What Should Your Presentation Be On?

Three times in one day.  “Matt, what should my presentation be on?” Three times in one day, a different person asked me that question. Let’s be honest, it’s a sad state of affairs for presentations these days. Whether it’s at a conference, local event, or on a webinar… …it’s the same tired topics over and […]

Angry Marketers Respond To That Controversial Blog

Last week, I posted my response to a recent PSMJ blog post that has angered many marketers in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. PSMJ’s blog post has received significant backlash since Lindsay Diven first brought it to people’s attention through LinkedIn. And my response and call for them to remove the post seemed to […]

A/E Marketers Are Not Your Gal Friday

In a time which the profession of marketing in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry seems to be gaining more and more respect… …it is nice to be reminded, sometimes, just how ignorant people in our industry can be about our chosen field of work. Just the other day, Lindsay Diven forwarded an article making […]

My Birthday

Is it weird to wish myself a happy birthday? I turn 42 on Tuesday, December 6th. The conversations with my kids have become outrageously cute. In particular, my son Logan seems to have a strong interest in what I do for a living. Logan: “Dad has the best work ever.” Matt: “Really, why do you […]

Robert Cialdini Interview

Interview with New York Times Best-Selling Author, Dr. Robert Cialdini Ph.D If you could ask the foremost expert on influencing human behavior a question, what would it be? And what would that answer be worth to you? How could that answer change your life? This is the opportunity (and challenge) I was recently graced with […]

Why Marketers and Owners Don’t Always See Eye To Eye

How many marketers have rolled their eyes because a firm owner “just didn’t get it?” How many owners have wished marketers would stop for a second to appreciate that they know what they’re talking about? Today, I’m going to share why this division exists. Plus, I’ll explain how the late 80s hair-metal group, Extreme can […]

3 Big Takeaways From Build Business 2016

Last week, I attended the Society Of Marketing Professional Services’s Build Business Conference here in Philadelphia. It’s the biggest conference related to marketing and business development in the construction industry. Here are my three biggest takeaways from the week. Forget Hamilton…Be Like Thomas Jefferson (Or Maybe Michelle Martin) Before the conference even started, I participated […]

Why You Should Never Have To Fill Out A Form

I hate filling out forms. And it’s time to be honest. You hate forms too. When someone hands us a form to fill out, he or she might as well be stabbing us in the heart. And we’re left there wondering, “Why do I have to fill this out?” It just feels like needless work. […]

How To Move People To Action

Last week, we explored why people make illogical decisions. And I explained the concept of the elephant and rider. Almost immediately, I got this question: “Matt, where are you going with this? What do I do with this information?” Ha. That’s a great question. I certainly want to give people actionable advice. What Action Should […]

How To Finally Understand Illogical Decisions

Have you ever been frustrated by an illogical decision a client, coworker, or friend has made? You just look at it and ask, “What are they thinking?” They’d have to be insane to make that decision, right? It can make you want to pull your hair out. It can make you want to scream at […]