How Did You Learn That?

Andrew Barry

We need more experts sharing their knowledge. But not every domain expert is an expert teacher. In this show, I interview people who have mastered a skill to unpack HOW they learned it. Let's democratize online education by making it easier for domain experts to share their expertise and for you, the listener, to learn new skills. Join us every week for insights and practical steps for applying the world's best knowledge.

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Joining me this week are the guests from the podcast's past.I am very excited to present a mash-up episode as a way to give thanks to the masterminds who’ve been on the show and offer something special back to the community.This one is themed around the topic of mentors. I'm super excited to dive in here, I think you're going to learn a lot from my selection of 13 previous guests. In the spirit of thanks - given that it’s Thanksgiving week here in the United States when this has been recorded and released - I would really appreciate it if you could give thanks for any enjoyment that you've had from this podcast, by liking, subscribing, or following the show.To celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’m excited to announce a special competition. If you leave a review, take a screenshot of it and send it to hello@curiouslionlearning.com. I'll be sending one lucky listener a book of their choice from a selection of my favorite books of this year. So please leave a review, take a screenshot and send it to hello@curiouslionlearning.com.And without further ado, let's learn about mentors.👉Continue the conversation with me: https://twitter.com/Bazzaruto💌Get my 2-week email course on creating your own online course: http://coursecreator.studio/email

Nov 25

1 hr 5 min

Joining me this week is Scott Jeffrey Miller.Scott is an entrepreneur and also a Senior Advisor in Thought Leadership for Franklin Covey, a world leader in consulting and training, enabling individuals and organizations to achieve results that require lasting changes in human behavior. It's a fascinating role and seeing Scott's day-to-day covers a lot of the topics we've talked about on this podcast.He says that no one can call themselves a “Thought Leader”, many do but those are the people you should avoid - it has to be bestowed upon you. His recent years have been dedicated to building out what it means to be recognized as a Thought Leader.One of the key takeaways, which we talked about in this episode, is how there aren't really any new ideas out there; and how we all have permission to twist existing ideas into new ones. This conversation moves between all of the different transformational insights that Scott has gleaned from his years interviewing incredible personalities for his book, Master Mentors. In fact, one of the topics we discuss in depth is how important it is to protect your brain - to literally be aware of the shock and trauma that our actual brains go through. I guarantee there is something in this episode for you.Please sit back and enjoy my conversation with Scott Jeffrey Miller.👉Continue the conversation with me: https://twitter.com/Bazzaruto💌Get my 2-week email course on creating your own online course: http://coursecreator.studio/email

Nov 18

1 hr 6 min

Joining me this week is the tea expert, Nicole Wilson.She has been exploring the world of tea and writing about what she learned on her blog Tea for Me Please since 2008. For the last 13 years she’s been following a passion, following her curiosity, learning everything she can about the topic, building a community, and sharing thoughts, ideas, and value for people.  She’s been navigating the quintessential creative path. What makes it especially fascinating is that it’s in such a specific niche, which made for a very interesting and unique conversation.If you didn't know anything about tea or thought maybe you weren't that interested in tea, I guarantee you'll find something of interest in this conversation with Nicole.So please sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy my conversation with Nicole Wilson.👉Continue the conversation with me: https://twitter.com/Bazzaruto💌Get my 2-week email course on creating your own online course: http://coursecreator.studio/email

Nov 11

48 min 26 sec

My conversation today is with Akira the Don.He is a musician, artist, creator, and one-man record label, who has created a style of music that he calls Meaningwave.He takes meaningful lyrics from people like Jocko Willink, Jordan Peterson, Alan Watts, and David Foster Wallace; mixing these lyrics to music that is emotional and melodic. He uses some lo-fi hip hop, to create what he calls psychotechnology - a way to share meaningful ideas with people in a delivery mechanism that is frictionless, enjoyable, and fun to listen to. We discuss how important being a consistent producer of content is, regardless of what it is that you're creating.A lot of the lessons that he's drawn in his life and a lot of our discussion is centered around the ideas that he shares in the music that he puts out.If you are interested in the world of ideas, the creative process, or how this all comes together to make the world a better place, you're going to love this episode.👉 Continue the conversation with me: https://twitter.com/Bazzaruto💌 Get my 2-week email course on creating your own online course: http://coursecreator.studio/email

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Nov 4

1 hr 25 min

Andrea is a communication coach. She's an expert in Consumer Psychology, and word of mouth. She has an insatiable obsession with understanding - “Why you said whatever you just said.” Andrea created Talk about Talk, which is a learning platform to help others boost their confidence and improve their communication skills. In our conversation, we specifically unpack the topic of personal brands. Whether you are running your own business or you’re working in a job, hoping for a promotion, many decisions that impact your success are made without your presence in the room. Having a personal brand means owning the narrative of what others say about you when you're not physically present - and my conversation with Andrea unpacks how to go about owning yours.Please sit back and enjoy my conversation with Andrea Wojnicki.👉 Continue the conversation with me: https://twitter.com/Bazzaruto💌 Get my 2-week email course on creating your own online course: http://coursecreator.studio/email

