Looking at The Past

Find when things changed

I have this theory.

All experiences have a tipping point. The exciting thing about the tipping point is that at the moment, it can come and go rather quickly. When we look back, we may miss it.

The sentence above isn’t the theory though.

This sentence, below, is:

As much as the experience of the actual tipping point of an event is essential, just as important is how you felt when it happened.

Our subconscious processes faster than our conscious, and our emotional state is often the reaction of it.

Why is this important?

I think our emotional state at that moment could act as an identifier to us knowing things are about to change. If we try to understand it and know the signs, we might get a “this is interesting” warning system.


Just a thought.

Day One

What can you do day one?

The first day is essential. It sets the tone.  A great first day makes it easier to have a great first week, which makes it easier to have a great first month etc.

Three things I like to remember on first days.

  1. Which experiences in my past can help? – As a human being, we have a ton of experiences to draw from when it comes to a “first day.” Think about school, work, relationships. If I asked you to think for a few minutes, I believe more than a few firsts would come to mind.
  2. How did I help someone else’s first day? – We witness a ton of the first-day action ourselves, as observers. What helped someone else on their first day? Feel free to ask for those things on your first day to help you get settled in.
  3. What can I do differently? – What risk can I take here? New experiences only happen if you break from old traditions.

Today is the first day for me, as I am now starting at datalogue.io as their senior product marketer.

Visit their site and if they seem interesting, shoot me a note, I’d love to chat.


Personalize It

How did you personalize it?

We all love things that are made for us.

Who doesn’t love hearing their name? Don’t you feel better when someone labels your feelings?

So, when we make, it’s critical that you ask yourself some questions:

  • How do you know what you are making is for who you are making it for?
  • More importantly, how do they know?

Also, know that usually, our assumptions are wrong, so it is critical to add this extra question:

  • What is the smallest thing you can do to see if you are right?

Making it falsifiable makes it real.

Slowing Down

Slowing down feels so abnormal

When I talk to a group of people, I have this urge to rush through what I’m saying, especially if it is a presentation. One of the reasons I like to rush is that at least with Q&A, I  know at least one person is listening.

Another reason is self-doubt. There are a bunch of questions swirling around in my head like:

  • Like, are people going to miss this incredible point?
  • Am I going to be cut off?
  • What if there isn’t anything interesting at the other end of this talk?

The thing is, when I hear someone else speak slow, I think they are:

  • Confident in the material
  • Thoughtful because they know their audience
  • Empathetic in the sense that they want to make sure everyone “gets it”

As I write this post, I think I recognize why.

Now I am curious, do you?


Quick hit

3 Things

  • Look at it from their point of view.
  • Get out of your head.
  • Listen.

It hurts our ego to do this, but if you want to connect with anyone, try those three things.