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August 19, 2017 5:46 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #373

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for InterestingTilt the WindmillHBS; chair of StrataStartupfestPandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another: 

  • SWANH. "Star Wars Episode IV. As an infographic. 22 Illustrator. 157 pictures. 123 meters. 1024 x 465152 pixels. Because, why not? This is now on display at the Barbican." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Droptree - "HD Delivery" - Vimeo. "This gives Leningrad (which I shared a few months back) a run for its money. Droptree Productions, a film company, spent two years filming a music video for a song of theirs, entirely on their clients' sets, in between takes. It's amazing. ROBOT THROUGH THE FRAME." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Facebook's AI accidentally created its own language - The Next Web. "Title is a bit misleading, but... may we all live in interesting times." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • My Advice To Anyone Starting A Business Is To Remember That Someday I Will Crush You - The Onion. "Ah, The Onion. Here's a pitch perfect advice article, from Jeff Bezos to all start-up founders." (Hugh for Mitch).  
  • Growing Up with Alexa - MIT Technology Review. "We all worry about our kids and technology. Let's face it, we're all spending a lot of time with these screens and the vast majority of our population (both children and adults alike) are completely lacking in digital literacy. Many people argue about whether young people should have screens or not, but that's not the entire story. What about the content on that screen? What about those being able to mentor and help them with this content? It's not so simple. Now, we're entering into a new arena: voice as navigation. No more clicking, mouses or typing. We will use our voice. So, what now? Are we all ok with kids bossing around their technology and expecting it to give them exactly what they want? Do we realize that their tone with technology may become the main way that they communicate with other humans as well? So, will kids just be bossing us all around, the same way that they will boss their iPad around? Sounds about right. Sadly." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Not even remotely possible - TechCrunch. "Here's a really interesting piece from my friend, Jon Evans, about how much more productive remote teams can be than the usual office fare. I'm not so sure, but this article provides some real insight. Maybe I'm an old-timer, but I like coming into an office, being around people with a shared goal and hearing things. It works for me. It inspires me. I'm not so sure I could be as productive rolling out of bed and working solo from a home office or cafe. Different strokes for different folks, I'd gather. Jon also points out how communication is everything and, maybe as the technology gets better, he's right about the end-state - a world where we all work from wherever. What do you think?" (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.

Droptree - "HD Delivery" (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO) from DROPTREE PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo.

By Mitch Joel

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August 16, 201711:38 PM

How Do You Get Paid To Speak?

It's a question I get asked multiple times a week: How do you get paid to speak?

It's like anything else. The journey is not linear (for those familiar with my second business book, CTRL ALT Delete, it's a very squiggly journey). Over the years, being paid to speak has become a significant platform for the Mirum brand... and for my personal brand. It's actually a part of my work that I treasure. I enjoy coming up with stories, concepts and ideas around the intersection of brands, consumers and technology... and I thoroughly enjoy empowering brand leaders to think differently about what they can do to grow their business.

So, what is the real story behind becoming a professional speaker?

I recently spent about 45 minutes telling my story and providing tactical advice to those who would like speak (or increase their speaking) on The Speaker Lab Podcast with host (and friend), Grant Baldwin. Here's how Grant describes our episode:

"Ever wonder how some people can charge a $20K public speaking fee, but others struggle to make ends meet? There are a few key elements that make this possible and today, on episode 144 of The Speaker Lab podcast, Mitch Joel, an international speaker, author, and President walks us through the process of how to position yourself as a highly sought after speaker that can charge $10K, $20K or more. Mitch shares a story of how he spoke in front of 6,000 people and shared the stage with Dr. Phil on his first ever speaking engagement. Today, Mitch works with companies like Wal-Mart, Google, and Starbucks and he breaks it all down for you on the podcast."

Here's what else you will learn:

  • How to develop your "content center of excellence" and why you need it.
  • Examples of great speakers who have gone from $5K to $50K in speaking fees.
  • What is an SME and how can you be one?
  • 3 "must-haves" if you want to be considered someone with a "significant platform."
  • How to know if you're killing it on stage or not.
  • Why being memorable is better than funny.
  • How social media plays a role in how much you can charge.
  • What is the Louis CK model of public speaking?
  • How to identify yourself as 1 of 3 types of speakers.

And, there's a lot more.

So, if you're interested in understanding how public speaking can drive business, become a new business engine of growth and establish your brand, please do take a listen here: The Speaker Lab - How to Charge a $20K Public Speaking Fee With Mitch Joel.

By Mitch Joel

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August 15, 201711:34 PM

Vulfpeck's Joe Dart On This Month's Groove - The No Treble Podcast

Joe Dart from Vulfpeck is this month's conversation on Groove - The No Treble Podcast.

