Hmmm, if I only had a dollar every time that sentence was muttered to me over the past 20 years, I would be sipping chilled beer right now with my toes wiggling in the sand.
As creative types, we are often faced with the challenge of explaining exactly what it is we do. Graphic designers, or as I like to call us –communicators, can do much more than take your Word file and make it “pretty”.
In part I of this blog post I identify some pretty deeply held beliefs about needing or asking for help that challenge our disposition to ask for help. In the second part I share a few help management skills to consider working on.
I have a lot of trouble asking for, and accepting help. And, judging from the multitude of references that turn up when I Google “asking for help”, I am apparently not alone.
It’s not that I think needing help is a bad thing. In fact, I love helping others. Each time I do, I feel useful, connected, appreciated, and valuable. I know that giving and receiving help is fundamental to our sense of ourselves, to the strength of our relationships and to the quality of the world we live in.
I think we all have had someone who has positively affected us—someone who has helped guide us, coach us or find our way. Maybe this person is a teacher, someone at work or even someone you met socially.
In my professional life, I’ve had several mentors: some I’ve reached out to on my own, and some I’ve met through formalized mentorship programs. The value of a mentor is that you can develop your skills as an employee, as a manager, and as a person.
I usually resist the urge for click-bait when I’m writing titles but in this case, I couldn’t help myself. Chances are, 15 seconds is not enough time for you to create a plan to break a world record. But it was for Lucas Etter—a 14-year-old boy who broke a world record in November by solving a Rubik’s Cube in less than five seconds. Full disclosure: I have only solved a Rubik’s Cube once in my entire life. It involved removing the stickers. And it took a lot longer than five seconds.
Social media is super easy to keep up with! (Not). If anyone out there tells you they know everything there is to know about social media, don’t believe them. They may be very well informed but chances are they are not taking advantage of social media’s full potential.
Social media is an ever-changing world and if you want to keep up with it, you’ll need to read (a lot) and test out the features and new developments that work for you, your business and your brand.
On the first day of the New Year, I landed in Yellowknife not knowing what to expect.
Even after an 11-hour flight my eyes were still wide open and I was full of anticipation about the days ahead. As I stepped onto the tarmac at Yellowknife Airport, the air was cold and dry and I felt it sting my nostrils. It was cold, but different—not the bone-chilling wet and windy Maritime winter weather I was used to, but still icy.
There are those who would say I am particular. They are not wrong. The question I have, though, is this: is there anything wrong with being particular?
Early each year, when people are making resolutions, or setting about to embark on some self-improvement, I sometimes think I should do something about being so particular. I treat it like a fault or a shortcoming, or at the very least, treat it as something I need to be apologetic about in polite company.
Everyone seems obsessed with the idea of productivity. Chances are, if you asked to look at a colleague’s phone, you’d find a productivity app or four. Whether or not said apps are having the desired impact is another question.
“We make pictures. At the end of the day, we create something potentially significant that did not exist at the beginning of the day. We go forward, despite the uncertainty. Because this is an act of love and passion, which defies reason and prudence.” —Joe McNally (American photographer who has been shooting for the National Geographic Society since 1987)
Want to capture someone’s attention? It’s all about the image.