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New podcast! Hosted by Jeff Dolan and Andy Frye, Tax Pro Nation is the show for independent tax professionals, airing every Monday.

1 – Step 1 of The Pronto Path: Initiation

Every journey begins with the first step, and in episode 1 of Tax Pro Nation, we take the Initiation step in the 9 steps of The Pronto Path. The Pronto Path is a career roadmap or framework to remove fear and doubt from the tax profession. If you’re wondering how to get from where you are right now to where you want to be as an independent tax professional, this show is for you!

Step 1 is all about getting educated, registered, and deciding which direction you will head in the business.

 

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Jeff Dolan & Andy Frye
Jeff Dolan and Andy Frye are your hosts for Season 1 of Tax Pro Nation.
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  1. So… I am an avid podcast listener so I have plenty of feedback that you may or may not find helpful. (You are probably going to regret asking me… but you did, so here goes.)
    1. First, congrats on the podcast! I can see this growing into something that can be helpful to independent tax pros and your tax school. But delivery and structure is just as important as the information you give.
    2. Let’s talk about delivery. Andy, I didn’t know you were a journalist in your previous life (me too!) so I know you will understand when I make this suggestion… use you morning news show voice (Today, Good Morning America) rather than your public radio voice (NPR, ETV, PRI). I little more inflection and ‘life’ in your delivery may be beneficial to the listener. Make sure your enthusiasm for the business shows just as much as your knowledge does. Your delivery doesn’t need to be silly, but you should definitely interject some enthusiasm. Sometimes we have to ‘turn on’ before we ‘go on’.
    3. I’m almost done with the second episode and it seems like each show is expected to be about an hour long. It is great to have a basic structure, including episode length, but I wouldn’t force a show to go longer than its content naturally drives it. It’s better to have a rocking 38-minute show full of good content than a dragging 1-hour show that just trying to make a time requirement. This is your show. You don’t have to meet any standard that doesn’t benefit the show.
    4. Yes… the first season seems to be geared towards those who are interested in starting their own business and exploring the many ways and requirements to do that. That’s a great starting point… especially since this is being driven by Pronto Tax School. But I hope next season will include interviews from established independent tax professionals on how they got started and grew their business. This is going to require a great deal of research and networking for you. The current format does not encourage established professionals to listen, as you mentioned, most of us are way past that stage. But I am always interested in hearing from other professionals about how they built their business and where they are going. I think this is where the GOLD is for you. Once you build that following, I think you will find that enrollment of your tax school may not be where the true advantage is, but advertisement and partnerships with people who have services to sell to ITP (independent tax professionals).
    5. Finally, I wouldn’t refer to time or days of the week in any broadcast (i.e. “Happy Monday”). The beauty of podcasting is that people can listen any time they want… even 3 years from now. Time isn’t very relevant. Maybe that’s a bit of personal preference from me… but as someone who listens to podcasts 5 days a week and almost every moment I am in my car, I think it is worth mentioning.

    One more thing… thanks for not taking digs at the Big Three… I have mad respect for H&R Block and do not view them as my competitor (how can I possibly compete with that!) I got my started with Block. I enjoyed 7 years with them and give them 100 percent credit for building a proper and solid tax prep foundation for me. Without H&R Block, I can honestly say there would be no Simply Taxes of South Carolina.

    Good luck guys and I will be listening! Take care.

    • Jeff Dolan

      May 9, 2018

      Thanks Teowonna! This is such great feedback. We appreciate you.

1 – Step 1 of The Pronto Path: Initiation