The Get Rich Quick Experiment was my first venture into blogging. The content wasn't all that and I didn't secure much of a readership. But I did learn about social media sharing, how to use WordPress/basic html and the importance of promoting your work.
This is probably one of my worst ever ideas that hasn't resulted in a hangover, but below I've recovered some of my blogging efforts via TheWayBackMachine (love that tool)
A short review for a short, but altogether excellent book that I would thoroughly recommend.
Many of the reviews on Amazon give this negative feedback on the basis of the length of the book, however the quality contained in the pages more than makes up for this in my humble opinion.
The idea behind this book is to introduce to your mind is often tricked into not realising what is actually there. If you read through the book properly rather than trying to catch it out from the start, you will enjoy it I have no doubt. If you go into it thinking ‘I’m cleverer than any little book’ then you won’t enjoy it… if you’re really extreme you probably won’t enjoy much, in fact with your disdain for reading how are you reading this?
All tomfoolery aside, this is a good book, a quick and easy read that will stir up a few thoughts in you, with the hope of provoking some abstract approaches to life and individual challenges.
I am unsure if it is a problem that many booksellers have with Amazon, but the description given for this book is a bit naff in comparison to the actual quality of the book.
He says that’s his best offer. Is it?
She says she agrees. Does she?
The interview went great—or did it?
He said he’d never do it again. But he did.
hmm… maybe I’ll pass on that book then… until you think about it again and why it hit the top of my list, its due to a) other products I have bought and b) due to the fact that so many other people have bought and loved the book. So I took the time to read a few of the reviews and whilst some gave negative feedback, the vast majority showed that the book gave you plenty to think about and would give you a good, if albeit basic understanding of body language.
A little background on the author before I go on with my thoughts about the book, in short he is an ex-FBI agent who is an expert on body language – in slightly longer he is considered such an expert that he teaches other police/military personnel on the subject and often writes material for others to teach law enforcement and the like. So the fact that he has come out with a book is both weird (telling criminals what they are looking for) and brilliant, as surely if anybody is going to be able to teach us a thing or two about body language then it is probably going to be a guy like this. The credentials are strong and I don’t think the book disappoints on this introduction.
Joe Navarro is nicknamed ‘The Human Lie Detector’ but actually tells us that it is one of the hardest things to read in body language science.
Joe is a reasonably compelling writer and is both knowledgable and interested in his subject matter, meaning he is happy to show where he has extensively researched to draw on the opinions of others and suggest further reading that can help you to grasp where his thoughts and suggestions have come from. The way the book is written made it ideal for the time I wanted it for (I was on holiday) as it was broken down into chapters which then often broke out into stories that relayed instances in his life, working and personal, where the principles he was teaching you about were actually put into practice.
I am both a cynic and easily fascinated, which means that in my head I cannot fully agree that such a book should be published, but I am massively interested in finding out what it has to say now that it has.
What is reveals is a number of things that show different feelings, mannerisms or behaviour in those around you which can lead you to gain a better understanding of the people around you. It can save a lot of hassle in negotiation and can help you get ‘on a level’ with people. I myself have ‘experimented’ on colleagues and friends (one or two who read this and will be delighted to know) and can say that so far it seems to make a lot of sense. Although I haven’t full on tried to use any methods to do a 180 on someone or con them into thinking I am suggesting something I am not, but maybe thats an experiment for another time.
Warning: Spoiler Alert
1) Feet are the most honestpart of the body
2) Look for clusters of behaviour over individual actions
3) Telling if somebody is lying is very difficult.
I would give this book a solid 8/10 – yeh I do ratings now. If you want to buy the book please use the Amazon image top right as that would help pay my hosting fees
This is a subject that keeps on popping up in the news, on 10 o Clock Live, Lorraine (a show named after, but never seemingly featuring Lorraine Kelly) amongst many sources online and all over the place and it is important. Our high streets are falling on their collective bottoms, so what can be done about it?
A bit of background reading on articles I have read in the last 15 minutes to give you an idea of where I am coming from…
High Street Armageddon – The Daily Mail
High Streets Sink in 10 out of 12 Mary Portas Scheme Towns – The Guardian
So if these articles are to be believed then A) the high street is dying on its arse and B) even a TV expert brought in to sort it all out for us can’t even get it right, so what hope for our councils?
From personal experience, I find it hard to believe that a 1 in 5 closure rate is supposed to be seen as a surprise. Even as a kid I would walk around local shopping areas and see them full of shops, not one empty. Now these same places, barring the odd one with multi million pound redevelopments, have roughly 1 in 10 empty. But I think in this paragraph is the only answer that may actually make a difference and whether or not it is worth spending millions on renovations and big cinema complexes is probably up for the average town planner to try and work out. I think in general its probably too expensive for an ailing town but in the long run, what can you do?
Bring in Mary Portas, of Mary Queen of Shops fame. What would our Mary do about it? Well far from splashing out big time on lavish things, there are some good ideas, the problem is, Amazon is calling and its cheap pricing and ease of delivery options (i.e. go for free delivery since paid for always fails) means that the experience of shopping goes out the window in exchange for cheap and easy and then spend your money on cheap supermarket booze – not that I am privvy to sweeping generalisations at all…
I do agree with a lot of the ideas that Mary puts forward, not so sure I agree with the hiring of a Pepper Pig costume but hey ho at least someones trying. I just hope that the next 15 can help generate some better buzz.
So if you were Mary – what would you recommend we do? Answers on a post card please. Heres my 5 ideas:
1) better pop up shops – often these look tacky and uninspiring. It would be a good idea for businesses to be supported in the business of making pop up shops look better. If they could capture the imagination of the public more, then more of the pop up shops would become permanent and better shops may bring people back to the high streets.
2) rent control – by controlling the rent rises then stores will be able to stay open. Where a store is empty for a long time, it should then become mandatory that the rent pricing reduces in line with the time scale in order to attract businesses in.
3) entrepreneurial landlords – where a landlord cannot rent out a property, maybe they should try and work on getting payments from a % of profits on a temporary deal. This would help startups get going.
4) inspire young people – maybe the answer is to get young people running their own shops. Even if 1 shop in each city centre could be specifically set up to help young entrepreneurs learn the game, then it may inspire them to give it a try. If they succeed then they provide work, tax and by bringing themselves and customers to the area they help other businesses to do the same.
5) install that cinema/restaurant/bowlplex! Why not, it seems to work in places and it might just help a few ailing towns and city shopping areas.
Jargon is frequently over-used so I am going to try and solve some of those jargon based mysteries
Part 4 of the jargon busting series is on KPIs
Why did it come up?
Whilst reviewing the wonderful how to guides on Moz.com all about SEO, it was mentioned the importance of measuring KPIs in order to determine your success or failure over a given period of time.
Use it in a sentence…
‘The report looks great but without stronger evidence to support the thesis, but it does not reflect upon the KPIs put in place by the consultants.’
So tell me what it means
KPI stands for Key Performance Indicators. Chances are you’ve got them in your work whether they are labelled as such or not. The term is used to describe what statistics or measures will be used to determine if the company or project is meeting its objectives. With a company a KPI may be gross profit or gross profit margin, for a helpline it could be average time for response or in a call centre it could be a % of time spent on the phone. The key is that they need to be quantifiable in order to qualify.
Where this relates to business, organisations or projects – these allow you to compare your results over time or in comparison to competitors or even companies in a market you wish to enter.
In relation to people, this will allow you to compare an individuals performance against others and determine where improvements are needed.