Make great coffee, and 21 other ways to build your personal brand – Nicholas Bate

22 simple but powerful tips from Nicholas Bate. I would argue they work equally well for a sovereign professional as for someone in a large organisation. Including: 13. Remember names, birthdays and catch people doing things right. 14. Find out what humility is and develop it. 15. Never ever, ever, ever be sarcastic. 16. Own your career path. […]

Believe …

Steve Layman has a great quote from Daniel Kahneman: “A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth. Authoritarian institutions and marketers have always known this fact.” I’m hoping this is from Thinking,Fast and Slow which is next up on my Must Read Shelf. […]

Politics and science – @mattwridley

A passionate call from Matt Ridley in Monday’s Times: ” It is time for the many brilliant scientists who are discovering great insights into quasars and quarks, Alzheimer’s and allergies, into neurons, fossils, telomeres and ice ages, to “take a public stand and be counted” against the politicisation of some science within their own ranks.” […]

Blue Mountain – Bob Weir

Rob at the Hammock Papers (again!) points us to Bob Weir’s new album Blue Mountain. I’ve been enjoying this since Christmas. It’s rich and mellow and atmospheric. The overall sound reminds me of Daniel Lanois’s production work. It’s a beautiful album.

Pity, Fear, Catharsis – the essence of storytelling #writing

It’s strange and not a little sobering to appreciate just how much Aristotle got right, 2,500 years ago. The essence of storytelling, he tells us, is three simple but essential concepts: Pity – (we might say empathy) first of all, we must make the audience feel for and care about the central character Fear – […]

A trick of the tail – Hammock Papers

The Hammock Papers remembers the release, on this day in 1976, of A Trick of the Tail, one of my favourite Genesis albums. And, he has a great bonus video of the band playing Squonk live. The Hammock Papers is fast becoming one of my favourites sources of music online.

The neuroscience of narrative – Paul J Zak #writing

Here are some great resources on the neurochemical effect of storytelling. Paul Zak’s lab was responsible for identifying the importance of oxytocin in generating trust (as here). When I started to look at that, I found this much more interesting (for me) research on the generation of oxytocin during engaging narrative, and its related impact […]

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