Oct 28

51 min 32 sec

Joining me for our 50th episode is Sharon Salzberg!Sharon is among the most prominent teachers of meditation in the world. She’s the author of 11 books, including the New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness. Her writing has been featured on Medium, the Huffington Post and she was a contributing editor of Oprah’s O Magazine for several years.Sharon is also the host of her own podcast The Metta Hour, which brings Buddhist wisdom to everyday life in a practical, common sense vernacular. Please enjoy my conversation with Sharon Salzberg.👉 Continue the conversation with me: https://twitter.com/Bazzaruto💌 Get my 2-week email course on creating your own online course: http://coursecreator.studio/email

Oct 21

1 hr 9 min

My guest this week is Gwyn Wansbrough.Gwyn is an independent facilitator, learning experience designer, and course creator. She focuses on empowering educators and team leaders with the skills to make learning more creative. Her focus is human-centered learning, with an emphasis on group learning.Her extensive experience has taught her that the best group experiences combine world-class content, with engagement and connection. But it's the engagement and connection that are often ignored or left behind. Facilitation is the key solution to address this issue. With more people learning and working online, facilitation is quickly becoming a leadership super skill for the future.Gwyn has a number of useful exercises, activities, and tools you can use to create better group experiences - whether that's an online course, a team meeting, or even your next Christmas gathering. So next time you're in a group of people gathering online, think back to this conversation with Gwyn - and bring your best facilitation skills to the fore.Please sit back and enjoy my conversation with Gwyn Wansbrough.👉 Continue the conversation with me: https://twitter.com/Bazzaruto💌 Get my 2-week email course on creating your own online course: http://coursecreator.studio/email

Oct 14

1 hr 6 min

Joining me this week from Amsterdam is Gilbert Eijkelenboom.Gilbert helps turn analytical thinkers into compelling communicators. He focuses mainly on data professionals, data scientists, data analysts, and works with many of them through training events and public speaking. He's also the author of the book People Skills for Analytical Thinkers, a guide on how to boost your communication skills and advance your career. In this episode, you'll learn about:How emotions give us information.How journaling every day can help you unlock that information.How to use empathy to co-create.Why beginning with the end in mind, is the best way to go about creation.Gilbert's three C's for communicating analytical concepts: Connection, Curiosity, and Clarity.Please sit back, and enjoy my conversation with Gilbert Eijkelenboom.👉 Continue the conversation with me: https://twitter.com/Bazzaruto💌Get my 2-week email course on creating your own online course: http://coursecreator.studio/email

Oct 7

50 min 24 sec

Joining me this week is Nathan Barry.Nathan is a creator, author, speaker, designer, and founder of ConvertKit, an email marketing platform. Nathan has been cutting his teeth since 2010 by blogging online and selling various digital products to his growing online audience. He has become an authority on audience building and email marketing. This episode is a treasure trove for anybody thinking of building an online audience, establishing themselves as an authority, and packaging their knowledge as information products. If you've ever wondered what it means to have an email list, Nathan's description in this episode is absolutely brilliant. I challenge you to listen to this without wanting to create your own!So please sit back and enjoy my episode with Nathan Barry.👉 Continue the conversation with me: https://twitter.com/Bazzaruto💌Get my 2-week email course on creating your own online course: http://coursecreator.studio/email

Sep 30

1 hr 11 min

Joining me today is Karthik Puvvada, better known as KP.KP is a no-code builder, community leader, writer, podcast host, angel investor, and growth advisor for startups. In the last five years, he's built an audience of 20,000 people on the internet while shipping more than 10 no-code projects. He's gained accidental popularity as the “Build In Public” expert. He has published thousands of tweets on the topic to help founders and creators leverage this framework and build an audience on the internet.Our conversation moves from philosophy all the way to practical application, in an incredibly rich exploration around this concept of building in public. There isn't anybody out there that I've met who understands and can talk about these ideas so eloquently.You'll learn:How he used the idea of building in public to land his dream job.What his favorite side projects were in getting that exposure.How to play the infinite game.How to play the iteration gameAnd what it means to get on the path of learning.KP packages his years of experience into useful lessons for those getting started and those exploring this world of building in public. This episode delivers on what you expect and gives you so much more.So please sit back and enjoy my episode with KP.👉 Continue the conversation with me: https://twitter.com/Bazzaruto💌 Get my 2-week email course on creating your own online course: http://coursecreator.studio/email

Sep 23

53 min 58 sec

Joining me this week is Caroline Goyder. Caroline has an international reputation for her work as an expert speaker and voice coach. She's worked with many prestigious clients; including news anchors, reporters, actors, CEOs of FTSE 100 companies, TV magicians, and even a monarch. She is also an accomplished writer, having authored three books, namely: Find Your Voice, Star Qualities, and Gravitas - the topic of which is one of the core things we talk about in today's episode.Her 2014 TEDx talk on the Surprising Secret to Speaking with Confidence has been viewed over seven and a half million times. In our conversation, we go deep into the idea of Gravitas - finding and harnessing the power of your diaphragm and understanding the central, almost inspirational role that your breath plays when speaking with confidence. This is a skill, a practice, and a way of life that can be applied to so many different things.So if you've ever wanted to understand more about how to speak, how your voice works, and how you can connect with your inner stillness and confidence - then this is the conversation for you.Please sit back and enjoy my conversation with Caroline Goyder.👉 Continue the conversation with me: https://twitter.com/Bazzaruto💌Get my 2-week email course on creating your own online course: http://coursecreator.studio/email

