September Coffee Talk: Mind, Body, Business & Books #26

Happy Fall! New York City turned quickly from hot and humid to crisp and beautiful this week, as I celebrate my three-year anniversary of living here. The serendipity of life in Manhattan continues to blow my mind—it's one of my favorite parts of living in this sprawling walkable metropolis. One lesson: do not leave the house in scrubby clothes just to "run a quick errand." I did that the other day and ran into three people (separately), some of whom I hadn't seen in years. Doh!

And that doesn't hold a candle to the day I walked into a West Village restaurant to ask a quick research question about basil delivery for SpringUps. I ended up having dinner and drinks at the bar for the next three hours with the sommelier and a manager from another upcoming trendy restaurant, both of whom I'm grateful to count now as new friends.

If you live in NYC

Come hang out at Be Social Change's Future of Food: Urban Farming Unwrapped event this Thursday, September 18 from 7-9pm. John from SpringUps will be on the panel to discuss new urban farming methods, and Christian and I will be there heckling from the back—kidding, rooting him on—and answering questions afterward. RSVP here and remember to enter the code "PanelistFriend" at checkout to receive 20% off your ticket!

I'm teaching a 2.5 hour Speak Like a Pro workshop on October 27 for Holstee's new Learning Lab. Click here to learn more and sign-up! I'd love to see you there :) Missed the virtual conference I did in August? Here's a free PDF round-up of key takeaways from each speaker (clocking in at a whopping 130+ pages!), or view them on the web.

Now onward to our monthly cawfee-tawk! 


"Every status update you read on Facebook, every tweet or text message you get from a friend, is competing for resources in your brain.

. . . If you want to be more productive and creative, and to have more energy, the science dictates that you should partition your day into project periods. Your social networking should be done during a designated time, not as constant interruptions to your day.

Email, too, should be done at designated times. An email that you know is sitting there, unread, may sap attentional resources as your brain keeps thinking about it, distracting you from what you’re doing. What might be in it? Who’s it from? Is it good news or bad news? It’s better to leave your email program off than to hear that constant ping and know that you’re ignoring messages."

—Daniel Levitin, author of The Organized Mind






Just for Fun

That's it for now . . . happy reading and watching!