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An Involved CEO is a Learning CEO

An Involved CEO is a Learning CEO

| April 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

  What does that mean, “a learning CEO?” It is exactly what it sounds like: a Learning CEO is a CEO who is not only open to the idea of learning new information and skills but actively seeks them out. Brad Feld talks more about this on LinkedIn. When you look at the organizational pyramid […]

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5 Tips to Building Relationships That Matter

5 Tips to Building Relationships That Matter

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Okay, right out of the gate, let me torpedo a popular myth: It really isn’t ALL in who you know. What you know, how you know it, and what you plan to do about those things, matters at least as much. The old “who you know” adage is all about opportunities. And, in that, the […]

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You’ve Finished Your Startup Accelerator, So Now What?

You’ve Finished Your Startup Accelerator, So Now What?

| March 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

  You’ve got great ideas. You’ve gained access to a terrific startup accelerator program that helped you with funding and introduced you to insightful mentors. You’ve been networking in a sheltered environment and you’re better off than you ever were before. So now what do you do? Should professional networking still be an area of focus? […]

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5 Ways to Get More Referrals from your Professional Contacts

5 Ways to Get More Referrals from your Professional Contacts

| November 21, 2013 | 5 Comments

The quantity and quality of one’s professional network can be extremely valuable in career and business development. Getting introductions through your existing contacts is an excellent way to meet new contacts, customers, partners, or investors. Sharing a common relationship adds rapport and social proof to the interaction. This post describes five strategies for increasing the […]

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How to Build Relationships and Stay in Touch with Professional Contacts

How to Build Relationships and Stay in Touch with Professional Contacts

| November 14, 2013 | 1 Comment

One of the most common networking challenges people have, myself included, is staying in touch with people. It’s not enough to just meet someone once, you want to build a relationship over time for it to be valuable for both parties. Relationships require trust and rapport, which requires consistent contact over time. It can be […]

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How to Be an Approachable Genius

How to Be an Approachable Genius

| November 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

Once, as a twentysomething, newly minted U.S. Marine Corps officer, I was asked by my commanding officer to fill in at a big staff meeting. I was eager to impress this room full of experienced, confident warriors. After all, this would be their first impression of me. I had to make it good. I was […]

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How to Maximize Conference Season (and Not Go Crazy)

How to Maximize Conference Season (and Not Go Crazy)

| October 17, 2013 | 1 Comment

Conferences are the best, right? They have interesting people, great speakers to learn from, and the potential for numerous business deals. If they’re so great, why do conferences wear us out so much? Why do we so often feel scattered and unfocused? Are they even worth the money? The Two Secrets to a Great Conference […]

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How to Get Meetings with Your Idols

How to Get Meetings with Your Idols

| September 16, 2013 | 9 Comments

Offer value and have a reason to connect People will accept an invitation to meet from someone who is perceived to be of value to their business. Find an area of interest or passion for that person and offer your expertise or share information or research on that topic. Offer introductions to people in your […]

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6 Ways to Survive Your Next Business Networking Event

6 Ways to Survive Your Next Business Networking Event

| August 15, 2013 | 5 Comments

In my personal vision of hell, I’m in large, red party room filled with hundreds of 3-year old children trying to feed me burnt mac and cheese, Phil Collins playing “In The Air Tonight” live on stage, and two gargantuan spiders are serving appetizers — and most importantly, everyone, and I mean everyone there is […]

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Five Reasons You Should Reconnect with Your Old Professors

Five Reasons You Should Reconnect with Your Old Professors

| August 12, 2013 | 16 Comments

At some point, everybody has had a professor who clearly didn’t give two sh*ts about teaching. Whether these “educators” were primarily focused on research or they were simply burnt out on pension, they somehow managed to make you feel even worse about yourself in class (if you decided to show up). My challenge for you […]

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