Matt BrauningMatt Brauning

Matt Brauning is a writer for FORBES, a 2-time best selling author, and host of the top charting podcast “The Driven Entrepreneur” on iTunes, and syndicated on 16 AM/FM stations coast to coast.

He filmed in the movie “The Journey” with Brian Tracy and Bob Proctor, and you’ve seen him all over television on ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX.

He has been an entrepreneur since 2002, speaking all over the world including the US, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. Matt has produced over 300 multi-day seminars and events.

Matt’s speaking and client list includes The Harvard Club, U.S. Bank, McAfee, New York Life, NASDAQ, and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

He is an avid motorcycle rider, church leader, and rock climber, climbing technical roped ascents of mountains like Mt. Whitney and Halfdome in Yosemite.

He resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his amazing wife Lola and awesome son Valiant.

Podcast Topics: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Success, Excellence, Life Hacks

Ideal Guest Avatar: I’m looking for the trifecta in a guest:

  • Incredible prestige, credibility, celebrity
  • Incredible origin story
  • Incredible insight or teaching

What are you looking for in a guest :

Are you fun to hang around? Can we have an engaging conversation on a topic for more than a minute? Be real and be you, and be interesting!

To get my listeners to choose your episode, I need to have some prestige or celebrity to start. Any accolades, achievements, media attention is good to know about! (i.e. my product was on Shark Tank, my family started McDonalds #150, I’ve been on the Today show – all of which made it on my show) Prestige really helps set you up as someone they should listen too!

The 2nd thing is a great back story. Tell me where you were, what happened, hwo you overcame or grew, and what it’s like now. I want to real, but I want stories of victory and inspiration. Make sure to include both parts!

3rd: practical teaching, a signature system, basically great audience takeaways are a must. our interviews are 27 minutes, so teaching should be clear and to the point.

Lastly, it’s not a webinar, please don’t show up too scripted and just run with what you want to say. I’ll ask very good questions, and make you look like a million bucks. You just should up and be your own glorious self!

Best advice to offer those looking at being a podcast guest:

Be authentic! That doesn’t mean don’t prepare, script, or rehearse. But when you prepare, use your own “voice.”
in the WWE (huge pro wrestling nerd) the greatest characters who won over the fans (The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, John Cena) always were themselves but turned up another notch!

Podcast Description: At The Driven Entrepreneur, we sit down with business visionaries, leadership trailblazers, and successful entrepreneurs every single week. You get their origin stories, plus life and leadership lessons that shaped them in life. Each and every Friday an Interview with a new guest drops each week!