What you are up to — notes from readers
From Karin Taliga: “The Quarterly Canvas is a visual aid and guided review process for connecting long term goals and strategies with your day to day planning and execution. Especially suitable for those who initiates and drives their own projects - like entrepreneurs, freelancers, creators/makers and founders. The result is clarity about where you’re going and why together with a visual reminder and overview of the outcome from the review process.” Details: https://gumroad.com/l/GwAYH BTW, Karin has an email newsletter I want you to know about: https://thepilcrow.net/newsletter/
From Natascha Buck of NataschaBuck.com: "PMS system applied to wedding planning, which in itself is a project with several sub-projects. It’s for couples planning their wedding, develop their own meaningful day at a level of a wedding planner and want/need to consider COVID impacts as well. It’s created as a Notion template to show how a project management system could also be applied to a “trivial” and complex moment in a persons life. It’s cool, because for change it’s a “pretty” looking template, goes beyond any checklist out there and has the condensed experience of an average wedding planner. But it can never entirely replace a really good wedding planner - problem solving capacity, creativity and the human factor can’t be digitalized (that easily). It’s a good example to show how I apply my analytical skills as a Notion consultant to a somewhat secularly “problem” and a use case that most understand." Details: https://notionweddingplanner.com/
From Francesca Marsico: "Hope all is been well and that you’re staying safe! I’m reconnecting to let you know that our WomenHack recruiting event is returning to Albuquerque on January 29th, 2021 and this time, we’ll be running it virtually to ensure the safety and well-being of our community. I was wondering if your company is keen on joining us this time around. Why Join Us: Meet and interview more than 50 local professional female talents looking for new opportunities Fun and engaging way to connect For more details and RSVP: https://womenhack.com/events/54484/?tickets"
It’s hard for me to be objective because Mark Butler is a client, but I do think he’s one of the best “help you improve your usage of money” voices out there: https://letsdothebooks.com/money-school/
As someone who has always preferred remote work since my first remote work job in 1998, I find thoughtful reports on “what we’ve learned about remoteing” both charming in the child-losing-their-first-tooth-isn’t-that-cute way and useful because I do have empathy for the difficulty of porting IRL stuff online: https://steveblank.com/2020/12/28/what-i-learned-from-500-educators-build-back-better-summit-results/ If I had to guess, the COVID-as-accelerant effect for events will be the usual “hollowing out the middle” dynamic we see with commoditization, except applied to online events. The result, I hope, is much bigger reach for cheap/free stuff, and much much higher quality for the expensive IRL stuff. Both ends of the event spectrum need to get better and the middle (Dreamforce) can die in a fire as far as I’m concerned.
This was a really well-done “what we’ve learned about doing good virtual events” article from an org that had to hard-pivot from IRL to online in order to stay in business: https://bureauofdigital.com/blog/2020/11/16/how-to-produce-meaningful-virtual-events
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