Sep 16

50 min 10 sec

My guest this week was Jeff Gothelf. Jeff helps organizations build better products. He's the co-author of the award-winning book, Lean UX, and the creator of the methodology that goes into Lean UX, which has gone on to inform the way hundreds of companies approach software design and product design.He helps companies bridge the gap between business agility, digital transformation, product management, and human-centered design. He's written numerous books since Lean UX, selling upwards of a million copies across his collection of writings.In this conversation, we spend most of our time focused on his most recent book, Forever Employable. The book chronicles Jeff's transition from employee to agency owner to an independent operator. It teaches you how to stop looking for work, and how to let your next job find you.Jeff has a refreshingly simple way of thinking about what many of us want to be able to do; which is to secure our own financial freedom by becoming a thought leader or respected expert on the thing that we're good at. To learn more about Jeff's work, check out his website, which we've included in the show notes, to find courses, books, and other media to help you along your journey. That journey starts now.So please sit back and enjoy my conversation with Jeff Gothelf.

Sep 9

1 hr 1 min

My guest this week is Justin Mikolay. Justin is a senior writer and the host of a podcast for Gumroad, an online platform that facilitates the sale of products by creators directly to consumers. He's also the creator and instructor of the online course, 10x Creator, an intense three-week experience that teaches you how to launch successful online products. Beyond this, he maintains a never-ending list of side projects that he constantly works on.In this episode, we break down the process of going from selling time to storing effort in digital assets. This was probably one of the most actionable episodes I've ever recorded. I took copious amounts of notes and will be going over it again myself for ideas in the next couple of days.. This was probably also one of the best descriptions I've ever heard of how to go from consumption to creation.So please, sit back, and enjoy my episode with Justin Mikolay.

Sep 2

1 hr 7 min

Joining me this week is Kaya Yurieff. Kaya is a reporter for The Information, a subscription-based technology publication. She writes a daily newsletter speaking on the “Creator Economy”, breaking ground on new developments and insights within this exciting emerging space. Before joining The Information, she covered business for The Street, a financial news and literacy website. Following this, she worked for CNN on the Creator Economy beat. If you have any interest whatsoever in the Creator Economy, Kaya is all-knowing and all-seeing, spending every day of the week researching and writing about this exciting new space.Please sit back and enjoy my conversation with Kaya Yurieff.👉 Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course?💌 Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course: http://coursecreator.studio/email

Aug 26

1 hr 4 min

Joining me this week is Luba Yudasina. Luba is a content creator with over 100,000 subscribers on YouTube. She's an entrepreneur, an opera singer, and a serial learner. Having started a business that connects US-based companies with Eastern European tech talents, her journey unfolds as a series of pivots as she follows the scent of a new epiphany. This episode is a lesson in just getting started. If you're curious about the creative economy, this conversation with Luba will open up your eyes to the emotional and mindset aspects of building a business and forging your own creative path.Please sit back and enjoy my conversation with Luba Yudasina.👉 Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course?💌 Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course: http://coursecreator.studio/email

Aug 19

1 hr 6 min

Joining me this week is Azhelle Wade. Azhelle has had a career that spans across the toy industry, working as a toy entrepreneur and a toy inventor. Today, she helps the toy curious and toy experts turn their ideas into profitable products.Her journey as a creator began with a podcast, she then founded a costume company before creating her current, and most successful brand, the Toy Coach.We touched on some very interesting topics in this conversation- everything from understanding the toy industry to learning about entrepreneurship, to figuring out how to turn an idea into a product.We also talked about the importance of getting used to your ideas changing. It happens all the time in the toy industry, as well as in so many other industries, especially in these shifting times. For early creators, it can be quite a challenge to let go of the ego and to allow the idea to be molded and shaped into something that buyers would actually buy. I learned so much from talking to Azhelle and I'm sure you will, too.Please enjoy my conversation with Azhelle Wade.👉 Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course?💌 Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course: coursecreator.studio/email

Aug 12

1 hr 16 min

Joining me this week is Tim Stoddart. Tim is the CEO of an internet marketing agency called Stodzy. He is also the owner of a blog, Sober Nation, and a partner in the website, Copyblogger. In addition to being a successful entrepreneur, Tim is also a recovered addict, with an intimate understanding of how to maintain a healthy balance between the highs and the lows of life and success.He never started out wanting to create an internet marketing agency or to help people with content marketing or SEO, he simply had a love for words and the desire to share his story online. That’s what fascinates me about Tim and his journey - the purity of intention.As you hear in this conversation, we start off by answering the question that a lot of people who are unhappy in their jobs often have, when dreaming of a new career path - “How do I get started?” If you've ever wondered what it's like to come back from adversity, to forge your own path, and be doing something that you love doing on a day in and day out basis, you'll really enjoy this conversation that I had with Tim.Please sit back and enjoy.👉 Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course?💌Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course: https://coursecreator.studio/email

