Tribes

People who inspire your work.

People who are inspired by your work.

People who make you see other perspectives.

People who make you laugh.

People who get your sense of humour.

People who inspire your journey.

People who are inspired by your journey.

People who think about working with you when they start their next project.

People who you think about working with when you start your next project.

People who help you get out of ruts.

People who you can help get out of a rut.

People who you can’t forget.

People who can’t forget about you.

 

I’d say this is an extension of these three posts: here, here, and here.

Thinking about the number of people in that list (if I limit one line to 5 people), it’s quite within the tolerance of 120 (or 150) of the number of people believed that we can carry social ties with.

 

If you notice the number of people I follow on Twitter increase and decrease at certain times — chances are, I’m in the process of doing a review of the people who I’d like to focus 85% of my time on…while on the platform.

 

It also makes me see future connections differently (before I hit follow) — and it certainly makes me pay more attention to their feed and the people they also follow when the number is less than 150.

 

Additional Reading:

 

P.S. Your right in thinking that with the correct chord progression — these sentences could morph into a song like this. (TBA for link once that day comes!)

 

 

 


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First Things First

I stuffed up.

 

Big time.

 

Of course I still can bounce back…

 

It’s just…

 

I should know better! (Though painful reminders like this should keep the conversationalist in me in check!)

 

Well…I lost the opportunity to connect two people: an entrepreneur who was keen to hear about an organisation, and open to know more how he could add value — and another who is a high-level contact from that organisation.

 

Why did I stuff up? After knowing this important information (one person has something to offer, and I can connect him to someone who needs it)?

 

You see…instead of just holding off chatter…until I found the detail I needed. I got distracted while reading information on his about page (to figure out how I could suggest on how he could add value to the organisation)…and I started to ask questions that would have been best done at a later time (like after I passed on the information I was looking for first!).

 

was about to type in the information I found…and pitch to the entrepreneur one way I could connect him to the organisation…as I had the epiphany I was waiting for!

 

 

Next thing I knew….I was blocked. 😦 Agh…so close!

 

 

Reminder heard…loud and clear. Thanks life. 🙂

 

 

 


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The Best Way To Reach Me

As I was having a quick look and update on ‘My Cheeky FAQ’ I realised that it might help if there was a specific entry (and I can’t wait to hear from you if this post indeed helped!) that helps you know how to best send me a message.

 

  • Tumblr – I am on there at least once a fortnight (unless intentionally focusing on completing something and my fan tendencies need to be ‘on hold’ because they are a hindrance rather than a compliment!)
  • YouTube – Though sometimes notifications cross over with Google+ — I still find it a handy playform to send (and receive!) private messages.
  • Google+ – apparently there’s a way to send me messages even if I am not ‘online’ (I’ll get your notifications and that would prompt me to check my messages)
  • Form – This comes in handy if you are on a device that you avoid using to log-in to your various social media accounts. Even if you don’t put your email address, as long as you give me your Tumblr / YouTube / Google+ handle, and I can chase you up there.

 

 

What you’ll need in your message:

  • your email address!
  • How I can help you. (Really. Tell me! Don’t worry about sounding all ‘sales-ey’. Because the sooner I find out how I can add value to you, the sooner I am able to generate ideas! It’s as easy as completing this statement: ‘Leigh, I want _____ to happen. Can you help?’ If there are multiple items, take some time to consider what is most important for you to achieve. Whether it be finding someone who is equally smitten by BrainDead, or needing creative juice to improve your interactions with people you serve.)
  • If you have references (such as my tweet or a post), it would help a LOT if you include it too!

 

 

 

 


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Notes & Paperwork

Do you struggle with getting in control of the paperwork you generate when you take notes (including idea generation)?

If you do…then I’m exactly like you!

As part if ensuring that I stay focused on what I’m working on (progressing or finishing), I track the time I spend on each task. So if a distraction (maybe I need to pause to jot down an idea) comes my way…I can easily get back to what I was doing — without needing to waste precious brain power.

The downside of my note-taking strategy is that most times I just end up jotting them on my time-tracking sheet! Which requires me to transfer or action them again — as a result, I’d have a stack of time tracking sheets that I couldn’t put in the recycling bin (after shedding of course!).

