I got the opportunity last night to interview Teri Gault, the founder of The Grocery Game, the system that has changed my entire way of thinking about coupons, saving money, and shopping. I don’t tend to be a skittish person, especially when it comes to talking to strangers, but last night was different for me. I’m sure she has answered these questions so many times that she repeats them in her sleep. I, however, have only ever interviewed prospective employees and PTA board members.
At 6:45, Mark packed up the children and took them out to dinner and I poured myself a glass of wine and settled in at the kitchen table with my laptop, notebook, ink pen, and telephones. The call was scheduled from 7 to 8 PM, but I totally didn’t think to ask if that meant that the call would COME between 7 and 8 or START between 7 and 8. When the phone rang at 7PM sharp, the butterflies in my stomach took instant and determined flight.
Within seconds of answering, I felt as though I was chatting over a glass of wine with an old friend. Teri has a pretty straightforward manner of speaking, a fabulous sense of humor, and I never once got the feeling that she was watching the clock or was less than completely engaged in our conversation. I would have to say that this was a smashing success for a first interview for me.
We talked almost non-stop for the entire hour, and I wouldn’t be able to do Teri’s interview justice with a few cherry picked quotes in one post. Instead, I’m going to share with you her answers and my thoughts one question at a time in this series. I hope you’ll stick around and share your thoughts on this fantabulous interview with me.