Writing to Win: How to Quickly Capture Readers and Keep Them Engaged
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“The reader is impatient,” says Glenn Kramon, Stanford GSB lecturer in management and editor at the New York Times. “Start with the most important conclusion and then explain how you got there.”

On the latest episode of Think Fast, Talk Smart, lecturer and podcast host Matt Abrahams sits down with Glenn Kramon to talk about just how important our writing is — from a lengthy report to the opening line of an email. Listen as they discuss tips on improving your writing skills and share examples of what not to do. 



The Productivityist Podcast
The Productivityist Podcast
Productivityist
The Common Path to Uncommon Success with John Lee Dumas
John Lee Dumas is the founder and host of the award-winning podcast, Entrepreneurs on Fire. He’s interviewed thousands of entrepreneurs, including Tony Robbins, Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, Barbara Corcoran, Tim Ferriss, and many more. So I’m excited to find out more about what he’s learnt through these interviews. This episode is sponsored by LinkedIn Jobs. When your business is ready to make that next hire, LinkedIn Jobs can help by matching your role with qualified candidates so that you can find the right person quickly. You can pay what you want and get the first $50 off. Just visit https://linkedin.com/timecrafting (linkedin.com/timecrafting) to get fifty dollars off your first job post. Terms and conditions apply.This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. BetterHelp offers you access to your own licensed professional therapist – all from the comfort of wherever you are. You can arrange weekly video chats or phone calls, text with your carefully curated counsellor, and do so at an affordable price. And anything you share is confidential. I’ve been using BetterHelp for a while and I am highly impressed. It’s been a huge help for me and I know it can be the same for you. Start living a happier life today with BetterHelp. As a listener, you’ll get 10% off your first month by visiting https://betterhelp.com/timecrafting (betterhelp.com/timecrafting). Give BetterHelp a try today.In the run up to the launch of his new book, The Common Path to Uncommon Success: A Roadmap to Financial Freedom and Fulfillment, I wanted to find out what you can do to stay ahead of the game. Listen to find out more about producing a daily podcast, how JLD themes his days, keeping the money you make – and butchering Jim Carrey’s commencement speech. Talking Points How to follow a path without being constrained by it (2:33) Understanding the difference between simple and easy (3:53) Implementing practical exercises in JLD’s new book (8:53) The podcasts that inspired JLD to launch his own show (11:08) Having a mentor for any area of life (20:32) JLD’s tactics to help you avoid burnout (24:25) After Action Reviews and backwards planning (28:31) The FOCUS acronym (32:50) Quote "Choose your hard."Helpful Links https://uncommonsuccessbook.com/ (UncommonSuccessBook.com) (GET YOUR PRE-ORDER BONUSES BEFORE 3/23!) https://productivityist.com/podcast343/ (Episode 343: Consistency Over Authenticity with Seth Godin) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V80-gPkpH6M (Jim Carrey's Commencement Address at the 2014 MUM Graduation) https://www.richroll.com/podcast/jedidiah-jenkins-582/ (Jedidiah Jenkins on the Rich Roll Podcast) https://solopreneurhour.com/category/guests/john-lee-dumas/ (John Lee Dumas on the Solopreneur Hour) https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/listen/ (Smart Passive Income Podcast) https://mixergy.com/ (Mixergy) https://therisetothetop.com/podcast/ (Rise To The Top) https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510289/planet-money (Planet Money) https://freakonomics.com/archive/ (Freakonomics) https://productivityist.com/podcast351/ (Episode 351: Eating Frogs with Brian Tracy) https://productivityist.com/podcast264/ (Episode 264: How to Build Yourself More Time with Jaime Masters) https://productivityist.com/the-productivityist-podcast-episode-15-with-jaime-tardy/ (Episode 15: Jaime Tardy) https://productivityist.com/podcast289/ (Episode 289: The Vision Driven Leader with Michael Hyatt) https://productivityist.com/podcast239/ (Episode 239: Free to Focus with Michael Hyatt) Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? https://www.scribd.com/g/9a8d8 (Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.) Podcast Theme Song: https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/eFDGyraN87 (Nothing at All by Fictions (courtesy of Epidemic Sound)) If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to...
