You’re Not Smart When You Multi-Task

You're Not Smart When You Multi-Task Reports have repeatedly shown we ‘multi task’ our concentration away and get less done. We’re distracted and lose the focus of delivering and completing projects. It leaves us frazzled, irritated & stressed. And when it comes to conversations with others this is not only an unproductive way of communicating, but it's potentially rude (put your phone down) and risks details and depth being missed. … [Read more...]

7 Easy Steps to Better Listening

7 Easy Steps to Better Listening Are you a good listener? It's often the small things that make the difference between good listening and bad listening? I'd always considered myself a good listener, but recently I was talking to someone, and experienced a layer of listening that far surpassed my abilities. I shared more of my life than I had done for some time. We talked with ease, excitement, passion and a complete lack of fear. I walked away … [Read more...]

Taking the Online Offline- 7 Ways to Help People Know You’re Trustworthy

Taking the Online Offline- 7 Ways to Help People Know You're Trustworthy We've gone through three different stages when it comes to people's interaction with others on the Internet. Stage 1- Get people online. Stage 2- Get people interacting online. Stage 3- Get people interacting offline using online tools. I love Stage 3. Do you regularly meet people we find fascinating in an offline context that we're connected with online. And … [Read more...]

Nics Fight Celebration

Some of you will know the fight that we had with Friends Life Insurance Company when they wouldn't pay out an insurance claim to the family of a Nic who tragically died from Cancer. I never knew him, but along with thousands of others, felt the sniff of injustice and wanted to lend my energies to see transformation of the situation. For more information, check out the following links: My Previous Blog Post. Nics Fight Website. … [Read more...]

Save 1 Hour A Week In The Next 8 Mins

Save 1 Hour A Week In The Next 8 Mins I'm still a fan of email. I always keep my inbox emptied and generally work with a Getting Things Done methodology. But to keep my promise with the timing on the above title, check out these three websites to declutter your email. Between the three of them, you will automatically be able to unsubscribe to emails in seconds, automatically prioritise and adjust the education of which emails are … [Read more...]

10 reasons I Chose to Use Kickstarter

10 reasons I Chose to Use Kickstarter In December I made a decision. I decided to get stuck in with Kickstarter and work towards putting online a Kickstarter project around a passion. I want to take a bit of time out to focus solely on writing, speaking, podcasting and creating video content. And as in the big wide world, of the big wide web, I'm not a Robert Scoble and I can't find a company like Rackspace to pay for me and a … [Read more...]

The 5 Game- Changing Benefits for Businesses Who Know How To Listen

The 5 Game- Changing Benefits for Businesses Who Know How To Listen Following on from my post - How to be a Good Listener- 11 steps to improving your listening skills, I found myself in conversation with a client on the benefits of listening in a business. Through my Digital and Social work, listening is central to what I do and something I'm deeply passionate about, so I thought I'd add a few thoughts down here. This is a tough business … [Read more...]

Facebook ‘Likes’ Are Not Building Community

I'm bored of businesses who talk about building community online. It's a buzz word. Some are good. A lot of them aren't- they're just finding fluffier ways to market, manipulate our emotions, and give their speak a spin. Just because someone likes your corporate post on Facebook, or retweets your funny video, doesn't mean you're building community with them. What you're doing may have a lot of really good value, but lets not call it … [Read more...]