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Showing speakers that they are valued

I was one of three speakers at a startup 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 founders.

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

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

Questions do.

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.

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Written by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals

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