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People are interesting

(an old post from April 2011; saved as draft, left unpublished until now) I am reading a book on presentations, “Resonate”, by Nancy Duarte of Duarte Design, one of the largest design firms in the world. Below there’s an excerpt from page 12. People are interesting “A great way to stand out is to be real. Presentations tend to be stripped of all humanness – despite the fact that humans make up the entire audience! Many corporations condition employees to put meaningless words together, projects them on a slide, and talk about them like an automaton. The cultural norm is…

We’re all busy… Aren’t we?

Great short post on Minimal Mac: Rather than say: “I am too busy, I don’t have any time for X.” I realize I can be honest and say I am not interested enough in X to do it. Saying no is saying yes to other things. I agree. We all say we’re busy, all the time. I meet people and I ask “How are things?”, and they quite always answer “Busy”. I usually reply that I’m busy too. It’s true, we’re busy… But just because we can get busier than ever, doesn’t mean that we have to. Let me repeat…

Life it too short to be busy

I’ve just read this excellent article on the New York Times (online), called The Busy Trap. In essence, it says that life is short, we all like to say that we’re busy to feel important, but at the end we might be victims of the busy trap. I don’t necessarily agree on everything, but I found the article fascinating, and stimulating. I’m lucky. My job, despite being intense and sometimes very demanding, gives me a lot of rewards, not just in terms of money, but in a more general sense. I am busy, yes, but not in a sick way….

Ghana

I’d like to be selected as a volunteer for this 1-week project: going to Ghana to teach kids, and teachers, how to use e-book readers. This is an initiative by Worldreader.org and Edreams. This is the video in which I explain my ideas. Enjoy 🙂

The grasshopper

Master Po: [after easily defeating the boy in combat] Ha, ha, never assume because a man has no eyes he cannot see. Close your eyes. What do you hear? Young Caine: I hear the water, I hear the birds. Master Po: Do you hear your own heartbeat? Young Caine: No. Master Po: Do you hear the grasshopper that is at your feet? Young Caine: [looking down and seeing the insect] Old man, how is it that you hear these things? Master Po: Young man, how is it that you do not? (Kung Fu)

Pizza at Port Townsend, Washington, USA

This Sunday I rented a car and went around Seattle with Lisa. We went to Snoqualmie Falls (East of Seattle), and then to Port Townsend, North East of Seattle. It was a fun ride. We also enjoyed a great pizza at the Waterfront pizza. Here I am 🙂 (Lisa thinks I’m ugly in this photo; I don’t care if I look ugly, as long as you like me anyway).

The Evilest Plans: my review of Evil Plans

This is my review of Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination, by Hugh McLeod Warning: very long blog post! I’ve finished reading “Evil Plans”, by Hugh McLeod. Bought in Singapore last Sunday for 30.10 USD (38.47 SGD), twice as much as you pay in the US, which says a lot about my love for Hugh and my impelling desire to read this book. Yes, interesting book, I should say! So interesting that I decided to spend some hours to write a detailed, hopefully-not-so-boring review of it. (this is me, thinking about many Evil Plans at the…

Why airports suck

What’s the best way to understand something apparently obscure? Easy: look at how that business, that institution, that group of people or that individual thrives. How it makes money. How it survives. From this, you can understand almost everything else. Let’s take a look at airports: most people would agree that airports suck, big time. Some of them suck less, because they are beautiful, well organized, and treat you very well during your wait for the flight. Such as Changi airport in Singapore, voted world’s best airport for several years in a row. But they still suck. They suck for…

Fredrik Härén: being a great speaker

Few days ago I attended a very interesting event here in Singapore, organized by Asia Professional Speakers Singapore. Among others, there was my friend Fredrik Härén, talking about how to make a million Singapore dollars a year, plus find two months to write a book. Very interesting talk, which was all about being a great speaker, even before the “money” part. This is Fredrik’s advice: 1) Repeat yourself: do few speeches, and do them often, so you get great at them. 2) Don’t offer training, it’s better to be a speaker full time. 3) Don’t do a lot of (different)…

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