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7 Tips to Help Introverts Break the Ice at Networking Events

By | Aug 25, 2017 at 8:30 am

As the founder of a large networking organization, I get a lot of questions from people who are shy or introverted, asking how they can feel more comfortable going to a networking event. Here are a few quick tips to consider before heading to your next…


Study: Personality Is More Important Than Skill to Potential Employers

By | Aug 22, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Having the right set of talents can go a long way in getting you a job interview. After all, nothing makes a resumé pop more than a long list of special skills and plenty of experience to hone them. Employers regularly use a potential…

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Searching for Stephs: Identifying the Greats in Early-Stage Startups

By | Jun 19, 2017 at 10:50 am

At my investment firm, we look for “Stephs” — as in NBA player Steph Curry for the Golden State Warriors. Why? He’s the underdog that no one expected to be great. As the skinny, baby-faced son of Dell Curry, every major Division 1 school…


6 Personality Traits Found in Leaders Around the World [Infographic]

By | Jun 8, 2017 at 11:30 am

Being the CEO doesn’t mean jack if you aren’t an efficient leader. Printing the word “founder” on your business card doesn’t make you a good boss; leading people in a meaningful way does. And while a lot of entrepreneurial skills are easy to figure out, being…

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Here’s How to Design an Engaging Chatbot Personality

By | Dec 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm

While you might not be explicitly familiar with chatbot technology, you have likely encountered more than one in your life. Whether it’s customer service chatbots pinging you when you enter a website or entertainment chatbots bothering you on a social media messenger, this widely-used…


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6 Personality Traits That Startup CEOs Need

By | Jun 10, 2016 at 3:44 pm

There’s a big difference between starting a company and running one. The personality traits required to get the rock in motion are different than those needed to keep it in motion. To create momentum at a startup, the CEO must be wired for success….


How Being an Introvert Is Good for Business

By | Jun 3, 2016 at 10:10 am

In business, we’re always asked to challenge our expectations and to break into something deeper. The nature of the very industry calls for this – we’re constantly in connections with other people, either physically or digitally, to network and further nurture our roots within…

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The Skill Set Every Business Leader Should Master

By | May 25, 2016 at 11:00 am

Succeeding in business involves a lot more than just understanding trends and having high sales figures. The most successful people in this industry have the tenacity, passion, and drive to keep going despite their failures and shortcomings. So, what’s the secret behind finding success…


Can a Robot Really Have a Personality?

By | Aug 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Regardless of how you feel about the evolution of artificial intelligence, and its subsequent integration into our day to day lives, there’s one common question weighing on a lot of minds: do robots, in fact, have personalities? I think it’s the most important question…


What Your Myers-Briggs Personality Predicts About Your Career Success

By | Aug 6, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Could your Myers-Briggs personality type predict what what your career destiny will look like? According to a survey conducted by Truity Psychometrics, your chances at succeeding in your career can actually boil down to whether you’re an ENFJ or an ISTP. In a recently…

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Get Quoted in a Book! This Week’s Topics: Marketing, Sales, Social Media, Personality

By | Nov 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm

As we announced, Tech Cocktail is writing a book about starting up! We are going to be working hard the next few months to write the book, but we need your help. The book is due out spring 2014 and will be published by Wiley…


To Make Your Team “Click,” Uncover Their Instinctive Drives

By | Jun 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm

In typical companies, it takes 12 to 18 months for a team to “click”: to harmonize and fully trust each other so they’re operating at peak performance, says Paul Burgess. When team members take his Instinctive Drives test, learn their four instinctive drives, and get…


Know Thyself as an Entrepreneur: Discover your Entrepreneurial Zone of Genius

By | Feb 19, 2013 at 12:54 pm

As an entrepreneur, you wear multiple hats – marketing, financial, and leadership, just to name a few. Just like everyone else, you are not good at wearing every single one of them. Additionally, you find that some activities you perform effortlessly, and others are…