Learn How To Start, Grow & Monetize a Podcast in 5 Weeks

Launch a podcast that will help you discover your voice, bring an impact and grow your business

5-week Program
Live Sessions with Varun
Community of Supporters
Execution driven approach

Varun Duggirala

Learn years worth of my learnings and experience on building a powerful podcast and interviewing country’s most influential people
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This program is designed for aspiring podcasters and people who want to find their voice to make an impact by making, marketing and monetizing a podcast.

Featured in top business podcast
Guests Varun has Hosted:
Tanmay Bhat
Masoom Minawala
Malika Sadani
Rana Daggubati
Aman Gupta
Application deadline
28 Feb, 2022
cohort STARTs
9 Apr, 2022

This program is designed for people who want to find their voice to make an impact by making, marketing, and monetizing a podcast.

Please check all boxes, where your answer is YES!
I am an aspiring podcaster but I have no clue about podcasting.
I want to find my voice, make an impact and grow my business but don’t know how to.
I want to start a podcast but have no technical knowledge.
I have a podcast idea but don’t know how and where to start.
I have a podcast but I want to learn how to grow it.
I want to learn how to invite influential guests to my podcast.
I want to learn specialized frameworks, knowledge, and skills to become a confident podcaster & speaker.
I want to connect with peers, colleagues, leaders in the podcasting ecosystem.
If you checked ANY of the boxes above, then you’re invited to join The 5-week Podcasting Mentorship Program
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What will you learn in the program?

You will learn a step-by-step method from finding your niche & style, creating consistent episodes to secret strategies of growing your podcast, leading to unexpected financial opportunities and network creation.

Week 1


What will you learn:

  • The podcast landscape
  • Podcast fundamentals
  • Understanding formats
  • Finding your Why?
  • Planning your creation time 

Projects you'll be doing:

  • Why framework, creation time mapping framework, plus case study
Week 2

Preparation and setup

What will you learn:

  • Preparing your outline
  • Tech and software 
  • Naming and visually designing your podcast 
  • Guests (finding, choosing and working with them)
  • Planning your pilot 

Projects you'll be doing:

  • Show outline framework, pilot checklist, tech & software hacks, plus case study
Week 3

Creation & Launch

What will you learn:

  • The art of the interview/conversation
  • Training your voice 
  • Recording your pilot 
  • Understanding feedback and evolving your voice 
  • Mapping the first 10 episodes

Projects you will be doing:

  • Feedback mechanism checklist, art of interview manifesto, plus case study
Week 4

Audience, Analytics, Data & Marketing

What you'll learn:

  • Understanding data & analytics
  • Understanding & building a relationship with your audience
  • Fundamentals of marketing your podcast 
  • Amplifying your podcast by repurposing
  • Building an amplification plan

Projects you will be doing:

  • Amplification framework, data & analytics documentation, marketing to do’s
Week 5

Monetisation and Long Term Growth

What you'll learn:

  • Leveraging distribution
  • The power of collaborations
  •  Building direct monetisation
  • Building indirect monetisation
  • Building a system for the long term 

Projects you will be doing:

  • Monetisation map, long term growth framework


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Still, wondering if this program is for you?

Aspiring Podcasters
Have a great podcast idea but don’t know how to get started? Then this program is perfect for you. Learn the exact process to launch a successful podcast, with me!
Trainers and Consultants
Want to build your brand and spread your voice and influence? Then this is the program that will help you build your authority.
Working Professionals
Want to switch careers? Or are you looking for a great job? Then this program will help you increase and strengthen your network and switch careers.
Want to reach more people and increase your business and influence? This program will help you to learn the exact strategy you need to launch your podcast.
Already have a book published or in the process of writing one? This program will help you market your book and increase sales by using the power of your voice.
I want to launch my podcast but am I too young? If this is something that’s holding you back, you will get your answers in this program! 

First of all - No, Podcasting is not only for people with a great voice and technical knowledge 😑 Podcasting is for anyone who has a voice and will to share something with the world. 

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Meet your Program Director

Varun Duggirala

Podcaster Creator of Take a pause with Varun Duggirala, Advertising is dead. Cofounder at The Glitch

Varun Duggirala is one of the leading conversationalists in the business, personal development and creator landscape. He co-founded "The Glitch" in 2009 and has since helped grow it to be one of the leading creative agencies in the country (Global AD Giant WPP acquired it in 2018). 

He hosts one of India's most popular business podcasts, 'Advertising is dead', and Co-hosts one of its most irreverent business podcasts, "Think Fast". He shares everything he's learning across work, life, and everything in between on his audio blog "Take a pause with Varun Duggirala" & writes a weekly newsletter "Unschooled". 