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Coaching for Leaders
Coaching for Leaders
Dave Stachowiak
514: The Way to Lead Online Events, with Tim Stringer
Tim Stringer: Technically Simple Tim Stringer is a coach, consultant, and trainer and the founder of Technically Simple. He provides productivity, technology and workflow coaching, consulting and training to people and organizations, large and small, all over the planet. His technology specializations include Asana, Daylite, OmniFocus, and Trello. He supports many people in productivity though his website LearnOmniFocus.com -- and also through the Holistic Productivity approach that he developed after coming face-to-face with cancer back in 2008. Tim consults to leaders and organizations on how to use Zoom effectively and recently launched a new course: Leading Effective Zoom Events. In this conversation, Tim and I overview some of the common mistakes of online events, how online can produce even better results than in-person, and ways to engage people quickly. Plus, we review some of the key technology that will support your organization’s outreach efforts. Key Points It’s often a mistake to assume that you’ll be able to lead online events with the same planning and design for in-person events. Opening a meeting early and using the five-minute rule to begin with icebreakers, breakouts, polls, or reactions will help engage people in the event quickly. For events with many people or higher visibility for your organization, have a dedicated technology co-pilot so that hosts and speakers can stay focused on being present. Virtual lounges (with a dedicated host), spotlight and multi-spotlight, practice sessions, and preassigned breakouts can all help the technology disappear and the human connections to take center stage. Some organizations are discovering they are more successful with online events than past in-person ones. Many have had such a positive experience that they plan to continue leveraging virtual events after the pandemic. Resources Mentioned Leading Effective Zoom Events by Tim Stringer Recommended Practices for Engaging Online Events (PDF download) Related Episodes Serve Others Through Marketing, with Seth Godin (episode 381) How to Create Meaningful Gatherings, with Priya Parker (episode 395) How to Run an Online Meeting, with Bonni Stachowiak (episode 472) Discover More Activate your free membership for full access to the entire library of interviews since 2011, searchable by topic.
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How to Be Awesome at Your Job
How to Be Awesome at Your Job
Pete Mockaitis
645: How to Make a Bigger Impact by Connecting First with Dr. Melanie Katzman
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The Modern Manager: Create and Lead Successful Teams
The Modern Manager: Create and Lead Successful Teams
Mamie Kanfer Stewart
142: Ask Better Questions
Questions are one of the most useful tools that managers can use. Questions can unlock new thinking, show support, strengthen relationships, and much more. Learning to ask the right questions can enhance any manager’s leadership capability. In this episode, I walk through different types of questions to ask and how to ask them so you cultivate trust and solicit answers that move work forward productively. The full episode guide includes an overview of different types of questions and my favorite questions to ask. Get it when you join the Modern Manager community or purchase the full guide at www.themodernmanager.com/shop. Get the free mini-guide at www.themodernmanager.com/miniguides. Learn to navigate the different personality types and work styles to make managing your team easier than you ever imagined. Check out the Managing by Personality live course that starts on March 11, 2021. Learn more and register at www.themodernmanager.com/courses/personality Subscribe to my newsletter to get episodes, articles and free mini-guides delivered to your inbox. Read the related blog article: How Questions Can Help Us Be Better Managers Key Takeaways: * Questions are not just for gathering information. They also help us build relationships, increase psychological safety and trust, open up thinking, and uncover hidden thoughts. * Instead of yes-no questions which often create a false binary, ask a rating question e.g. On a scale of 1-5, how confident are you in this plan? * Asking what, why and how will lead to different answers so be thoughtful about what question you’re asking. * Asking what if, how might, and why not will open the door to more creative, alternative thinking. * How you ask and how you respond also impact what type of response you will get now and in the future. * Asking a difficult question in a calm, warm tone shows support. * Responding to an answer you don’t like or didn’t expect with appreciation will encourage people to be honest going forward. Additional Resources: * Episode 40: The Power of Questions with Pete Mockaitis mamie@mamieks.com
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