My Video Interview with Author Ralph Keyes



Ralph Keyes (photographed by Nindie Silvie)

Ralph Keyes is a speaker, teacher and author of 15 books. His bestseller, Is There Life After High School? was made into a Broadway musical that is still produced in this country and abroad. His 1995 book, The Courage to Write, has become a fixture among aspiring writers. Ralph’s recent books have focused on language. Nice Guys Finish Seventh and The Quote Verifier explore the origins of quotations, with an emphasis on correcting misconceptions about who said what. I Love It When You Talk Retro is about “retroterms,” words and phrases that are rooted in our past. Here’s a quiz to test your RQ (retroterm quotient).

I really enjoyed The Quote Verifier because I am an avid quote tracker-downer. I’ve written posts about misattributed quotes by Marianne Williamson (not Nelson Mandela) and Kent M. Keith (not Mother Teresa).

I featured one of Ralph’s earlier books, Chancing It: Why We Take Risks, in an earlier post.

Keyes has also written hundreds of articles and essays for publications ranging from GQ to Newsweek. An article he co-authored won the McKinsey Award for Best Article of the Year in the Harvard Business Review.

In addition to writing, Keyes speaks to gatherings that range from professional, corporate and educational groups to ones for writers. As a teacher, he has taught courses on writing at a number of colleges and universities as well as at writer’s conferences.

Following early media appearances on The Tonight Show and All Things Considered, Keyes went on to appear on Oprah, The Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, and 20/20. People magazine has featured him twice.

Click here to visit Ralph’s website.

NOTE: The video quality in this interview is less than stellar. Skype is great for conducting video interviews but it’s far from perfect. Hope you enjoy it nonetheless!




As a bonus, here’s a five-minute video featuring Ralph talking about I Love It When You Talk Retro.

What, you want another bonus? Why didn’t you say so! Here is an essay Ralph wrote called Why I Write.

Click here to see all the video and audio interviews I’ve conducted.


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