How a Professor Turned an Idea Into a Multi-Million Dollar Company

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  • Jason Anello on How to Give Better Advice When Asked for Help

    In Chapter 13 of 20 in his 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, creative director and marketing agency co-founder Jason Anello answers "How Have You Learned to Give Better Advice When People Ask You for Help?" Anello shares how giving better advice is to spend more time truly understanding the question you are asked rather than simply sharing what you did when faced with a similar situation. He finds putting himself in the other person's shoes - showing empathy - helps the advice conversation.

  • Mike Germano on How to Give Better Advice When Asked for Help

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  • Cathy Erway on Resisting Temptation When Asked for Advice

    In Chapter 17 of 20 in her 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, author and food writer Cathy Erway answers "How Have You Learned to Give Better Advice When People Ask You for Help?" Erway shares how it is important to resist temptation to give advice on topics where you may have a personal agenda. Instead, she finds it better to be patient and try to filter away personal or selfish bias to focus on the person asking for advice. Cathy Erway is an author, food writer, copywriter and radio show host.

  • Phil McKenzie on How to Give Better Advice When Asked for Help

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