His first book “Everything is out of syllabus” is coming out February 2022 and has already hit No#1 on the creativity & entrepreneurship best-seller charts . 

A propagator of optimising life for happiness and high performance, he constantly shares his fatherhood & fitness journeys with the world. He is also always open to having a conversation about anything ( literally everything)!



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Meet your mentors

Amit Doshi: Founder & CEO of IVM
He is a tech entrepreneur and a podcaster who started companies in the technology and consumer internet space. He is currently the founder of IVM Podcasts with more than 100 shows - becoming the premier destination for spoken word content.
Pooja Dhingra: Founder and CEO @Le15India
Pooja is an Author, Entrepreneur, and host of the Podcast "NoSugarCoat". Pooja has more than 7 million followers on Instagram and is one of the most popular pastry chefs and podcasters in India.
Mantra Mugdh: Actor, RJ & Founder of MnMTalkies
He is the first name in fiction podcasting in India and the main man behind Spotify Original podcasts Bhaskar Bose, I Hear You, and Darr Ka Raaz with Dr. Phobia. Mantra is a two-time RAPA & Promax winning RJ with over a decade of RJ-ing behind him, and he’s successfully made the switch to storytelling with podcasts.

How does the program work?

Learning online is not fun, engaging and interesting, and one-dimensional but here it is not like that.

On Demand Video Track

This program uses a “flipped classroom” model. 

In a traditional classroom, the teacher teaches you the material live, in the form of lectures. Then, you do the homework on your own.

This program is the opposite. 
You will get pre-study material made by Varun. The group Live calls are a place to go deeper into those topics and ask questions.

Weekly Live Sessions

Saturday Evening:
Live Sessions are where Varun will answer your questions and help you build your podcasting systems. 

Weekly Guest Sessions

Weekly sessions with podcasters & industry experts to learn from different people and a broader perspective on each topic being taught through On-Demand Videos.

Weekly Jamming & Networking Sessions

Learning alone online is boring & tough. 
So, this program is structured in a model: Learn - Ask Questions - Discuss - Apply

Hence every week, there will be a live session for you to discuss and share ideas with your peers, and jam on different problem statements so that you can meet people and learn together.

Community for Lifetime

You learn and grow best when you are surrounded by like-minded people:

You will be made part of a community where you can network, share opportunities, and build relations.

Come for content but stay for the community,
A community that will fund the future.

Podcasting can be lonely. In our program, there are people who are on a similar journey, who understand your challenges and are there to support you. Through this community, you can get things like….

Get Opportunities & Collaborate for growth

Growthschool Fellows collaborate on different projects, share ideas, resources and help each other by coming up with solutions to your everyday challenges.

Learn from world-class experts and professionals

Join and learn from experts in the community and deep dives into topics.

Find your supporters & people to fall back on

You don’t need to have an audience beforehand now, your community members will be your first audience who will be there to support & promote your podcast when your launch.

Get First Hand Advice

Work through your challenges in a supportive environment and get practical tips and guidelines from individuals who’ve been there, done that

Build Meaningful Connections

Develop deep relationships with talented peers from around the world that will last far beyond your classes.

How it works?

Growthschool Podcasting Program is an invite-only 5-Week immersive cohort-based program with a life-long community to help you achieve your goals and build relationships.

Application  Process

Fill out the application form to apply for the Podcasting Mentorship Program.

Application  Review

Experts review each application selecting only the people who are aligned with our goal and values. 


Successful candidates will receive an email.

Fellowship Kick-off & Onboarding

Welcome to the 6-week madness, to learn, build relations, and hit your goals.

Build Relations

Meet & network with your fellow podcasters.


Celebrate your wins with the community.

What you get:

  • Access to a powerful community of professionals, experts, people from top brands.
  • One year access to the pre-reads, curriculum, and training material.
  • Exclusive passes to physical events and meetups in the community.
  • Opportunity to connect with Guest Mentors.

Ready to join?

The cohort is going to start soon, so join before it's too late.
FYI: We go through every application very carefully and handpick each cohort member so make sure you fill in the right (and most detailed) information so that we can get to know you better via the form.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is this program about?
This program will help you accelerate your podcasting journey.

It will help you get tools, strategies, and techniques to start, launch, grow and monetize your podcast.

It will help you make a difference in the once-in-a-lifetime movement that we are seeing with the creator economy around the world. By the end of the program, you will have a proven system for launch podcasting, finding guests, a complete understanding of how to take interviews, and most importantly how to market your podcast
Why should I take this program now?
Now is the perfect time to podcasting. The number of people investing in the creator economy is rising much faster than ever before. You are not too late.

