If you are “in transition” in the Dallas area, let me encourage you to check out this web page by Lauren Babis, Unemployed in Dallas. Lauren lists a number of regularly scheduled events in the Dallas area that might be helpful to you.
And if you are looking for a blog that speaks to your issues with regular, helpful posts, check out Doug Caldwell’s blog here.
Note: Though the First Friday Book Synopsis is not a networking event designed for those “in transition,” we always have a few people who attend who are in that chapter in their lives. Here’s how Lauren Babis describes our event:
First Friday Book Synopsis
This is not a resource for the unemployed, so it costs money. On the positive side, most people you meet here have jobs which is really good for networking. Plus you get “cliff’s notes on steroids” of two business books and a really good breakfast.
We have videos.
You can purchase many of our synopses, with handout + audio (MP3 files) at our companion web site, 15minutebusinessbooks.com. These are the complete First Friday Book Synopsis presentations.
But thanks to Doug Caldwell, you can see excerpts of many of our more recent presentations (it goes back a couple of years) on the “First Friday Book Synopsis Playlist” at youtube. Doug tapes our presentations, edits them down to shorter “excerpts,” and puts them on youtube.
Here is the video excerpting my presentation of Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell:
Here is my colleague Karl Krayer at a recent First Friday Book Synopsis, welcoming folks and explaining the concept of the event:
(By the way, we link to Doug’s blog on our blogroll, which you will find on the right side of this page. He frequently blogs about career transition issues, among other subjects).
So, check out our youtube playlist — and, thanks Doug.
There is one line/one concept that jumps out at you from the seminal book Getting Things Done by David Allen. It is this:
The highest performing people I know are those who have installed the best tricks in their lives.
A trick is a little thing that you actually do to remind you what you have to do to get something done. You know, like putting everything in your briefcase that you need the next day, and then you put the briefcase in front of the door before you go to sleep.
Well, years ago, I was told of just such a trick. I really don’t remember where I heard it. (I have a vague memory that I heard it at a time management seminar put on by Time Design. But I could be wrong). I told this trick at a recent Take Your Brain to Lunch, where I presented my synopsis of Getting Things Done. Doug Caldwell has excerpted that portion of the presentation into a brief video. (Thanks Doug). It involves a piece of paper, and the names of the four people you most often interact with. I think it is worth a few minutes of your time. Take a look.
Doug Caldwell keeps telling me that I’ve got to get better at all this social networking. It comes more naturally for some than others. I acknowledge the obvious — I’m something of a Luddite. But I’m working on it.
So — here’s a little…
Yes, I’m on twitter. You’ll find me as Randy1116, and you can follow me here. (I’m still learning about what it means to tweet, and how to do it effectively — but there’s usually a few tweets a week from me).
I try to put the title of the next book I’m preparing up on my LinkedIn and Facebook pages.
And Doug Caldwell posts new videos from our First Friday Book Synopsis gatherings, and our Take Your Brain to Lunch gatherings, up on youtube and other sites. Thanks, Doug.
But, of course, my primary attention is given to this blog.
And, don’t forget Bob Morris’ main page at Amazon.
Thanks to all of you for reading.