Weekend Coffee Talk: Mind, Body, Business & Books (#19)

Happy Weekend! A short-and-sweet intro this morning as I'm off to Michael Port's day-long NYC event, Think Big Speak Easy. If you want to grow your speaking skills, join me for a free 30-minute Lunch and Learn webinar with People On the Go on How to Speak Like a Pro. The webinar is on Thursday, April 3 at 12pm PT and you can register in advance here.

In other exciting news, I'm helping kick-off Fitbit's Spring guest post series with a fun 7-Day Clutter Cleanse that I cooked up. Stay tuned — I'll share the link here on Tuesday!


"Why did you click? Was is for the promise of being awesome? Was it the ten ways to get smarter? Was it for the image that has nothing to do with the post?

Why do you want things to be so simple and easy?

The best way to be more productive, generally speaking, is to stop clicking on headlines like this one.

There are no shortcuts.

But often these articles disappoint. (Sometimes they don’t though; that’s variable reinforcement for you.) Most of the time, however, you’ll forget these nuggets of distilled common sense by the time you click on the next piece of link bait.

And next week, the same crap will be out with a different title. You’ll click again and agree with the common sense advice again. This isn’t really knowledge. It’s an illusion. And it’s mostly a waste of time."

—Shane Parrish, 10 Ways to Get Smarter, Be More Productive, and Do Everything with Zero Effort


"How did you balance the need for it to be an ad and staying true to your brand?  The good thing about "Between Two Ferns" is it is a talk show, and people go on talk shows to plug things, so when we talked about it from that angle — I mean comedically — it makes sense that Obama would come on this show to plug this thing. There’s a long precedent of people doing talk shows in order to plug things, so it really didn’t bother us at all. What we were really concerned about is we wanted the preponderance of the video to be comedic, and not be a take on "Between Two Ferns," where it really was just an ad that wasn’t funny at all. When the White House caught on with that, it was just smooth sailing. They were laughing just as much at what was going down. They couldn’t have been easier to work with.

Were there certain things that you had to go back and forth on or cut out? Zach and I both at a certain point in the process were looking at each other going, "I can’t believe they’re letting us do this," so pretty much the whole thing — we definitely couldn’t believe it. We kept expecting resistance, but there wasn’t any. It was really an incredible situation. We kept expecting them to say “No, no, no, you can’t have that joke,” or “No, no, no, you can’t be funny, it has to all be about the Affordable Care Act,” but to their credit they really wanted it to be what it was and got out of our way."

Vulture: Scott Aukerman of ‘Between Two Ferns’on How They Got President Obama to Play Along


"Look for someone who is not just interested in your idea, but you. Find someone who recognizes your potential and can hold the vision for what’s possible for you even when you can’t fully see it for yourself (particularly when you hit big dips on the entrepreneurial rollercoaster). Beyond being an advocate and a cheerleader, a champion is someone who helps you reach even further outside your comfort zone."

—Me! (How does one cite oneself in their own round-up . . . hmmm)


Just for Fun

This Wheel of Fortune win will definitely get your your mirror neurons firing as you vicariously experience this moment of slam-dunk joy: [youtube id="HOuo_3UmIuE"]

That's it for now . . . until next time!