Yahoo is a curious poster child for banning remote work, as they’re not a company that’s doing very well. Yet Google has strict policies against it too, as the recent post by famous programmer Tim Bray explained: As of March 17th I’ll be an ex-employee. It’s an amicable separation in the face of irreconcilable differences: […]

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One of the many surprises from The Year Without Pants is that Automattic, makers of WordPress.com, doesn’t pay employees more when them become a team leader. They consider being a leader a role, not a job. One of the fun experiments this enabled for me while I worked there was to step down as lead and […]

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The resurfacing of Woody Allen’s past is sad from many perspectives, amplified by how a daughter and a family are still struggling, very publicly, to deal with events that took place decades ago. I’ll leave the conclusions for you to draw, as my question in this post is a practical one. Should you ban an […]

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Last week I had the pleasure of speaking for a second time at Webstock in Wellington, New Zealand. Natasha Lampard, Mike Brown and all the organizers exemplify many of the great things event organizers should strive to achieve. They run an amazing event and as someone who writes often about speaking and events that have speakers, […]

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Speaking In Portland next week (Thurs/Fri)

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Hi folks. Just a quick post about some speaking dates next week in wonderful Portland, Oregon. Thursday, 2/27 6pm at 10up - I’ll be talking about The Year Without Pants and then out for drinks/snacks with attendees. RSVP. Friday, 2/28 at IntegratED – As part of this conference on education and technology, I’ll be speaking twice, […]

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[Sorry: this post was scheduled for last week but never posted. The book is still available DRM free, but not at a discount] For Valentines day O’Reilly Media is doing a special promotion for The Year Without Pants (published by Wiley). You can buy the digital version of the book for 50% off – and […]

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Why Speed Reading Is For Fools

in Books, General, Pop Culture
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‘There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.” - Bertrand Russell Life is not a race. Speed is good for things you want to get past, not for important things you enjoy. “It was an efficient meal.” “I had a quick life.” If you are […]

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Ranting about opinion pieces isn’t generally worthwhile, but some pieces are deeply flawed and popular enough that they demand critiquing. I’ve taken Susan Cain and Jonah Lehrer to task in the past, and I’ve come across another post worthy of examination. The article is a New York Times opinion piece titled “Secret Ingredient For Success” and […]

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When was the last time you changed your mind about something important? As children we changed our minds frequently since we were continually exposed to new experiences and were encouraged to learn new things and consider different ideas. The very goal of education for children is to accelerate the reconsidering of assumptions, providing tools for […]

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Here’s the Q&A from today’s webcast on How To Overcome Tough Presentation Situations, based on Confessions of A Public Speaker. If you tuned in, thanks for tuning! If you didn’t, you can watch it online here (you still have to register). You can download the slides (2MB PDF): How To Overcome the Toughest Public Speaking […]

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Thanks to SeattleSMC for hosting me to speak at Seattle City Hall on Free Speech and The Social Media Mob. Additional thanks to everyone who participated in two threads on the topic: input wanted and compiled list of legal cases regarding social media harassment and mob behavior. Kudos to event sponsor Mayor Ed Murray and Maurice at Bootstrapper […]

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scottberkun.com may be down this morning

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I’m having some work done on scottberkun.com today (moving to a new webhost) and the website may be down, or acting strangely, for part of the morning. Don’t be alarmed. I’ll post again to give the all clear.  

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The Seattle Social Media Club is hosting me to speak next week about Free Speech and Social Media. They hosted me in 2010 to speak on Calling BS on Social Media Gurus (slides and notes) and it’s good to be back. I’m very excited about this talk: the history of the collision of free speech […]

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Kindle editions on sale today: $3.49 (act fast)

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Three on my books are heavily discounted on Kindle today. $3.49 for some of them. Confessions of a Public Speaker is currently #1 in business, #37 overall for all kindle books Myths of Innovation is #12 in business, #256 overall Making Things Happen, #1 in project management, #769 overall I have no idea how long they’ll […]

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