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Showing speakers that they are valued

I was one of three speakers at a event where I spoke on customer discovery.

Not the type of event where we get paid to speak.

Just warm fuzzies, and more importantly the knowledge that we have helped a group of dedicated .

Did I say, “the knowledge,” I should have said “the hope.”

Applause is nice, but it doesn’t improve upon our hope.


Ideally, questions you can’t find answers to by reading our books, articles, and blogs.

Those are the questions that really give us hope that we are contributing.

The reason we are there live rather than just the host just showing you a video is so you can ask questions.

If you aren’t asking questions, we shouldn’t be there.

Written by Russell Brand

Entrepreneur in residence at Founder Institute, he has mentored, performed due diligence on and invested in numerous early stage companies. Hundreds of these early stage companies have described Russell’s insights and advice as the most useful thing in the history of their companies. He has always had an inborn ability to find more valuable uses of new ideas and faster ways to achieve results.

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It’s not what you say

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