Agile Baltimore Meetup | March 3rd, 2017

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After hosting Lean Coffee’s every month for the last three years, I figured I would share some photos and stories. Though I have a Facebook Page and Meetup Page, my blog gets the most traffic. So, I’ll try to post about the event here going forward and then link to the other sites. On March 3rd, we had our monthly meetup at Mad City Coffee.  Check out the image gallery! Read More…

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Why Anchor is Sinking

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What is Anchor

When I was first introduced to Anchor.fm, I was really excited. It sounded like a really frictionless way to get ideas out into the wild and then get verbal “comments” back from listeners.  If you’re not using it, Anchor saves WAV files for playback by others, linking them together into kind of a back and forth conversation.  They describe the experience as

Anchor is a free iPhone app that makes it easy to broadcast short audio clips to a global audience in seconds. Your listeners can talk back, sparking instant group conversations that were never before possible. When not recording, listen to authentic humor, knowledge, inspiration, and debate from Anchor’s global collective of personality.

Here is the reality

You record up to 2 minutes of audio.  You then tag it for others to discover.  Let’s say you hear 2 minutes of audio from someone on the platform.  You can respond. They can respond, and so on and so on.  What really happens is you hear a lot of bla-bla-bla from a lot of other people.  Unlike YouTube or a blog post, where you can skim the comments, you need to listen to some seriously boring stuff!  You think reading comments from some people is bad, imagine listening to these people commenting.  If you’ve ever been to a conference and during the Q/A session you realize they gave the wrong guy or gal the microphone, this is it.  You want to yell at them to take it away or to just shut up but nothing is going to work. Even worse, the doors are locked and you just need to wait them out.

What’s missing

I was watching a snap (Snapchat) from Dan Norris. He’s a guy out of Australia who I follow on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. He’s just a genuine guy who I enjoy listening to.  Well, today on Snapchat he basically described a similar painpoint with Anchor.  I don’t remember specifically what he said, but I remember having an ah-ha moment of similar issues.

In a world where I’m telling people to stop multitasking and to focus on one thing at a time, that’s something I do not want out of Anchor. I want to multitask. I want to browse. I want to not listen to other people who are commenting.

Also, I don’t like being tagged by someone who is merely trying to pull me into a conversation.  That’s like having a telemarketer call my mobile.  Imagine how pissed off you feel when that happens.  Well, that’s how it feels in Anchor.

Time will tell

I understand that Anchor is a young product. Being my time is precious to me, I don’t want to listen to that guy or gal who grabbed the mic. I want to filter all of that out. I want to do something like go to Dan’s website and click on an Anchor link.  I want to hear what Dan wants to say and then “fast forward” past some of the comments.  Do that and I think Anchor can be a viable platform.  Don’t do that, and it’s a noisy noisy place I will let sink.

Have you used Anchor? If so, what are your thoughts about the platform?

 

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Solve Problems

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What we do

As we do our day to day work, I think we can get lost. We get our heads so wrapped around the sales process and selling solutions, we forget why we’re working with a client in the first place.  I’ve been told if the only tool I have is a hammer, everything starts looking like a nail.  It’s true!

What we should do

Solve Problems

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We’re here to help the customer solve their problems.  Focus on the problems. Understand why they have these problems. From there, identify what will help them solve their problem.

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Create Awesome Things

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I love to create awesome things.  I’ve created job aids, templates, a blog, a book.  I just like to create things people can use and/or enjoy.   With the exception of items I do with a client, I think I create for the sake of creating. It’s an outlet.

I recently started creating motivational or thought-provoking images on Instagram.  It’s not a get-rich-quick scheme or anything like that. It’s just me creating something to be consumed by an audience.

Likes

Within the last few weeks, people have started to “like” my images.  1, 2, 10, 20, 50,…  Each image I post gets more and more likes. The amount of likes that took me 5 weeks before now only takes me 5 minutes.  At the time of writing this, my most liked image has 75 likes. I’m curious how much longer until I hit 100 and beyond.

Comments

Just in the last few days, people I didn’t know previously to Instagram are commenting about the images I’m creating.  It’s actually pretty flattering to read these comments. Now, I’m not only engaging in mini conversations with them but I’m also finding these people on other social platforms like Twitter and Snapchat.

Community

One of the interesting byproducts of this experience is I’m getting more and more of an audience on the Instagram platform.  When I started doing this a few months ago, I had no followers.  I now have a 160.  I understand it’s not a lot but they seem pretty engaged. The same people are liking and commenting against each image I post.  I’m now also following some of them and am exposed to some amazing artwork, photography, and images.  A small community has emerged. The question still remains how big this community will become and what what exactly binds us together.

Until then, I will work hard to create awesome things for them and others.

Create Awesome Things

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