Aug 5

1 hr 11 min

Joining me this week is Marina Mogilko. She is an extremely successful entrepreneur, YouTuber, Tik Tok star, investor, and mother. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, she grew up with parents who always encouraged the importance of learning another language. At the age of 23, she moved to California, pursuing an MBA, eager to grow her entrepreneurial insight. She conceived and formalized her startup, LinguaTrip, which is a booking platform for language courses.Marina is a creator at heart, and today she spends her time creating and helping others create. This conversation revealed many great tips on how to build an audience, how to balance work and life, how to reach out to big-name guests for your work, and how to use the power of leverage to be a superwoman. In talking to Marina, I'm still pretty convinced she is a superwoman, and I'm sure you will be too.Please enjoy my conversation with Marina Mogilko.👉 Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course?💌 Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course: coursecreator.studio/email

Jul 29

1 hr

Joining me this week is Jarrod Kimber. Jarrod is first and foremost a cricket writer but has become somewhat of a polymath of Sports Media. He is a fantastic writer of features on a broad range of topics, as well as a talented novelist. In addition to his writing, he is a filmmaker, podcast host, commentator, analyst for teams, and my favorite - a course creator.This incredible journey of creativity began in a very unlikely way, with Jarrod dropping out of high school. He tried to further his studies through two higher learning courses, one he quit, and the other he never passed. Following that, he took up jobs parking cars and working in call centers.During this time, he came to prominence as the founder of a blog called “cricketwithballs”, building a fanbase attracted to his unique, edgy, hilariously funny writing. With the popularity of the blog, he got on the radar of ESPN, who signed him up as a writer for their cricket property, “Cricinfo”. From there, his career has taken off and continues to flourish.This is one of the most hilarious conversations I've had on the show. Jarrod has an incredible imagination and an extraordinary ability to tell stories. He doesn't hold back in the way he responds to my questions and I found myself laughing through so many moments in this episode.I also noticed a few really interesting similarities between the writing process that he teaches in his sports-writing course, that I apply as a writer, techniques that would be applicable no matter what you write. In addition to that - the beauty and power of his storytelling ability come through so strongly in the stories he tells. This feels like a masterclass on the power of listening.Please enjoy my conversation with Jarrod Kimber.👉 Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course?💌 Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course

Jul 22

1 hr 23 min

Joining me this week is Anne Muhlethaler - a branding and communications consultant. Anne works in luxury fashion and is from Geneva, Switzerland. She is also a certified mindfulness teacher and a certified 200H yoga teacher. In this episode, she shares her incredible story, which begins as a retail store clerk in London for a boutique known for making women's shoes, Christian Louboutin.The Christian Louboutin group is now a famous brand in the luxury fashion business. The knowledge Anne acquired in helping to build that business continues to help her today in her new consultancy. Today, she creates meaningful programs, to support brands, their visions, as well as their developments in multiple markets around the world.This conversation touches on a subject near and dear to Anne's heart, something that is finding its way into her business consulting - mindfulness. This is also something that I've been thinking about a lot over the last few years. We end our conversation with a fascinating exploration of what mindfulness means to Anne, as well as some practice techniques that you can apply at home to start bringing mindfulness into your life.Please enjoy my conversation with Anne Muhlethaler.👉 Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course?💌 Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course.

Jul 15

1 hr

Joining me this week for our first podcast with two guests, Mark Goodliffe and Simon Anthony, the two creators behind the “Cracking the Cryptic” YouTube channel. This episode is about elite puzzle-solving and before you think, “Ah, I don’t know if that's for me” - just wait until you learn more about their story.Mark is a qualified chartered accountant from the UK and has won The Times Crossword Challenge so frequently that he is now in the Guinness Book of Records.Simon has an economics degree from Cambridge and was a pretty good golfer before he realized he didn't want to go professional. Simon runs the YouTube channel, Cracking the Cryptic with Mark. They have both represented the United Kingdom at World Sudoku and World Puzzle Championships, with Mark reigning as the UK Sudoku champion.What's truly remarkable about what these two gentlemen have created, is a channel in which you can experience catharsis from watching them solve beautifully elegant puzzles that resolve in ways that mimic nature, and the mathematics they're in. Please enjoy!👉 Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course?💌 Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course.

Jul 8

55 min 7 sec

Joining me this week is Harry Melck. If you're a wine lover, this episode is just for you. Harry is an eighth-generation descendant of a well-known Cape wine family in South Africa. He has received the highest qualification from the Institute of Cape Wine Masters and has diversified into many successful entrepreneurial ventures. He's the owner of a chain of five steak and wine restaurants called Roxie, which started in London seven years ago, and a drone company called Aerovision, which includes vineyard mapping as one of its services.His passion and knowledge of the wine industry know no bounds. This was a fascinating conversation into wine in general, and to Cape wine more broadly. If you have an interest in wine and are curious about New World wines- South Africa is actually the oldest producer of the so-called New World wines. And that rich wine history is what Harry has made his passion in sharing with others. So please sit back with a nice glass of South African Pinotage and enjoy my conversation with Harry Melck. Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course?Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course.

