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Book Binge: 7 Books I am Reading Now

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 | 3 comments

When I get too busy, the first thing to go (unfortunately, unconsciously) is reading. So when I realize that’s happened, and it’s been a while since I made time to read a book, I binge. At this time of year, when I am planning for the next year, I often binge on books that nourish the entrepreneurial part of me.

Here are seven books I am reading now. I can’t really vouch for them since I haven’t finished them. But they all started as sample downloads on the Kindle and have all now been purchased in full.

If you want to read with me, I’m including Amazon links.

The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook: A Comprehensive Toolkit for Leading with Trust

Why I’m reading it: I expect mentoring/coaching clients to be a growing part of my consulting business and am interested in building my knowledge and skills in this area.

Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling

Why I’m reading it: Same reason as above, hope it makes me a better coach/mentor.

Unlabel: Selling You Without Selling Out

Why I’m reading it: My company is built largely on my personal brand. I’ve hated most personal branding books, but am really enjoying Marc Ecko’s writing style (although I will admit I’d never heard of his clothing brand before the book).

The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work

Why I’m reading it: Love WordPress, working in virtual teams, and memoir.

Double Double: How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in 3 Years or Less

Why I’m reading it: I could use a little help focusing on a growth strategy for Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com.

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind

Why I’m reading it: I’m a fan of 99U and have enjoyed some of Scott Belsky’s other stuff, like Making Ideas Happen. Kristina and I are reading this together to see if we can learn anything about how we work together as a company.

The Circle

Why I’m reading it: This one work of fiction on the list is by Dave Eggers, one of my favorite authors, and it’s about a social media/online media company that monopolizes the Internet (and therefore the world, I take it). So given that my company works online and depends on companies like Google and Facebook, it definitely has a work angle.

Let me know if you plan on reading any of these, and what you reading right now.

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Apps I Use at Conferences

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 | 1 comment

It’s Spring Conference Season, which means I am on the road a lot again, mostly as a speaker, but also as a conference attendee.

I try to make the most out of the conferences I attend by strategically using the apps on my smartphone.  I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 at the moment — which I LOVE — and all links in this post are to the  Google Play Store.

Top Three Apps I Use at Conferences All the Time

Hootsuite/Twitter

Each conference should have a hashtag, and individual sessions probably have their own too. Set up and save searches so you can open the conference streams quickly. Hootsuite makes it very easy to do this. For example, say there are two sessions you really want to go to at the same time. Pick one and watch the other via the hashtag. If the other one seems more interesting,  vote with your feet and change sessions. I also tell people that if they want to connect with me onsite, use Twitter during the conference rather than calling or emailing me. I’m much more likely to see a message quickly that way.

Evernote

I am too slow at taking notes live on my phone or tablet, and often don’t want to schlep the laptop to sessions. My solution is taking notes the old fashioned way with a pen and notebook, which is also a good excuse for buying blank books, which I love, love, love. So I take notes by hand, but at the close of each session or at the end of the day, I snap pictures of the pages and save them into Evernote. As long as I am not too sloppy, Evernote can read my handwriting, so my notes are searchable.

Sidenote: I do have a Livescribe pen, and have tried to record sessions while notetaking, which is nice, but the Livescribe pen is too fat and really does hurt my hand, so I have stopped using it.  Loss of the audio isn’t that big a deal because I can record on the phone if I really need it.

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Not a Good Sign . . .

Posted by on Mar 9, 2013 | 0 comments

When the hotel puts earplugs on your night stand. It was pretty loud, so I took an ambien instead.

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Only Tourists Use Umbrellas

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 | 0 comments

Pre-school kids walking in the rain in full gear, no umbrellas in sight. That’s Seattle!

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More Than Paper in the Inbox

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 | 0 comments

Working at home has its perks, but it can also put more than work in your inbox. Sometimes it is hard to draw the lines between the two!

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Met another Kivi!

Posted by on Feb 27, 2013 | 0 comments

Except she is Keevie. Met at NC Grantmakers conference in Greensboro today.

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