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Episode 18 - Richard E. Grant

This week Alan talks media interviewing, storytelling & facing fears with Actor, Writer & Perfumer Richard E. Grant. Richard E Grant was born in 1957 and grew up in Swaziland. He moved to England in 1982 and made his acting debut in 1987 with Withnail and I, Bruce Robinson's cult film. He has since starred in numerous Hollywood films and TV dramas, including Gosford Park, Dracula, The Iron Lady and most recently Logan. Richard has also showcased his interview skills on Sky Atlantic’s...


Episode 17 - Jack Murray

Jack Murray is the CEO & Founder at All Good Tales + In this episode we discuss all things storytelling and his beautiful book 'The Storyteller's Manifesto'


Episode 16 - Scott Solder

Scott Solder is an expert in language, advanced communication and human behaviour. He is a co-author of ‘You Need This Book To Get What You Want’, a popular psychology book focused on personal performance, influence and persuasion which is on sale around the world and translated into several languages. He is an experienced journalist and live broadcaster and has appeared as a commentator on BBC1, BBC2, Channel 5, Sky News and BBC radio analysing the language and behaviour of key public...


Episode 11 - Ariel Helwani

In this episode Alan chats to Ariel Helwani Ariel Helwani has been covering mixed martial arts professionally since 2006 and is regarded as the most influential UFC/MMA broadcaster in the world. He is the reigning five-time World MMA Award Journalist of the Year winner. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Helwani currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and two kids. Ariel Helwani Biography “The Outerview” is a collection of resources, opinions & podcasts on the art of media...


Episode 8 - Claire Byrne

In this episode Alan chats to Claire Byrne, Irish journalist & broadcaster. Claire Byrne is an Irish journalist & broadcaster best known for her RTÉ One television show 'Claire Byrne Live' and also her radio show 'Saturday with Claire Byrne' on RTÉ Radio 1 which questions agendas, dissects the week gone by, and debates the likely issues of the week to come. In this episode Claire remembers an interview which had a major effect on her, how not to impress Donny Osmond in a interview and...


Episode 2 - Geoff Lloyd

In this episode Alan chats to British radio presenter and writer Geoff Lloyd, best known for his radio show on Absolute Radio, as well as TV writing credits which include: TFI Friday for Channel 4, Comic Relief for BBC One, and the sell-out Cakes and Ale at the Edinburgh Festival. In this episode Geoff speaks about how to work around PR stipulations regarding a guest, how the best conversations come from having an opinion, and how a recent interview with Adele highlighted how important...


Episode 1 - Dave Fanning

In this episode Alan chats to Irish broadcaster & writer Dave Fanning. Famous for always getting the first play of every U2 record, Dave is a renowned music interviewer owning an archive of interviews running into the thousands with the likes of Bob Dylan, Radiohead & Neil Young. Here Dave discusses how he believes revered UK interviewer Michael Parkinson is boring as hell, how TV star Graham Norton is the benchmark, conducting political interviews in Cambodia and who made him nervous to...