Listen to What I Mean, Not What I Say

Listen to What I Mean, Not What I Say

In college, I had a chemistry professor (Dr. E) who was the epitome of the absent-minded genius. After stumbling over her words (a frequent occurrence) and seeing our perplexed faces, she’d proclaim: “Listen to what I mean — not what I say.” I was thinking about her the other day, and it occurred to me that this phrase also applies to the development of impactful...

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B2B Research Can Give You Heartburn

B2B Research Can Give You Heartburn

There is an encouraging trend in the growing number of B2B organizations investing in insights to fuel innovation. Scheduling and engaging industry professionals can be a real nail-biter, not to mention time-consuming and expensive. Because of these difficulties, it’s important to reconsider what is necessary to manage your nerves. . . and indigestion when doing B2B research. The research methods at our disposal will deliver either...

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I’m Not Making Any Friends

I’m Not Making Any Friends

I recently participated in a discussion panel at a “marketing research” conference, and I’m not sure I made many new friends. The four other panelists were talking about the importance of insights and how it is “transforming our industry.” They then went on to describe all the amazing research tools enabling “better insights.” When there was a pause, I spoke up. “In my opinion, how...

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Trash the Discussion Guides!

Trash the Discussion Guides!

To be perfectly honest with you, I loathe the whole process of drafting a discussion guide for qualitative research. Despite my personal feelings, it’s a necessary process — but not for the reasons you think. As researchers, our job is to listen to your business problems and translate that into a set of learning objectives. From there, we go out and listen to the right people to...

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Do You Have a Lemonade Stand?

Do You Have a Lemonade Stand?

There was always high demand for something cold during the hot Florida summers where I grew up. Lemonade stands were a popular way to earn some extra cash. One summer day, a kid down the street set up a competing lemonade stand. Over the course of a few hours, I noticed my nemesis had more foot traffic, including one of my best neighborhood friends. I...

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