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By Michael Roderick  -  On 18 Feb, 2015 -  0 comments

Many people are familiar with the initials C.Y.A. being an abbreviation for “cover your a**” but I want to introduce a new way to look at those three letters in regards to growing your network: Cultivate Your Advocates At this very moment there are people in your network who think that what you do is

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Want To Make More Money? Do This.

By Michael Roderick  -  On 17 Feb, 2015 -  0 comments

When I first went into business for myself I asked the same question most business owners ask: How do I make more money? The reasons for this vary. In some cases, you need to survive. If you don’t make more money, you can’t pay the rent or eat. In other cases it’s not as dire

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Did You Bring Kryptonite To The Meeting?

By Michael Roderick  -  On 13 Feb, 2015 -  0 comments

It is a fact that a great meeting can in many cases change your life. At the end of a great meeting you may walk away with a job, a speaking opportunity, television interview, or a contract bigger than any you’ve had. If you think about it, when you’re meeting with someone who can do

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Leave Some for the Guests

By Michael Roderick  -  On 12 Feb, 2015 -  0 comments

When I first moved to the city I was introduced to the idea of hosting gatherings by a friend of mine who did club promotion. The concept was fairly simple: You find a venue that is empty on a certain night of the week, you get some kind of food and drink special and you

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The One Essential Item on Your To-Do List That’s The Easiest to Forget

By Michael Roderick  -  On 11 Feb, 2015 -  0 comments

I was reminded of this item early this morning and every few months I get another reminder of it. This is the most important of tasks, but for anyone who is used to accomplishing a lot, it is also the thing that always is put off until it’s no longer possible. I’m talking about taking

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Results May Vary

By Michael Roderick  -  On 10 Feb, 2015 -  0 comments

In many of the meetings I’ve taken I have been asked about turn-key things one can do to achieve their goals. This includes asking for specific places they should go, people they should talk to, and most recently, specific “scripts” they can use to get the things they want. My answer to these questions is

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Accepting Hugs

By Michael Roderick  -  On 09 Feb, 2015 -  0 comments

When I was in high school I went on one of those weekend retreats that the local CYO put on every year. I had volunteered at their haunted houses in the past and was invited to this weekend called “Search” during which we all did a bunch of community activities, listened to speakers, and met

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What Counting Change Taught Me about Making a Change

By Michael Roderick  -  On 06 Feb, 2015 -  0 comments

When I was young I used to get these really big collector cups from places like McDonalds and Taco Bell with photos from the latest blockbuster movie. I always kept one of them and made it a habit to throw my spare change in the cup any time I came back from the store. I

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3 Letters That Will Help You Help Anyone

By Michael Roderick  -  On 05 Feb, 2015 -  0 comments

I’ve had the good fortune over the years to meet people in many different industries. Everything from movie producers to tech investors to doctors inventing new medicines and they all have one thing in common: T.C.M.  Every single person, no matter their profession or status, had a concern around time, connections, or money.  On the

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How to Make the Most Out of a Coffee Meeting

By Michael Roderick  -  On 03 Feb, 2015 -  0 comments

The other day I came to the realization that I have taken well over 3,000 coffee meetings. These meetings have resulted in everything from job offers and interview opportunities, to valuable introductions and lasting friendships. Having spent so much time in front of a cup of joe, I thought it would be fun to outline

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