People need to know that you care before they will care what you know.
When dealing with people, try to hear them first and understand where they’re coming from and what’s important to them.
To empathize is to put yourself in another’s feelings; see what they see and feel what they feel.
When someone raises a concern or shares an experience with you, try not to invalidate it by your response or quickly offering solutions.
If you lead people you often need them to “come with you” somewhere in order to realize some vision that you collectively share. For people to “come with you” they need to know that they can trust you and that you understand things from their point of view and that you see the validity and importance of that point of view.
One way to do that is to put yourself in their feelings and try to understand things from their point of view. Once they see that you “get it” they will be more ready to go with you wherever you need them to go.
If ever there was an inspirational woman, it’s Amelia Boone. Several times winner of Spartan races and competitive lawyer at Apple. She wakes up at 4:07 am everyday, runs the trail at 5 and is at her work by 7 in the morning. More training follows after work. Continue reading “Amelia Boone – Do Hard Things”
Jay Nordlinger talks to Renee Fleming–an American soprano, one of my favourite artists, and “one of the most important singers in the world”.
If you are a keen observer (or Googler of products) you would have noticed some changes to Google’s Product Listing Ads (a.k.a Google Shopping).
Three months ago the European antitrust commission slapped a hefty €2.4 billion fine on the search giant for what it judged as unfair treatment of other vendors. It gave Google 90 days to reform and today Google has responded. Continue reading “Google responds to the anti-trust ruling with changes to Google Shopping”
I like lists. Especially when good people make them of things they find useful. Saves you doing the work yourself. Let someone else compile what took them ages to find, and within minutes, you can benefit from their recommendations. Continue reading “Jerry Jenkins on Books about Writing”
Although I’m a fan of Scrum, Jeff Sutherland’s book is a bit of a chore to read.
There are some real gems in it, but you have to dig through a lot of fluff to find them. He probably recognised that hence putting the simplified steps in the Appendix.
Continue reading “Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time”
When it comes to buying stuff online, people tend to procrastinate.
They wait and wait and shop around trying to find a better deal. We all do it.
One of the ways to convert these “just browsing” visitors into customers is by stressing urgency.
I recently saw a great example of this right in my inbox. It’s from a Ulysses newsletter. Continue reading “Online Sales Conversion Strategies: Urgency”
I normally buy all my domains through Namecheap—they’re relatively cost effective, plus it keeps all my domains in one place.
I host my sites though with Siteground.
Whenever I install WordPress, I go through much the same process. I configure my domains to point to Siteground’s name servers. I create a new area in my webspace for the WordPress files and setup the mySQL database to pull those files.
I almost always forget how to do some part of this process so I’m writing it here for future reference.
If you want to use a registered domain with a different web host and run WordPress, I’ll go through my exact process here step by step so you can refer to it as well if you need to. The specific example will be using Namecheap and Siteground but you can do this with another registrar or host—it’s pretty much the same process.
Okay, let’s get into it.
Continue reading “How to point a Namecheap domain to Siteground and run WordPress”