Doing the Enough Thing: My Interview with Basecamp CEO and Co-Founder Jason Fried

"Basecamp CEO and co-founder Jason Fried [photo, left] gives us a peek behind the scenes of his company and discusses his philosophy on doing great work, making a positive difference, and learning to breathe in the fast paced culture of today’s workplace."

"The hustle and grind culture has taken over. The expectation of longer hours, increased workload, and doing it all faster has become the new standard. And while the bottom line might benefit in the short term, today’s guest suggests a better way."

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The Benefits of Routine (or Why Being Boring Has Its Upsides)

"Today, we're going to talk about how being boring can be a huge advantage."

"Life is lumpy. In some areas, you can be fabulously interesting. In others, you can be fabulously boring. Take me, for example. I co-wrote a musical about personal productivity and Zombies. That's interesting. I also work out at the same gym, shop at the same bookstore, eat at the same restaurants, and order the same dishes, 99.999% of the time. That's boring. That's really boring.

"The thing that's been so surprising is how very useful it is."

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The Work Required to Have an Opinion

"Li Lu recently reminded me that Charlie Munger used to say something along the lines of 'You’re not entitled to take a view, unless and until you can argue better against that view than the smartest guy who holds that opposite view. If you can argue better than the smartest person who holds the opposite view, that is when you are entitled to hold a certain view.'"

"That makes perfect sense."

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Six Tricks to Make Your Writing Seem Shorter

"Sometimes you simply have a lot to say. But you know that people often don't read long documents, and you are looking for ways to shorten yours. After you cut a few extra words and one or two unnecessary sentences, what can you do to make a long document or message seem shorter?"

"You can use these six tricks to create the illusion of shorter writing. "

Read the full article by Lynn Gaertner-Johnston (photo, left) . . .

Augmented Writing, Cognitive Automation, Text Mining, and Augmented Ability Apps

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Augmented writing, cognitive automation, text mining, and augmented ability apps are capabilities that were once the stuff of science fiction but are becoming everyday business tools. Get your students ready with Excellence in Business Communication, 13th edition.

3 Ways to Spot a Bad Statistic

"Sometimes it's hard to know what statistics are worthy of trust. But we shouldn't count out stats altogether … instead, we should learn to look behind them. In this delightful, hilarious talk, data journalist Mona Chalabi shares handy tips to help question, interpret and truly understand what the numbers are saying."

Watch the TED video by Mona Chalabi (photo, left) . . .

How to Influence People (Part 2)

"The power to influence can allow you to do many wonderful things, such as lead people, change their minds, motivate them to action, and negotiate successfully. These are abilities that can help you in life and in business. Now, it might seem like some people naturally have more influence than others, but that’s not always the case. Many powerful people have learned how to influence people using specific techniques."

"In our last lesson, we had a look at what you should talk about and how you should talk about it. Today, I want to take a closer look at some language techniques that can open the door to greater influence. And these techniques all help build rapport or trust with the person you’re talking to."

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Making Your Ideas Stick (Part 2)

"Have you ever been in a meeting or listened to a presentation where someone talks about their big idea? And then, forty PowerPoint slides later, you’re still not quite sure what they’re talking about, or why their idea is so great? Well, there might be a good idea somewhere behind it all, but for some reason it didn’t stick."

"On the flip side, there are ideas that you couldn’t forget if you wanted to. For whatever reason, people understand them, they remember them, and they get behind them."

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10 Mispronounced Words in Education and Academia

"In this video, you’ll learn how to say the most difficult  words in education/academia! If you're a non-native student or teacher, you must’ve come across one of the following words: Student, education, thesis, syllabus, methodology, curriculum, pedagogy, academia, campus and graduate! These words are often mispronounced by non-native speakers. So in this video, you’ll learn how to say these words in flawless American English!  

Watch the video by Hadar Shemesh . . .