Investing in People

by Michael Roderick

Following Up vs. Following The “Out”

By Michael Roderick  -  On 27 Aug, 2014 -  0 comments

Many of us have heard the phrase “follow up or fail” but do we actually take it to heart? We know that we need to follow up but often we don’t because we are afraid of what the other person might say, we’re afraid of looking needy, or we’re afraid that the other person will

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The Giving Fix

By Michael Roderick  -  On 26 Aug, 2014 -  0 comments

Can you be addicted to giving? The answer may surprise you. Here’s the biological take: There have been a number of studies that have shown that giving actually increases the level of oxytocin in our blood stream which makes us feel good. So, in essence, every time you give you get a little jolt of

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Lies We Tell Ourselves About Investors

By Michael Roderick  -  On 25 Aug, 2014 -  0 comments

There are a number of lies we tell ourselves about investors. One of the most common questions I get from people with projects looking for money is, “How do I find investors?” and my answer is always the same: “Stop calling them investors.” Investors are people, not some magical creature, and they are not the

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Be a Doctor, Not a Dabbler: The Best Way to Approach One-on-One Meetings

By Michael Roderick  -  On 21 Aug, 2014 -  0 comments

If building business relationships is important to you, then you likely will find that one-on-one meetings with potential referral partners, prospects, and other business owners is an essential part of that process. The interesting thing is that many times people waste these opportunities for partnerships and support by spending the entire time trying to sell,

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Save Some Trees: One Thing To Check For Before Handing Out Anything

By Michael Roderick  -  On 20 Aug, 2014 -  0 comments

It is not uncommon in one-on-one meetings for someone to have “materials” on who they are and what they do. If you happen to be one of those people, you run the same risk as the people on the street handing out flyers. If you do not want your pamphlets, folders, and one-sheets to end

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Start (Even If You Suck): What To Do When You Don’t Know Anyone Yet

By Michael Roderick  -  On 19 Aug, 2014 -  0 comments

One of the toughest things to do in any field is to get started. Whether we are sitting down to write, getting ready to go to the gym, or about to ask someone out the moments directly before are the toughest. Seth Godin has said that anxiety is experiencing failure in advance and, in many

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The One Question You Need To Ask In Order To Make Good Referrals

By Michael Roderick  -  On 18 Aug, 2014 -  0 comments

There is no arguing that referrals can be a game changer in any business. A good referral can lessen the time it takes to close a sale, open doors to a different industry, or even increase the size of a project. Many business owners will consider you an invaluable resource if you are able to

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If You Only Knew The Power Of The Dark Side: Spotting the Taker in Giver’s Clothing

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

If you’ve read Adam Grant’s phenomenal book Give and Take then you have no doubt been exposed to the idea of Givers, Takers, and Matchers. Adam also points out a very interesting sub-section which he refers to as Fakers. These are Takers who pose as Givers and tend to fool people into giving to them. Like the

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Three Ways Your Relationships Can Help You When Money Is Tight

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

If you are running your own business you are bound to have some lean times. These are times when you may be experiencing a dry spell with few new clients coming through the door, waiting on payments from current clients, or simply not getting enough in to cover your overhead. Basically, money is not readily

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The Number One Thing That Is Killing Your Crowdfunding Campaign

By Michael Roderick  -  On 30 Jun, 2014 -  0 comments

There is no doubt that crowdfunding has really helped a lot of people who are developing projects and need a boost to get them off of the ground. As with any venture that has media success stories, there are now tons of people hopping on the bandwagon. I do not claim to be a crowdfunding

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