Engel Jones has conducted over 2,000 interviews since 2016. They were all at least 12 minutes long.
In 2016 Engel decided that he was going to do 1001 interviews in 3 months, using a framework of questions that he came up with that take around 12 minutes and are meant to help you discover Your Own Unique Real Self. He called it Twelve Minute Convos. This was all done from his home in Trinidad with guests from everywhere in the world.
Let’s think about this for a second: 1001 interviews divided by 90 days is around 11 interviews per day.
When I schedule interviews for The Personal Finance Show, I do one, maybe 2 per day. Whether it takes an hour or 12 minutes, interviewing someone takes a lot of energy and creativity.
When the 1001 interviews were completed, Engel released a workbook called Your Own Unique Real Self, a reflective self-discovery guide, which is now available on Amazon.
As if that wasn’t enough, in 2017 Engel decided to try it again! This time focusing on interviewing other podcasters. He got to 813. That’s 1814 conversations in 2 years. My 12 minute convo was episode 1,437.
And as of March 2018, which is the last episode published on iTunes, the episode count is at 1987.
But it doesn’t end there! In June of 2018 Engel and his wife Amanda(who is a registered nurse and published author) decided to leave Trinidad and make a 12 week journey across North America to meet and do follow-up interviews in-person with as many previous guests as possible.
So they are way past 2,000 episodes now - they just haven’t been published on to the podcast feed yet. They are all on Facebook and YouTube if you search for #12minconvos. The in-person interviews are currently at episode 289 and you can find me on episode 106
It was a privilege to host Engel and Amanda at my home in Hamilton, and provide them with a place to stay while on their journey. If you like what they are doing and want to throw them some support, head over to gofundme.com/12minconvos.
Engel agreed to take a break from being the interviewer for a whole hour, to share his personal finance story and how 12 Minute Convos came to be.
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Thanks so much for listening to this episode of The Personal Finance Show. Next week, my guest will be Boyce Collins of The Personal Mortgage Group.