Investing in People

by Michael Roderick

On Email Introductions: Tip#1

By Norah Turnham  -  On 11 Feb, 2014 -  0 comments

There are a lot of tools and resources out there for people who make a lot of email introductions but there are some simple things you can do right from your inbox to make effective and successful connections for the people in your network. This series, which I will be posting weekly, covers my tips

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Be a Thought Leader Not a Thought Follow-The-Leader: The Importance of Being Authentic in Your Messaging

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

In my freshman year of college I attended my first ever open-audition. Basically, this meant that I could see what every other actor was doing before it was my turn to perform. I thought that this was perfect because I could see exactly what made the director laugh, what interested the audience, and what got

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The Yard Sale Principle: How Individual Value Changes The Art Of The Ask

By Michael Roderick  -  On 22 Jan, 2014 -  0 comments

When I was a kid in Rhode Island, every Sunday there would be yard sales throughout the neighborhood. The most common item you could find would be something like a baby stroller that was slightly used or clothes the family had outgrown. What was always interesting to me were the yard sales where comic books

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What Time Away Can Teach You: Three Things I Learned While I Was Unplugged

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

In the month of December I was married and we went on the honeymoon immediately after. I had a lot of anxiety around the business and what stepping away from everything could mean. I knew that the holidays are often a time when everyone shuts down from a business stand point but I was not

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Min to Max: How Thinking Small Can Lead To Big Wins

By Michael Roderick  -  On 03 Dec, 2013 -  0 comments

The other day I was sitting down with an entrepreneur and we were discussing some of his challenges. As we moved through the conversation and I made suggestions he diligently took notes. Suddenly, as we were wrapping up, there was this disheartened look on his face. I had seen it many times before and what

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The Entrepreneur’s New Clothes: The Importance of Securing Real Feedback Instead of Fluff

By Michael Roderick  -  On 02 Dec, 2013 -  0 comments

As children many of us read the story of the Emperor’s New Clothes in which a powerful emperor was tricked into believing that he was wearing exquisite garments when he was, in fact, naked. No one from the emperor’s team told him the truth for fear losing their jobs so he walked the streets of

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Let’s Remember Who We Set Out To Be

By Norah Turnham  -  On 22 Nov, 2013 -  0 comments

The Starving Artist Program is one of my favorite Small Pond services.  I keep pushing to do this program from time to time and to keep the costs super low because I think it’s important to stay connected to our roots. Both Michael and I have a background as theatre artists.  We know firsthand what

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The Jenga Principle: What Jenga Has Taught Me About Networking

By Michael Roderick  -  On 18 Nov, 2013 -  0 comments

Remember Jenga? It always seemed so simple, right? All you had to do was take one block out, stack it, then keep moving, right? But what happened if you pulled the wrong block? This I think that networking is all about the same idea. Imagine you start a business and you meet someone who is

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What I’ve Learned About Success: Three Things to Remember on Your Path to Greatness

By Michael Roderick  -  On 05 Nov, 2013 -  0 comments

“Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.” I have had the good fortune in my life to have experienced some success. As a playwright, I’ve been published, As a producer I’ve achieved Broadway credits, and as an entrepreneur, I’ve founded a conference and built

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The Importance of the Last Hour of the Day: Flipping the Script on our Concept of Productivity

By Michael Roderick  -  On 04 Nov, 2013 -  0 comments

When I first started my business I read a lot of blogs and books about starting businesses. To this day I still do a good deal of reading about improving business, managing psychological barriers, and innovation. Most of the material I have read emphasized the first part of the day. The concept was based on

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