in the trenches: an interview with Al Pittampalli

Today I thought I’d try something a little different.

Instead of writing a mindblowing and inspiring blog post (at least that’s my intention with every post I write), I decided to interview a successful entrepreneur, published author and good friend of mine, Al Pittampalli.

This is the first in a series of interviews I'm doing with some really incredible people.

I'm calling it "In The Trenches: The Resistance Broadcast Interview Series"

You can probably guess the type of content we talk about, but I will say this: it's all about those people who are doing creative work, fighting the Enemy daily to build their empire, and making big things happen.  The guests will include entrepreneurs, founders, CEO's, authors, bloggers, philosophers, scientists, and psychologists (among others).

You can press play below to listen to the interview immediately (it's hosted via dropbox and anyone should be able to access it - let me know if you have any problems):

UPDATE -- this interview has been republished on my podcast "In The Trenches." Click here to listen to my interview with Al Pittampalli on "In The Trenches" here.

Al knows what it means to instigate and lead, and, if you’re looking to create something from scratch successfully (aspiring writers and entrepreneurs take note), I promise this interview will blow your mind and inspire you.

There are some truly profound pieces of wisdom in here and you really need to hear them from someone who’s in the trenches and knows what it means to fight and strive for something.

So click this link to start listening.

A little more about Al Pittampalli:

Al is the founder of The Modern Meeting Company and a self-proclaimed meeting culture warrior.  He's on a mission to change the way organizations hold meetings, make decisions, and coordinate action (and when you listen to the interview, you’ll see he’s most certainly doing just that).

Al is a published author.  His book Read This Before Our Next Meeting was published by Seth Godin’s Domino Project, and during the week of its release it was the most popular Kindle book in the world.

Al has been featured in Forbes, the Telegraph, Huffington Post, CBS Money Watch, and many others publications.

You can read his blog and find out more about him and his company at his website:

Al is a sought-after speaker and writer and an all-around awesome guy.

Here are just a few of the subjects we touch on:

  • Why you should never accept the status quo
  • Why sometimes you need to move outside to have an effect on the inside (of an organization)
  • The tipping point of being a published author
  • The power of the tribe
  • The profound influence of Jerry Maguire
  • Why you NEED a voice for your writing (and how to get one)
  • Why starting anything is scary
  • The 2 types of entrepreneurs – and why you need to know which one you are before you start (or you will likely fail)
  • The singular most important key to writing and becoming a published author
  • How persistence creates luck

I hope you enjoy the interview.

*note: I had originally recorded the interview on a better recording system, but that version ended up crashing on me, so what you’re listening to is the unedited, unabridged, backup version.  There’s nothing sexy about it, but I think the sound quality is good enough to sit through and enjoy.

Definitely give the interview a listen and pick up Al’s book – you won’t regret it.

I’d like to hear your feedback too – let me know in the comments below or shoot me an email and let me know if you want to hear more interviews like this one!

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