My current solution is to include the note where it belongs (most times it requires me to type it up and file it), so If I need to work on that particular task (where the idea generated is linked to) I have a bunch of things I can use (no need to stress and generate ideas on the spot!).

And when filing — I don’t use a binder called ‘Ideas or Misc’ anymore (unless the idea really doesn’t fall anywhere — though if I think about it now…is it worth saving if it doesn’t fall anywhere?).

 

My Main Task Folders:

  • Kickstarter – Lots of ideas fall in this topic interestingly. Though Kickstarter may just be my first option when creating a crowdfunding related project.
  • Go Fund Me
  • Cold Calls – For ‘Walk In My Shoes‘. Reaching out to Restaurant, Cafes, Shops (bookstores, clothing shops…) — asking if they’d be interested to add my single to their playlist (either as an audio file or included to their streaming playlist). One cafe I reached out to said that they use Spotify so I emailed them the link.
  • Instrumental Album – ideas for progressing new tracks.
  • YouTube
  • Flickr
  • Q&A Sessions – Future Interviewees, Question Ideas…
  • Personal Blog
  • Reaching Out – more directed to the individual rather than an organisation (like the Cold Call section)

 

My main takeaway: Decide on a strategy, then implement it.

 

What kind of strategies have worked for you? (To keep you focused, even when you get interruptions?) Looking forward to hear your stories! 🙂

 

 

 


 

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Be You

One of the highlights of last week for me was this interaction:

Bryce*: You ever heard of Red vs Blue?

Me: Is that the YouTube Channel one?

Bryce*: …that’s the one lol. It is in it’s 13th season and started out as a gag show done just because. No real plot was put into it until it caught major popularity. Now the plot they have with it is amazing and it is still hilarious.

Me: Ooooh…I have to check that out!

Bryce*: [sends link of episode one]

Me: What would you say is the best show that continues to make you smile and laugh?

Bryce*: Toss up between red vs blue whose line and psych.

Me: [After watching a bit of the episode] I think I might prefer Psych more than ‘Red Vs Blue’

[Mentioned some observations about the series — how the length is different during the early episodes: from 4-8 minutes. And all the while deciding whether to share aversion to excessive swearing…]

Me: Unfortunately I get turned off when there is constant swearing. [frown emoticon]

 Bryce*: Ahhh I didn’t know. Sorry about that.

Me: [relieved]

Note: Though I got Bryce’s — blessing to share our interaction. I decided to change his name, out of respect for his privacy. I’ve also done some edits on the interaction (posting a verbatim version would probably be too much!)

 

 

The main reason of my reluctance was due to a disappointing chat (months ago) with someone who’s writings I enjoy reading. When I asked him what he thought about ‘Whiplash‘, and sharing that I won’t be able to watch it due to my rule of automatically discounting films rated MA or above (another film I wanted to check out was ‘Birdman‘ — because of the use of only one instrument for the score)…he instantly dismissed my personal rule, and told me to ignore the rating.

Thinking back, I now know that it was just their way of answering the simple question: ‘Are you one of my people?’. Bryce might be — and the writer might not.

 

My main takeaway: Don’t compromise your choices just because you’re scared of loosing a connection.

 

Looking forward to hear about your stories! 🙂 How did the interaction end? And what have you learned? Were there instances that you wished you shared a tidbit about yourself (like me you might have been stuck with giving Bryce the impression that I didn’t mind excessive swearing)? Or are you the type who wouldn’t hold back?

 

 

 


 

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Fired Up

I’ve heard it multiple times: ‘Thoughts affect mood’ — and one other thing I’ve been reminded recently is the effect of what I expose myself to. Whether it is people or media.

Did my thoughts just take me from disappointment to despair? Or disappointment to thankfulness (having learned something from that experience)?

In my quest for ‘less is more’ (aka minimalism), I aim to steer clear of things (Film, TV, Articles…) that make me less motivated to take little steps towards my goals. If I do find myself sliding back, I’d turn to my library of links, notes and books that bring me back to the right frame of mind.

