The Random Post, Now Easier to Read

For those not familiar with my little side project, The Random Post, now is the time to check it out. Being a tumblelog, I post all manner of content and small infochunks there. It is a fun little site. I have just refreshed the design using a ever so slightly modified version of Bill Israel’s Easy Reader. The new theme gives it more of the “newspapery” feel I was looking to have.

SpeakerSue Says… Read this blog!

Just thought I would take a second to call attention to the blog of my friend Sue, SpeakerSue Says… . Not just because she is a friend, but because she is also an expert on using e-mail, and other forms of written communication, as a powerful sales and business tool. She has trained some of the most well known name brand organizations all over the world.

Her new blog has started out very nicely with several great posts. Here are a couple of my favorites with short comments:

* The Etiquette of Email Productivity – Even an e-mail expert can struggle with that Pavlov response many seem to have to the new mail sound.

* Thank someone today – On the importance of a _handwritten_ thank you note.

* Blue Man Group = Presentation Mastery – What silly guys painted in blue can teach you about giving great presentations.

These are a few of my favorites but all of them are great. Especially if you are in sales or business, this is a must add little gem to your RSS feed.

Link: SpeakerSue Says

Take Notes like and Alpha Geek

Author, blogger, and self-described note taking addict Tim Ferriss shares some of his best tips for becoming a note taking Ninja. I myself have been trying to be better about the notes I take and making sure I do so as often as is needed. Therefore, I find much of this very compelling. Here are some of my favorite take away bits:

>_”Put page numbers on the upper-right of each right-hand page but not on the left (e.g., 1, 2, 3, etc.)… Whenever you complete a page, put the page number in an index on the inside cover (front or back) and a few words to describe the content. If it’s on the left-hand page, just take the prior page and add “.5” to it. Thus, if you flip over page 10, for example, and write on the back, that second page is “15.5” in the index._

I love this idea. Some notes one takes may span half a page, some multiple pages. This is a numbering scheme that can accommodate them all without having to number every single page.

>_”Not all notepads are created equal… This doesn’t mean that one is better for all things, just that you should match the form factor and durability of a notepad to the content.”_

Not to keep being a Levenger pimp but this is one of the reasons I am loving the Circa system. Some notes cry out for a cornell style page while those with sketches may require a grid style. Some may need a letter sized page, others a smaller one. With the Circa, I can mix and match the sizes, rule types (lined, grid, cornell, etc), colors that fit the topic and put them all into the same notebook.

There are many other good take away items in the rest of Tim’s post, well work the read.

_How to Take Notes Like an Alpha Geek _

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