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LUYC 079: The Future of Education with Chris Do

Hey, hey! Joining us on the show today is Chris Do, an Emmy award-winning director, designer and educator. Chris is also the CEO of Blind, a design consultancy in Los Angeles. In this episode, Chris and I talk about The Futur, his online education platform for designers. We also get into a pretty intense discussion about democratizing education. Enjoy! I want to make a difference on this planet. I'm on a mission to educate the world. Episode Quotes "Education, like healthcare, should be a...


LUYC 078: Vulnerability is Badass...with Conni Biesalski

Hello everyone! Today I am joined by Conni Biesalski. Conni is a photographer, digital filmmaker, entrepreneur and marketing mentor. Her course The Art of Vulnerability helps students connect with themselves and other people on a deeper level, develop personal growth, and overcome their struggles and fears. When it comes to vulnerability I think it's about taking very small steps. Episode Quotes "We think vulnerability in sharing our personal challenges is a weakness." "The biggest surprise...


LUYC 077: Bye 2018, Hello 2019!

Hey everybody, welcome to the very first episode of 2019! In this episode, I’ll share the highlights of 2018, including the challenges, wins, and lessons learned. This is a follow-up from my Annual Review on the blog, which you can read at And, of course, we’ll talk about the awesome things coming up in 2019! Episode Quotes "If you are going through challenges, I just want you to be encouraged that it's real life." "Self paced courses are great but I...


LUYC 076: [From the Vault] Podcasting for Course Creators with Daniel J. Lewis

(Sometimes you get lucky and find a podcast episode you thought you lost. This is an episode from 2017, when the show was still called The Zen Course Show. Enjoy!) What’s up everyone! Joining me today on the show is Daniel Lewis. He is an educator, podcast advocate and award-winning podcaster. He’s also the creator of The Audacity to Podcast course. In this episode, Daniel shares how podcasting benefits course creators and how to implement SEO in podcasts. I believe podcasting is the best...


LUYC 075: Alex Hillman on Trust, Community, and 30x500

Hey everybody! We have Alex Hillman on the show today. Alex is the founder of Indy Hall, a coworking community in Philadelphia; he’s also the co-founder of, along with Amy Hoy. In this episode, Alex and I discuss the essence of trust in relationship building and community building, the story behind 30x500 (he and Amy’s flagship course), and how to identify and close the gap between what is obvious to you and what is obvious to your students. There’s always going to be a...


LUYC 074: The Power of Email Marketing with Nathan Barry of ConvertKit

What’s up everybody! Joining us in this episode is Nathan Barry, the founder/CEO of ConvertKit, an email marketing company for creators. You might expect that Nathan is a huge proponent of using email to connect, grow, and sell. What you may not know is that BEFORE ConvertKit, he was using email as the main channel to grow his blog. In this episode, Nathan shares his story and how to use email courses to connect with your audience and sell products. I realized the most successful marketing...


LUYC 073: Your Journey is Your Journey...with Justin Jackson

Welcome everyone! Joining us on the show today is the fabulous Justin Jackson, founder of MegaMaker, and the creator of the course, Marketing for Developers. In this episode, Justin and I chat about the importance of interaction with learners in online courses, the challenge of low completion rates of online courses, and how developers can implement strategies that push learners to be interested and complete the course. Oh, and we talked so much that we ran out of time. This is...


LUYC 072: Marcus Blankenship on Teaching Leadership

Hello everybody! Marcus Blankenship joins us on the show today. Marcus helps coders become solid leaders and build high-performing teams; he’s also the author of Habits that Ruin Your Technical Team. We’re going to talk about his new course, Software Leader Seminar, and his insights on how to be an effective Tech Leader. When you are leading experts: get out of the way and empower your team to make decisions Episode Quotes "It's about creating a team and an environment that's safe enough...


LUYC 071: How to Productize and Scale with Brian Casel

Welcome to another episode of Level Up Your Course! Really excited about today’s guest, Brian Casel. Brian is the founder of Productize and Scale and Audience Ops. He’s a master at productizing services. In this episode, we chat about how to leverage the Productized Service model. He also guides us through his course, Productize and Scale, and how he’s built a thriving community. Let’s go! Use customer feedback as your direction Episode Quotes "I usually start with a very big outline to get...


LUYC 070: Drop Ship Lifestyle with Anton Kraly

Welcome everybody! Joining us today is Anton Kraly, the founder and CEO of Drop Ship Lifestyle. Anton helps people learn how to start a successful drop shipping business. Today, he’s here to share his eCommerce journey, the challenges he has faced starting out and how he has helped over 10,000 students to implement drop shipping profitably. The first thing I thought about if someone wants to learn from me is what do they want to get out of this? Episode Quotes "Always trust your intuition or...


