What Riles Me Up – How to be a great radio show guest

Yesterday, I participated in a telephone seminar on “how to be a good guest on radio shows.” I have been on many radio shows to promote my books, but I’m always looking for new ways to be a better guest, or perhaps more appropriately, a greater guest.

One point that the presenter mentioned really struck me. He said that radio shows prefer guests who have a strong opinion. They want you to be riled up about something.

Not gonna take it.

The presenter asked, “Why are you angry? What are you going to do about it? What makes you angry about your profession?”

I told the presenter, “I buy fixer upper houses in Arizona and turn them into rental properties, and I write books, but I’m not really angry about anything.”

He said, “Aren’t you angry about the economy, or the fact that a lot of Canadians are buying up foreclosed houses in Arizona?”

I said, “No way.

Let me entertain you, eh?

Sure, our Canadian friends have infiltrated the entertainment industry with singers, actors, and comedians practically indistinguishable from their American counterparts, but they don’t buy fixer upper houses, which is my gig; and the recession makes houses cheaper for me to buy.

But, I was angry when I had my work hours reduced during the 2001 recession. That forced me to change my way of thinking about what constituted economic security, and got me started on my fixer-upper house business. That’s also motivated me write my first book.

Looking back, I was wrong to be riled up at the recession. What I should have been riled up at was my own blindness and misplaced faith in something as ephemeral as a steady economy. I should have been riled up that I waited for a disaster to strike before I took action.

Maybe my approach should be that I am riled up about other people who don’t learn from their own painful experience, or from mine. Not that everyone should run out and buy fixer-upper houses, but everyone should  establish economic security, or carve out their niche, apart from, or in addition to, their 9-5 job.”

He replied, after a thoughtful pause, “maybe that’s it … people who never plan for a safety net.

This is the major problem we are seeing … if people prepared, they wouldn’t be so panicked.”

So that’s it.

Now I have something to be riled up about; to express my rightful indignation over.

Preparing for my next  radio interview

Watch out!

When I hit the radio waves to promote my next book I’ll come out swinging! Grrrr!

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Amazing Entrepreneurs – Interview With Diane Conklin at Louisville Gals

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5 Easy Methods to Save Money without Thinking at Frugal Habits

Greek Hummus Dip Recipe at Work Save Live  (mmmm)

PoP Balance Sheet – September 2012 at Planting Our Pennies

What Happens to Kids Who Were Bullied? at Blue Collar Workman (Are you looking at me?)

GRE Tips: Acing The GRE As A Middle Aged Person Long After College at Untemplater

Tax Implications Of Running A Blog at Modest Money

Why buying the most expensive motorcycle on Ebay saved me money at Reach Financial Independence

Too Old To Have This Much Crap at Any Shiny Thing

Rental Property Series: How Much Did it Cost at Eyes on the Dollar

Extra Income During the Holidays at Making Sense of Cents


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22 Responses to “What Riles Me Up – How to be a great radio show guest”

  1. Pauline says:

    Thank you Terry for the mention!
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    • Terry says:


      You’re welcome. I liked your September Goals article. I thought it was pretty funny that you were able to live so cheaply and still have money left for a bottle of champagne.

  2. Great post Terry. I can just see you saying that!

    Just a note for your readers. There is a really good discount in my post that has the interview with Diane Conklin for her upcoming 3 day event.

    Anyone that wants to take their business to the next level should check it out. This gal charges $1000 per month for one on one coaching, and eveyone that comes to this event gets her for 3 days for the awesome price of $297.

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  3. Thanks for the mention, man. Also, “Canadians have infiltrated our entertainment industry with singers, actors, and comedians practically indistinguishable from their American counterparts” — that made me laugh a little. It’s too bad. I think we have enough AMerican culture all over the world…Canadian artist people shouldn’t emulate this cr*p, they should find some new way of doing things and wow the world!
    TB at BlueCollarWorkman recently posted..The Blue Collar View on StarbucksMy Profile

    • Terry says:


      Your point is well taken on emulating the US. A lot of what passes for art is questionable.

      However, I must admit that some of my favorite actors and entertainers hail from Canada. For example, where would we be without William Shatner? I consider him the renaissance man of our generation.

  4. Thanks for including our progress post!

    Maybe you should also eat something that will give you indigestion before the next radio interview – I always find I’m a bit more inclined to disagree with people when my tummy’s not sitting well =)
    Mrs. Pop @ Planting Our Pennies recently posted..PoP Balance Sheet – September 2012My Profile

  5. Next interview, leave a little late so you have to rush in. It will make you all flustered and maybe you’ll be disagreeable. I don’t mind the Canucks. From what I can tell, they’re all pretty nice. Thanks for the mention.
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    • Terry says:

      That’s a good suggestion. Arriving a little flustered could give me just the right edge.

      I like our Canadian neighbors to the north also. Our entertainment industry would be depleted without them.

  6. Untemplater says:

    Thanks for the mention Terry! I feel your frustration on people who don’t learn from their mistakes, especially when it comes to finances and the work place.
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    • Terry says:

      Truthfully, I’m the worst offender, having taken my own sweet time to recognize the futility of relying on a 9 to 5 job for my security.

      But, my motto is “better late than never.”

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  10. Terry, thanks for the mention! I love your captions in the pictures – you crack me up!
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    • Terry says:


      Glad you like the captions.

      I may be utilizing your outstanding car buying tips soon, as I am on the lookout for a new car.

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