Jeanette Tapley was a stay-at-home mom until she started her podcast, It’s Time for Coffee, and became an entrepreneur.
Jeanette is a mom to three, wife to Jesse, and part of an ASL-speaking family because their daughter, who was adopted from Africa, is deaf.
The First Phase
After being a stay-at-home mom for years, Jeanette started her podcast to help people. Her clients quite often become her friends. It’s a blessing to be able to bond and connect with clients.
Check out episode 9 for the 5 Cs of personal branding…Jeanette loved this episode.
Jeanette was married at 18. She was in love, knew Jesse was “the one” and was saving herself for marriage. He proposed after the homecoming dance. Sounds crazy, right?
In Alaska, where Jeanette grew up it was more common for people to get married young. She looks back at it now and laughs because there was no in-between. Eighteen was so young and she skipped a hugely transformative time in her life.
The Sooner the Better
So why did she marry so young? As I mentioned, she was saving herself for marriage and the sooner she got married the sooner she could have sex! Insert laughter…there was a lot of it during this episode.
Jeanette and Jessie have had to grow up together and have had to put in a lot of work to make the marriage a success. They’ve both had to sacrifice but have also found common ground and been supportive of each other to engage with their own friends.
Marriage is one of the hardest jobs and it’s similar to entrepreneurship because it takes a lot of grit and work to be successful at it.
Communication is the Key
I asked Jeanette about how she is communicating with her kids so that they aren’t jumping into relationships so young and before they are really ready. Jeanette’s theory is that it’s important for them to learn how to date, how to treat others, and how to learn how they themselves want to be treated.
It’s about finding a balance and teaching the kids that they have control over their body, but guiding them to remember that their body is also the Lord so they have to be respectful of it.
Jeanette now highly recommends that kids do at least one year of college so that they can find themselves. It’s such a transition and opportunity to grow.
The important thing is to communicate with the kids and keep the communication line open.
The Second Phase
Jeanette started her journey for the second phase by learning to blog. She started her blog and then her podcast. Studying Youtube and reading, she taught herself how to edit podcasts, mix episodes, etc. She wrote and recorded until she was ready to publish her first interview.
Courage was necessary to step out and invite people to be guests on her podcast. It’s so important to have someone believe in you to help give you the courage to do what you dream of doing.
She is now that person for her clients. On her podcast she interviews others and shares their stories through conversation and in her course she supports and builds people up as they pursue their dreams.
The Podcast Coach
When you are contemplating starting a podcast, you have to be sure you know your audience and what they want to hear.
As a podcast coach, Jeanette recommends thinking of your listeners first. Use your brand name so that people can find you. You want to be searchable. Consistency and searchability are very important.
Podcasting helps with your personal brand development because it helps you pass the know, like, and trust factors. It’s a great way for people to get to know you and learn more about you and your business.
Jeanette’s thoughts on what you need to start a podcast:
To start a podcast you need a good to-do list, a good microphone, and a great idea!
“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” ― Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo
Learn More About Jeanette
Podcast: It’s time for Coffee
Learn more about me, and your host, Robyn Graham, HERE.