Just one chapter

If you could write a book – any kind of book – with a group of other people, who would they be? What would the book be about? And if you had to contribute a chapter – just one – what subject would you choose, and what do you have to say about it? Go and write your chapter.* Then…

Tim Ferriss on improving your public speaking

Here are a couple of useful tips from Tim Ferriss on episode #394: 1. Record yourself talking This is true for skill improvement whether it’s sports related, language related – that could be primary or secondary or tertiary language – you need a record that you can analyse. So record yourself talking. That could be over dinner with friends, it…

DriverlessBookadile: Contents v.0.2

This post is part of the working draft of the DriverlessCrocodile Toolkit (read more here). I’d love comments, links to resources related to the theme, and original contributions. What goes in? This is a working document reflecting the current plan for the contents of the DriverlessCrocodile Toolkit, in order: 0. Take Action (Do it now) This is Chapter 0. I’m…

The DriverlessBookodile roadmap

One my my 2019 resolutions was to completely re-order DriverlessCrocodile and make it easier to find stuff by theme. I’d also like to collect the best insights and resources together in a series of five-minute pages that just might work together as chapters in a very short (but very helpful) ebook* and companion limited podcast series. This is proving very…

Recommendation: Joe Marchese on the attention economy

This is an interesting piece from REDEF on what happens next in the competition for our ears, eyeballs and thoughts, with a link to a reading list at the bottom. Recommend. Organic food became a multibillion-dollar industry as people took a greater interest in what they put in their bodies. The markets will be even bigger that are shaped as people begin…

Joseph Conrad on art, writing and reaching your audience

All art, therefore, appeals primarily to the senses, and the artistic aim when expressing itself in written words must also make its appeal through the senses, if its highest desire is to reach the secret spring of responsive emotions. It must strenuously aspire to the plasticity of sculpture, to the colour of painting, and to the magic suggestiveness of music—which…

Quick emails

There are two types of quick emails. There’s kind where you can handle it in five or ten minutes and… the job’s finished; someone else can get on with their job, so you avoid becoming a bottleneck; you can help someone out by being on-the-ball and courteous with a quick and efficient reply; you can hand it over to someone…

Postbox: good info

Crikey, it’s a very long photo of a postbox – read on for some thoughts about information architecture and the Royal Mail. From a distance Everyone knows what a postbox looks like – if you’re looking for one, they’re easy to find Anyone who isn’t looking for a postbox can ignore the postbox at no cost to their time and…

Typo (2): error rate

The other thing about typos is how few we actually make relative to the attention we pay to them. A single spelling or grammar mistake in a thousand words leaps off the page – is embarrassing – but makes no difference to our understanding. We pay errors far more attention than they deserve as signals of the quality of a…

Typo (1)

I was reading an article – a thoughtful, well researched, nicely structured, neatly expressed piece of writing about something important – when I came across the typo. “Ha!” ran my interior monologue. “This person is an idiot. I am smarter than they are.” Of course, it’s better if a text is error-free. But typos and spelling mistakes are probably the…