Why Your Last Meeting Went Bad

Here's a List of Symptoms You Can Fix

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I attend a lot of meetings, and although 90% of them are unnecessary, I realize the remaining few can be incredibly important. Pitching an idea, making a presentation, networking, coaching, leading a team, getting project updates and more, usually need meetings in order to happen. But in far too many cases, most of us would admit to massive meeting failure. You don’t get that important job, your creative idea is turned down, you’re outvoted, or

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How to Pitch Your Ideas Successfully

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How can you make your dream their dream?  It’s a great question if you’re a creative person.  In many ways, the ability to present or “pitch” your ideas is one of the most important things you can learn in business.   Whether you’re trying to produce a movie, publish a book, get a raise, launch a business, find donors,  or whatever, your ability to inspire others to your way of thinking is important.  So to make you better at presenting your brilliant ideas, here’s 10 important principles to keep in mind:

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The Power of Being Brief

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I’ve written about this before, but until people get the message, I’ll continue to be a crazy prophet in the wilderness. Keep it short – please. I have a friend who can’t send an email less than 300 words. He feels compelled to add the backstory, all the details, the possible alternatives, and more. Even his simplest email drones on and on and on. I met with a producer recently who kept deviating from the pitch. He rambled on about

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Five Ways To Score A Meeting With Someone Important

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We all want to get advice, pitch our ideas, ask for a job, or otherwise meet someone we admire. But chances are, that person is out of your orbit. So what are the secrets to scoring that important meeting? While everyone is different, and there are no guarantees, here’s five techniques that should help you make the connections you need:

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What Hollywood Knows About Resilience That You Don’t

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Love it or hate it, one thing you can say about many producers in Hollywood is that they are remarkably resilient. They don’t give up, and in some cases keep pitching ideas for years. There’s something to be said for that, because in my experience, when people outside Hollywood hit a wall, get rejected, or suffer a defeat, nine times out of ten, they give up.  But in Hollywood,

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How Well Does Your Idea Resonate?

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The dictionary definition of “resonance” is: “Vibration caused by a relatively small stimulus, the intensification and enriching of a musical tone by supplementary vibration, or a quality of evoking response.”   When it comes to your ideas – do they create a vibration in the room?  Do they cause a response?  Too often, when we share or pitch our ideas, nothing happens. Then we tell ourselves that

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Is Pitching Your Dream Project Making You A Jerk?

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Someone pitched me a project the other day. He had obviously worked very hard on it and was very passionate. But he made one serious mistake: He let his passion spill over into annoyance and then arrogance.  After giving me a long speech about his credentials, and why his experience justified me listening to the project, he then went into a diatribe about what was wrong with people in Hollywood and why they haven’t responded to him. I understood his frustration, because after all, I’ve been out here for

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Is Your Big Idea Easy to Understand?

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People come to share their “big idea” with me all the time. They’re excited, pumped, and can’t wait to tell me their great idea for a movie, a nonprofit organization, a book, a new product, or company.  The problem is, it takes forever. Try as they might, they just can’t explain their big idea in a short, simple conversation. For some reason they feel obligated to tell me the history, the background, the competition, the mistakes, the failed tries, the alternatives, what other people think, and

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