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people skills Archives - The Punk Rock MBA

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March 1, 2018

How to follow up on proposals, job interviews, and emails

We've ALL been there: someone says they're gonna get back to you by day X, and they don't. Two days later, and still no word from them... what do you do?? On the one hand, you want to follow up, because WTF - they said they'd get back to me, and they didn't! And I'm on pins and needles here waiting to find out if I got the job or not! On the other, you're scared to follow up because you don't want to be annoying... but you worry that if you don't, you'll never hear back from them and the opportunity will pass you by. *anxiety intensifies* The bad news: this happens ALLLLLL the time in business. The good news: We're here to help :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kzw7O4xkYjE First of all, you need to understand that you are NOT being annoying by following up - in fact, you're probably being helpful!…
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February 26, 2018

My #1 piece of advice for creatives

Growing up in hardcore is a double-edged sword: you learn how to stand up for yourself, speak up, and tell the people standing in your way to fuck off. This is great when it fuels you to believe in yourself and take chances that others are too timid to take, but it's not so great when it makes you think that your opinion is way more important than it actually is. The place where this most often rears its head for creatives is in getting feedback on your work during the creative process-- when your boss, the client, your team members, etc says something you think is dumb and you lose your cool, open your big mouth, and say something you shouldn't. It's kinda like in that movie "Alien" where the little alien worm thing bursts out of their chests, only instead of an alien worm, it's a middle finger.…
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