Tips from a comedian and a journalist on the art of going from small talk to big ideas. Try these out at the next summer wedding reception.
Instead of … “How are you?” “How was your day?” “Where are you from?” “What do you do?” “What line of work are you in?” “What’s your name?” “How was your weekend?” “What’s up?” “Would you like some wine?” “How long have you been living here?”
Try … “What’s your story?” “What did you do today?” “What’s the strangest thing about where you grew up?” “What’s the most interesting thing that happened at work today?” “How’d you end up in your line of work?” “What does your name mean? What would you like it to mean?” “What was the best part of your weekend?” “What are you looking forward to this week?” “Who do you think is the luckiest person in this room?” “What does this house remind you of?” “If you could teleport by blinking your eyes, where would you go right now?”
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers.
When your days already feel jam-packed, how can you afford to experiment with productivity? Get to the bottom of time-wasting habits.
It’s classic productivity advice: Match your most important work to your most productive hours. If you do that, you’ll get a lot more done.
But this advice assumes you know when your most productive hours are. Many people don’t, says Daniel Gold, a productivity specialist and author of Evernote: The Unofficial Guide to Capturing Everything and Getting Things Done, among other life management books. “We’re too often stuck without thinking about the bigger picture,” he says. If you’re constantly in reactive mode, or your life features irregular hours or travel, you may not be familiar with your own internal rhythms. Getting there is “really just about taking that uncomfortable step inwards,” he says. Here are strategies for paying attention.
Kanye West, Steve Stoute and Ben Horowitz held court in Cannes, France as a part of the annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. In a seminar titled “Technology, Culture, and Consumer Adoption: Learning to Read the Cultural Landscape,” West prefaced his words by saying he didn’t want to make any “over-the-top statements that end up getting quoted.”
There won’t be any mistaking anything on this side, because STASHED is proud to premiere the entire video of these three groundbreaking gentlemen at the Cannes Lions festival. “There would have been no Beats deal without the Samsung deal. It showed the No. 1 company the importance of connecting with culture,” said West on the deal Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine recently inked with Apple.
"The reason I said I didn’t like Samsung particularly is because throughout my entire life, because of how my parents raised me, I have to work with the No. 1. I can’t work with anyone but Jay Z, because he’s No. 1. I can’t be with any girl but Kim, because that’s the girl whose pictures I look at the most and get turned on by. I’m not going to represent any company but Louis Vuitton, because that’s No. 1. … Samsung is not quite Apple, but it showed that Jimmy [Iovine] and Dre would be able to connect with the No. 1 influencers." "Apple was so profound at making great products in great design language," added Stoute. "And yet they found themselves culturally susceptible to another brand whose products weren’t necessarily as great at that time. Samsung used culture as a way to get into the conversation. And that’s why the Apple/Beats deal makes sense. Whatever Samsung is doing culturally, Apple has the 800-pound gorilla in Beats and Jimmy and Dre."
In this STASHED world premiere, you can watch West’s on technology, influence, his wedding, Annie Leibovitz and many more in this hour-long sit down.
When it comes to online dating, sites can become controversial if they facilitate relationships that don’t strike a healthy or socially-accepted balance. In the past, we’ve seen Miss Travel come under fire for enabling women to get men to fund their globetrotting plans in exchange for letting them accompany them. Just in time for Valentine’s day, the UK’s PartTimeLove.co.uk is now connecting potential partners who don’t necessarily have the time to commit to an everyday relationship. READ MORE…
Individuals have found a way to make money with what the assets they have. Officials call it a problem, I call it ingenuity. I call it American. Many city officials and the likes will disagree, but it’s true. The Sharing Economy changes our archaic business models and it’s scaring big business. The Sharing Economy and the Maker movement alike are new frontiers in the early stages of a Creative Economy, but it’s being combatted. It’s even being policed, but in the end I truly believe the individual will come out on top, and the sharing economy will play a big role in the re-design of our economic system.