The #1 Improvement "hack", getting readers to like you, 10 FREE courses.
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Hello creators + builders + thinkers!
I hope you’re having a wonderful day so far. Here’s a quick glimpse of today’s newsletter ↓↓↓ (I’m trying out a format tweak—what do you think?)
✍ How To Get Readers To Like You In 10 Seconds by Kaleigh Moore
💲 Pricing Psychology by Nick Kolenda
📊 5 Awesome Ways to Level Up Your Google Sheets by Andrew Kamphey (BetterSheets.co)
🎧 The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know | Adam Grant on The Jordan Harbinger Show
🎓 10 FREE Courses on :discover by Teachable
FEEDBACK: The Self-Improvement “Hack”
Are you open to feedback?
Or do you hit publish …and then proceed to stick your fingers in your ears?
I used to. Until I wanted to be better.
Not being open to feedback is fine if you’re not trying to improve.
But simply put: a lack of feedback makes it 1000x times harder to make your work BETTER.
Sure—you can validate with data. But data only helps to an extent: you know something worked/didn't—but you don't know WHY.
Data doesn't tell you…
→ WHAT enticed them to click-through
→ WHY people read/watched
→ HOW they felt
→ WHAT was the 'aha' moment
→ HOW you inspired/helped/hurt/bored them
Data helps. But you NEED feedback.
Don't fear it. Let go of your ego. Crave feedback for improvement. Learn to ask for feedback in everything.
Ask to give others feedback, and readily provide it when requested. You'll find most people will be pleasantly surprised with the offer if you're constructive & helpful. It shows you’re paying attention to them and that you care.
Feedback is reciprocal.
Providing feedback is a signal you’re also open to receiving it. It’s a give and take. The more you give, the more you get.
So don’t be selfish. Give as much—if not more—feedback than you receive. But be constructive, be timely, and be kind.
Let’s normalize feedback in our conversations, workplaces, relationships—our LIVES. It's REALLY hard to improve if you don't know how.
→ Feedback is “THE HACK” to improvement ←
Get on it.
Lastly… AVOID THE FEEDBACK SH*T SANDWICH
Here’s a great article explaining how to avoid the Sh*t Sandwich (aka Feedback Sandwich) that was popularized for god knows why. The 5 ways to avoid it include…
→ The 5 Word Review
→ Trying a “Feed Forward”
→ Using your One-on-Ones for feedback
→ Trading Praise for Feedback
→ Ask questions to create feedback & self assessment
→ Li Jin || Li is co-creator of SideHustleStack.co — an amazing resource for creators. She also co-hosts Means Of Creation: “a talk show about the passion economy.”
→ Nick Wignall || Nick’s a psychologist and a full-stack creator 🤯 — and he has a pretty great newsletter. Not to mention podcast, blog, and Creating Calm course.
→ Jay Clouse || Jay is criminally underfollowed. At the very least, check out his brilliantly produced podcast Creative Elements. Interviewees include James Clear, Dickie Bush, Anne-Laure Le Cunff, Vanessa Van Edwards, Pat Flynn, Alex Cattoni, & Tim Urban.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
A tweet about building the newsletter you’re reading. I’m trying to be as open and transparent about how I’m building and growing Growth Currency—DM’s are open if you have any questions, feedback or advice. I’m all ears (eyes?).
THIS WEEK’S GROWTH CURRENCY 💡⚡
How To Get Readers To Like You In 10 Seconds by Kaleigh Moore
You know the saying about first impressions. Getting people to “like” your writing isn’t any different. Kaleigh outlines a few simple ways you can make a good first impression in your writing, including…
→ Make ‘em laugh
→ Share your (believable, relatable) flaws
→ Spotlight your personal achievements (not your privileges)
→ Embrace your quirks
Pricing Psychology by Nick Kolenda
How should you price your eBook or online course? In this FREE resource covers 40+ pricing tactics with simple explanations + diagrams, all based on psychology. Some of my favorites:
→ Tactic 8: Mention the Daily Equivalence
→ Tactic 17: Expose People to Higher “Incidental” Prices
→ Tactic 35: Follow the “Rule of 100”
Nick has another 15 FREE marketing guides on his website. Check them out!
5 Awesome Ways to Level Up Your Google Sheets by Andrew Kamphey (BetterSheets.co)
I’m a bit of a spreadsheet & data nerd. But I know zilch compared to Andrew. Check out this amazing mini-tutorial on Google Sheets—including:
→ Create an Interactive To-Do List with IF() Formula
→ Make Your Lists Spicy Hot
→ Change the Default Font from Awful Arial
#482: Adam Grant | The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know on The Jordan Harbinger Show
This listen is filled with ideas that should challenge your way of thinking. Lots of topics discussed, including the Dunning-Kruger effect, binary bias, and thinking again.
→ 35:30 - “We learn more from those who challenge our thought process, as opposed to those who just reaffirm our conclusion.“
→ 47:43 - “When you lack the ability to produce excellence, sometimes that means you also lack the ability to recognize excellence.”
→ 1:01:44 - “Binary bias is this idea in psychology, where you take a really complex continuum or spectrum and you oversimplify it into just two categories.
💰 BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
10 FREE Courses on :discover by Teachable
A simple email from Teachable arrived in my inbox this week. And it was packed with free courses—so of course I had to share. Courses include:
→ teachable:u — Learn how to create, launch, and sell profitable online courses.
→ Fierce Clarity — Get the clarity you need, and the direction you deserve to walk confidently in your purpose.
→ Podcast Like A Pro — Take the proven path to creating an incredible podcast for your brand.
→ Audience Building For Creators — Share what you love to connect with your followers and grow your business
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