Welcome to the Podcast

We are thrilled that you are going to be guest on our show!

To help you prepare for your interview, we’ve included a general agenda and some example questions that we might ask along the way.

Keep in mind that we definitely won’t get to all of these, and we will likely ask follow up questions or veer towards different interesting discussions based on how our conversation is going. But this should give you a good idea of what the interview will look like!

If you have any questions at all, feel free to email Dave or Matt


Episode Intro (2 min)

<We’ll introduce you and discuss your many great attributes & successes>

Welcome to the show!

Rapid Fire! (5-8 min)

  • What is your data superpower?

  • If you were a data viz, what would you be and why?

  • Who is your data hero?

  • What is your favorite book?

  • Who is your all-time favorite storyteller/author? And why?

  • What is the data trait or skill that is most undervalued in the industry today?

  • What data blog or podcast around data you would recommend?

  • What non-data blog or podcast would you recommend?

Introduction (10 min)

  • Tell us about yourself

  • What’s your background. How did you get into this field?

  • How did you become passionate about data?

  • What area of data are you in (analytics? Visualization? Data Science?)

  • Do you specialize in a specific type of data? (sales, marketing, education, finance, supply chain, etc.)

Data Culture & Data Literacy (15 min)

  • What is going well in our industry today? What have we solved that was a problem 1-2 years ago?

  • What is the biggest issue that needs to be solved in the next 1-3 years?

  • What does a “data-informed” organization look like to you?

  • Do you believe that a “data-informed” organization exists?

  • What is holding organizations back from truly taking advantage of their data?

  • A lot of talk about Data Literacy right now. What does that mean to you?

  • Does the business have a responsibility to understand data, and data science?

  • How does someone get started on this data-informed journey? How can they help their organization get more mature with data?

  • With the future of AI and Machine Learning, where do analysts go next? How do they add value in the age of machine-driven insights?

Let’s talk about your book/blog/podcast/etc! (15 min)

  • Tell us about your book/blog/podcast?

  • Who is your core audience? Who should buy/read/listen ?

  • What was your inspiration? Why did you create this?

  • What is your unique angle? What does this book/blog/podcast do that nobody else is doing out there?

  • What’s the big takeaway? Give us a summary of what it’s all about?

    • We’ll riff on this for a bit

  • Tell us a little bit about the process of getting it off the ground?

  • What are you excited about the next 1-3 years. What are you working on next?

Wrap up (5 min)

  • How can people best reach out to you if they want to learn more about you, and your book/blog/podcast?

Thank you for joining the show!


Join us on our journey to define the data-informed organization.

Dave Mathias and Matt Jesser host weekly episodes where we discuss the culture, knowledge and practices that successful organizations, leaders and individuals use to get value out of data.