Spartan Logo Design Challenge

The Spartan Logo Design Challenge

The race is on! Let’s get the Spartan Logo Design Challenge kicked off! We want to see you flex your design muscle here with this fun, unofficial logo contest. You’ll be designing a logo for the Reebok Spartan Race. What’s fantastic about this contest is that your work will be judged by not one, not two, but THREE influencers in the design space: our very own Chris Do, YouTuber Will Patterson, and Jonathan Rudolph of Logo Inspirations on Instagram. Are you psyched? Remember, this is a unsponsored, unpaid, unauthorized contest. We just thought that the Spartan Race would be a great…

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How to Boost Your Confidence By Finding Someone to Emulate

In my last blog, I talked about building confidence by figuring out what you’re good at. But what do you do after that? You can be the best person in the world at something, but if you don’t present yourself that way you’re not going to feel any more confident. I’ve found that the most effective way to translate that inner feeling of confidence to the people around you is to find someone to emulate. Why Copying Someone is One of the Best Ways to Grow Your Confidence We all know someone who oozes natural confidence, even if they’re not…

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building self confidence as a designer

Building Self Confidence As A Designer: Foundation

If you made a list of your biggest assets when it comes to asking for a sale, confidence would be right up near the top. But what about building self confidence as a designer? Do you consider yourself a confident person? If you don’t, it’s time to start changing how you think. Confidence isn’t an innate trait. It’s something you can (and really need to) develop. In my experience, there are three components that go into building confidence. The first of those is building a foundation. What Can You Do Better Than Anyone Else? I’m not a particularly outgoing person,…

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Essential Reading For Creative Professionals Booklist

Here’s out list of the top books you must read if you’re an aspiring or practicing creative professional. The best books on business, design and creativity as curated by Futur founder Chris Do. Win Without Pitching Manifesto http://amzn.to/2mGzHCu Creative Strategy & The Business of Design http://amzn.to/2opX6Xe 101 Things I Learned in Business School http://amzn.to/2oRzgCv Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose http://amzn.to/2nGs6VR Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action http://amzn.to/2pvxyqN The Compound Effect http://amzn.to/2nGATHk Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion http://amzn.to/2nGsl3d 7 Strategies for Wealth & Happiness: Power Ideas from America’s Foremost Business Philosopher http://amzn.to/2opVc8N…

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Listen to understand - the futur

Why Listening To Understand Is Such an Important Part of Making a Sale

If you’ve read our last two blogs, you know that listening is important, and you know how to listen well. Today I want to make it clear just how important listening is when it comes to sales. We’ve all heard the cliche of the door to door vacuum salesman who bullies his way into your house and harasses you to buy – even when you don’t have a carpet. None of us want to be that guy. That’s where listening comes in. Listening to Understand Listening to understand a potential client is absolutely critical if you’re trying to make a…

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Finding Your Sales Mindset

Asking For The Sale: Having The Right Sales Mindset To Guide You To the Sale

You’ve got something to provide. Your prospective client needs what you have. What’s the best approach to get from point A to point B? That depends. What’s your sales mindset? There are a lot of different ways to think about how you approach and present yourself to the people you may do business with in the future. Today I want to take a closer look at two of them. The first approaches sales by being focused and direct. The second encourages clients to come to you through cultivating education and influence. Which one is right for you? Sales Mindset 1:…

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Three Principles of A Great LIstener

The Three Principles Of A Great Listener

The Three Principles of a Great Listener Are you a good listener? How do you know? And if you aren’t, how do you get better? Knowing the answers to these questions is crucial to getting where you want to be in business and life. In my experience, being a great listener comes down to three principles: listening to understand, asking great questions, and validating what you hear. Here’s my take on how to leverage these three principles in your next conversation. Listening Principle #1 – Listening to Understand How much do you really understand when you listen to someone? It…

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How to talk about yourself to design clients - The Futur

How to Talk About Yourself

Asking for the Sale – How to Talk About Yourself Without Turning Everyone Else Off If you want to make a sale, you’re going to have to spend some time talking about yourself. For some people, talking about themselves is easy. For others, it feels next to impossible. But explaining what you do and how you can help to someone you just met isn’t supposed to be simple. And even if it feels natural to you, that doesn’t mean you’re doing it well. So you’re talking with a potential client. You’ve gotten to know a little about them and their…

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Fly Me To The Futur: 100K Subscribers Giveaway

Hello people of The Futur! We started from the bottom, now we’re here. And we are all so incredibly grateful for your support: whether you have purchased something from our store, commented on our Facebook and Instagram posts, or shared our YouTube videos, we have seen it all and we are so very very thankful for you. You guys and gals are the reason why we get up in the morning and stay up late at night – our team is incredibly passionate about helping you grow and succeed. Again, thank you. We are getting very super duper close to…

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How To Be A Great Listener - The Futur

How To Be A Great Listener

If you’re wondering how to be a great listener, you’re in the right place. For a lot of us, listening doesn’t come naturally.  How many times have you missed out on what someone was really saying because you were too busy thinking about how you were going to respond? How many times have you filled in a blank when someone paused, and had it be completely different than what they were going to say? How many times have you had to ask someone to repeat something because you weren’t fully engaged in what they were saying? Listening isn’t an ability you’re…

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