The tools to create content have improved and changed dramatically in the last 5 years. You no longer need to be an industry-expert or an influencer to start podcasting.

But it still requires some strategy, accountability, and support to go through all the steps needed to set up the systems and make it work for you.
In the future, we will look back at this moment and marvel at all the people who took advantage of this creator economy.

This program is like a virtual podcasting group that not only keeps you on track with your goal but also everything else you need to get it out into the world.
Are there any prerequisites for this program?
This program does not have any formal prerequisites.

With that said, you will have the best results in the program if you can devote the time and energy needed to develop your investing acumen and systems.

The live calls and material provide a step-by-step roadmap to start and grow your podcast. The more aligned you are with that goal, the better.
When do the live group calls & guest sessions happen?
The program has five live Zoom sessions with Varun Duggirala and guest sessions with other experts across five weeks.

We recommend everyone to attend live calls, it’s energizing to see the entire podcasting body together as a group.

But program recordings and notes from the live sessions will be available within 48 hours for those who can’t attend live.
What if I can’t make it to the live sessions?
Growthschool Podcasting Program is designed to work with your schedule.

We encourage you to attend all the live calls, but it’s not a problem if you can’t.

The main thing you’ll miss is the “breakout rooms”, where fellow learners give feedback & discuss in small Zoom groups.
I am not a content creator, freelancer or student– is this course right for me?
Absolutely. No matter what career you are in or whether you create content or not, this program is for everyone.

While the majority of Podcasting Program students are at an advanced stage of their career, the walls that separate career categories are breaking down. 

Career paths are changing. Whether you plan to start your own business or not, podcasting and creating content on the Internet will give you magnificent leverage in your career. 

It will create serendipity, such as attracting new friends and professional opportunities you wouldn’t find otherwise. If you have ambitious plans for your future, this program is for you

I run my own business, I’m a senior executive, or I’m already creating content– is this program right for me?
Perfect! We created this program for both kinds of people: someone who has already been into podcasting and someone who wants to start.

It’s the fastest way to implement the techniques. With bonus guest interviews and strategy-oriented advanced tutorials, it will help you reach your professional goals faster.
How much access do I get to Varun?
We can’t promise that he will reply to every single message, but he will be active during the live sessions.

He will answer questions, provide feedback, and share his private notes to address common pain points.
How will I access the program?
You will get access to the program content after the program starts and all instructions will be shared to you over email and Whatsapp.

For any queries you can write us an email at hi@growthschool.io and our support team will help you within 24 hours.
How much time can I expect to spend on the program each week?
At least 5-6 hours per week, for the 5 weeks of the program.

This program is a sprint, and you’ll be asked to execute things as well. The live sessions will be 90 minutes long.

They’ll take place on evenings (IST). We also offer bonus Guest workshops and Jamming Sessions throughout the program of five weeks. 
This program is created for ambitious and intellectually curious people, who want to create content through podcasting. The workload is intense, but you don’t need to take time off work to participate.

The program is designed to slot into your current life and schedule. With that said, you’ll need to block off time each week for focused learning, collaboration, and individual execution.

Growing up, your best teachers always pushed you harder than you would have pushed yourself. That’s what will happen in this Podcasting Mentorship program. Most online programs don’t lead to results because they ask for too little from their students.

But as you know, quick hacks and cheap tricks are ineffective. They don’t stand the test of time. This program is the opposite. There are no secrets or shortcuts.

Instead, the program offers a proven roadmap for podcasting. Discipline, consistency, and persistence is the key to success in the program.
Couldn’t I find this material online for free?
The Internet is littered with excellent advice about podcasting. With that said, the majority of what you find online is superficial.

It’s written by content marketers who are paid for mass appeal and quantity, not quality. Many of them are paid by the word, which means they have an incentive to rant and ramble.

Even if they give you the “right answer,” it’s not worth very much without the structure and support needed to implement what you learn.

Rather than spending years of your precious life searching for and reading those articles, you will find the best information distilled here into a coherent and actionable framework.

Better yet, you’ll have a community of podcasters who can support you emotionally and intellectually. By the end of the program, you will have a proven system for growing your podcasting, finding guests and taking consistent interviews.
What’s included with the program?
This program takes place online, so no travel is required.

With your tuition, you’ll have lifetime access to all the pre-study material, recordings of the live cohort sessions, guest sessions, and a private online community where you’ll interact with your batchmates.

You’ll retain access to the program materials and community indefinitely after the program ends.
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