Welcome to my version of ‘Five Tip Friday’! I know, it’s not exactly a new idea but as an entrepreneur and business consultant this is my place to share my tips, ideas and thoughts with you.
So, who are you?
You are a company founder, director or manager with success, innovation and drive at your very core. Maybe you’re not any of those but want to be. Some of my tips won’t apply to you or, let’s face it, you’ll just not like them. Fine! I don’t mind if you take one or five as long as you learn something from them and use them to continue growing your business, yourself and your team.
You might find there’s one or two UX tips appearing from time to time but as you all know, the better experience your customers have, the more successful your organisation. Wait, what, you didn’t know that?
Some of my share-ables are books (fiction or non-fiction) and not all business related. Others are trips I’ve been on, what I’ve talked about or even places I’ve visited. Some of these posts will come as a written list and others as a video of the list.
So, take what you want and leave what you want but I’ll be publishing this little list at the end of every week and, just to keep you on your toes, this list will not necessarily include the same headlines as last week.
So, here goes. Here are my five chosen tips, this week:
1. Bin the other four tips and just listen to this aka Person I’ve learned something from this week
During a meeting with a colleague (the wonderful Justin Souter, should you be wondering) we got talking about vulnerability in business. He gave me a link to this TED talk by Brene Brown. If there’s one thing you do this week, bin the other four tips and take 20 minutes out of your hectic schedule to give it a listen. (I was kidding, don’t bin them!)
2. What I’ve shared this week
I was invited by UKFast to take part in an expert panel live webinar about the importance of UX and website speed in ecommerce. Ok, maybe I’m a little biased, but if you’re an ecommerce entrepreneur can I suggest that you take 40 minutes out to watch this?!
Note: to watch requires a five field registration process but it’s worth it!
3. This week’s favourite post or blog
As a speaker on experience design I’m always on the look out for amusing design fails to include in my talks. It helps break the ice and get a laugh from the audience if nothing else. The Interaction Design Foundation have today provided me with some grand material which should make sure that no-one has to see the same design fail twice for the next year or two. No. 25 will soon be making an appearance at a UX talk near you. Now, you choose!
4. Book I’m reading
I’m cheating and dipping in and out of a couple of books this week. I’ve started reading Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness by Richard H Thaler after listening to a fascinating programme on BBC Radio Four about this rather unassuming book from 2009. My Dad called me one afternoon and said, ‘I’ve just been listening to this programme on the radio and I think it has something to do with what you do’. Okkk..actually, he was right.
A bit of fiction comes in the form of Together by Julie Cohen. It’s a good read so far and did very well what so many books fail to do, hook you in from the very first word. I can feel a few surprises coming with this one.
5. Places I’ve visited
I took a trip to Manchester this week to take part in the above webinar at the Manchester offices of UKFast. Woah, what a place! Slides, beaches, beer Friday – what’s not to love! Take a look at this article from the Manchester Evening News. Come on decision makers, you know it makes so much sense!
6. Events I’ve attended
I was very honoured to be invited to a business lunch on Monday to celebrate the Cabinet Meeting taking place in Gateshead as part of the Great Exhibition of the North. Yep, I got to listen to and shake hands with the Chancellor, Philip Hammond. Not bad for a Monday lunchtime!
Well, that wasn’t such a great start was it? I couldn’t even keep it to five.