How do I: improve user adoption

After several months of research in what is missing in the market, how to fill that gap and what was worth doing a deep dive to find out a lot more about it, I found the topic for my next book and upcoming podcast series.  It is little talked about, vital to most businesses, ignored by some, misunderstood by more and unknown to many.

During my months of research on the topic, I found the origins of it, found people all over the world willing to share information and their experiences with it.

This is something you should be very aware of whether you work for a business which:

  • offers products or services
  • is non-tech or tech-focused
  • has between 1 to 200,000 employees
  • operates locally, nationally or internationally

Since I only write and podcast about niche topics, the next niche topic I plan to write about and release my next audio podcast series about improving user adoption.

After uncovering a lot of fascinating stories about both internal and external user adoption, I want to share these with you every week starting in September. Subscribe today to follow this weekly podcast series about user adoption at http://useradoptionpodcast.com coming soon. You can stay in the loop for the upcoming book as well.

I am giving some live presentations about how to improve user adoption for those who are interested in finding out more and I will take questions. Join me on:

Thursday, July 19, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM in Savannah, GA
TechSAV at Bull Street Labs

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM in Bluffton, SC
Bluffton Community Library

If you are interested in having me speak near you about user adoption, contact me directly.

Best books consumed in the past few years

Writers get better by writing more and reading more. Some writers will purposely read outside from their genre to learn something else.

Here are a few of the best books I have read in the past three years:
Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
by Kim Scott

 

by Adam Morgan, Mark Barden

Before taking the altMBA, this was one of the books we were mailed and asked to read prior to the month-long course. Found the reframing of constraints from limitations to advantages very helpful with their models and real-world examples.

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days 
by Jake Knapp

Went to the book launch for this book, read this book, suggested a number of startups use this model to help them, led a 5-day workshop to use this Sprint process and it was very fruitful use of our time to resolve big challenges for those startups.

 

What are your favorite recent non-fiction books?

Tech Talk 3/31: Crowdfunding

Interested in learning more about crowdfunding?

crowdfunding

Come to the Bluffton Community Library in Bluffton, SC for a presentation about Crowdfunding your own project on Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm.

Author Henrik de Gyor has successfully crowdfunded a project and interviewed other people who have raised tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands and millions of dollars multiple times. Henrik also wrote a book about crowdfunding and will discuss all the crowdfunding platforms available today.

Tools I Use: digital mind mapping

Ryan Holiday explains “The Notecard System: The Key For Remembering, Organizing And Using Everything You Read.”

This system may work in the physical world (I respect that if you need everything to be physical for some reason).  I see all this possible as a digital mind map to minimize duplication (it is just a link or lines drawn to the same dot), less rewriting, simpler organization that travels with you anywhere and easier categorization for those comfortable using digital tools.

I find it interesting to watch people squirm while I explain how I do this using digital tools as they still have a reluctance (resistance) in giving up their legacy methods using paper due to their own comfort zones. If they don’t want to change and get out of their own (way) comfort zone, it is their own problem to solve.

I prefer tools and information to follow me anywhere/anytime rather than going to where it is all physically located in order to review/iterate it. Especially since new ideas are fleeting, need to be captured (vs. vanish with memory) and get linked to other ideas/needs at some point.

Yes, one of the tools I use is digital mind mapping. Not on a paper, but rather fully editable ideas. I find it a good tool for forming and dissecting ideas. Before creating an outline for a book, I start with a mind map. As I continue existing projects, I mind map them.

Mind mapping helps create dots (ideas) and connect those dots (drawing lines/relations) such as:

  1. keywords/keyphrases
  2. related articles (links)
  3. related images (links to drawings, photos, infographics whether they are mine in Google Drive or from the internet)

Then, it becomes clearer to see what gaps are there and which gaps you want to fill.

Once you are comfortable with scope (self-imposed limits) of ideas you want to cover (and what you don’t want to cover), it is easier to form an outline for writing a book.

I also use mind mapping to cover who and what topics I have covered with my podcast interviews and what I want to do in the future.

Here is a list of mind mapping tools you can use (free or paid). I happen to use Mind Meister.

And that is how I use mind mapping. How do you use mind mapping?

 

Blockchain technology: The power behind bitcoin

With the popularity of bitcoin, I thought I would share my presentation slides on the technology that powers bitcoin called blockchain.

For more on this topic, check out Blockchain Billions