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The Most Undervalued Skill to Become More Persuasive

by Scott

In this post I want to highlight one skill that can help you become more more persuasive in life and business.

This skill has been pigeon-holed within one business discipline which has prevented throngs of people from accessing its power that could be taking advantage of it.

But first I want to ask you a simple question…

What is the difference between the two items pictured below?

If you’re having trouble seeing, the first photo is a cold email asking for a partnership I grabbed from google. The second photo is a pamphlet asking me to sign up for a credit card.

…wheels turning…pinky and the brain style…

Though these two items pictured may seem very different, their high level …
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The Most Important Document You Probably Aren’t Keeping

by Scott

Today I want to share a shockingly simply practice that has made me 10’s of thousands of dollars, allowed me to perform better at work, and created more time to do the things I love.

This practice is the secret to communicating better and how I develop online products that are allowing me to live my dream life right now.

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The practice…

Keep a document of every question people ask you.

Yep. It’s that simple.

Anytime someone asks me a question (especially over email), I file it away into a massive google docs spreadsheet that I call my “demand understanding document.”

Actually, now I forward it to my virtual assistant Josiah and he does it.

Why You Should Do This

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Break Into Biz Dev: The Do’s and Don’ts of Making Introductions

by Scott

Once upon a time, I was an introduction fool. I made every classic mistake in the book…and in the process probably pushed people away from me that I ultimately wanted to build a relationship with : (

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To demystify some of the mistakes I made, I’m sharing a 12 minute video on The Do’s and Don’ts of Making Introductions.

This is taken from the relationship building section of my new series on How to Land A Business Development Job and serves as a follow up to the last video I shared on the challenging realities of landing startup jobs.

Relationships are important for countless reasons, but within the context of landing a startup job, they’re incredibly value because they can …
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Business Tactics They Don’t Teach in School

by Scott

A bunch of people that subscribe to my monthly business development newsletter have told me that their favorite part is the business tactics I share in the “Tactic of the Month” section….

So I thought I’d share the first 5 on this here tablet in case you missed them.

Business Tactic 1: Good Cop / Bad Cop 

In business development you’re bound to encounter some situations where you’re not going to make the other party happy (i.e. you can’t accomodate a request, you need an update on where a deal stands that they’re not ready to give etc).

People like doing business with people they like.

Thus, it’s in your best interest to be likeable. This why playing good cop / bad cop can be …
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I’m Teaching A New Online Course on How to Break Into Biz Dev

by Scott

A little less than 3 years ago, I decided I wanted to become an entrepreneur.

If I’m truly honest, the catalyst for this pursuit wasn’t motivated by seeing young people accomplish amazing things, but rather serious dissatisfaction with my first job.

My first job in a nutshell:

I was bored as sh*t. I felt like my ideas were never taken seriously and my capacity to create progress within the business was limited by bureaucracy.

I felt like I was wasting my life. It was terrible.

I wanted something more fulfilling  I wanted to have ownership of something. I wanted to feel the tangible impact created by my efforts. I wanted to be part of something bigger than myself and be excited about work each day.

These feelings …
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