At first I interviewed only men for my podcast, The.Connecting.Dots.Podcast. I didn’t do that intentionally. It just so happened. Then I reached out to a few women and interviewed them. They connected me to other interesting business women for my podcast. So, from only male guests my podcast changed to only female guests for a while.
Something interesting happened when I only interviewed women: Female listeners and podcast guests asked me quite irritated, “Do you only interview women now?!” When I was only interviewing men, nobody asked me why I only have male guests.
My hypothesis is that women are not used to being in the spotlight that much. And when they are, I had the feeling that they get suspicious. Is there something wrong with me? Why do I only interview women now? Is this some weirdo type of guy that doesn’t get any women otherwise, so he takes advantage of his podcast?
The answer to all of that is: No. I only wanted to interview interesting guests. And after interviewing about a dozen men in a row I wanted to change things up a bit. And I’m very glad I did.
3 things I’m proud of on International Women’s Day
1. Just recently a female listener found a new job through my podcast connection to the CEO of a Frankfurt based scaleup.
2. Starting in summer 2020 women reached out to me, saying they listened to one of my podcast episodes with a female guest. They added, it made them feel inspired to network or they started that passion project they had put off so far.
3. My podcast became a networking platform: Female (and male) guests started to reach out to each other or ask me for an introduction. They liked the interesting stories of other founders they heard on my podcast.