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How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote
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How To Talk To Real People About Abstract Stuff - Lean Startup Machine Keynote

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I gave this talk at the Lean Startup Machine bootcamp in April in NYC. Great audience, great engagement - sadly I was felled by allergies and missed the rest of the weekend! Nevertheless, thanks to …

I gave this talk at the Lean Startup Machine bootcamp in April in NYC. Great audience, great engagement - sadly I was felled by allergies and missed the rest of the weekend! Nevertheless, thanks to those who asked great questions and gave great feedback.

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  • 1. HOW TO TALK TO REAL PEOPLE ABOUT ABSTRACT STUFFLean Startup Machine, April 27, 2012 @farrahbostic, The Difference Engine
  • 2. LET’S JUST BUILD IT.
  • 3. “I’M THE EXPERT.”
  • 4. “THEY’LL NEVER SEE THE MAGIC IN THIS.”
  • 5. “THE USER HAS BEEN TRAINED TO...”
  • 6. LISTENING IS HARD.
  • 7. NOT “WHO SHOULD YOU ASK?”WHO SHOULD YOU LISTEN TO.
  • 8. IT’S EASY TO FALL INTO THE USUAL TRAPSThe veil has been lifted on ‘segments’ and ‘targeting’ and‘market research.’You’ve heard these terms - and you’re pretty sure you knowwhat they mean.And you might even think that because people get paid tothink about this stuff all the time, that they’re legit.
  • 9. SEGMENTSSegments are distinct subsets of your customer base.But you don’t have a customer base yet.So you have to imagine customers.And then try to find real people that are like your imaginarycustomers.
  • 10. BE SPECIFIC.It’s tempting to segment by ‘customers v. prospects’.All you have tonight are prospects.You might have some idea that it’s‘early adopters v. mass market’ or ‘avid v. casual users’...(but that’s just code for, “we don’t know”) “I dont write to the crowd. I try to write fromInstead, imagine a specific person. one human being to anotherThen imagine 4 or 5 more specific people. human being in the second person singular.” - David ogilvY
  • 11. MAKE A LIST OF ATTRIBUTES...What’s their job title? What gets in their way?What kind of company do they work at? What keeps them up at night?What industry are they in? What costs them time or money?What would earn them a bonus? How do they solve this problem today?How do they define themselves? How eager are they to solve the problem?What are they trying to do?How much decision-making power dothey have? http://www.cindyalvarez.com/lean/the-who-and-why-of-your-target-customer
  • 12. YOU DON’T WANT TO TALK TO EVERYONE. There isn’t time for all that.
  • 13. NARROW IT DOWN TO ATTRIBUTES THAT MATTERSome won’t matter at all.Some attributes will matter because: This kind of person is willing and able to experiment This kind of person is able to make decisions without approval This kind of person is willing to invest money in a solution This kind of person is aware there is a problem This kind of person doesn’t have an alternative solution This kind of person is losing money or customers because of the problem http://www.cindyalvarez.com/lean/the-who-and-why-of-your-target-customer
  • 14. “BUT IT’S EASIER TO JUST PUSH A SURVEY.”
  • 15. GET OUT OF THE BUILDING.
  • 16. DO WHAT, NOW?Talk to people.Not a lot. 5-10 (but you’ll need to make a list of 50 before youstart sending emails & making phone calls)Not in a “facility” or a neutral environment - try to go to theirplace/office/where they would buy or use stuff like you wantto make.Not the perfect ‘respondent.’
  • 17. BE NICE AND LISTEN.http://giffconstable.com/2010/07/12-tips-for-early-customer-development-interviews/
  • 18. DON’T WASTE TIME REPEATING YOURSELF.After 3 people, prioritize your top 3 issues or questions.After 5 people, start asking new questions.This isn’t about approval, or getting them to say they ‘like’ it.It’s about learning what to do next.
  • 19. WHAT SHOULD YOU ASK?How is your customer currently dealing with this task/problem? What do they like about their current solution/process?Is there some other solution/process you’ve tried in the past that was better or worse?What do they wish they could do that currently isn’t possible or practical?If they could do [answer to the above question], how would that make their lives better?Who is involved with this solution/process?  How long does it take?What is their state of mind when doing this task?  How busy/hurried/stressed/bored/frustrated?What are they doing immediately before and after their current solution/process?How much time or money would they be willing to invest in a solution that made their lives easier? http://www.cindyalvarez.com/communication/customer-development-interviews-how-to-what-you-should-be-learning
  • 20. WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THAT INFORMATION?Be honest: Are these really your customers? Is their problem really painful, or their desire really strong? Does it even exist? Are they really making decisions the way you thought? What do you need to change?
  • 21. THIS ISN’T (USUALLY) THE TIME FOR PIVOTS.Talk to your team.Do you need to seek other customers that are a better fit?Do you need to rethinkyour positioning?What would you have tochange to create value?Is it possible to give peoplewhat they want?Do you need to dosomething else? * You shouldn’t pivot before you’ve even iterated, duh.
  • 22. THEN WHAT? “It isn’t iterative if you only do it once.”DO IT AGAIN. - one of the madebymany guys
  • 23. THEN WHAT? “It isn’t iterative if you only do it once.”DO IT AGAIN. - one of the madebymany guys Learn
  • 24. THEN WHAT? “It isn’t iterative if you only do it once.”DO IT AGAIN. - one of the madebymany guys Learn Build
  • 25. THEN WHAT? “It isn’t iterative if you only do it once.” DO IT AGAIN. - one of the madebymany guys LearnMeasure Build

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