Jul 1

1 hr 2 min

Joining me this week for another one of our special live audience episodes is Ali Abdaal. Ali is a second-time guest on the show. In our first conversation - Episode 13 of this show - which you can go back and listen to, we talked more about his journey from medical student at Cambridge, to YouTube celebrity where he now has close to 2 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. In this episode, we do a deep dive into an online course which Ali now generates over a million dollars a year from teaching. The Part-Time Youtuber Academy is an absolute masterpiece of an online course. His cohorts sell out in hours. But originally, Ali didn't even want to do a cohort-based course. In this conversation, we explore what motivated him to get started, what he learned from doing his first two cohorts, and what he was most excited about ahead of the launch of his third cohort. There are tons of lessons here not only for course creators, but also for business owners on scaling your business, hiring, working with teams, designing operating procedures, and providing value to customers. So please enjoy my second conversation with Ali Abdaal.Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course?Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course.

Jun 24

57 min 51 sec

Joining me this week is Greg Frontiero. Greg is the founder of Noowave, a company whose product, flow state coffee has been described as a "Coffee for Creators". It is combined with raw cacao and L-Theanine to help you feel creatively focused and anxiety-free. Greg has a fascinating story, which started with a dare from his girlfriend for a birthday party, which ended up becoming a pursuit - which saw him seek out a mentor to teach him professional wrestling through the process of deliberate practice, and has become a lifelong passion to fold. Greg is also a writer, which if you go to his website Noowave.co, you'll be able to see by clicking the About Us section and preparing yourself to read something completely unexpected.Greg has offered a special discount code of 15% off of flow state coffee! Go to the website Noowave.co, purchase however much coffee you want, and use the code 'HDYLT' (How Did You Learn That?) So make sure you take that up as you sit back and enjoy my conversation with Greg Frontiero. Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

Jun 17

1 hr 24 min

Joining me this week is Paul Millerd. Paul writes a weekly newsletter about work and hacking life as a solopreneur. He teaches people about Strategy Consulting at Strategy U, his online course. He's probably best known for making friends on the internet and hosting hundreds of curiosity conversations, where you can go on his website and set up a one on one chat with him about whatever is on your mind. Paul has a lot of very interesting ideas on his mind!In this episode, we dive into his early career as a consultant at McKinsey and BCG, and what he learned that helped him break away from the default path to the boundless path he now finds himself on. If you're stuck in a job you're unhappy with, or you're curious about the solo path for founders and creators, Paul is an excellent case study in how to think and go about exploring that part. Please enjoy my conversation with Paul Millerd. Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

Jun 10

1 hr 15 min

Joining me this week in a special live episode is August Bradley. This was recorded a few weeks ago when I interviewed August to focus specifically on his online course, Notion Life OS. August is an expert in performance enhancements and optimization. He advises clients through complete business system overhauls. During the course of 2020, he became known for the 'In Life Operating System' that he created in Notion, which took off through a YouTube channel - which grew from zero to 25,000 subscribers in the course of a year.August launched his cohort-based online course on the back of that success by growing an email list and converting people who are interested in implementing the system that he taught for themselves. He learned an incredible amount during that first cohort, which was when I came into the picture, to help him start to think through what the next cohort and beyond would look like. We have since become very close friends and collaborators on a number of projects. And I really enjoyed this conversation, unpacking lessons learned from his career, as well as his course. Please enjoy my conversation with August Bradley. Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

Jun 3

1 hr 1 min

Steph is a growth marketer, writer, and indie maker, who currently heads the product for the Trends newsletter. She's had a career that spanned roles in research and analysis, tech with Toptal, and now working for The Hustle in the newsletter space. She's also the author of a book called ''Doing Content Right" which she launched last year as a passion project, and has since evolved into a community and online video course.  It's an absolute masterpiece and something that I've learned a lot from.It was really cool to hear Steph's lessons on growth, marketing, writing, content creation, content distribution, building an audience, monetization, and everything in between that goes into becoming a writer, content producer, and creator in today's economy. It's hard to think that Steph has accomplished so much in such a short career. But when you listen to the way she thinks about things, and you pick up the curiosity that's driven her to keep getting better, and learning more about how things work, it really actually doesn't surprise you. So please sit back, relax and enjoy my conversation with Steph Smith.  Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

May 27

1 hr 14 min

Joining me this week is Stephanie Dua. Stephanie is the co-founder and president of HOMER, the only learning program proven to increase reading scores with just 15 minutes a day. Before starting HOMER, she was the CEO of the New York City Department of Education's fund for public schools and has worked in various non-profit roles with the Carnegie Corporation, the Robin Hood Foundation, and as a senior adviser to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She's also a wife and mom to three daughters.  Some of the topics we touch on include what makes a successful public servant, the chronic underinvestment in early education, and how COVID has turned that achievement gap into a goal, but it's actually about integrating them. Finally, what you don't have to worry about and what you should really be focusing on as the guide or narrator for your children. As Stephanie so eloquently puts it.Please enjoy! Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

