Have an interest in starting a side hustle or full-blown entrepreneurship? Then, you’ve probably heard of Chris Guillebeau and maybe checked out some of his books: Side Hustle, The Art of Nonconformity, and The $100 Startup. Chris runs his personal website as “a home for unconventional people doing remarkable things.” An avid traveler as well, Chris has visited every country in the world in the past 10 years, writing the whole way.
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When it comes to email, we all want to be more productive. We want to have more control over the messages we receive, find and respond to important emails more quickly, and maybe (just maybe!) one day finally reach that elusive “inbox zero.”
The tagline on Vanessa Van Edwards’ website reads – “I’m Vanessa and I’m a recovering boring person.” Vanessa has reshaped her life into being a “professional people-watcher” – studying what makes people tick and what drives human behavior.
A behavioral investigator, she is the lead at her human behavior research lab, The Science of People. Designing and executing her own research experiments, her goal is to crack the code of human behavior and how and why people do what they do. She also hosts workshops for individuals looking to learn how to succeed in business and in their personal lives by uncoding the secret dynamics of human behavior.
Vanessa is also a bestselling author – her latest book Captivate was named “one of the most anticipated books of the year” by Apple and is all about how to be the most memorable person in the room.
Let’s be real – we’ve all had those mornings. Those mornings when our alarm goes off, we hit the snooze button five or six times, then run around like a crazy person trying to get dressed and get out the door to make it to work on time.
But it turns out the way you start the day is actually pretty important. The way you spend your mornings sets the tone for the rest of the day; if you start it off with routine and structure, you’ll have a productive day. If you start it off by oversleeping, scrambling to get read, and trying desperately to pour coffee down your throat as you rush out the door… well, you get the picture.
In this week’s installment of the #ProductivityGiants series, we talk to Scott Berkun about his daily routines, favorite productivity methods, and the creative ways in which he releases stress.
First, a little background on Scott – he’s the bestselling author of seven books, including The Myths of Innovation, Confessions of a Public Speaker, and The Year Without Pants. He is commissioned for talks that center around creativity, culture, business, and many other topics.
Aside from speaking and writing about creativity, Scott has some innovations to his name as well, including managing internet product development at Microsoft. Read on for the full interview:
Everywhere you look there’s yet another small to medium business (SMB) adopting Office 365. Microsoft provides every incentive to ease your company into its cloud-based office suite. Instructional videos, phone support, installation guide – your transition to Office 365 will be met with hand-holding all along the way.
But the environment you get isn’t necessarily foolproof. The large part of the cost and time of administration is tied up in common security measures: managing group admission, pruning users, creating security policies and ensuring users have access to network resources. Office 365 moves these tasks to the cloud, but doesn’t necessarily make them easier for users.
Entrepreneurs, this installment of the #ProductivityGiants is for you – we speak to Patrick J McGinnis, New York City resident, venture capitalist and private equity investor. After a decade on Wall Street, Patrick founded Dirigo Advisors in order to provide strategic advice to entrepreneurs, investors, and fast growing startups. He’s built a diverse portfolio of investments, including in companies such as beauty site ipsy, smart luggage company Bluesmart, and Afiniti, a big data company focused on the call center industry.