Why I’m Not Buying the New MacBook

I’ve been in the market for a new laptop for a while and have been patiently waiting on a possible spring announcement from Apple before making a decision. That announcement happened earlier this week, so now it’s decision time. Since folks often ask me what computer they should buy, I’ll share how I made my own decision this time around, particularly in light of yesterday’s news. As the title of this post indicates, it’s not going to be the new MacBook. If you’re just interested in my MacBook thoughts, you can skip down to The New MacBook section.

It’s not about the gold, really. Copyright 2015 – Apple, Inc.

Presenter’s Manifesto: Hide The Slides

Sometimes we need to give the same presentation multiple times with just slight variations. Depending on the audience, perhaps 80% of the content is always the same, and the last 20% varies by the needs of the particular audience, or by a specific area of focus. Product sales presentations are a classic example, where based on the expertise of the audience, not all of the material needs to be presented, or it may be needed to be presented in a different sequence.

Snowshoe Hare in hiding

Snowshoe Hare in Hiding. Courtesy Anne Elliot via Flickr

Presenter’s Manifesto: Less Words, More Talking

Today we discuss Tip 5 in the Presenter’s Manifesto, which is “Less words, more talking”. At first that may seem like a paradox. In this case, “less words” means less words on the screen, rather than in what you have to say. Edward Tufte has made one particular Nasa slide about the Challenger disaster quite famous in his book Beautiful Evidence. Here’s a version of it that we’ll use to illustrate Tip 5 and several others. What strikes you most about this slide?


Presenter’s Manifesto: TTD

A well-delivered message holds the audience’s attention and keeps them from reaching for their smart phones to text and do email. Unfortunately, this is becoming ever more challenging because audiences have ever shorter attention spans. Why? Because we are competing with the addiction to the electronic gadgets in their pockets and purses, and soon, on their wrists too. Some will try to hide their device under the table, and others will just pull them right out in the open. If “monkey see, monkey do” sets in, we may lose the entire room.

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It doesn’t take long…

To help cope with this, I’d like to introduce a new metric: Time-to-Device, or simply TTD.

Presenter’s Manifesto: Message First

So far we’ve established that our ultimate goal when presenting is to help our audience in some way. We are trying to enable or persuade. It makes sense then that the second tip on making effective presentations has to do with our message. We always keep in mind that:

Writing desk and instruments of Finnnish poet and writer Ilmari Kianto. via Flickr, courtesy Antti Kyllönen

Writing desk and instruments of Finnish poet and writer Ilmari Kianto. via Flickr, courtesy Antti Kyllönen

Presenter’s Manifesto – Prologue

We’ve all been there – sitting in a room waiting for the start of a presentation. We may be there because the topic is of interest to us, or maybe our boss required us to attend. It might be a team or department meeting, a project meeting, or perhaps a sales presentation by a vendor. Yet none of this matters. What matters is that the presentation hasn’t started yet because the presenter doesn’t have his act together, and our precious time is being wasted.

why oh why oh why

via Flickr, courtesy of the Society of National Association Publications

Usually it begins with the projector. How many times have you heard the following:

DISC Personality Profiles

Knowing how you’re wired is the first step in finding meaningful work. The DISC personality profile can be completed quickly and the results are very easy to understand, giving you great insight into your personality and tendencies.

Click on the link above, then look for “Personality Profiles” on the right side of the menu bar.