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Crowdsourcing: What It Is, How It Works, Why You Should Care & How To Do It!

Crowdsourcing: What It Is, How It Works, Why You Should Care & How To Do It!

Crowdsourcing is here to stay. It’s a subject I find fascinating because it combines three of my favorite things: efficiency, simplicity and community. And I’d like to demonstrate to you what it is, how it works and why you should care. So we have a lot to cover here. This is probably going to be a pretty long post but bear with me because it will be worth it. Let’s start at the beginning… What Is Crowdsourcing? Well here is the wikipedia definition: Crowdsourcing is a process that involves outsourcing tasks to a distributed group of people. This process can … Read The Full Article …

Automation (aka Efficiency Hack #10: How to Supercharge your Efficiency with If This Then That)

Efficiency Hack #10: Automation with If This Then That

This Efficiency Hack is going to be a little longer than normal because I want to tell you a story… If you want to skip to the usual brief overview without my little story then click here: How To Automate Your Internet Based Tasks Before Picture: Anti-Automation OK, so I’m exaggerating a little to call it anti-automation, but here is my true story of someone (well, many people actually) doing things manually to a ridiculous extent and me automating all of that…

Questions

The Psychology of Questions

Do you believe in positivity? What about cynicism, do you believe in that? No, I’m not asking you to be cynical – well, not entirely 😉 (though I have to admit I have been called cynical plenty of times) – it’s a question of how much positivity vs. how much cynicism – or simply put, questions. I cringe when someone tells me I run a self-help site. I do help people. That’s kind of what consultants are meant to do (i.e. the actual consulting bit is meant to be of use). I also believe that we are more empowered than … Read The Full Article …

The Art Of Nudging: How To Gently Influence Decisions

What do Barack Obama and Angela Merckel have in common? They believe in 'Nudging', a way to gently and effectively influence decisions. Here's how it works.

What do Barack Obama, David Cameron and Angela Merckel have in common? They all believe in ‘Nudging’. They all have ‘Nudge Units’ working for their governments and advising them on how to influence public choices simply by presenting these choices differently. It’s called Choice Architecture. Here’s the example that’s very often given when explaining Nudging because it’s simple yet very effective: changing organ donation from an opt-in to an opt-out option. Rather than having to say you want to donate your organs (which few people do), your organs will be automatically donated unless you say otherwise. Since most people don’t … Read The Full Article …

Turn Your Body Language Into An Asset

Turn Your Body Language Into An Asset

Body language reflects how you feel. Interestingly, it works both ways. Change your body language and you’ll change how you feel. Look And Feel Confident Our body language doesn’t just tell others how we feel, it communicates it to our own mind. So… if you want to feel confident, you need to look confident. Of course, I hear you say, it’s not that simple. But, you’d be surprised to know that hodling yourself like a confident person for just 2 minutes will increase your testoterone levels (increasing your confidence) and decrease cortisol (associated with stress). Fine, but what do confident … Read The Full Article …

Want To Be A Better Communicator? Learn To Chunk

Want to be a better communicator? Learn to chunk

Less is more… More is lazy Good communication is only as good as the message received, understood and remembered at the other end. If you speak for an hour, inundating your audience with big concepts and numerous minute details, they’ll quickly reach information overload. And they’re likely to remember… … nothing! When you communicate, you need to consider the time it takes people to assimilate what you’re saying or writing about. Follow these 4 simple rules. Organize Your Ideas When items are categorized, information is much easier to make sense of and retain. And there’s no need to look at … Read The Full Article …

Why Google Got It Wrong Or The Importance Of Being Trustworthy

"Don't Be Evil". Be trustworthy.

Why building trustworthiness is one of the best investments you could make – as a business and as an individual. And what it takes. Do you know that ‘Don’t Be Evil’ was Google’s unofficial motto from 2004 to 2009? Google, the company whose objective is to improve the lives of many. “…a company that does good things for the world even if we forgo some short term gains.” (An owner’s manual for Google’s shareholders). Google, the company which has also been accused of tax evasion, manipulating search results… and whose Chairman Eric Schmidt simply stated when questioned about Google tax arrangements: … Read The Full Article …

Emotional Intelligence: Get Wired For Success – Part 2 of 2

Emotional Intelligence: Get Wired For Success

5 exercises to improve your Emotional Intelligence… Your IQ doesn’t alter much throughout your life. Emotional Intelligence, on the other hand, can be improved at any time. That’s great news because, as we saw in part 1 of this article, ‘Emotional Intelligence counts more than IQ or expertise for determining who excels at a job – any job – and for outstanding leadership it counts for almost everything’ (Daniel Goleman). Emotional Intelligence (EI) is all about knowing and managing others’ emotions and your own emotions. EI is not one skill but rather a collection of capabilities which can be grouped … Read The Full Article …

Emotional Intelligence: Get Wired For Success – Part 1 of 2

Emotional intelligence: Get Wired For Success

Emotional Intelligence accounts for 2 thirds of career success. That’s great news because, unlike IQ, you can improve your Emotional Intelligence. What Is Emotional Intelligence Emotional Intelligence is a convenient phrase that’s fairly recent (1990s). It’s not just about being good at using emotions, it’s about: Knowing your own emotions (Self-Awareness) Knowing others’ emotions (Social Awareness) Handling your own emotions (Self-Management) Handling others’ emotions (Social Skills)

