Can we take a minute to talk about newsletters? I’m torn. There are a few newsletters that I LOVE. They provide killer content and some really interesting actionable ideas. They find a problem or a pain point and they provide a solution, or at the very least an explanation. They tell me what interesting people[…]
Sometimes I can’t believe what I’m doing. Sometimes I can’t believe that I’m living in a generation where we have access to technology that was the thing of science fiction (I am a little pissed we don’t have jetpacks and that everything isn’t holograms, but I’ll survive. Growing up, I thought I was going to be a lot of different things. Here’s a SMALL list of the things I thought I was going to be;
- Second baseman for the Boston Red Sox (a la Marty Barrett)
- Board Game Designer
- Film maker
Now, beside number 1 and number 5, I’ve basically lived each of these things. I’ve designed board games (I’m currently building a game based on the show Stranger Things), I’ve recorded a couple of albums, I’ve written a novel and I recorded a silly little short film series called The Invisible Man Show. And I try to live by a pretty simple motto.
“You wanna know why? I wanna know why not?”
Back in January, I had the opportunity to host a panel at Podcamp 2017 with an incredible group of people that I admire greatly and I wanted to take the time to talk a little bit about that experience. This isn’t so much a review of that talk but rather how and why we put that panel together and the key takeaways from that session.
I was not supposed to host a panel on Women in Technology at Podcamp 2017. I wasn’t supposed to speak at all as one of the main organizers. But we had a speaker and a host drop out pretty late and so I was really excited to get to join the panel (and also to add my own talk later in the day.)
Recently, we had a provincial election. I want to start with a VERY large caveat which is that this is NOT a political post. This is not about which party I think was right, or wrong, or would be the best for the province or would be the worst for the province. I’ll admit that[…]
I’m an avid business/motivational reader. I love big idea books that challenge the way that we think and the way that we act and the way that we react and for me, few books have had such an impact in that field as Jason Fried’s Rework. It is a stark manifesto of the things we[…]
There’s an anecdote in Luke Sullivan’s “Hey Whipple, Squeeze This” about Evian creating a massively popular viral video featuring babies on rollerskates, only to have their profits decrease substantially. As far as marketing efforts go, generating 80 million views on YouTube might seem like a slam dunk. How did a misstep seem to be such[…]
I sat down a few weeks ago with the CEO of a local startup to talk strategy (mine, not theirs…they’re killing it). I wanted to get his advice on a few moves I was thinking about making with respect to productivity and strategy. My situation has always been a little complicated because in addition to[…]
There’s this one question that I always get asked that I really hate. It’s a question that I’m guessing a lot of professional writers get asked and I’m guessing they all hate it. “How do you write the perfect blog post?” First off, I knew the answer to “how do you write the perfect blog[…]
Eureka moments are incredible. That moment when you discover (or at worst learn) some incredible thing that will fundamentally change the way you work or think. They’re amazing moments. We all strive for that moment of enlightenment where we make a leap forward, our Elon Musk moment, where we revolutionize an industry or a concept[…]
I love television. I’m fully aware that it robs your brain of the capacity to think when you watch drivel…BUT…I love it. My all time favourite television show is a show that got cancelled 13 episodes into its first season; a sci-fi space drama called Defying Gravity, which was pitched as “Grey’s Anatomy in Space”…which[…]