May 21

57 min 17 sec

Joining me this week is Tanya Geisler. Tanya is a Canadian coach, writer, TED speaker, and expert in the Imposter Complex (or Syndrome). She's written multiple books on the subject and works with clients that include best-selling authors, public speakers, and rock star motivators. Her expertise lies in helping leaders understand what the Imposter Complex or Imposter Syndrome is, and understand some of the lies we tell ourselves and the behavior traits that we demonstrate which alert us to the fact that we're suffering from Imposter Syndrome. The concept spans all sorts of literature, studies, and even spiritual teachings. If you value the characteristics of mastery, integrity, and excellence, you're actually more susceptible to experiencing Imposter Syndrome.In this conversation, we break down what it is, how to go about overcoming it, and how different cultures view Imposter Syndrome and those that are achieving excellence in a field. I personally learned a lot from talking to Tanya and you can tell she thinks deeply about this subject. So I'm sure you're going to enjoy this episode, here is my conversation with Tanya Geisler.Please enjoy!  Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

May 13

59 min 39 sec

Joining me this week was Vikram Rajagopalan. Vikram leads the On Deck Angel Fellowship. He has a very atypical path to becoming an expert in the world of investing. At the University of Michigan, he was involved in hackathons that became exceptionally popular outside of Michigan. He parlayed his experience leading some of the hackathons to land a job at Delta Airlines. He helped Delta create a ventures arm, which initially started as a way for the company to bring in computer science grads and build infrastructure that attracted exceptional talent. This eventually became an investment vehicle, where Delta saw opportunities to invest in early-stage companies as a way to make small bets with long-term pay-offs, and also to learn from these companies. After 5 years at Delta, he joined On Deck. This was a fascinating conversation because I am also currently learning about the investment space and Vikram is someone who really believes in expertise being relative. In this episode, we tease apart what makes a great angel investor, what are some of the things you should be thinking about if you want to get into angel investing, how does relief capital relates to angel investing, and so much more. Please enjoy!  Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

May 6

1 hr 1 min

Joining me this week, was the five-time author, Bo Burlingham. Bo is best known for his book Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big which was published in 2005 and was a finalist for the Financial Times Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. He went on to build a career in journalism where he joined Inc. Magazine. He was there as the publication started covering companies that were new and curious at the time. Companies like Apple and Microsoft led by these strange, brilliant founders Steve Jobs and Bill Gates and Bo cut his teeth interviewing them and writing about them for the magazine. His writing has spawned communities and his life has spanned 50 years of marriage which has spawned two children and four grandchildren. This was a fascinating conversation with someone who had a first-row seat to the birth of the new economy in the United States. Please enjoy! Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

Apr 29

1 hr 31 min

*I apologize for my poor audio quality. I was testing out new gear and clearly didn't test it prior to recording* Joining me this week was Thomas Frank. Thomas is a YouTube sensation with over 2.5 million subscribers on his main channel. This all started for him back in college when he started a website called College Info Geek. Fast forward 10 years, that website is still extremely popular and has spawned a book on the 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades. He is now most passionate about creating video content that helps people with things like productivity, how to live a better life, how to create wealth, and all sorts of career and life skills that are valuable in this day and age. There are tonnes of tips here that you can apply at home. Please Enjoy! Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

Apr 22

1 hr 18 min

Joining me this week was the investor, advisor, and educator, Sahil Bloom. He has over 155,000 followers on Twitter and he only started in May 2020. He started writing threads to demystify the world of business and finance and his growth has just been remarkable. It ultimately comes down to creating value before receiving it.  Sahil has really tapped into the Zeitgeist on Twitter by simplifying, compressing, and clarifying a lot of the questions in people's heads around things like Wall Street bets, the Bond Market, Options Trading, and anything in the world of finance that is often misunderstood and is not adequately covered in traditional education. This particular episode gets really into the specifics of Sahil's creative process and his process for publishing on Twitter. It's a little mini-course in how to grow a Twitter audience and I took copious notes while we were recording this. I highly encourage you to have a pen and paper at hand if you have any interest in growing a Twitter audience. Please Enjoy! Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

Apr 15

1 hr

Amanda is the head of marketing at Growth Machine, before that, she was a journalist and trained chef. So it's been an interesting career path for Amanda.In our conversation, she reveals a content marketing masterclass. We go into the details of content marketing and why it's important for your business. We then break down some of the steps that you can use to get started including defining your goals which Amanda breaks down into three very useful categories. 1. Thinking about resources versus time, versus channel. 2. Doing customer research.3. Starting with one channel, and eventually expanding into others. We end off with some of her thoughts on the new media platforms such as TikTok and the social audio sensation, Clubhouse. This was a highly practical conversation. So grab a pen and paper and make sure you can take some notes!Please Enjoy! Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

Apr 8

56 min 47 sec

Joining me this week was Khe Hy. Khe is the founder of Rad Reads, a website, blog, and newsletter with over 25,000 readers. He has been called the Oprah for Millennials by CNN, and The Wall Street Guru by Bloomberg. Khe is also the creator of Supercharge your Productivity which is the premier class on designing a system for doing '$10,00/hour' work. Khe designed a course to teach people how to use Notion, but this has since the launch evolved into a more transformative course about how to live a more fulfilled and examined life. We chat about how Khe developed a curriculum, his marketing, tech stack, and other tools he uses, and so much more.Please Enjoy! Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

