Hey there! Thank you so much for your interest in interviewing Stephanie May Wilson!
Stephanie is an author, a podcaster, a speaker, and the go-to guide for 20 & 30-something women as they navigate their most important relationships. For almost a decade, Stephanie has mentored thousands of women as they cultivate healthy, thriving relationships with God, their friends, their significant others, their calling and their work, and with themselves.
Stephanie’s first book, The Lipstick Gospel, is a favorite to more than 80,000 women, and her podcast, Girls Night with Stephanie May Wilson has reached 1.5 million listeners so far, was featured by FabFitFun as one of their 5 favorite podcasts, and is regularly in the top 20 on the iTunes Religion & Spirituality charts.
You will find her writing featured on NBC, the Anthropologie blog, and Relevant Magazine, and she’s been a long-time blog contributor for PBS, Darling Magazine, and the Christian Mingle blog.
FUN FACT: When she’s not writing, speaking, or recording a podcast episode, Stephanie is usually packing for a global adventure with her husband Carl, laughing with her close tribe of girlfriends, or snuggled up in yoga pants in her Nashville home.
You know that friend you meet that you instantly connect with and have the most life-giving, inspirational conversation with? Stephanie is absolutely that person, and we’re so excited for y’all to connect!
Now, because Stephanie is a podcaster herself, we have done our best to make this as easy on you as possible! Below you’ll find Stephanie’s bio, headshots, places she’s been featured, and a list of topics Stephanie is available to speak on (including some sample questions you can ask her!)
When you’re ready to book Stephanie for an interview, you can contact our PR team at [email protected] and we’ll get back to you right away.
We’re looking forward to connecting with you!
– SMW PR Team
A note from Steph:
Thank you so much for thinking of me for an interview! I’m such a believer that when we get together to talk as women, magic happens. We’re able to find out that we’re not alone in what we’re going through, and we’re able to help each other along the way. I would love to connect with you and would love the chance to encourage and invest in your audience!
Being a podcast host myself, I know how much time, energy, and work goes into every single interview you do. Each one requires so much research — you want to get a good idea of who this guest is, what they can teach your audience, what questions you should ask them that will produce the best content possible, and more.
Because I go through this each week with my own show, I’ve made it my mission to be the easiest podcast guest possible. So below, you’ll find some background information on me, a list of the topics I am available to speak on, as well as a list of prepared questions for each of those topics! (Anything to make your life easier, my friend!)
I can’t wait to get to know you!
What does Stephanie love chatting about? Relationships!
(Below each topic, you’ll find a list of potential questions you can ask her!)
Relationship with God:
How to breathe new life into your relationship with God:
- Stephanie, you had a paradigm-shift a while back that totally transformed the way you think about and connect with God. What happened?
- With that in mind, how do we breathe more life into our prayer life?
- How do we breathe more life into our Bible study time?
- Stephanie, I know you say that consistency is really important when it comes to our relationships with God. How do we do this without the relationship becoming stale (or like a check-list of things we have to do every day?)
- We place such an emphasis on “quiet times” in our Christian culture, but for a lot of us, our relationship with God seems to stop when our quiet times do. How do we get our relationship with God to extend past that quiet time?
How to lead a life-changing Bible Study/Small Group
- Leading a small group can be one of the most rewarding things we do as believers, but it can also be so tricky! What are some of the common problems people run into when leading a group like this?
- Stephanie, so many of your readers and podcast listeners say that you feel like their own personal small group leader, and I know that your blog, your books, and your podcast are all inspired by an experience you had as a small group leader for sorority women. Can you tell us about that?
- Something that’s remarkably hard when you’re leading a small group or a Bible study is just getting people to show up. Have you found this to be the case? Do you have any suggestions for how to get some consistency in our groups?
- You place a big emphasis on the actual space where the group meets. What kind of environment should we be trying to cultivate and why does it matter?
- One thing that’s really hard about leading a group is getting people to open up. Stephanie, I know this is your specialty. How do you get your groups to connect so vulnerably?
- What things can we do as the leader to make our small group successful?
- If we’re looking to start a small group of our own peers, how do we go about doing that?
How to share the Gospel with a non-believer in a way that will actually draw them closer to Christ (and not push them away!)
- Stephanie, you didn’t grow up as a Christian and you actually had some pretty big walls up against Christianity. Why was that?
- Your faith journey began in one of the hardest seasons of your life. What happened?
