Rejection and Rationality: How to Overcome One and Sync with the Other

As a farmer (ag researcher, ag communicator, etc.), working in an industry that is heavily science based, you are probably someone who makes myriad rational decisions every day, each formulated around strategic business goals and outcomes. But, as Seth Godin, author and marketing guru, points out, “The paradox is that you might also believe that you do this all the time, and that others do … Continue reading Rejection and Rationality: How to Overcome One and Sync with the Other

3 Ways to Engage the Disengaged

We’ve all been there: that moment when you’re eagerly chatting someone up about farming when suddenly they start to fidget, their eyes dart around, and you’d place to 10:1 odds that they’re thinking about anything else other than you. They’ve disconnected. They’ve completely disengaged from the conversation and your impact and influence went from a solid ice cube to a puddle on the floor. Went … Continue reading 3 Ways to Engage the Disengaged

How to Recognize (and Beat) the Curse of Knowledge

You don’t know what you don’t know. Case in point: I recently read an article about a farmer’s experience speaking to a group of urban moms in Chicago. These otherwise educated and well-informed women thought that seed company signs posted at fields along roadways were a statement of ownership. In the age of GMOs, they thought the signs meant that these were corporate farms owned … Continue reading How to Recognize (and Beat) the Curse of Knowledge