Mar 31

1 hr 10 min

Joining me this week was Marcus Miller. Marcus is a saxophonist based in New York City with a degree in mathematics from Harvard University. He is also the host of a podcast called The Poolside Polymath.If you’re wondering how music and mathematics combine, that's exactly what Marcus has been exploring for most of his career and it truly is fascinating. He has a quote on his website from James Joseph Sylvester which says, "May not music be described as the mathematics of the sense, mathematics is music of the reason". This just alludes to the absolutely fascinating vastness of exploring these two fields, both the similarities between math and music, as well as the differences and what those can teach us about life in general. I was absolutely rocked by this conversation as you will probably be able to tell. Marcus has this incredible ability to draw on specific examples of mathematicians, spiritual leaders, philosophers, and just an incredible memory and knowledge of books that he has read to start to tease apart and explore the intersection of these two fields.Please Enjoy! Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

Mar 25

1 hr 28 min

My guest this week was Devin Lewtan. Devin is an engineer at Clay and host of the wildly popular Clubhouse show, NYU Girls Roasting Tech Guys.Our conversation begins with Devin's non-traditional approach to learning which saw most of her primary education at a school that doesn't have any tests but only real-world projects.In this podcast, we connect some of the dots in what she was working on and focusing on while she was at NYU and while she was interning at various companies. We also talk about her experience in the viral club sensation that she is part of.I learned a lot of different perspectives about how Devin sees the future of human-computer interaction, women in computing, and the interesting concept of telling the same story and seeing how people react to it as a way to find an ideal market fit.Please Enjoy! Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

Mar 18

1 hr 4 min

This week was a very interesting conversation. My guest was Nat Eliason. Nat is a writer and founder of Growth Machine, an all-around internet think-boy as he would describe himself, and really just a great proponent of self-directed, or non-traditional learning. His career, while starting from a very traditional perspective, took a very non-traditional and self-directed turn. We dive into what that looked like for him and tease out some of the things like the transfer of skills, constructing your own curriculum, learning out loud, proof of work, and some of the key components of that journey.What was really interesting for me about this chat was that a lot of people who know Nat and his work typically talk about writing, running an online business, growing his SEO agency Growth Machine, all those different topics, and not many people have been able to pick his brain and get his thinking which is very extensive on the topic of education. We got to do that in this conversation, in-depth, and unfiltered. Starting with Nat's journey, we zoomed out and we looked at education in general. We started to explore some of the changes we would make to education and looked at some of the companies that could be at the forefront of this. So I think if you have any interest in education, you're going to absolutely love this conversation.Please Enjoy! Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

Mar 11

1 hr 28 min

My guest this week was Danny Miranda, host of the Danny Miranda Podcast. Danny is an exceptionally passionate human being and a highly productive creator. He has been writing since he was 13 years old. He publishes a weekly newsletter, where he is committed to sending out at least 100 issues. In September, he started his podcast, the Danny Miranda Podcast, where he is committed to publishing at least 100 episodes and he goes at that at three episodes a week. It was an amazing conversation where we go into what may look like an overnight success for Danny and his podcast when he managed to get Gary Vaynerchuk on the podcast and interviewed him. That whole process started in 2009 for Danny when he and Gary exchanged comments on a blog that Danny had written about Gary. We go into the nuts and bolts of learning, where we look at Danny's time at Drop Shipping. We look at his journey into podcasting. He was exceptionally articulate about how he went about that process of learning. I know you'll get a ton of value from this conversation. I find this dude exceptionally passionate and inspiring to talk to.Please Enjoy! Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

Mar 4

1 hr 1 min

My guest this week is Max Nussenbaum. Max is currently the Program Director for the On Deck Writers Fellowship. In this episode, we take a look at his fascinating journey to getting to where he is today. He started his career as an 18-year-old applicant, and 19-year-old contestant, on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. He then joined Venture for America where he worked with Andrew Yang and got involved in real estate in Detroit. After that, he started his own company called Castle which became one of the starts of Y-Combinator and grew extremely quickly and flamed out as quickly as well. You will hear Max talk about this struggle with a lot of great self-reflection on the lessons that he learned there. Max has a fantastic philosophy that life should be fun and a wonderful self-deprecating sense of humor. This has definitely served him well in this career that started with Who Wants to Be a Millionaire through Venture for America and now finding himself running the On Deck writing program.Please Enjoy! Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

Feb 25

56 min 51 sec

I had the pleasure of interviewing Marianna Phillips who is a visual artist and writer exploring the intersections of learning and brainstorming how we can collectively foster more creativity and curiosity in the world.Marianna is a partner and writer at Forcing Function. Marianna is also a visual artist and illustrator. She explores the intersections in learning under the name Weird Little Lines. She also co-founded The Math Plus Music Series. She also has an interview series of her own in her website called On Creativity.Marianna and I go deep into the creative process. How to get unstuck creatively, how to capture ideas, how to set yourself up for success when it's time to sit down and create and so much more.Please enjoy! Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

Feb 18

1 hr 19 min

Joining me this week is Gareth Graham. Gareth is the founder of Frenzy Kitty Games, a designer, and writer of role-playing games. He is also a writer and video editor.You can tell from this conversation that his passion lies in designing the mechanics of really fun, fast, and exciting role-playing games. I came into this not knowing much at all about role-playing games and learned so much from this very free-flowing and casual conversation with Gareth. Please enjoy! Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