LUYC 069: Creating Community with Membership Sites w/ Travis Northcutt

Hey everyone! Today, I’m chatting with Travis Northcutt. Travis is a membership site consultant, co-founder of MemberUp and Member Score. Community is very important in a membership site. In this episode, Travis shares practical steps on how to effectively build the community, how to reduce churn and increase membership engagement. Come for the content, stay for the community. Episode Quotes "You just keep on keeping on. It doesn't come overnight." "One of the strengths of a membership site...


LUYC 068: Finding a Niche by Accident w/ Aaron Hultquist of Massage Exam Academy

Welcome to Level Up Your Course! Today’s guest is Aaron Hultquist. Aaron and his wife Ivy are the founders of Massage Exam Academy. Aaron works on the technical side while Ivy creates the course curriculum. In today’s episode, Aaron shares how he and Ivy found a business model by accident and used just-in-time learning to build Massage Exam Academy. We also discuss the emotional rollercoaster of entrepreneurship. Enjoy! Our site is a tool; it's not a magic wand...If you buy it and don’t use...


LUYC 067: How to Turn Consulting into a Course with Michael Zipursky

Hello everybody! I am with Michael Zipursky on the show today. Michael is the CEO of Consulting Success, where he helps consultants attract more clients, increase their fees, win more proposals and grow their business. In this episode, he shares insightful advice and tips about the consulting business as well as how he turned his coaching into a successful group program. Enjoy! One of the biggest mistakes that people make is that they don't take action, they don't put up stuff out there....


LUYC 066: How to Pre-Sell Your Online Course with Amy Hoy

This is it! The Zen Courses Show is now Level Up Your Course. For the very first episode of Level Up Your Course, I’m honored to have Amy Hoy as our guest. Amy is a software developer, writer, co-founder of Stacking the Bricks along with Alex Hillman, and a course creator. She is here today to share her story and everything about her online course ‘Sales Safari’. Most importantly, we’re going to talk about the V word: validating your idea and why you should pre-sell. Don’t spend a year...


ZCS 065: Why I Took a Hiatus and What’s Next

Hello everybody! If you’re a long-time listener of The Zen Courses Show you may have noticed that I took a hiatus for a bit. Almost a year to be exact. In this episode, you’ll find out why I took a break, what I learned during my time away, and what’s coming up next. Lessons I learned out of the break It’s ok to stop. I know that’s not the message you hear. Everyone else tells you to hustle till you drop. During my break, I learned that it’s not about working non-stop but instead working...


ZCS 064: The Only Way to Learn is to Fail...with Ben and Marie Borowski

Hey everyone, welcome to another episode of The Zen Courses Show. I’m so excited to have Ben and Marie Borowski on the show today, they complement each other so well when talking about skill sets! Ben, being a software developer, is more on the technical side while Marie is into course design and marketing. I know you will love this episode! It came out of the success of Marie's program Before collaborating with each other, Ben and Marie were doing their own things: Marie was working on her...


ZCS 063: Printmaker Jen Hewett on Letting Go of Ego When You Teach

Hi everyone, welcome to another episode of the Zen Courses Show! Today, we are joined by the talented Jen Hewett. Jen is a self-taught printmaker, illustrator, and a teacher. In this episode, Jen and I talk about her online course “Design, Carve, Print”, her experience being an online course teacher and some tips for artists who want to follow her footsteps. I guide people from the very beginning to printing to the fabric Jen’s journey is an interesting one. After “running her stationary...


ZCS 062: Teaching Business to Artists with Alyson Stanfield

Welcome to another episode of The Zen Courses Show! I am thrilled to have Alyson Stanfield joining us today. Alyson has been working with artists for many years. Today, she’s here to share a behind the scenes look at Art Biz Coach and her Art Career Success System (ACSS), which has helped many of her clients grow their careers. Alyson has a lot to share about building an art career, the challenges she faced in her business journey, and some tips as a coach working with artists. A quick note...


ZCS 061: Creating in Public with Matt Ragland

Hey, hey! I am excited to have Matt Ragland on the show today. Matt is the creator of the Sketchnote Starter Course. He’s also a member of ConvertKit’s team. In this interview, Matt and I talk about his work, how he created his sketchnote course, and what it’s like being part of ConvertKit. I know you’ll love this episode! A quick note: - Matt references the course platform Coach, which is now Podia - Listen to the end to get access to the video walkthrough of Matt’s course! Ideas not art…...


ZCS 060: Demystify Your Finances with Dominique Broadway

Hi everyone! I am glad to have Dominique Broadway on the show today. Dominique is an award winning Personal Finance Coach, Speaker, Finance Expert and the Founder of Finances Demystified & The Social Money Tour. In this episode, we discuss her course, Finances Demystified Bootcamp. I absolutely love this episode and cannot wait for you to hear it! Quitting was not a financial worry, I was just over it. I needed a change. Before quitting her job and jumping into entrepreneurship, Dominique...