A new, unique way to learn more about QuickBooks in a fast-paced, 90-minute radio show That’s Radio Free QuickBooks. Here’s how it all began.
I first met Dawn Brolin down in Plano, Texas, in October 2009. I was the freshman of the group chosen to present the “What’s New” seminars and webinars for Intuit’s annual QuickBooks Launch Tour, and it was Brolin’s second year. To date, she’s the only person in the world I refer to strictly by last name.
We immediately connected – and as we have pondered between us many times, how could we not? We’re both married to Kevins, we both have two kids, we’re both 100% QuickBooks nerds and we both work very hard at what we do. Most importantly, we both make sure we have FUN doing what we do. When that involves teaching or presenting, we also want to make sure our audience is having a good time.
For the next year, we talked and emailed frequently. We spent a minute asking after the Kevins and the kids, but then spent the rest of time talking shop. So when I mean QuickBooks nerds, I really mean it. We could spend 45 minutes on the phone discussing, in detail, exactly how we clean up a data file or the best way to set up a company in QuickBooks Online. Another recurring theme: we needed to find a project which we could work on together … which is one reason that when asked by Stephanie Morris to do a Q&A webinar for Intuit, I immediately suggested Brolin – and product specialist Woody Adams.
I had the pleasure of working with Woody during the Intuit Summer Series webinars as a co-presenter. Warm and engaging, and as a Product specialist with Intuit, he’s definitely a kindred QuickBooks spirit. Woody was an instrumental part in the presentations for Launch Tour for QuickBooks 2011. He provided clear, concise video demonstrations of some of the new features that earned applause from the first live audience in Dallas to see them, as well as valuable insight and what-if questions.
It was during a conference call discussing the Q&A webinar that Woody casually mentioned doing a call in radio show, and Stephanie suggested a website that could host it.
As soon as the call ended, the emails started flying. I immediately emailed Dawn and Woody to see if they were interested, and in the ensuing flurry of emails between all three of us, you could feel the excitement radiating from the computer screen.
Within two hours, after Woody had given it a name – Radio Free QuickBooks. I had created a Show Page, an email address, a Twitter account and had the entire month of December booked with guests. Our upcoming guests include CP Morey from AuditMyBooks.com to talk about internal controls, Mark Gilman from Decus Communications, Intuit’s Alison Ball to talk about the QuickBooks ProAdvisor certification exam and Intuit’s Jim Buffington for our accounting workflow show. In fact, Jim was integral in getting the word out to his Intuit colleagues after Woody had explained the show to him over lunch. It was great to see his enthusiasm match ours – in a voicemail to me, he said it “one of the best ideas he’d heard in a long time” and that it “made his week.”
The reason we chose a live, call-in show was to fill in a gap. The QuickBooks Community Forums are a great resource and obviously so are the support lines, but Radio Free QuickBooks offers a little more instant gratification and some personality from people that use, teach and support QuickBooks every day. It’s one thing to write (or read if you’re the one in need of help) an answer, but it’s quite another matter to be able to answer it and discuss it with people that you respect and with whom you truly enjoy working.
That last sentence is the whole point of the show! We have a blast doing it. We try to make things fun; every week that 90 minutes is the fastest hour and a half any of us experience all week. We really are looking forward to a long run with the show and are already booking guests for February shows. Our show is on every Wednesday evening from 7:30-9 pm, EST, and guests are on during the middle half hour. You can subscribe to our RSS feed, listen to archived shows found on the show page under “On Demand Episodes” or download through iTunes.
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