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)

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 (aka The Dangers of Self-Help & Positivity)

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, 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 …

Learning: The Most Effective Methods To Learn …

… Are not the ones you think In our school days, we concentrate on the content without spending much time learning how to learn. Yet, learning how to learn is not just important as a child or student, it follows you in your adult life whenever you receive or even deliver training. If I’d ask you how you prepare for an exam, last minute bulk revising armed with highlighters would probably come to mind. I know it does for me.  Yet, although Re-reading and Highlighting methods are cited as the most popular learning methods, it might surprise you to hear … Read The Full Article …

Experimenting: Why You Should Care About The Power Of Experimenting

Have you ever found yourself saying “If I had more time/money I’d…” …or “I’d love to try…”. Well, with the power of experimenting, you probably can try more things than you imagine. The recipe for this power is a willingness to test things out (i.e. to experiment), a drive to learn more and by adding a pinch of curiosity you’ll get some added flavor. That extra flavor is the thing that’s going to help you start developing experimenting as a habit and that’s when things start to get really awesome. If you’re in business and you’re not experimenting, you have … Read The Full Article …