- In the midst of this season, your best friends shared the gospel with you and you ended up having a pretty radical conversion experience in the Sistine Chapel of all places. Can you tell us about that?
- You have a unique perspective into what non-believers (especially skeptical, hard-hearted ones!) might be thinking and feeling as their Christian friends approach them with the Gospel. From that perspective, how do we go about sharing our faith with our unbelieving friends in a way that will actually draw them closer to Christ (instead of pushing them away?)
Relationships with friends:
How to stay in touch with long-distance friends.
- Stephanie, you have lived more than 1,000 miles from your best friends for more than 6 years now. Yet, you say that you are closer than ever. Have have you and your friends managed to stay so close?
- Sometimes long-distance friendships fade because it feels like one person is making all of the effort. If we’re the ones putting in the lion’s share of the effort, how do we handle that?
- Is there ever a time when you should just call it quits on a friendship? And if so, how do you know when it’s time, and how do you actually go about doing that?
- How do you rekindle a friendship that has faded due to distance?
How to make new friends as an adult
- Stephanie, I’ve heard you say that the first year you were married was the loneliest year of your life (and that it had nothing to do with your husband!) Why was that?
- Why do so many adult women find themselves without a great group of girlfriends? Is this a common problem?
- Do you have any tips for women who are in the process of moving someplace new? Any things you did (or wish you would have done) to help this new place feel like home more quickly?
- Stephanie, you say that while it wasn’t easy, within one year of living in your new town, you had found your people. How did you do that?
- So if we find ourselves in a situation where we need to make new friends, where do we start? Where do we even begin to find new friends as an adult?
- You say that our churches are the greatest untapped resource in the world when it comes to friendships. Why do you say that? And how do we take better advantage of that resource?
- How do we find/make time for friendships in the midst of our busy schedules?
- Finding a few friends isn’t the end of the journey. It takes so long before we have people who really feel like our people. How do you go from being acquaintances to being true best friends?
How to keep friendships throughout different seasons (when people move, get married, have babies, etc.)
- Stephanie, you’re a firm believer in the fact that we can still be best friends with people even when we’re moving into totally different seasons of life. Can you tell us about that?
- It can be so painful when our friends are moving ahead of us in life. It can bring up so many feelings of comparison and even pain as we watch our friends get things that our hearts are deeply longing for (marriage, babies, etc.). Have you ever felt this way? How have you and your friends handled this?
- The situation is difficult the other direction as well! When you’re moving into a new season, it’s so easy to feel distant from the friends who aren’t in that season with you. Have you and your friends faced this? How have you stayed close even when some of you are married. single, have kids, don’t have kids, etc.
- Sometimes there are moments in our friendships when we’re feeling joy at the same moment our friend is feeling pain. There are also moments when our friend’s joy actually causes us pain. How do we deal with this?
- What do we do when it feels like we can’t relate to our friends as much as we used to be able to? How do we continue to relate to each other (and be sensitive to each other’s needs) when we aren’t in the same season?
- If it feels like our friends aren’t prioritizing us as much as they used to, how do we handle this? And what do we do if we’re the friend who all of a sudden has so much more on our plate?
Relationships with Significant Others (and with singleness too!):
How to make the most of your single life (and also set yourself up for an awesome dating life & future marriage in the process)
- Stephanie, you have been married for 4 years now, yet you write and speak to single women more than married women. Why is that?
- What did your journey from singleness to marriage look like?
- What does it mean to “make the most of our single life?” and why is that so important?
- What does it look like to wait well and trust God with this season?
- What are some of the lies you see women believing in the midst of singleness?
- One of the things we struggle with the very most when we’re single is comparison. How can we fill our lives with more joy and contentment while overcoming this pesky comparison?
- Stephanie, you say that living our single lives to the full is the very best thing we can do for ourselves in this season, but that it’s also the very best thing we can do to prepare us for dating & marriage too! Can you tell us about that?
- How do we find the balance between living life to the full as a single woman … while also taking practical steps to find our person?
How do we date with more success (and less stress!) as Christian women
- To begin with, Stephanie, how do we even know if we’re ready to date? How do you make that decision?
- When it comes to finding our person in the world, what part of that is God’s job, and what part are we responsible for?
- Should we say yes to a date even if we’re not sure if we see a future with this person?
- If sharing a common faith is a must-have for us, how do we approach that conversation with a person we’re considering dating?
- What should we be looking for in a guy? How do we find that balance to where we have high standards but aren’t impossibly picky?
- Do you think Christians should be open to online dating? Why or why not?
