Hachette Audio is kind enough to send me audiobooks to check out every month. They sent me Seth Grahame-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (amazon affiliate link). I checked it out, but immediately thought it might be more appealing to my dad, Steve Brogan. So, here’s a video review I shot with my dad, seeing as he was more enthusiastic.
The other day I was complaining about my carry-on luggage. I’d just purchased a new Samsonite bag and it wasn’t working nearly as well as my much larger version of the same bag. My friend Mitch Joel told me that he had just the bag I should buy: the Eagle Creek Tarmac 22 (affiliate link). So, I did. And I have to admit, when it came in, I wasn’t very impressed. Frankly, it looked really tiny, and I was worried things wouldn’t fit into it. Then, I tried it out. Here’s a video I shot of unpacking the bag:
My friend, Terry Bean, sent me a copy of his new book, The Universal Guide To Business Networking (amazon affiliate link). I was eagerly awaiting this one, as Terry is renowned for his ideas on networking. It’s a slender volume packed full of information, and if business networking is important to you, I find this book particularly useful. (Quick note: I wrote the foreword, so if that biases me, you can take four points off for grace.)
It’s written with execution in mind, and thus, earns my respect. Here’s the video I shot of it:
I was sent a few things to check out: the Eye-Fi card and the Novatel Mifi card. Together, you can use these tools to take a photo or video and then upload it to the web without ever touching your computer. In fact, you can do it from the floor of a conference, from the scene of breaking news, or wherever you might want to get the scoop on other photographers and reporters. Here’s the quick video.
Thanks to my friend C.C. Chapman, I am now an action figure. No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke.
Here’s a quick video to show it to you:
As a kind of pep talk meets recipe book, Rework (amazon affiliate link) by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson is a pretty decent read. It’s a bunch of advice from their experience running 37Signals, a small software shop based in Chicago (I believe). I found a few ideas that will help my business, and I have a few notes from it that will keep me thinking in the right direction. That said, here’s a video of my thoughts:
For this, our next in the Kitchen Table Talks series, I’m going to emphasize a point I was trying to make about business cards: namely, we shouldn’t just hand them out willy nilly. We do it because we’re not sure what else to do. But we don’t always need to end a face to face interaction with trading business cards. Here’s more:
I love Tom Peters. He’s gotten me in trouble for years. Well, his books have. I finally got to have lunch with him, and then see him keynote. The affair just grows and grows. And now, Tom’s done the whole “compile some good blog posts into a better book” thing. It’s awesome. His new book, The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue EXCELLENCE (amazon affiliate link), is just outright wonderfully STUFFED full of Tom Peters-ish things about pursuing excellence. Some of it is so simple you’ll kick yourself for not doing it already. The rest of it is thought-provoking and heart-felt. You’ll get something out of this book. And it’s HUGE. Almost 400 pages. Just a big giant helping of the man himself. Thanks, Tom.
I had a great time at LikeMinds in the UK last week. It was a wonderful event seeking out meaning around people-to-people. It was a brilliant event. My part? I shared a bit of the mind behind the like. Here’s the video: