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August 30, 201510:02 AM

The Business Of Podcasting

Episode #477 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to.

It's hard to deny that podcasting is really coming into its own as a media format. Everyone is jumping in. From amateurs to the biggest media companies in the world. I've been creating this podcast - on a weekly basis - since 2006. Almost a decade of shows. But, the first podcast that I ever appeared on, was the one from Donna Papacosta. At the time, I thought the format was a joke, but after spending time with Donna, I quickly felt that this might be the perfect channel for businesses to experiment with audio. Not to be another kind of radio, but to invent a new type of audio programming. Ten years later, and it is still evolving. I'm loving the podcasting value in relation to business. Donna runs a successful communications consultancy called, Trafalgar Communications. More recently, she co-authored the book, The Business Of Podcasting - How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional, with Steve Lubetkin. This book is filled with some great insights on how to create a compelling show - from the tech behind it, to the story that's going to make it popular. Enjoy the conversation...  

You can grab the latest episode of Six Pixels of Separation here (or feel free to subscribe via iTunes): Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast #477.

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August 29, 2015 8:00 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #271

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (BitCurrent, Year One Labs, GigaOM, Human 2.0, Solve For Interesting, the author of Complete Web Monitoring, Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks and Lean Analytics), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another:

  • The Privilege of the Future - Dangerous To Those Who Profit From The Way Things Are. "This may be the greatest thing I have seen on how different the world is depending on where you're from. Madeline Ashby explains why privilege informs those who think about the future. 'It's easy to imagine an optimistic future when you've been successful. It's easy to be hopeful when your hopes have been fulfilled, when your faith has been rewarded. And crucially, the people shaping our futures -- the ones developing our apps, writing our laws, deciding our policies -- are the ones who reject pessimism simply because they've never needed it. They have never understood the danger of hope. They cannot know the vulnerability it requires. They have not been vulnerable, in that way.' Sobering thoughts during a pair of North American electoral cycles." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Big Data, Big Computers, Big Trouble - Gary Smith. "I met Gary Smith all too briefly a couple of weeks ago. He's got a fascinating mind when it comes to data and economics. He warns that when you comb through data with a pattern in mind, you're bound to find one -- whether it's meaningful or not. 'Thirty years ago, calling someone a 'data miner' was an insult comparable to being accused of plagiarism. Today, people advertise themselves as data miners. This a flaw, not a feature. Big data and big computers make it easy to calculate before thinking, it is better to think hard before calculating.' Stats, but worth it." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • The Late, Great Stephen Colbert - GQ. "Stephen Colbert soon will be taking over the The Late Show hosting duties from David Letterman. We mostly know Colbert as a satirical rightwing cable blowhard character... but, he's going to be 'himself' with his new gig. What's that going to look like?" (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Picasso on Intuition, How Creativity Works, and Where Ideas Come From - Brain Pickings. "Basically: do the work. Keep working. Keep at it. Keep going. That's where ideas come from." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Study of Holocaust survivors finds trauma passed on to children's genes - The Guardian. "We're learning more and more about how we operate as sentient beings. There's that saying, 'the mind navigates the body.' If you're mentally not feeling great, it is often manifested in physical ailments. The link between our mental health and our physical health gets closer with every new discovery. Like this one. So, maybe the next time you feel inclined to tell someone, 'it's all in your head,' what you should really be saying is, 'it's all in your DNA'?..." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • When Everyone Is Doing Design Thinking, Is It Still a Competitive Advantage? - Harvard Business Review. "It used to be that businesses did not understand (or even care about) the value of design. Now, design is taking the center stage. It's hard to be a successful brand without strong design, in this day and age. Even cheap, copycat brands are thinking about good, strong and functional design. Not just the physical look of things, but how the brand comes together. Yes, design is at the center of everything... including business these days. And, it is glorious." (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.

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August 27, 201511:29 PM

Have We Reached Peak Productivity?...It May Be Killing Us.

How much better can we get at work?

TED Talks can be provocative. That's what the best ones are. That's what the best ones are supposed to do. Some might argue that it's more like popcorn than a proper meal. That these talks don't really do that much to either change the world, or to spread great ideas. I don't agree. I would argue that stimulating your brain to think in different ways about issues that lie on the periphery of the work that we do - day in and day out - is what makes our own creativity expand. It's where innovation sparks. I would also argue that spending about twenty minutes watching/listening to someone talk with passion about the work that they do, is time much better spent that re-watching some movie on Netflix

I wasn't sure about this one.

