Lessons Learned

  • A Reminder that Data Denial Doesn’t Work

    By jessicabroome on October 2, 2017
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    I recently gained 35 pounds without realizing it. Scratch that. I realized that my clothes didn’t fit and I felt like I was dressed up in someone else’s body. But I didn’t actually know the extent of the situation, because for about two years, I resolutely refused to step on a scale.  “I’m better off not knowing,” I told myself, […]
  • 4 Ways to Crush Impostor Syndrome

    By jessicabroome on October 13, 2015
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    “It feels as if each week, there is some lunch or some dinner or some phone call that is going to blow my cover, reveal that I am not nearly as bright or well read or business savvy or connected as I think people imagine me to be.” –Bill Clegg, Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man My first thought […]
  • Lucrative, Lovely, or a Learning Experience

    By jessicabroome on September 17, 2015
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    I’m currently in Lagos, Nigeria doing in-home interviews (after 5 days of the same in Shanghai, China). More on this adventure soon, I promise! Right now I’m too deep in it to write about this experience– it’s going great, though! In the meantime, here are a few words on how I decide which clients to work with. My mom loves to say […]
  • Words of Wisdom for Questionnaire Designers

    By jessicabroome on July 10, 2015
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    I’m teaching Questionnaire Design again this summer at the University of Michigan’s Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques. I have a really diverse group of students: three of them work at the Census Bureau, one is the Chief of Obstetrics at a major hospital, one is a Public Health PhD student doing research with transgender youth…I could go on. I LOVE teaching […]
  • Lessons Learned from Evaluating a Case Management Program

    By jessicabroome on April 15, 2015
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    A client of mine is a social service agency. One of their smallest programs (serving about 40 clients at any given time) offers case management for individuals involved with the criminal justice system. The typical program participant has recently been released from a long prison sentence, is drug-addicted, and suffers from a chronic health condition (most often HIV, but also […]
  • Fast vs Good

    By jessicabroome on November 5, 2014
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    I love this quote, but I’m starting to wonder if it’s a good approach to research. One company I work with has a promise on their website that they will respond to any client email or voicemail within 15 minutes. I used to think this was an admirable approach, but lately I’ve been thinking the opposite. Here are my thoughts: […]
  • 6 Lessons After 6 Years in Business

    By jessicabroome on September 24, 2014
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    In September 2008, I boldly ventured out of the cubicle and into the unknown land of freelancing. There have been a few downs, but mostly ups, and I absolutely love being my own boss. Below, six of the approximately 6 billion lessons I’ve learned from living this life. Say yes… Words from a wise fellow freelancer: “If someone says, ‘Can […]
  • Upping my Moderator Chops

    By jessicabroome on September 17, 2014
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    Last week I went to moderator training at RIVA.  It’s one of the best known training centers for qualitative researchers, and I’d been wanting to go for several years (and saving up for just as long). The class I took was for “working focus group moderators” looking to improve their skills. We really didn’t waste a minute: for pre-class homework, […]
  • Learning Lessons

    By jessicabroome on September 9, 2014
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    I give a lot to my clients, and I never like to say no. An old boyfriend once told me, “I think if I caught on fire when you were on a call with a client, you wouldn’t put me out.” I think offering this level of service has been good for my business; my clients know I will do […]
  • Good Help is Good to Find

    By jessicabroome on June 8, 2014
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    A few weeks ago, I was pondering (ok, complaining about) how hard it is to be a one-person show, and how, as a solopreneur, I do e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g from offering high level methodological and strategic counsel to data entry and invoicing. One thing I’ve heard over and over again is to work ON my business, not IN my business– to delegate the […]

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