Finding Guests for “Heart to Heart with Anna” has been interesting. When I first pitched my idea for the show, I had a lot of heart friends in mind as Guests to be on the show. Some of those friends happily came on the show — some more than once! Even though I’ve been in the ‘heart world’ for over 20 years, I don’t know everyone in the heart community so I’ve had people come on the show who I never knew before.
I created a form on the website under the Show tab that people can fill out to be on the show. It’s been delightful to actually “meet” and interview “Heart to Heart with Anna” fans. I read all of the mail I receive and if someone’s idea for a show topic fits with our theme, then I’ll contact that person.
Another way I get Guests is from the reading I do. I spend quite a bit of time on Facebook and if I see someone post something interesting, I will often ask if they’d like to share their story on the radio show. That has been a great way to get to know people better and for them to get their message out.
Doing research for the many projects I’m working on is another way I find Guests. When I read articles that impress me, I will often write to the authors to see if they’d like to come on the show. This has been another great way for me to “meet” others in the heart community and for us to empower our community.
The last way I find Guests for the show is by word-of-mouth. I love it when someone contacts me and says that they know someone who would be perfect for “Heart to Heart with Anna.” So far, everyone who has recommended a Guest for the show has been spot on! I’m so happy we have this radio show to encourage, inspire and educate our heart community. Keep those request forms and referrals coming!
There is only one show left to tape for Season 6 — Carpe Diem: Seizing the Day. We’ll take a week off to prepare for Season 7 — Congenital Heart Defects Around the Globe. If you would like to be a Guest and you live outside the USA or you had your surgeries outside the USA, please let us know!
Thanks to all of the wonderful Guests who have come on the show (sometimes more than once!). You all make the show fun and interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing who will be a Guest next season.