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Learn Speak Teach Episode #60 with Cal Fussman.

As our world rapidly evolves, so does the way we connect with others. While technology has brought us closer in many ways, it has also made it harder for us to find meaningful face-to-face interactions. But it’s important to remember that true connection comes from the heart, and that’s why it’s crucial to rekindle the art of meaningful conversation.

Asking big questions can help us get to know each other on a deeper level, strengthen relationships, and foster a sense of community. Building strong connections with our coworkers and team members can lead to increased productivity, creativity, and overall success. So let’s embrace the power of communication and start having heart-to-heart conversations today!

Join the conversation with your host Ben Albert as he interviews Cal Fussman. Cal is an American journalist, host of the Big Questions Podcast, and author. He is a writer-at-large for Esquire magazine, where he has interviewed icons who’ve shaped world history: Ted Kennedy, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, Dr. Dre, Quincy Jones, Woody Allen, Barbara Walters, Pelé, Yao Ming, Serena Williams, John Wooden, Muhammad Ali and many more. 

He shares reflections on some of the icons he has interacted with and explains his source of inspiration for traveling the world. Additionally, he reveals what inspired the theme of connection on the Big Questions podcast and discusses what people can do to reconnect

When Cal speaks, you are listening to everyone he has ever interviewed. 

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During this episode, you will learn about;

[01:07] Episode introduction 

[03:20] Has Cal ever felt like an imposter? 

[03:38] How Cal’s interview style started 

[07:11] The story about Cal’s trip around the world

[16:14] His source of inspiration for traveling the world   

[17:29] Cal’s reflection on Pelé; From the Big Questions podcast:

[20:43] The ‘golden rule’ of interviewing

[30:12] His reflections on Larry King 

[33:24] Why he started the Big Questions podcast  

[35:17] The first time Ben Albert heard about Cal on The Tim Ferriss Show podcast: 

[37:54] What inspired the theme of connection on the Big Questions podcast?  

[42:52] What can people do to reconnect? 

[49:36] How technology has brought about disconnection among the youth and how we can help them create meaningful connections with other people  

[58:26] How to connect with Cal Fussman:

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Key Takeaways:  

  • When interviewing a person, focus on one question at a time because if you ask several questions at once, it will be hard for the subject to remember all the questions in the order you asked them. Moreover, the subject can avoid some questions that you are curious about.  [20:43]
  • “In order to connect, you have to listen to the other person.” ~Cal Fussman [43:18]
  • “Every time you share a problem with somebody, you cut it in half.”~Cal Fussman[46:11]
  • Connection comes through the heart, not through a machine. We need to realign our hearts to connect. [47:41]
  • To reconnect with each other, we should start looking each other in the eyes, and speak with each other in a way that touches each other’s hearts [48:08] 

People Mentioned and Other Resources:

  1. Alfredo James Pacino:
  2. John Robert Wooden:
  3. Pelé:
  4. Larry King:

Muhammad Ali:

Ryan Reynolds:

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