Money and Finance

The Problems With Meetings

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  Time being wasted in meetings is on the increase and the negativity that accompanies most meetings is enough to drag you down for the rest of the day. 10:00 You pitch up for the 10am meeting eager to discuss project details with the rest of the team only to find that the previous meeting is over running. 10:02 After standing around making over enthusiastic “watch checking” gestures you decide to wander around to the kitchen to make a coffee. (more…)

By Rob, ago
Education and Personal Development

Blazingly Simple Guide To Submitting To Conferences

There are many people who would like to speak at a conference but have a variety of reasons why they aren't doing it. I know I found it almost impossible to stand up in front of a group of people without crumbling just a few years ago but now I'm doing big stages and Keynotes. It took a lot of learning but also a lot of pushing past comfort zones. That's why I wrote this guide - to share some of the ideas and techniques that helped me start my journey to public speaking. The reality is, for many managers, presenting is an every day event and yet many managers don't put in the effort to get really good at it. This guide isn't just for managers though - it's for anyone looking to submit to a conference and then over deliver on the presentation itself. (more…)

By Rob, ago
Health and Longevity

5 Techniques To Leave Stress At Work

5 techniques to leave your stress at work.

It can be hard holding down a busy job and then leaving the problems, challenges and stresses at work - i.e. not bringing them home with you. It’s easy to bring home periodic stress and worry and this often leads to your home life becoming affected by work. In my own personal experience it’s been my family that have suffered the most. I’ve taken home the stress and drama of the day and I’ve failed to deal with it where it belongs; at work. This results in me being short tempered and not present. And generally not the husband and father I want to be. This hurts. (more…)

By Rob, ago
Productivity

How To Manage Time with people who make stuff

Paul Graham has a great article on Manager schedules and Maker schedules on his blog. It's a post I revisit every week as I strive to work out how to balance my management tendencies with the NVM Dev team's desire to get stuff done. In a nutshell Paul makes the point that manager schedules tend to be hourly and based around meetings and time slots. Yet makers schedules tend to focus around un-interrupted blocks of time where they can make things. (more…)

By Rob, ago
Cultural and Societal Impact

How To Support New Conference Speakers

It's so good to see new speakers on the speaking circuit recently and new initiatives, like Speak-easy, bringing fresh voices to our industry. However, new speakers are often incredibly nervous on stage. It's natural - even seasoned conference speakers still get nervous - I still ask myself "Why Do I Do This?" before each talk. Here are a few tips on how to support new conference speakers. (more…)

By Rob, ago
Productivity

The Slight Edge At Work

The Slight Edge is a great book by Jeff Olson. The premise of the book is that in order to obtain the slight edge you need to do tiny positive improvements each day. It's not the big things that give you the advantage in your work or life, it's the daily consistent actions that make the big differences over time. These daily choices and improvements are super easy to do. The problem is they are also super easy not to do. As such depending on which route you take you can end up in totally different places. (more…)

By Rob, ago