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How to Interview Influential People

Land the big interviews and get pro results!

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"Jeff Brown is one of the best interviewers I have ever known."

Chris Brogan, successful blogger, podcaster, and New York Times bestselling author

30 Years Experience in One Course

Hi, I'm Jeff Brown, a veteran award-winning broadcaster and successful podcaster. My goal is to help you and your content stand out so that you can build a large and engaged following.

For example, my podcast has been nominated Best Business Podcast no less than three times. And, it's been featured in publications like Inc., Entrepreneur, and the blogs of folks like New York Times bestselling authors Seth Godin and Chris Brogan.

One of the ways I stand out is by creating memorable and talked-about interviews.

The course How to Interview Influential People is specifically designed to help you take your interview skills - whether for you blog, podcast, or YouTube channel - to an entirely new level.

I'll share with you the same strategies and techniques I teach my one-on-one coaching clients (and for thousands less), all gleaned from my nearly 30 years experience as a radio professional and, now, award-nominated podcaster.

Do you struggle with any of these issues?

  • Imposter Syndrome: Who am I to interview smart, successful people?
  • How best to prepare for your interviews
  • Intimidated to the point your nerves prevent you from doing your best
  • Unsure how much of yourself to inject into your interviews
  • Concerned you'll sound like an amateur
  • Knowing when to ask follow up questions and when to just shut up and move on
  • How best to convince your guests to share your conversation with their audience
  • Approaching influencers for introductions to their network
  • Dealing with the "Nos" to your requests for interviews
  • Getting your content the kind of attention it deserves

What if, instead, you could feel:

  • Confident
  • Fear-free
  • Professional
  • Engaging
  • Entertaining
  • Intriguing
  • Smart
  • Prepared
  • Polished

Would that make a difference in your ability to grow an engaged audience and following? You bet!

Plus, one of the greatest benefits of conducting interviews is the powerful networking opportunities it provides. But most interviewers squander this opportunity, either because they're ill-prepared, unprofessional, are in it for themselves, or any other number of reasons.

That's why I stress - and teach - the importance of the four pillars of executing excellent interviews.

In the course How to Interview Influential People, you'll learn:

  • Preparation - I'll share my proven preparation process, from question writing and research, to creating a proper Interview Rundown, and crafting the kind of email correspondence that will increase the likelihood of getting a "yes" from the guests you seek
  • Practice - I'll outline the steps you need to take to ready your interview space and put yourself in the right frame of mind before an interview begins, ensuring you're ready to "knock it out of the park" every time
  • Performance - In this module (my personal favorite), you'll learn interview techniques the pros use - and that 99% of interviewers aren't even aware of - that will make your interviews the kind your listeners, viewers, readers and guests will tell others about, putting your content in an elite, and memorable, group
  • Polish - Here, you'll learn how to tell the difference between the interview moments that should stay, from the ones better left on the cutting room floor


 

Here's what previous students - several nominated for awards - have to say about Podcaster Academy...

"My show is a success because of Jeff. His course and expertise helped me build a successful podcast."

Liz Covart of Ben Franklin's World, nominated best History podcast

"I've learned new techniques, and new strategies to help bring all aspects of my podcast up another level to help my listeners get more out of each episode. Podcaster Academy will help you, no matter what level you are currently at."

Ryan Gray of The Premed Years and Medical School HQ, both nominated best Science & Medicine podcast

"One of the best decisions I've made in my business. Jeff is extremely knowledgeable. Without him, I can't imagine where I'd be. Definitely world class. "

Alexa Schirm of Simple Roots Radio, a Top 10 Fitness & Nutrition podcast (iTunes)

"After publishing over 450 podcast episodes, I went into Podcaster Academy thinking I knew everything I needed to know about podcasting. I learned a lot more than I anticipated. Iā€™m really thankful that I came across this course and am blessed to consider Jeff my coach.ā€

Nick Seuberling of Inside the Jungle (formerly Who-Dey Weekly), nominated best Sports & Recreation podcast

"I openly admit that the transformation I went through would have taken years, but with Podcaster Academy, it took me 4 just weeks. Jeff provides modules, guiding tools, resources and quality content at every step."

Addy Saucedo of Modern Vintage Radio and the Audiobooks.com podcast

"If you ever plan to do your own podcast, Jeff is the one to mimic. Listen to HOW he interviews and conducts the show. Even if you've heard his guests on other interviews, listen to them again on Jeff's show and he draws out so much more."

Doc Champagne (iTunes reviewer, July 15, 2016)

Your Instructor


Jeff Brown
Jeff Brown

Hi I'm Jeff Brown, and I'm a former award-winning radio host and producer. Following a 26-year career in radio, I launched the Read to Lead Podcast to instant acclaim in 2013.

Read to Lead has been nominated Best Business Podcast no less than three times, is an iTunes Essentials podcast (Book Lovers), and has been featured in Inc. and Entrepreneur, and the blogs of Seth Godin, Chris Brogan, and Jeff Goins among others.

I have personally coached dozens of successful podcasters around the globe - many of them award nominees themselves - and have consulted on podcasts for the US government, and numerous multimillion dollar companies.

I can frequently be found keynoting podcast (and other) conferences across the US, including Podcast Movement, FinCon, Podfest, and the Tribe Conference.


Your purchase comes with a 30-day, money-back guarantee. If you're not completely satisfied, contact me within 30 days of your purchase for a full, no-questions-asked, refund.

Class Curriculum



Frequently Asked Questions


Who is this course for?
For any content creator who interviews others for their blog, video channel or podcast. Podcasters, especially, will find this course helpful. Besides, there's a 30-day money back guarantee...so you have nothing to lose.
When does the course start and finish?
The course opens in late June 2016! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us within 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

"Jeff is the best in the business when it comes to giving practical advice on how to make your podcast better. I do everything he tells me to do, and it's working!"

Jeff Goins, bestselling author, blogger, and host of The Portfolio Life podcast

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