Guest Speakers

Questions about the podcast? Read up on my approach to the podcast.

What to Expect

My Approach to the Podcast

We may or may not get to all the questions below. They are a framework for the episode, but I am more interested in having a great conversation and asking follow up questions based on our discussion. I enjoy going “off-script” and seeing how our conversation evolves. That way the show is produced organically and the listeners experience a more organic (and valuable) show.

The show will be 20-30 minutes. I used to record 60 minute shows, but Apple Analytics shows me that my tribe typically listens to about 27-35 minutes on average. So I made an adjustment and want to serve up the type of show my listeners want—perfect for a commute!

If you don’t work in a school or district… take a breath… I’m more interested in learning your leadership insights and lessons learned from failures.

When telling stories remember to be as specific as possible. My listeners also appreciate practical examples they can take action on.

Podcast Questions


1/3 of the show

10 minutes
  • Read Bio [INSERT BIO HERE]
  • Describe your perfect day at work.
  • What topic are you fascinated by in education or leadership right now that you’d like to share with the listeners?
  • Why do you do what you do?
  • What are 3 skills school leaders must have to be successful?
  • Do you have any type of routines or rituals that help you have a impactful day?
  • Do you unplug from work? If so, how? If you don’t unplug, why not?


2/3 of the show

10 minutes
  • IF GUEST HAS A PODCAST, BOOK, ETC. Tell me the story of… (or) What are you particularly proud of your school for accomplishing or attempting in the last year?
  • What has been your worst single leadership mistake? What did you learn from this experience?
  • This Derek Sivers’ quote is one of my favorites: “What is ordinary to you is extraordinary to me.” What is your super-power?
  • Tony Robbins is famous for saying: “Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” What is one question you should have asked more frequently as a novice leader?
  • [IF GUEST STRUGGLES]… “Why can’t we” questions are powerful. What “Why can’t we” question should we be asking in schools. For example, “Why can’t we have flexible schedules that meet individual student needs?” or “Why can’t we get rid of suspension forever?”
  • What is one class we should add to our schools that isn’t currently taught (that you know of)?
  • What is the worst leadership advice you’ve been given or have heard being given?
  • What idea or word or practice should we retire in education?
    Concerning [LEADERSHIP OR EDUCATION], What have you changed your mind about in the last few years?


3/3 of the show

5-10 minutes
  • What is ONE book, video, tool, or resource that has really impacted your leadership, productivity, or quality of life this year? How did it impact you?
  • What message would you put on all school marquees across the globe if you could do so for just a day?
  • You’re building a school from the ground up. You’re not limited by any resources. Your only limitation is your imagination. How would you build your dream school and what would be your top 3 priorities?
  • _____, thank you so much for being a part of the BLBS podcast.  Do you have any parting words of advice and what is the best way to get a hold of you?
  • Better Leaders thank you for investing in yourself today by listening to this podcast …“Remember that life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it” Go out there today and Be a Better Leader.
  • Today’s podcast was brought to you by Danny & _________.  Head over to and type __________ in the search bar and the show notes page will pop up where you’ll get the highlights of today’s episode, links to all the resources, and the best way to connect.  
  • ________ thank you for sharing your leadership insights and helping the Better Leaders BE BETTER


In Summary

  • Great conversation = great show. Relax and have fun.
  • Can we collaborate and create a PODCAST UPGRADE? This will make your episode 10x more valuable.
  • After reviewing the questions… is there a question you wish I would ask you (or other guests)? Send it to me
  • Download the resource on this page if you’d like a video talking about how to create processes and the actual checklist I use to produce every show.


Podcast Process Checklist