- How do we put ourselves out there without coming on too strong (or appearing desperate)?
- When we’re dating someone, how soon should we know if there’s a future there? How soon should we know if they’re the person we’re going to marry?
- What does it mean to guard our hearts in dating, and how do we actually do that?
- Dating can be SO intimidating. Any tips for how to make it less stressful and more enjoyable?
Relationship with work & calling:
How to make your blog/instagram your full-time job (that pays the bills and offers so much freedom!)
- Stephanie, you transitioned your blog into a business in a pretty tumultuous time in your life. (You and your husband lost 4 jobs between the two of you before your 1st anniversary, right?) Can you tell us that story? How did you do that?
- How do bloggers/influencers make money? How does that even work?
- We see these Instagram influencers who seem to be doing so well financially, but they have a zillion followers. So many people say that you have to have an enormous following before you can write a book or make money from your blog, but you disagree. Why is that? Can we really start making money with a small following?
- How do you turn your blog/Instagram following into a business?
- How do we figure out what our first product should be?
- How do you actually get people to buy that first product?
- Stephanie, within two years, you took a meager blog following (and 11 dollars in your bank account), and turned it into a 6-figure business. How did you do that?
- You also made a pretty big mistake when launching one of your first products. What was that mistake, and how do we avoid it?
- What would you say to someone who has a small following and is feeling discouraged that it’s not growing faster?
Connections you have to make to be successful in business (and how to make them)
- Stephanie, you say that relationships can make or break our businesses. Why are they so important?
- What kinds of relationships should we be focusing on? (There are 4 main ones, right?)
- Stephanie, you have a strong group of friends who are both Christians and small business owners. How did you find such close “business besties?” (And how do you keep comparison and competition from getting in the way?)
- We’ve heard the term “Mastermind,” and some of us have even been in Masterminds that haven’t really gone so well. How do we find (or form) a mastermind that will really move the needle for our business?
- How do we go about finding mentors in business? (… without being a burden or getting rejected a lot. It can so often feel like the women ahead of us in our fields are totally inaccessible!)
- As believers how do we honor God with our businesses? (And invite Him into our businesses — partnering with Him in our work)
As seen on…
Past Podcast Interviews:
Where you may have seen (or heard) Stephanie and the topics covered:
Delight Ministries Summer Series Podcast — How to go deeper in your friendships
Millennial Women Live Podcast — How to nurture the essential relationships in our lives and how to make + keep friendships in adulthood
Women, Work, & Worth — Making and keeping friendships as an adult
Relevant Entrepreneur — How to turn your blog into a business (that pays the bills and gives you freedom!)
Aspiring Authors — How to turn your blog into a business (and publish your first book!)
The Unveiled Campaign — How to walk in your God-given identity
Live By Design by Katie Den Ouden — How to form lifelong friendships
Jordan Lee, SoulScripts — How to start a blog & grow an audience
WTalk — Finding God in the midst of your rock-bottom moment
The Beautiful Humans Podcast — Faith, friendships & identity
It’s Time For Coffee — Friendship, faith, relationships & self-confidence
She Found Joy Podcast — how to make the most of your single life and stay close with friends in different seasons of life
Stephanie May Wilson is an author, a podcaster, a speaker, and the go-to guide for 20 & 30-something women as they navigate their most important relationships. For almost a decade, Stephanie has mentored thousands of women as they cultivate healthy, thriving relationships with God, their friends, their significant others, their calling and their work, and with themselves. Stephanie’s first book, The Lipstick Gospel, is a favorite of more than 60,000 women, and her podcast, Girls Night with Stephanie May Wilson has reached ½ million women so far, was featured by FabFitFun as one of their 5 favorite podcasts, and is regularly in the top 50 on the iTunes Religion & Spirituality charts.
Stephanie got her start as a writer when she packed up her backpack and traveled around the world for a year, keeping a blog of all of her adventures. She then served as Chief Storyteller for a multi-million dollar humanitarian organization, and then became the Editor-in-Chief of Venture Magazine. Stephanie’s writing has been featured on NBC, CBS, the Anthropologie blog, and Relevant Magazine, and she’s been a long-time blog contributor for CNBC’s Nightly Business Report, Darling Magazine, and the Christian Mingle blog.
When she’s not writing, speaking, or recording a podcast episode, Stephanie is usually packing for a global adventure with her husband Carl, laughing with her close tribe of girlfriends, or snuggled up in yoga pants in her Nashville home.