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Too Much Information

by Randall Craig on January 5, 2010

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Do you feel bombarded with information? Advertising shouts for your attention wherever you turn. Friends, family and colleagues clamor for your attention. And the books, magazines, blogs, and websites that you “must” check every day: are you approaching an overload condition? We’re wired to be curious, and we’re wired to avoid unnecessary risk; information satisfies both of these drives, so we often seek it out. But is there ever a time when we have too much?

If you’ve spent time talking to the younger generations, you may have heard the expression “TMI”, or Too Much Information. Usually it means that you have shared one personal detail too many, and that the information is both unnecessary, and (in their eyes) unappetizing. The TMI concept is incredibly rich, and is one that we should keep in mind as we willingly force feed ourselves TMI every day.

This week’s action item: Define TMI for yourself. When you think you have enough information, stop gathering, and start acting.

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Great Headlines

by Randall Craig on June 10, 2009

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Whenever you read the newspaper (or look at it online), how often do you really notice the headlines?

Headlines are designed to solicit interest: the editor who wrote them is trying to let you know what the article is about, while at the same time “selling” you on the importance of actually reading further. Consider several recent headlines:

  • Will Bing boom or be a big bust? (a BBC story about Microsoft’s new “Bing” search engine.)
  • The truth shall set you Pre (an Infoworld article on Palm’s new “Pre” Smart Phone)
  • What you won’t do for a job (a Wall Street Journal story on unconventional interview approaches)

Each of these are intriguing, sometimes clever, and attempt to draw the reader into the story. (We might not have the journalist’s writing skill, but we often use this same concept with our reports or presentations.)

The concept of headlines also applies to each of us as individuals. We each have our stories and our professional experiences – and each of these has a headline. And at a personal level, what would you want your headline to be? How would you want to be known? In the same way that a news headline draws the reader to the article, a personal headline begins the engagement that others have with you. A bad headline says “nothing here, move along”, while a great headline opens the conversation and strengthens the relationship.

This week’s action item: Ask ten of your colleagues, friends, and family to tell you what they think your “headline” might be. If you are happy with what you’re told, then you’re done. If you’re not, then work through to change your bad headline to a great one.

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Serious Promises

by Randall Craig May 27, 2008

Have you ever made a promise to yourself, and then not kept it? Maybe you swore to yourself that if “it” happens one more time, then you will do something about it. Or that “Next Year”, things will be different (yet they never are). Or maybe you promised to lose weight, spend more time with […]

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