I wasn’t sure what to expect when I signed up for a workshop on writing effective op-eds with a group of academics. Maybe we would all take turns standing at a podium, playing intellectual defense as people searched for holes in our arguments. But what ended up taking place was both gentler and more energizing — and it’s given me a powerful strategy for propelling ideas forward.
“We’re going to do something I call the ‘Hunch Hour,’” the workshop facilitator, Courtney Martin, told the group. The other participants and I looked at each other, confused. …
I became a best-selling author the LA-way (which is always surprising), I decided to religiously follow the advice of my Uber driver.
Let me explain.
In Los Angeles, where I used to live, traffic is real. And it’s not uncommon to be stuck in an UBER or Lyft for hours and to pass the time, I’ve always taken the opportunity to chat with the drivers (sometimes even sing along to the radio).
In one particularly long drive to the airport for a particularly long flight to Melbourne, I got into a lengthy conversation with my driver, a young black Christian…
I meet a lot of people. It’s one of the coolest and most fulfilling aspects of doing what I do. Namely, guest lecturing at schools, giving lectures and speeches, and consulting for institutes and companies to help solve their most intractable problems. And in the process of meeting these people, I’m constantly hearing pitches, proposals, business plans, and product ideas. Soft pitches, consulting pitches, investor pitches, elevator pitches, all the way down to simple “Hey can I get your advice on this thing I’m working on?”
The following four tips are a cheat sheet for your next pitch that most…
Why I’ll never forget the day I got vaccinated
I remember the 45 minutes around my vaccination like it was yesterday. Strange considering I’m someone who doesn’t usually remember yesterday that well.
Our brains all have in them a strange and volatile memory-secretary. Mine, especially so. Everyone’s brain slows down during new or novel or adrenaline-fueled events. It’s our way of capturing as much important data as possible for our memory-secretary to obsess over afterward in order to glean any vital information we may have missed. If we just narrowly escaped getting eaten by a tiger, probably a good thing…
I love this article but only read it because I thought the title was: “7 habits to avoid becoming a highly productive person” lols shows where my head is
I love the last one I often say "Dumb is Smart" and i mena it its harder to make something basic out of something mystical than making something mystical out of something basic
Michael when I was 9 my friend and I cleaned out a neighbors yard for her for 5bdollars and one of her peaches. I can’t still remember what that peach tasted like today, although I don’t remember the friend. Your getting me with these.
Well, it’s the weekend before Martin Luther King Day and, with the inauguration fast approaching, we are likely to see a lot of darkness and light. We’ll feel the depths of fear and the heights of dreams, just like any Disney hero navigating trials on their way to a happy ending. It seemed right this week for my team to have a conversation about their favorite Disney songs and why they matter. I pitched the challenge of choosing our top four Disney songs, plus a bonus song that isn’t a Disney song, but should be. Go ahead, try it yourself.
Fred is the founder of Making Conversation LLC and a designer, author, educator, consultant, trustee, and advisor to social and business leaders.