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The Creative Networker
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No.

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 23:01
Say No.

Last week, I had a nice Skype call with a reader who was seeking my advice on becoming an author and speaker, and I gave him some pointers. I normally don’t schedule calls with random people asking for a favor, but this time I made an exception. I had a good reason.

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Categories: Project Management

Best Creativity Books

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 20:34
best-creativity-books

After my lists of mindfulness books and happiness books, here you can find the 20 Best Creativity Books in the World.

This list is created from the books on GoodReads tagged with “creativity”, sorted using an algorithm that favors number of reviews, average rating, and recent availability.

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Categories: Project Management

How to Improve OKRs (Flow, not Sync)

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 09:37
improve-okrs

After failing dramatically with my professional OKRs in the first quarter of this year (hint: I was no exception in my team), I want to take a moment to evaluate how the practice works for me, and how it doesn’t. Let’s do a Perfection Game with OKRs!

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Categories: Project Management

How to Be More Productive: The Chunking Technique

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 21:42
cobbles

“You’re so productive!”
“You’re so disciplined!”
“You’re so handsome!”

OK, I may have misremembered that last one. But I did receive the first two compliments more than once. I usually accept this positive feedback reluctantly, given my ongoing frustrations about “never getting anything done around here!”

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Categories: Project Management

How to Turn a Bad Presentation Into a Good One

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:10
How to Turn a Bad Presentation into a Good One

For three weeks, I had been working on a new presentation: New stories, new message, new visuals, new format, new jokes… everything was new. Even my hair was new. The idea was to reinvent myself as a public speaker. Raising the bar!

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Categories: Project Management

Best Happiness Books #InternationalDayOfHappiness

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:21
best-happiness-books

Today is International Day of Happiness. What a great day to search and find all the best book on the topic of happiness!

This list is created from the books on GoodReads tagged with “happiness”, sorted using an algorithm that favors number of reviews, average rating, and recent availability.

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Categories: Project Management

Will You Offer This for Free?

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 12:54
free

I have done many things for free.

All chapters of my new #Workout book have been available for free since I started writing them, because this helped me get early and fast feedback. I have done countless of free talks for local communities, because it allowed me to learn about their needs and stories. And I have offered plenty of participants free seats in my workshops when they offered me some other value in return.

What I don’t do is give away stuff for free just because people ask.

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Categories: Project Management

Best Mindfulness Books

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 13:20
best mindfulness books

I have developed an interest in mindfulness and meditation, from a scientific perspective. For this reason, I did a bit of research on GoodReads to discover which are the best mindfulness books. Unsurprisingly, I found a lot religious works among these books. Those were not what I was looking for. In my not-so-humble opinion, religion is spiritualy for the ignorant mind, while enlightenment is spirituality for the curious mind.

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Categories: Project Management

Off-Time: It’s OK to Do Nothing

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 18:37

On my final trip last year, I had been looking forward to run in Rio de Janeiro, along Ipanema Beach and Copacabana. But British Airways lost my luggage. I had no running gear and no time to purchase alternative shoes and clothes. I felt a bit sad and disappointed.

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Categories: Project Management

The Blame Game

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:59
The Blame Game

“You did not receive your order? Well, I did all I could. But they aren’t doing their job properly.”

“They still haven’t paid your invoice? Strange. They told me last time it would be done.”

“The feature is still not working? I don’t understand. I did submit the service request for you.”

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Categories: Project Management

How to Write a Book… with Feedback and Options

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 20:41
keyboard

As the author of a book, you make decisions all the time. Do you write about principles or about practices? Do you use the words he and she or the more neutral they? Do you use chapter numbers or not? Do you make your own illustrations, or do you hire someone else? Do you insert jokes, or is your bookkeeper funnier than you are?

If you want a good book, you need to make good decisions. The problem is, you often have too little information to know what the good decisions are. There are two ways of dealing with that.

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Categories: Project Management

How to Create a Book’s Front and Back Matter

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 22:37
mock-up-spread-0-wit-1024

So, your book has a great title, a nice cover, good content, and proper design? What about the front and back matter? The what? The front matter and the back matter! That’s all the extra stuff at the beginning and at the end of your book that sits between the cover and the chapters. Oh that, I’ll do all that stuff the day before I publish the book. *EEEEE* Wrong!!

A book is only good when it’s good from start to finish. It starts with the cover and it ends with the backside (or the final page in case of an eBook).

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Categories: Project Management

How to Design a Book… Make It an Experience

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 13:21
CIMG1633

I’m reading the book Steve Jobs, the exclusive biography by Walter Isaacson. Granted, I’m not a big fan of Steve Jobs, nor have I purchased any of the products he has offered to the world, but there are reasons to admire him. One thing that I can admire is his well-known passion for design and detail. It is, I believe, a talent (or behavior or competence) that is lacking, sadly, among most self-publishing authors.

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Categories: Project Management

How to Design a Book Cover… 5 Rules

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 17:27
how-to-design-a-book-cover

One of the hardest parts of the book writing process is the design of the cover. Some experts claim the book cover is the most important aspect of the book. If the cover doesn’t appeal to your audience, neither a great description nor fantastic content are going to help you sell the book, because most of your audience won’t be taking notice. This leads to my first rule for book cover design: don’t do the design yourself.

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Categories: Project Management

How to Write a Book: Structured or Emergent

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 19:29
how-to-write-a-book

I believe most authors apply the hybrid approach to writing. They start anywhere they want, either with a logical outline or with some random writing, but then they bounce up and down continuously to ensure that their writing has both structure and surprise.

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Categories: Project Management

How to Define Your Target Audience… with Questions

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 16:16
target-audience

“Can our organization be a little bit more like Pixar, Spotify, Netflix, Zappos, Virgin, Valve or IDEO? Is there something I can do to get a better company culture? Better collaboration? Better management?”

There is a reason why I started the book description of my #Workout book on Amazon with this question. For me, it defines the target audience of the book.

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Categories: Project Management

Join Me on My Private Virtual Street Team in February!

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 09:26
Michal Moitk

Do you want to join me on my Virtual Street Team in February?

As my Virtual Street Team member you get:

Exclusive access to me via a private channel
Several exclusive on-line chats with me
A free Kindle or ePub copy of the #Workout book
Free signed copies of the book and my previous two books

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Categories: Project Management

Don’t Let the Incompetent Keep You Waiting

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 16:20
clock

I don’t like it when people keep me waiting.

I reply to all emails within 24 hours. I pay my bills within two weeks, often within days. Last week, when one of my team members needed credit card information that I didn’t have with me, I did my best to send it within an hour. Web orders for my book? I validate shipping addresses within hours, and we send people’s orders within 48 hours. Invoices? I usually send them twice per month, or earlier when people ask for them.

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Categories: Project Management

I Curse My Customers

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:01
curse-my-customers

Let me tell you a little secret: Every now and then, I curse my customers. OK, it’s not really a secret, probably. I think the neighbors can hear it when I do. But that’s the way it is. I curse them.

I curse them because I care.

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Categories: Project Management