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213: Asking Better Questions Improves Business: an interview with Warren Berger

Warren Berger, author of The Book of Beautiful Questions

Warren Berger and Bill Ringle discuss the power of asking proper questions and how these powerful questions will help you decide, create, connect, and lead better.

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Top 3 Take-Aways from this Interview

  • Curiosity is a business leader's most important quality.
  • What are the limits of a question?
  • The idea that every business leader should audit the quality of the questions she or he asks.

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WARREN BERGER developed his inquiry skills as a journalist for The New York Times but first declared himself a “questionologist” with the 2014 publication of his best-selling book, A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION. The book shows that questioning has been the starting point of everything from the cell phone, to Netflix, to the International Red Cross.

In the book, Warren introduces an original framework (the “Why/What If/How” cycle of inquiry) that can be applied to challenges and problems. A More Beautiful Question has been embraced by the NASA space program, the National Science Foundation, companies such as Starbucks, Chanel, Oracle, and Pepsi, as well as by major universities around the country.

Warren has keynoted at the DesignThinkers Conference in Toronto and the International Women’s Conference in Rome. He also regularly visits elementary and high schools around the country, urging teachers to try to encourage more questioning in the classroom.

In the fall of 2018, Warren released a follow-up book on questioning, THE BOOK OF BEAUTIFUL QUESTIONS: The Powerful Questions That Will Help You Decide, Create, Connect, and Lead.

In addition to authoring eight books (including the acclaimed GLIMMER, one of the first books on “design thinking”), Warren has appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered, CNN, and NBC’s Today Show, and he contributes regularly to Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Psychology Today, where he writes the “Questionologist” column.

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Web address: www.amorebeautifulquestion.com

Travels from: Mount Kisco, New York

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211: Why Winning is Not a Strategy: an interview with Zac Logsdon

Zac Logsdon, author of Winning is Not a Strategy

Zac Logsdon and Bill Ringle discuss methods and advice that are applicable to not only sports but any industry looking to increase traffic at their events and venues.

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Top 3 Take-Aways from this Interview

  • Engagement through athletic events is one of the biggest problems that college athletic directors and administrator struggle to solve.
  • Unsurprisingly, social media and the proliferation of college sports broadcasts have lowered in-person fan attendance at college sporting events – but through smart moves, some programs are bucking this trend.
  • Treating your product (“college sports events” in this case) the right way leads to greater levels of success.

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Zac Logsdon is CEO and founder of Old Hat, a strategic marketing company specializing in the sports and entertainment industry. Over the past two decades, he has worked with more than 150 sports and entertainment organizations to help drive attendance to their events and venues and improve the experience for fans and attendees.

Zac has successfully run Old Hat for more than 15 years, having grown it from one employee with one client to employing nearly a hundred people (combined) over that period and partnering with nearly every major collegiate athletic program in the nation along with multiple professional organizations.

Additionally, Zac has written two books on the topic of sports and/or entertainment marketing. The first, If Not for Athletics, is a collection of inspirational stories from athletics administrators around the nation about times when they witnessed the true power and impact athletics can provide.

Recently, Zac published his second book, Winning is Not a Strategy: A Game-Changing Approach to Driving Attendance, which is a guide for those charged with reversing the trend of declining attendance at sporting events. While focused on athletics, his second book contains methods and advice that are applicable to any industry looking to increase traffic at their events and venues.

Zac also hosts two podcasts based on his books. The first, Stop the Clock, retells inspirational sports stories in the words of those who lived them. And the Winning is Not a Strategy podcast poses a weekly question that is addressed by experts in the athletics industry.

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Web address: www.oldhatcreative.com

Travels from: Norman, OK

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210: Real Estate On Your Terms: Create Continuous Cash Flow Now, Without Using Your Cash Or Credit – Interview with Chris Prefontaine

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Chris Prefontaine, author of Real Estate on Your Terms

Chris Prefontaine and Bill Ringle discuss options business owners have to invest in real estate without using cash or credit to create win-win-win outcomes.

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Top 3 Take-Aways from this Interview

  1. The power of a daily chat helps you manage teams to stay on track. 
  2. Start your business with a baby step so success builds right from the start of the day.
  3. How your tribe can help you to scale your business through their feedback and support.

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Chris Prefontaine has been in the trenches of the real estate industry for over 25 years. His company has done over $80 million in real estate transactions. He is a practitioner at heart — which is why his company still buys between 4 to 10 properties each month where Chris and his family practices what he preaches. He is the author of the best selling book, "Real Estate on Your Terms."

Chris is an expert at addressing the fundamental problem most business owners struggle with: how to get their wealth out of their business and into other assets just in case they don't have an opportunity to sell the business (or even if they do sell the business). The diversification of assets can provide a very balanced portfolio and real estate may be one of those investment strategies to consider while building out a balanced financial plan.

Chris is also the host of the annual event, "QLS Live" where real estate investors across the country come together for 2-1/2 days to mastermind, share experiences, and learn from experts teaching strategies for building and scaling their real estate businesses.

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Web address: Smart Real Estate Coach

Travels from: Middletown, Rhode Island

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