The Warren Buffett Way by Robert Hagstrom presents two seemingly contradictory themes. (1) He makes the case that Warren Buffett has a set of guidelines used when purchasing companies via the equity market. (2) He then analyzes Buffett's largest purchases, but this indicates that Buffett doesn't need all the guidelines to be met when putting large percentages of the money under his control on the line. The list of guidelines makes sense (chapter 4), and useful is the knowledge that Buffett didn't wait for everything to be right before investing (especially the things he didn't wait for).

What's the minimum number of questions you can ask, which will allow you to determine someone's preferred learning modality? Once you know this, you would be able to present information to them in the format they prefer. The goal is cut down on the following cycle:

  1. Pitch idea to someone
  2. They say What?
  3. Reformat idea