Andrew Warner’s 3 tips to giving interviews for founders and entrepreneurs


Andrew Warner (from Mixergy fame) recently sat down with The Startup Foundry for a one-on-one interview. In this video Andrew first established why founders should give interviews, and then gave 3 tips on how to give a great interview.

Cliff notes below.

Andrew’s three key points in giving an interview:
1. Practice – The old adage “Practice makes perfect” is true. Especially on film.
2. Shut up – Don’t trust a producer or editor to cut something stupid that you said.
3. Tell a Story – People remember stories.

Links in this video:
Mixergy.com – Andrew Warner’s Company
Balsmiq – The mockup company from the story Andrew Told
Superconf – The conference Andrew and I will be attending in Miami.
MediaTemple – Our sponsor

You can follow Andrew on Twitter @andrewwarner. For more startup news, follow us on twitter @startupfoundry.

  • Great interview Paul(!) and Andrew, you’re awesome and engaging (as always).

    Thanks to both of you for doing this and putting it online!

  • Awesome interview. Paul, did you go all the way to lake tahoe for that background? Andrew, you’re a great speaker – thanks for coming on the startup foundry.

  • Numbers 1 and 3 are completely true! The adage “practice makes perfect” may be tiring but it couldn’t be closer to the truth. Stories are the perfect way to hit home with an audience and drive emotions from them. And of course as Andrew says….it makes them remember.

  • Great tips. Back when I was working for a large corporation, I had a chance to get some media training for talking to the press. I unfortunately didn’t get a chance to attend any sessions, but it’s something, as an entrepreneur, I definitely need to learn. Thanks for covering a great topic.

  • Kevin Bedard

    This is awesome! Really like the interview, it’s refreshing to have tips like that in video of someone who can clearly do it really well! Great stuff Paul & Andrew!

  • This is awesome! Really like the interview, it’s refreshing to have tips like that in video of someone who can clearly do it really well! Great stuff Paul & Andrew!

  • Anonymous

    I’m really psyched on StartupFoundry – it’s like TechCrunch way back in the day, when they wrote about awesome new startups.

    • I know, right? TC has turned into just another generic tech news site with the occasional story on startups. I still enjoy some of their articles though, there’s just way too much noise these days.

  • Excellent Advice, thanks guys.

  • Anonymous

    Nice way to start doing interviews Paul! Thanks for the advice Andrew!

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