TED Talk by Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action
"The Common Man's Guide Making Google Page 1" - a simple description of how high in Google for your own name. This just takes some time to get done, I'll probably gradually implement all of this.
If you want to just look at the slides of it for a fast version, they're quite insightful:
Just the Slides of the Valueplays Presentation
Yifei recommended this site to me:
I went through the whole site pretty fast, skimming until I found stuff I like, and then reading that. I spent a good 2-3 hours there, enjoyable.
I skimmed through Box of Crayons and learned a good bit. Definitely some good posts on there, as well as some interviews. I downloaded the interview with Steven Pressfield, a historian who also wrote The War of Art.
I'm excited to check that interview out, I keep hearing great things about The War of Art. Every review I've seen of it has been positive.
The Simple Dollar was a decent fast skim read. The big things I learned from Simple Dollar were less about his actual personal finance advice and more about creating a compelling narrative to explain things. Personal finance can be dry, so it was fascinating watching the author put a human face on it, empathize with people, connect, etc.
I. This post outlines Patrick McKenzie - a brilliant technologist and entrepreneur - how he's done such amazing things and learned so much, and why he's getting drastically underpaid and how it's his own fault. This post will be most valuable for technologists who underestimate themselves and undervalue themselves.
II. Hacker News is the best tech community on the internet, and patio11 - Patrick McKenzie - is the best contributor there. I don't even think that's controversial, I think it would be near universally agreed by the HN crowd that Patrick has made as many or more important contributions as anyone.
If you're from Hacker News, you know Patrick already. But for my readers that don't know him, let me give you a quick overview.
III. Patrick is a multi-faceted genius, and I don't throw the word genius around casually.
Patrick McKenzie is many things - he's an expatriate to Japan, he's a talented coder, tester, metrics/split-testing/analytics user, a great writer, extremely modest and helpful. He can recruit people, evaluate talent, and manage people well. He understands ROI very well and is good at purchasing advertising. He's good at customer service. Outsourcing. Automation. Coding. Ecommerce.
The most important part of any speaker series is the speakers. The second most important part is taking care of everything else for the speakers. The worst thing in the world is when a speaker is doing a great job... and the computer running their slides crashes. Or you put their slides in the wrong order. Often they can recover... but as an organizer of the event you'll feel awful.
Ignite started in Seattle 7 years ago in December 2006. We're a week away from our 22nd event. I joined the team three years ago, and have one of the most stressful jobs on the team: The Slide Wrangler.
The Slide Wrangler is in charge of getting the slides from the speakers, ensuring everything looks good, putting the final presentation together, and making sure nothing goes wrong during the event. Basically, if it has to do with slides, it has to do with me. If something screws up during the event, it's probably my fault and I have to fix it. Live. In front of 800 people.
After seeing a lot of questions about best practices on slides over the years on the Ignite Organizers mailing list, I thought I'd put together a list of best practices for Slide Wrangling.