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Tip #1: If you’re looking to connect meaningfully, place the other before you.
Most successful people are busy people. They’ve carved time out of their day to meet with you. Time is a resource neither party can redeem after you’ve parted ways. Be considerate.
After every meeting, thank each and every person for their contribution and time. A follow up thank you builds rapport and communicates respect, paving the way towards a meaningful connection. Your thank you…More...
They work best if you’re honest:
- Am I holding onto any beliefs that aren’t serving me?
- What do I want to learn this year?
- Have I set any long-term goals?
- Are my daily decisions setting me up for success?
- Do my present priorities accurately reflect my innermost dreams and desires?
- Is my work fulfilling my creative desires?
- Am I creating time to pursue outside interests?
- Do I regularly allow myself to dream?
- Is there a specific topic I…
The term networking sends shivers up my spine. I cringe when I think of networking events where people pass out business cards like Halloween candy and anxiously look around the room to see who’s there. Conversations seem forced, and I end up answering the same routine questions throughout the evening. Network sounds anything but personal, human, warm, or meaningful to me.
So let’s call a spade a spade. Networking is…More...
Many folks believe they need a special occasion in order to organize a gathering. A birthday, a wedding, a holiday, a housewarming. What if you didn’t wait for a reason to bring people together? Tonight sounds like a perfectly great night to introduce some friends in your circle who may not know each other.
Sound stressful? Focus on creating meaning with the people in your life and let the rest work itself…More...
- Ask if you can help.
- Better yet, email in advance and offer your services.
- Do your homework. Learn about the speaker, the attendees, the presentation.
- Don’t sit next to someone you know.
- Ask a question — everyone will know who you are.
- Ask only one question. Don’t be THAT guy.
- They are business cards, not playing cards. Distribute sparingly.
- Take advantage of the breaks. Chat with fellow attendees. Ask why they’re there.
- Organize a dinner and pass…
Throughout my work, I’ve looked for ways to help professionals find their edge.
I enjoy creating opportunities for people to connect, and I like disrupting things. I carefully consider the talents, skills, and work of individuals to see how strangers might enter a room and leave as friends. I ask questions with the intent of changing the way someone considers another, helping people talk about challenges they might be afraid to…More...
Your assistant might be a tremendous help, relieving you from mundane tasks that eat up your time and cut into your creative flesh.
Your intern could also be your greatest asset, filtering information through a unique set of experiences and offering insight into areas you may not be aware of.
Assistant or ally.
Not mutually exclusive, but your point of view largely determines the outcome.
Experiment and see what’s most beneficial to you,…More...
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