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Cooking Up Courses (Meghan Telpner)

  • Episode #37

Meghan Telpner is the founder of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition, a nutrition-based culinary certification course. When she was unable to keep up with demand for her in-person cooking classes, Meghan began offering video classes online. Despite the saturated fields of nutrition and cooking, she thrived by continually raising the bar in structure and support.

In this episode, Danny, Abe and Meghan discuss elements of course building that create real value for students—from enrollment to support to certification. If you’re willing to step up, you can succeed in any niche.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why more content does not equal more value.
  • High-conversion enrollment sessions.
  • Assignment structures and accountability.
  • Working with organic leads vs. social media ads.
  • Structuring support for high success rates.
  • Raising the bar by being adaptable, resourceful and creative.
“But what I always say is that you’re not buying a certificate, you’re buying the education, and the certification has to be earned.”

Meghan Telpner

Meghan Telpner is a Toronto-based best-selling author, speaker, nutritionist, and founder of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. Her humorous, engaging and real approach to living an awesome, healthy life has garnered her a world-wide audience.

Meghan’s Academy of Culinary Nutrition is growing a global community of vibrant living advocates, and her bestselling books, UnDiet: Eat Your Way to Vibrant Health and The UnDiet Cookbook, are creating a revolution in how people think about their health.

Meghan has been featured in Forbes, ranked as one of the top 100 female entrepreneurs in Canada and named Best Holistic Nutritionist in 2017 and 2018 by National Nutrition.

She lives in Toronto with her husband Josh Gitalis, a functional medicine practitioner, and their son Finley. For more visit

Resources or websites mentioned in this episode:
Meghan’s website
Meghan’s LinkedIn

Guest: Meghan Telpner
Hosts: Danny Iny & Abe Crystal 
Producer: Cynthia Lamb 
Executive producer: Danny Iny
Assembled by: Geoff Govertsen
Audio Post Supervisor: Evan Miles, Christopher Martin
Audio Post Production: Post Office Sound
Music soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely
Making our hosts sound great: Home Brew Audio

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Music and SFX credits: 
Track Title: Bossa BB
Artist Name(s): Marie
Writer Name: Chelsea McGough

Track Title: Grace
Artist Name(s): Shimmer
Writer Name: Matthew Wigton

Track Title: Carousel Lights
Artist Name(s): Chelsea McGough
Writer Name: Chelsea McGough
Writer Name: Matthew Wigton

Track Title: Coo Coos
Artist Name(s): Dresden, The Flamingo
Writer Name: Matthew Wigton


Course Lab

Ever wondered how online courses could be even better? What would that next level look like? Those are the questions driving online course experts Danny Iny (founder of Mirasee) and Abe Crystal (co-founder of Ruzuku) in Course Lab. In each episode, they bring on an innovative course creator and deconstruct what makes their course (and course business) work for them and their students.