What I learned from creating a global distributed team building exercise for thousands of people with no budget

Think back to the last team building exercise you were involved in. It probably involved bringing your team together for a challenge of some kind, maybe with food and drinks during or afterwards. Even the best team building exercises can both expensive and at least a little bit awkward. That’s because a lot of team … Continue reading What I learned from creating a global distributed team building exercise for thousands of people with no budget

What I miss about having a professional coach

I was wrapping up a coaching call this week, and we got into a meta discussion about coaching. My coachee was wondering how my relationship with them compared to the relationships I'd had with my coaches. So I started thinking about the things I'd appreciated about the different times I'd been lucky enough to have … Continue reading What I miss about having a professional coach

Separating technologies, incentives, and business models as the web continues to develop

It is hard to talk about social media without catching some heat from the raging dumpster fire around the biggest social media platforms. Facebook in particular seems increasingly like a caricature of a TV evil megacorp cranking out season after season of "it can't possibly get any worse than this" (spoiler alert: just wait until … Continue reading Separating technologies, incentives, and business models as the web continues to develop

Three elements of a successful cohort learning experience

The growth of online learning opportunities over the last 10 years has been nothing short of amazing. Through sites like Coursera, EdX, and even Youtube you can find affordable (if not free), high quality educational resources on a mind boggling array of subjects. What's in much shorter supply for a lot of people is the … Continue reading Three elements of a successful cohort learning experience

How to identify and nurture impactful communities in the workplace

A big part of what drew me to open source was the idea that the movement was built around a community. Having grown up in church, summer camp, and hostels, I knew that participating in communities made me feel like I was at home (I also come from a big family). In the 2020s the … Continue reading How to identify and nurture impactful communities in the workplace

Two key attributes of a good call to action (and one bonus attribute)

I was in one of the office hours that are part of the online influence development bootcamp I run. As part of that participants work on at least one blog post. One of the participants asked about how to write a good call to action (CTA). Not an afterthought He wanted something that didn't feel … Continue reading Two key attributes of a good call to action (and one bonus attribute)

How I use Feedly and Buffer to automate a bare-minimum social media strategy

To me, social media is a personal connection exoskeleton. I can only spend so much time connecting with people, I use my socials to connect when I can't. Additionally, I'm physically far away from a lot of things that are important to me. Social media lets me project myself into the minds of the people … Continue reading How I use Feedly and Buffer to automate a bare-minimum social media strategy

Use the 3 act structure to write quality blog posts consistently and easily

I write a lot of blog posts. I work as a communications strategist, and find that a blog post often hits a sweet spot as a way to convey important information. Just good enough blogging Blog posts are usually long enough to provide context, durable enough to come back too, editable for when things change, … Continue reading Use the 3 act structure to write quality blog posts consistently and easily

How I curate a 10-article newsletter from over 1k links every single day

A couple of years ago I inherited a daily newsletter. For some reason the update had a level of institutional backing (i.e. someone important thought something kind of like it should exist) and it was handed to me. It had been started as a passion project and consisted of a collection of links vaguely related … Continue reading How I curate a 10-article newsletter from over 1k links every single day

The real use case for NFTs: Merch

This post is wildly off topic for me; afterwards we'll return to the regularly scheduled programming. Recently I've seen a lot of knee-jerk negative reactions to the idea of NFTs. Words like "scammy", "immoral" and "irresponsible" get thrown around, often with reference to some specific implementation (i.e. NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain) or project (i.e. … Continue reading The real use case for NFTs: Merch