What makes a business work? Efficacy? Productivity? Yves Morieux focuses on this, exact area. He's a senior partner at BCG (Boston Consulting Group) in DC. Morieux's work is related to what it takes for employees to solve long-term problems. This is not about minimizing mistakes or increasing profits, but rather how the teams are engaged - at all levels of the company. His TED Talk is called, How too many rules at work keep you from getting things done. It turns out, that all modern work (everything from being a waiter to a bean counter) require employees to  solve problems, be flexbile and collaborative. With that, we have set up our organizations to follow a very specific formula, process and rule book. How does that intersect? It turns out that productivity (as we have known it to date) is, actually, keeping us from doing our best possible work.

Watch this: How too many rules at work keep you from getting things done...

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August 24, 2015 9:42 AM

Was Privacy An Anomaly All Along?

Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio broadcasting out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 5 to 10 minutes every week - about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly to SoundCloud, if you're interested in hearing more of me blathering away. I'm really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up on listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry and Heather B. morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.

This week we discussed:

  • Most people are done hearing about the Ashley Madison hack from last week. We know that over 30 million accounts have been released, and that there's probably a lot of dirt that is going to come out over the next short while about this. Did these cheaters get what they deserved? The more important question, for all of us, is this: is our data safe? Apparently, not. So, are we all ready for a post-privacy world or have we been living it for a long time already? 
  • LinkedIn is making a smart bet. If you want to know about your fellow co-workers, where do you go? Facebook can be awkward, as many use it - primarily - for family and friends. Intranets usually get neglected. Still, everybody, keeps their LinkedIn profiles up to date, so why not use that? Last week, LinkedIn launched, Lookup, a standalone app that will attempt to make you closer to your co-workers. Employees of companies who have opted-in to the service can search for coworkers by name, title or department to see information from their LinkedIn profile, including their skills, work experience, education and work email address. If they want to chat with someone they found through the app, they can email them or message them directly through Lookup. Smart stuff... and this could replace the corporate intranet (if it gets some traction).
  • App of the week: VHS Camcorder for $3.99.

Listen here...

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August 23, 2015 9:09 AM

Louder Than Words... Finding Your Brand Voice

Episode #476 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to.

I won't miss a beat when asked what the best book title is when it comes to creativity. Todd Henry called his second book, Die Empty. Brilliant (and the content matches the quality of the title). Die Empty came after his incredible debut, The Accidental Creative (also the name of his very popular podcast). Well, Todd is back with Louder Than Words, and it is a very important read (not just for creatives, but for anyone and everyone who is creating content). It's one thing to choose a platform. It's another thing to create content. For most individuals (and brands), they miss the mark. The reason? They don't really have a voice that resonates. It's not just about resonating in the moment, it's about developing and nurturing a voice that both works and is sustainable. Let's face it, it's not something easy to do, in a world where everyone is publishing so much content at a frenetic pace. Todd (and his book) are here to help. Enjoy the conversation... 

You can grab the latest episode of Six Pixels of Separation here (or feel free to subscribe via iTunes): Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast #476.

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August 22, 2015 8:04 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #270

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? My friends: Alistair Croll (BitCurrent, Year One Labs, GigaOM, Human 2.0, Solve For Interesting, the author of Complete... Read more

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August 17, 2015 9:45 AM

Is Technology Killing Work Life Balance?

Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio broadcasting out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 5 to 10 minutes every week - about everything that is... Read more

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August 16, 2015 9:29 AM

Your Live And Streaming Brand

Episode #475 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to. Joseph Jaffe is widely regarded as one of the top marketing bloggers (Jaffe Juice) and podcasters (both Jaffe Juice... Read more

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August 15, 2015 7:05 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #269

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? My friends: Alistair Croll (BitCurrent, Year One Labs, GigaOM, Human 2.0, Solve For Interesting, the author of Complete... Read more

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August 14, 2015 6:24 PM

If You Think You're Good At Telling Stories, Watch This...

Are you stuck? Staring at the blank screen (literally or proverbially)? As a writer, there is nothing more important than having a framework, building an outline and understanding how it all ends, before you even write that first word. Brands... Read more

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