You can listen the new episode right here: Groove - The No Treble Podcast - Episode #32 - Joe Dart.

Who is Joe Dart?

Let's just call it a "mutual admiration society." Vulfpeck bassist, Joe Dart, has always been very kind to the No Treble community. And all of us - here at No Treble - can't get enough of his funky grooves that often dominate and lead the band's music. In short: we're huge fans of how this University of Michigan project has become such a dominant force on the music scene. What's most interesting is how "in the shadows" Dart's life has been. When did he start? Who influences him? Why the electric bass? As much as YouTube videos have driven Vulfpeck's popularity, it's hard to find anything deep on Dart. There's not much of a digital legacy there. It's time for his story to shine through. Enjoy the conversation...

Listen in: Groove - The No Treble Podcast - Episode #32 - Joe Dart.

What is Groove - The No Treble Podcast?

This is an ambitious effort. This will be a fascinating conversation. Our goal at Groove is to build the largest oral history of bass players. Why Groove? Most of the content about the bass revolves around gear, playing techniques, and more technical chatter. For us, bassists are creative artists with stories to tell. They are a force to be reckon with. These are the stories and conversation that we will capture. To create this oral history of why these artists chose the bass, what their creative lives are like, and where inspiration can be found.

By Mitch Joel

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August 14, 2017 8:37 AM

Diversity In Silicon Valley, Facebook Goes After TV And More On This Week's CTRL ALT Delete Segment On CHOM 97.7 FM

Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 5 to 10 minutes every week - about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly on iHeart Radio, if you're interested in hearing more of me blathering away about what's going on in the digital world. I'm really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up on listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry DiMonte morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.

This week we discussed: 

  • Facebook launched Watch, and many see this as their direct assault on TV and YouTube advertising budgets. This could be Facebook's big video platform. With 2 billion people on the social network, Facebook is soft-launching a "Watch" tab on Facebook in the US to better organize and engage users with video content. If Facebook can organize videos, bring in original content (which it will be doing) and give users a lot of interesting functionality (think about seeing funny videos organized by how your friends think, etc...), this could be something truly transformative.        
  • Are you ready for back to school? I read an article titled, Students Came Up With This Genius Way To Take Notes & It'll Change College Forever, on PizzaBottle about how students are crowdsourcing class notes using Google Docs. It's a brilliant way to work as a team... or is it cheating? 
  • You would think that Silicon Valley is the one place where diversity thrives. Now, Google is under the microscope. Last Friday, a 3300-word memo penned by Google engineer James Damore went viral among employees. The document speaks to gender stereotypes about women in the workplace. Damore was fired by Google last Monday, but that only made the situation more tense. Google (and many other Silicon Valley companies) are now (once again) grappling with the ongoing debate over the limits of free speech and equality. Uber (and others) have similar issues (still, mostly unresolved), and there has been countless exposes recently about the true struggle of women in tech. Sadly.       
  • App of the week: Placer.   

By Mitch Joel

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August 13, 2017 8:17 AM

Robert Wynne Says Social Media Is Worthless - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #579 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to.

Traditional media is still king. Social media is worthless. Public relations is much better than advertising. This were only three of the crazy statements that arrived in my inbox about Robert Wynne and his book, Straight Talk About Public Relations. The irony of his asking to be on my podcast was not lost on me. In fact, I responded to his request with this: "Why would Robert want to be on my podcast if social media is useless?" So, here we are. A heated debate about marketing, advertising, public relations, social media and what gets attention and generates sales for brands. Robert is the president and founder of Wynne Communications. He is also a contributor to Forbes, where he writes a column on public relations. We got at it in this episode. Enjoy the conversation...

You can grab the latest episode of Six Pixels of Separation here (or feel free to subscribe via iTunes): Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast #579.

By Mitch Joel

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August 12, 2017 5:34 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #372

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, HBS; chair of Strata, Startupfest, Pandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire... Read more

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August 6, 2017 7:57 AM

Defining Innovation With Tiffani Bova - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #578 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to. Everyone talks about innovation, and how real success comes from the brands that do innovate. But innovation is like... Read more

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August 5, 2017 5:13 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #371

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, HBS; chair of Strata, Startupfest, Pandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire... Read more

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July 30, 2017 7:51 AM

The Employee Experience Advantage With Jacob Morgan - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #577 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to. There is no future of work if all brands don't truly understand how to win the war for talent... Read more

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July 29, 2017 5:07 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #370

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, HBS; chair of Strata, Startupfest, Pandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire... Read more

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