Be a Manager. Be a Mentor. Understand the Difference

You can dish out advice to anyone. But to be a good mentor, you need to learn to listen first

QUESTION AND ANSWER is my favorite format, whether I’m doing a speaking engagement or my YouTube show, #AskGaryVee, with my community. I can always discuss business or shifting consumer behavior in general, but getting context within a Q&A format allows me to go into detail and provide value to the person asking a question. We can go deep. There’s an actual dialogue.

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