Investing in People

by Michael Roderick

The Goal Behind The Goal

By Michael Roderick  -  On 21 Jan, 2015 -  0 comments

When I used to direct shows one of the things I would have conversations with my actors about all the time was what lay behind a character’s objective in the scene. For example, if I asked one of my actors what they wanted in the scene and they replied, “I want my father to pay

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Laughing With Them, Not At Them

By Michael Roderick  -  On 20 Jan, 2015 -  0 comments

While out at dinner the other night, this event was mentioned and some laughter was shared around the idea that someone with celebrity status would not be aware of something so “basic.” As I listened to the story and thought about the headlines surrounding it, something else started to bubble up for me. This was not

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What To Do With “Opportunities”

By Michael Roderick  -  On 16 Jan, 2015 -  0 comments

It’s often been stated that when you begin your journey you need a lot, so you say yes to whatever comes your way. This usually works at the beginning because saying yes to opportunity can lead to all sorts of changes in life. As you start to get more successful, something very interesting happens. Your

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It’s Never “Just Lunch” – a guide for navigating one of the more involved connecting experiences

By Michael Roderick  -  On 15 Jan, 2015 -  0 comments

In most scenarios when you meet someone and would like to get to know them better, you invite them to get together one on one. The two of you will agree to meet at someone’s office, grab coffee, or grab lunch. If lunch is suggested, there is a lot more to contend with and think

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The 2 Most Important Factors In Growing Your Business

By Michael Roderick  -  On 17 Sep, 2014 -  0 comments

If you want to grow your business there are 2 factors that have a greater impact on your success than any other: People and Platforms No matter what business you are in, you will always need these two things to grow. Without these two, it is nearly impossible to make more money or get more

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The Importance Of A Meeting Diet

By Michael Roderick  -  On 08 Sep, 2014 -  0 comments

When you first start any new venture there is the likelihood that you will start having more meetings in your life. These meetings can include networking meetings, partner meetings, client meetings, planning meetings, etc. Many of these meetings will feel super productive. You’ll talk about the future, maybe some partnerships, and you may also close

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To Nosh, or Not To Nosh: The Prospects of Eating and Drinking at Networking Events

By Michael Roderick  -  On 05 Sep, 2014 -  0 comments

This blog post is a guest blog by Deborah Goldstein and was originally posted on These days, it’s all about networking. If you’ve been to one of our Women’s Advancement Compact community events, you’ve surely noticed that networking is half the picture. We even hold events that give instruction on networking. But until now, there’s one aspect

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Novice vs. Pro

By Michael Roderick  -  On 04 Sep, 2014 -  0 comments

If you are an entrepreneur in the early stages of your business, then you likely do not have a salesperson working for you. You are the one doing the selling and that means you are the one who has to pitch and ask for business. For many people this is one of the most uncomfortable

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Two Things To Consider About How Your Network Sees You

By Michael Roderick  -  On 03 Sep, 2014 -  0 comments

How you are seen in your network is a very important thing and you can be seen in one of two ways: The first is as a service provider. You have a service that people pay for and, when the pain point or problem you address through your service comes up, your network thinks of

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Want To Build A Tribe? Do This.

By Michael Roderick  -  On 02 Sep, 2014 -  0 comments

Many entrepreneurs are interested in building a following for the work that they do. Whether you are looking for more readers for your blog, more subscribers for your mailing lists, or more people to attend the events you host, the main idea is to develop a tribe very quickly. But how do you go about

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