Hawaii iOS Developer Meetup – Session 6

Killing it. Finding that the more of a lead I take, the more energy, interest and enthusiasm it creates. Finding that I need to slow down in my delivery. Finding my moderation style is a bit short. Working on it.

Meetup page is shaping up and looking novel:

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Set up is getting cleaner:

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Looking forward to the next meetup where I will live-code Tetris in Swift 3 for the command line. Sign up if you’d like to attend in person.

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Touchy Feely D Neely

51-ah1liq8l-_ac_us160_During the last year of college my friend invited me to get some pizza at Magoo’s on University Ave. I walked down University and instantly saw that they had started drinking well before I had even been invited.

Empty pitchers and red faces abounded.

I walked in, they saw me, and yelled in unison, “It’s touchy-feely D Neely!”

I was pissed. But I shrugged it off, stayed, drank my beer and ate some pizza.

What would cause them to say something like that? Was I being weak? Was I giving off the wrong signals? Nope. I checked myself. I write songs. I like poetry. I identify as an artist. Being in touch with your emotions is critical to art.

I’ve thought about this cruel rhyme for quite a while. Then I owned it.

In A Whole New Mind, Daniel Pink writes:

This is an age in which those who “think different” will be valued even more than ever. According to Pink, we’re living in an age that is “animated by a different form of thinking and a new approach to life – one that prizes aptitudes that I call “high concept” or “high touch.” High concept involves the capacity to detect patterns and opportunities, to create artistic and emotional beauty, to craft a satisfying narrative…”

Pink goes on to describe our current time as:

the “Conceptual Age” where “high touch” and “high concept” aptitudes are first among equals. “The future belongs to a different kind of person.” Designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers – creative and empathetic right-brain thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn’t.

Haters got you down? Keep doing you. The world needs you.

“You are the you-est you you’ll ever be.” – Dr. Seuss

Don’t use bullet points in Powerpoint

51nuzh57szl-_ac_us160_Bullet points shine when they are used to visually structure separate topics under one main point. I use bullet points in EVERYTHING from my emails to my notes, to my blog posts, to my Powerpoint presentations. I like how they just so neatly indent the words to make the information scan-able.

They allow the reader to see the structure of the thinking without having to read the words.

But, there’s a danger in using bullet points in your Powerpoint presentations. They are deeply distracting. But not for the reasons you may think.

In Presentation Zen, Garr Reynolds writes,

“It is more difficult to process information if it is coming at us both verbally and in written form at the same time. Since people cannot read and listen well at the same time, displays filled with lots of text must be avoided.

On the other hand, multimedia that displays visual information, including visualizations of quantitative information, can be processed while listening to someone speak about the visual content.”

How can you stop bullet point abuse?

Get that text out of the slide and put it in your speaker’s notes. Insert some eye catching images into your presentation. Save the reading for yourself. Entertain your attendees, don’t make them read something you could have just emailed.

Top Quotes of 2016

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The older I get the more I rely on quotes. They are a mirage in the distance. While they have no defined shape or form they are powerful in their intangible, ephemeral state. Always there on the periphery to reveal themselves in times of need.

Here is a list of the quotes I found most helpful this year:

  • “Not better, worse, or equal. No comparison.” – Gil Fronsdal
  • “Amor Fati” – Marcus Aurelius
  • “Inject Levity. Laugh, smile, and touch.” – Mark Manson
  • “Those who know, do not speak. Those who speak do not know.” – Lao Tzu
  • “Practice enlightened self interest.” – UNKNOWN
  • “Ideas are extremely fragile.” – UNKNOWN
  • “Consider the source.” – MN
  • “The obstacle becomes the way over and over again.” – Seneca
  • “Never interrupt.” – DN
  • “Never sum up other people’s lives, points, stories. Let them do it!” – DN
  • “Be the platform.” – DN
  • “Art == To do.” – Zizek
  • “Acknowledge and accept.” – DN
  • “Collaborate on planning. Solo implementation.” – JN
  • “Disagreement != Criticism.” – DN

Who’s in your Posse?

Now that you’ve got a gratitude journal going, it’s time to take a look at things influencing you from the outside. Are you being intentional with who you spend your time with? There are times in life when a stranger who listens to your problems is all you need. But watch out for leaky mirrors. Some microphones have more feedback than others. Make sure you’re choosing intentionally!

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn

In Contagious Culture, Cavanaugh writes, that “the right Posse will provide you with the following benefits:

  • Community. Being a leader or an entrepreneur (or parent, teacher, human being, etc.) can be a very lonely venture; don’t do it alone.
  • Support. Having people around you to champion what you’re up to and believe in you will be priceless, providing wisdom and courage when you need it most.
  • Possibility. Seeing what your peers and colleagues do, how they generate, how they lead, and how they navigate obstacles exposes you to new possibilities, ideas, and opportunities you won’t see alone.
  • Growth. Having people in your sphere committed to your being your best and rocking it with your work in the world provides you with great feedback and acceleration.
  • Care. Your Posse will love and support you through think and thin. They’ll see you as big, even when you’re falling down. And they’ll catch you, help you brush yourself off, and then send you back out there to get bigger.”