 

 

Love to hear about the things (articles, videos, quotes…) that help you get to the right frame of mind! 😀

 


 

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FAQ #2: A Swift Kick

Stop staring at your to-do list (or maybe a goal you have on a sticky note that keeps staring at you each morning)! Bust out your highlighter, take fifteen minutes and take that bit of action now!

 

You know the feeling right? Seeing that task list…that goal…

 

And then promising yourself that you’ll do something…later…tomorrow…

 

Then one year goes by and you’re still saying the same thing!

 

Hey…whoa…no feeling guilty there. 🙂 It’s not too late.

 

Some Actions (Small Steps!) you can take:

  • Find someone to bug you relentlessly (preferably someone who is in your trusted ‘inner circle’).
  • Spend 10 minutes watching something that you’ll know will get you going (maybe something inspirational like Tony’s chat with John or Aimee Mullins sharing stories about her journey as an athlete)
  • Spend 30 minutes writing out your task list for that goal (it’s okay if you don’t finish — just start a draft! If you already have something written down — arrange it from the ones that you’ll have to do first.)

 

What worked for you? Keen to hear! 😀

 


 

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Your Life In Sound

I get it now.

All those times when I’m bothered by background noise (sometimes even music I forget to turn off) when working on something, I failed to see how embracing my own score can remind me that I need to keep focused on the story I’m weaving.

 

 

Focused, as in mindful. Not going on auto-pilot, in a way that I’d miss an opportunity to connect with someone and hear about their story. Mindful in a way that even if I have a disappointing result, there is always a takeaway — and I can always find ways to grow.

 

 

So here am I now, typing away. And earlier, I had this playing in the background while pondering how to structure this post once I had my ‘AHA Moment’

I wish you well on your journey, to the story you’re weaving. Just in case you don’t have any music with you, that’s okay. Just look up, and see how the clouds are different today, and will never look the same way again.

 

 

I can’t help but smile. I get it. I do. 😀

 

 

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A Cool Contact Form

If you are thinking about the format of your contact form, you might want to have a look at what Merlin Mann has on his site. 🙂

While listening to his episode on Beyond The To Do List, I latched on to something he said — and was reminded of a book I was reading. Reminded by what Mel Robbins said during her talk (“If you have one of those little impulses that are pulling you. If you don’t marry it with an action within five seconds, you pull the emergency break and kill the idea.”), I instantly clung to the thought of sending him a message — and went straight to Merlin’s contact page.

Now when I got there…I instantly noticed (okay…maybe not instantly!) that this was no ordinary contact form. As Merlin has sprinkled some notes for different sections of the form.

Name (A tidbit from DC and how disagrees with it)

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Email Address (Assuring you that it will be safe…then pulling your leg.)

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Your Introduction (How you know him. My favourite bit: “If we haven’t met, please tell me your favorite thing you ever made. Where I can go to admire it?”)

* Now…I’m guessing my brain is still on autopilot, because somehow…despite having read that. I still had it in my head that I should put in my message (I didn’t expect there was a next page! Sorry Merlin!)

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Message Importance (I really like this one, as it can tell a bit about the person sending the message. Would the content of their message match the message importance they have selected?)

 

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Subject Line (he hints — and slightly dares you? — that it would be good to put some thought on the subject line you go for.)

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Message Content (a limit might be a good idea for first time…message…senders..)

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Doesn’t that make you smile? I did notice that on his FAQ, he mentions that he will likely not be able to get back to my message. Even with the knowledge, that I may not hear back from him…I still find him likable (Isn’t that great? Being able to leave a good impression, even if there is a significant chance a visitor from your site wouldn’t likely get a response from you?).

Have you come across a contact form that you were delighted by? I’m sure others would like to hear about it as well! 😀

P.S. I got another chance to apply Mel’s advice right before I hit send (the thought was: “this would be an interesting post!”)…and the action was to make a note of the structure of the post. I managed to jot it down quickly — and am using it now as a guide. 🙂

 

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Balanced Reading

Have chosen some posts that caught my eye to read:

 

Do you have some to add? (Doesn’t have to be the same topic! Could me something that caught your eye and you just wanted to share! Or maybe a suggestion for another website I could visit that has great content?)

 

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