10 Ways to Impress Your Boss In Your Next Meeting

10 Ways to Impress Your Boss In Your Next Meeting

All meetings should be good meetings There are no excuses. Amazing how some people can get it so wrong… 1. Forget The Agenda If it’s your meeting, call the meeting without an agenda. This will allow participants to speak freely rather than being constrained by the restrictions of a structured agenda. 2. Make The Meeting A ‘Firedrill’ Don’t give people any real notice that you’re going to have a meeting but insist that it has to happen. This will make you seem really important and your meeting too. The technical term for this kind of last minute action is a … Read The Full Article …

How To Use Transactional Analysis To Communicate Effectively

How To Use Transactional Analysis To Communicate Effectively

Do you know Transactional Analysis? Transactional Analysis (TA) is a fascinating theory of communication. It was created by Eric Berne in the 1950s and 1960s but is still very much used today. We All Have Split-Personalities or Ego States The theory is based on the idea that we have 3 parts (or Ego States) to our personality (the Parent, the Adult and the Child). Parent, Adult and Child Ego States exist in each of us irrespective of our own age.

If You Don’t Know The Answer, Be The First To Say It!

“All I know is that I know nothing.” – Socrates Perception is a very funny thing. In business, perception can be everything. It can be the thing that shoots you to the top (in some cases way too quickly) and it could be the thing that puts your reputation on a downward spiral – often through no fault of your own or at least out of proportion with reality. In the modern world, where networking and communication happen quicker and on a wider scale than ever before, perception can spread quicker than ever before too. This article is not specifically … Read The Full Article …

How To Create Your Own Luck In Life And Business

How To Create Your Own Luck In Life And Business

Do you ever feel like some people have all the luck in the world… and you don’t? I did. When I started working for a Consultancy firm fresh out of my French Business School, I met Sandrine. She had just started there too. She didn’t have as good a degree as I did but she had managed to get recruited nonetheless. She was smily, lively, easy to talk to, helpful. We got on really well straight away. We worked on different projects and kept comparing notes. It became quickly apparent to me that she was extremely lucky. She always seemed … Read The Full Article …

How To Improve Your Communication Skills With Better Breathing

Do you think of your breathing when you speak? The answer is probably ‘No, it just happens’. And you’re right, otherwise you wouldn’t be here to read these lines. But just make this little experiment: try to speak and breathe in at the same time. Can you? Unfortunately, we’re not like birds who have a syrinx instead of a larynx. The syrinx lets them sing when they breathe out but also when they breathe in. They can even produce a different sound from each of their lungs! Humans just can’t – or not very easily. Skylarks can produce 18 minutes … Read The Full Article …

3 Clues Why Your Blog Is Not A Business

3 Clues Why Your Blog Is Not A Business

Do you ever wonder why you’re not making more money from your blog? Really? Are you nutso? Do you wonder how some people seem to manage it but you can’t? Really Really? (Guess what I was gonna write here.) OK then, time for a reality check I’m afraid. First of all, those ‘successful bloggers’ started differently to you, but that’s not even it – the important point is that they’re very much in the minority and if you look closely, they’re not just blogs either. Why This Article Honestly, it’s not the article I was going to write today, but … Read The Full Article …

Why You Don’t Have To Be The Best

you don't have to be the best

Do you think in order to succeed you need to aim to be the best? Well guess what… You don’t have to be the best. You don’t even have to be the best in your field. You just have to be the best in your small corner of the universe. Similarly you don’t have to be the worlds best expert in your field, you just have to be expert enough for your audience. You Don’t Have To Be The Best A lot of people set off on a chosen business path and decide that in order to succeed they have … Read The Full Article …

What I’ve Learned about SEO Basics

WARNING: This is going to be a looooooooong post. But then it’s been a bugbear of mine for a long time so I might as well throw it all down (what I’ve been learning on this subject, that is…) I’m sharing this with you because it’s taken me a while to learn the important (and surprisingly non-scary) basics and if you read this, perhaps you can short cut a huge part of that learning curve. Something that’s been on my list of things I know I REALLY REALLY need to do is LEARN MORE ABOUT SEO (i.e. Search Engine Optimisation). … Read The Full Article …

How To Influence Others by Combining Visualization with Procedural Thinking

How To Influence Others by Combining Visualization with Procedural Thinking

“If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.” – Norman Vincent Peale Why are the ‘for Dummies’ guides so successful? Perhaps it is because many people like to have things spelled out for them in such a way that they can visualize how they would proceed, ‘step-by-step‘ – i.e. as if they were dummies. Of course they aren’t dummies, but having such a step-by step guide offers re-assurance that they haven’t missed anything. Why We Like ‘How-To’ Guides This kind of need for re-assurance is … Read The Full Article …

3 Reasons To Quit Your Job, … and 10 Reasons Not To…

3 Reasons To Quite Your Job... and !0 Reasons Not To...

Just in case you were wondering (and hadn’t heard already) I didn’t just quit my job. A little more thought went into it than that. The interesting thing is that despite all of the planning and how prepared I was for our change of lifestyle, it still screwed with my head for about 6 months – but not for the reasons I expected. Yes, I quit my job (well, my city career to be more precise, it wasn’t just my job that I quit). Yes, I went from a 6-figure salary to no salary at all. Yes, we massively simplified … Read The Full Article …

Keep Things in Perspective

It’s not uncommon in the working world to have a ‘To-Do’ list which is difficult to manage. It’s not uncommon for your organization (or boss) to keep piling extra work on you without really understanding that you’re already up to your ears in work and can’t really manage any more. Perhaps you don’t do yourself any favors either because when you’re asked if you have room for a new task or a little more work you accept it. Perhaps you don’t fully know your own to-do list, or in the moment you forgot some of your commitments which would make … Read The Full Article …