Get the conversation going with three questions. For Elisabeth Hendrickson, founder of Quality Tree Software, preparation pays off. Before she starts networking, she memorizes three questions that help her launch stimulating conversations:
- What brings you here?
- How do you feel about being here?
- What do you hope to take away from being here?
Decelerate your life. In a world prodding us to speed up, business writer Michael Lewis advocates slowing down. He used to waste time figuring out how to save time. “Forcing my life into slow motion,” he says, “I notice a lot that I miss at game speed.”
— Adapted from “The life-changing trick author Michael Lewis (Liar’s Poker, Moneyball) wrote on a Chipotle cup,” Colin Marshall, BoingBoing.
Hoard ideas and deploy them at the right moment. Apple products are known for attention to detail. When you type a wrong password, the box shakes, as if to say “no.” That’s because Apple engineers sit on clever ideas for years, pulling them out as needed.
— Adapted from “Four Myths About Apple Design,” Mark Wilson, Fast Company.