12 of the most impressive builders I know are going to be pitching their ideas live to the public in a huge event I'm organizing - On Deck's No-Code Demo Day. You're invited too! More details here. Come be inspired by impressive builds.
In this week's BrainPint, we'll cover fast & accurate decision making, competitive advantages, perfectionism and writing well.
Shoutout to Kirsten for getting me a few coffees this week, so grateful!
Words matter. At minimum, they shape the impression you make on others — often the first impression.
Identifying the right market to go after is important. It's better to have a must-have product than a nice-to-have product.
Shift to asynchronous to get better at storytelling.
Craft a strong long-term vision to weather intermittent storms.
Musturbation: the irrational demand for perfection No, this is not a typo. Musturbation is a real term coined by The American Psychological Association, which refers to “the belief by some individuals that they must absolutely meet often perfectionist goals in order to achieve success, approval, or comfort." Great article that tells us what the symptoms of this are, and five ways to stop this.
How To Improve Your Business Writing Skills "Best ideas don't win. Best communication of the idea wins, as do the people behind them." Start with your point, read your writing like a skeptic to make sure that it's clear to your readers, and make it skimmable. No one likes reading huge chunks of text.
Personal Experience headlines: We’re all wired to enjoy stories — and the more personal, the better. Write from a personal viewpoint.
Value Promise headlines: The greater the value promised, the more successful the headline will be — as long as the post lives up to that promise.
Self Expression headlines: state an idea in a headline that resonates with readers — if you say something they want to say— then they will be drawn to your post.
Resources & Tools
Krisp - If you spend a lot of time on Zoom calls in a noisy environment, Krisp helps you clean up background sound. It's magical! 120 minutes of free noise cancellation each week, and one month free Pro with my link!
Doppler - Share sensitive data like passwords or text snippets with friends, teammates, or strangers on the internet, with safe, expiring links.
Dropover App - A free macOS utility that makes Drag and Drop easy. Use it to stash, gather or move any draggable content without having to open side-by-side windows.
Skuawk - Beautiful, unique collection of free photos, chosen for their originality.
Take A Brain Break
No-Code Demo Day by On Deck No-Code Fellowship - After 6 rounds of internal presentations, the top 12 builders in On Deck's inaugural No-Code cohort are going to share the projects they've built without using code tomorrow (Friday!) These projects will make your jaws drop. They're that good. Come watch and be inspired.
“When you create a difference in someone’s life, you not only impact their life, you impact everyone influenced by them throughout their entire lifetime. No act is ever too small.” — Danielle Doby (Share On Twitter)