rower,
Happy New Year! Hope your year is off to a great start?

Me? Well…I said yes to a guest spot on a podcast!

For those of you who know me, this is WAY outside my comfort zone.

Here’s the backstory…

Last year, Rebecca Caroe, the host of RowingChat, put together a retailer directory of all the rowing-related businesses from oars to boats to shoes to jewelry to help us find whatever we’re looking for quickly. Thank you, Rebecca!

She sent the listings out to all the companies to ask for input, corrections, edits, etc. I asked to make a few edits to my listing and we got chatting.

Next thing I know, she’s inviting me to be on her podcast. I said yes before I gave myself time to think about it and chicken out. Last year was my year to say “yes” to things so…I said yes. (yikes!)

That invitation was months ago. The closer it got to my interview date, the more nervous I became. Every time I saw an email from her about her latest podcasts, my stomach would do a little flip.

What had I gotten myself into?

The morning of the interview, I finally worked up the nerve to watch a few episodes so I would have a better idea of what to expect. Having never been on a podcast, I wasn’t sure how it all worked…would it be taped and edited? Or would we actually be live? Would I need to craft a bio or an “elevator pitch”?

After binge watching quite a few episodes, I had a pretty good sense of what to expect and felt as ready as I was going to be. Gulp!

To be on the safe side, I relied on on old coxswain trick and put a bunch of post-its reminders on my computer. That way, if I got tongue-tied, I would have the words in front of me. That worked pretty well until I forgot the name of my own rowing club! Oops.

Rebecca’s been doing this since 2013 so she’s a real pro at making her guest feel very comfortable. I was still really nervous but I made it through. I have to say, I look super tense most of the time and my eyes are all over the place but, after I settled into it, it was actually quite fun! Who knew?

In addition to a standard audio podcast, Rebecca tapes the live interview and posts it to YouTube. I’ve included a link here if you want to watch it. I admit, it’s a little cringe-worthy but remember, I was super nervous so be gentle.

After we wrapped up the interview, we discussed a few ways we could collaborate further. I’m pleased to announce that her newest book, Rowing Tales 2020, can now be purchased on ScullingGear.com. It’s a limited Release so grab your copy soon before she runs out.

We’ll be doing more collaborations in the future with Faster Masters, a training program specifically for masters rowers, so keep an eye out for that.

Until next time, enjoy the video!
Chris