Deb and I have worked together to create her DebGaut.life website and to launch her blog and the Tiny Sparks, Big Flames (TSBF) Podcast. We developed and implemented a Content Creation System that focuses on her coaching services and her extraordinary podcast guests. I have also enjoyed photographing Deb during different phases of our collaboration. Working with her as a client and a coach has been an extraordinary experience.
I had the opportunity to be a guest in Season One of the podcast. Deb is a masterful interviewer who shines a radiant light on her guests. For this article, I asked her the following questions.
Why did you start a podcast?
Three reasons actually:
- To create a community of creatives, innovators, and difference makers who are daring to live their dreams
- To relay empowering, inspiring, real-life messages in a format that’s fresh, fascinating, informative, and entertaining
- To give listeners, readers, and clients an additional way to access my content as a coach
What is the meaning behind the title Tiny Sparks, Big Flames?
Before the podcast came into being, my philosophy as a coach was Tiny Sparks, Big Flames; Tiny Steps, Big Change.
Once the podcast became real, I knew what the title would be. In fact, the words “Tiny Sparks, Big Flames” hold the keys to following any purpose, passion, or dream.
Who is your audience?
Aspiring and emerging creatives, innovators, and difference makers from all walks of life
How does the podcast align with your role as a coach?
Many of us have big, bold, audacious dreams. Yet, so many times, we allow our fears to hold us back and keep us playing small. As both a leadership and success coach as well as a podcaster, my mission is to help people create bold visions for themselves, overcome challenges and roadblocks with courage and determination, and move confidently toward the future.
What have you learned after two seasons?
I’ve learned how much I enjoy meeting and interviewing fascinating people, and sharing their inspiring stories and success secrets with the world. Given that the idea of podcasting was terrifying for me two seasons ago, I’ve also learned that it takes Courage – not Confidence – to step into the unknown. As uber coach Rich Litvin so wisely says, “Confidence is an outcome, not a requirement.” Courage is actually what’s required.
What do you look for in a guest?
My guests are both established and emerging creatives, innovators, and difference makers. What I’m looking for is honesty, candor, vulnerability, great energy, and a willingness to share personal and professional stories as a way to inspire and encourage others.
What can listeners expect to hear?
Fascinating interviews, compelling, real-life stories, as well as success secrets and advice
Where can people listen to your podcast?
On the TSBF webpage/blog at tinysparksbigflames.com
On Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, iHeart Radio, and Podchaser
How do you get the word out?
Sharing the TSBF podcast is truly a collaborative effort. First, we write, publish, and promote a unique blog post about each episode, which serves as a companion to the podcast. Second, we share custom social media headers and episode links with each of my guests, which they can use in their own marketing and social media efforts. Third, we promote the podcast for two weeks, beginning the day that the episode launches. My partner and collaborator, Caren Libby, is our secret weapon. She’s the beauty and the brains behind my coaching website, theTSBF web page and blog, and our entire digital marketing program. She’s genius!
When are you launching Season 3?
Stay tuned! We’re launching in mid-January 2023.
How can people connect with you?
Via LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/deborah-gaut/
Via Email at email@example.com
Via my website: https://www.debgaut.life
“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
― Philip Pullman
Photography by Caren Libby