Feb 11

51 min 47 sec

In this week's episode, I talk to Ali Abdaal. Ali is a junior doctor from Cambridge in the UK. He is also the founder of a company called 6med and is best known as a YouTube star. Ali has 1.3 million subscribers to his YouTube channel and puts out content on productivity, how to study for exams, tech reviews, desk setups, and all other things. Ali puts out extremely high-quality content on it.In this conversation, we talked about online courses that we both have in common. I helped Ali with the first cohort of his part-time YouTuber Academy, which is an extremely successful online course that sold out in the first two cohorts. We absolutely geeked out on some of the learning theories that Ali applies in his YouTube videos as well as in his course, which was a journey for him and his team, and was an incredible one for me to be on alongside them. Please enjoy!  Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

Feb 4

1 hr 23 min

This week's guest is Robin Waite. Robin is a business coach, speaker, and author. He specializes in helping other business owners with productizing, pricing, and positioning their value. In this episode, we unpack some of the psychology and thinking that goes into those three areas. We dive deep into how to change your business mindset.In Robin's own words: "Slow down, create space, and charge your worth." Please enjoy!  Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

Jan 28

1 hr 12 min

My guest this week is the talented Kibwé Johnson. Kibwé is a 2 time USA Olympian at hammer throwing. He competed at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics. He first qualified for the Olympic games through a stellar year in 2011 where he first crossed the gold standard benchmark for the 80m hammer throw. He then parlayed that achievement into a fascinating journey to preparing for the London Olympics. It was the first time an American had made the finals since 1996 in the hammer throw. A sport that is traditionally dominated by eastern European countries.What really impressed me about Kibwé was how deeply he thinks about the mental and psychological side of sports. It’s actually no surprise when you consider that he also has a degree in sports management and coaching. Today he is a performance coach with his company and consultancy FORTIUS Performance and he also coaches track and field.We had a very wide-ranging conversation about his career, competing at the highest level, what practice looked like, and what it was like working with Dr. Anatoliy Bondarchuk - one of the greatest ever Olympic champions and coaches in the hammer throw. We went deeper into the lessons he has learned through his career in track and field that he is now applying in business.Please enjoy! Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

Jan 21

1 hr 15 min

Ramses is based in the Netherlands and has spent most of his career learning how to learn. This conversation was full of so many golden nuggets around the meta-skill of learning how to learn. Ramses is the co-founder of RoamStack, a community for people learning how to get the best out of Roam, he also writes an amazing newsletter twice a month, and he is working on another community for learning workers. The subject we used for this meta-skill was the acquisition of Spanish. Ramses did a dual degree in University where he learned applied linguistics and specifically learned to speak Spanish natively so that he can teach it to others. We unpack his approach, which is very counter to anything that you would normally think of when you think of languages, it’s not the Rosetta Stone- or Duolingo -style, it is a very principles-based approach. We enumerate all of the details of this approach to learning a new language in our conversation. If you have ever wanted to learn a new language, perhaps that was one of your new year’s resolutions, sit back, relax (take notes) and please enjoy this inspiring conversation with Ramses Oudt!  Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

Jan 14

1 hr 12 min

Happy New Year! What better way to start the year off than to become a better reader? My guest today is Alex and Books. Alex is a writer, a podcaster, and now a course creator.It was a fascinating conversation learning about Alex’s journey from a small blog that he started 4 years ago with about 200 people reading his content every month to where it is now with 20 000+ people, 70 000 followers on Instagram, and 15 000 on Twitter!For the first time in public, Alex speaks about how he built the blog, and how he used Reddit and Cora. We also unpack the course Alex is creating, with a teaser for everything he is going to cover in the course. His goal is to teach people how to become a better reader. I can’t think of a more noble and useful skill to be teaching people. “Quit books.” - Alex and BooksPlease enjoy! Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

Jan 7

1 hr 10 min

Marie is a lifestyle and business designer, who helps business owners level up their digital systems, workflow and product eco-systems so that they can spend more time on what really matters. Marie is also a Notion expert. She is the course creator of the highly successful and popular Notion mastery course and is an absolute wizard at Notion. Marie was one of the early tinkerers of the tool and developed a following around the way she used it.Marie doesn’t just teach Notion, she teacher you how to think. This is an incredibly powerful way of teaching an intimidating and complex tool.Please enjoy! Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

Dec 2020

1 hr 11 min

A holiday special! This is a short clip from our favorite part of episode #7 - Alex van den Heever on Animal Tracking: What the Ancient Skill Can Teach Us About Each Other.In this clip my guest, Alex and I talk about the beautiful story of a leopard he befriended in the wild. We discuss the unusual beauty of building a friendship without words, only through presence. Happy Holidays! Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

Dec 2020

3 min 59 sec

A holiday special! This is a short clip from our favorite part of episode #6 - Chris Sparks on The Art of Poker: Meta Skills for Learning Anything.In this clip my guest, Chris and I talk about the lessons he has learned through poker and coaching. We also discuss the OODA loop."Learning how to learn is the meta-skill".  - Chris Sparks. We can accomplish anything that we want. Happy Holidays! Are you an expert? Want to create your own online course? Start right here with my 2-week actionable email course. 

Dec 2020

11 min 37 sec