Category Archives: Source

#24: Listen, Eavesdrop: A Wellspring of Ideas

Most of us live in a world of tick-tocks, drunken love-dovey nothings, tired screeches, ding-goes-the-ovens, bad singing from American Idol wannabes, and gems of ideas.

If you listen closely, you’d hear much to fuel any creative projects.

Here are a few tips to get started with listening and eavesdropping well.

  1. Carry a little notebook and a pen. Even better if you have a sound recorder (most mp3 players double up as recorders) to take down whatever you hear and notice. Always export them to your idea bank.
  2. Talk to everyone. Everyone has a story to tell. They’re just waiting for someone to tell it.
  3. Listen. Really listening to what’s out there is a skill that not many have. Listen to what people are really saying. Listen without prejudice. Just listen without saying stuff.
  4. Living Life Fully suggests that we can be creative listeners if we…

    Listen critically. Mentally challenge assertions, ideas, and philosophies.  Seek the truth with an open mind.

    Listen with patience. Do not hurry the other person.  Show them the courtesy of listening to what they have to say, no matter how much you may disagree.  You may learn something.

    Listen with your heart. Practice empathy when you listen.  Put yourself in the other person’s shoes.

    Listen for growth. Be an inquisitive listener.  Ask questions.  Everyone has something to say which will help you to grow.

    Listen creatively. Listen for ideas or the germs of ideas.  Listen for hints or clues that may spark creative projects.

That’s it. Good ol’ common sense, really.

So open your ears and listen up.

Who knows, you might even learn something useful.

 


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#19: Twitter advanced research techniques

Last week, I’ve posted on how to use Twitter to get content. For this post, here’s the low-down on how to use Twitter’s Advanced Search Functions:

Operator

Finds tweets…

twitter search

containing both “twitter” and “search”. This is the default operator.

happy hour

containing the exact phrase “happy hour”.

love OR hate

containing either “love” or “hate” (or both).

beer root

containing “beer” but not “root”.

#haiku

containing the hashtag “haiku”.

from:alexiskold

sent from person “alexiskold”.

to:techcrunch

sent to person “techcrunch”.

@mashable

referencing person “mashable”.

“happy hour” near:“san francisco”

containing the exact phrase “happy hour” and sent near “san francisco”.

near:NYC within:15mi

sent within 15 miles of “NYC”.

superhero since:2011-02-26

containing “superhero” and sent since date “2011-02-26″ (year-month-day).

ftw until:2011-02-26

containing “ftw” and sent up to date “2011-02-26″.

movie -scary 🙂

containing “movie”, but not “scary”, and with a positive attitude.

flight 😦

containing “flight” and with a negative attitude.

traffic ?

containing “traffic” and asking a question.

hilarious filter:links

containing “hilarious” and linking to URLs.

news source:twitterfeed

containing “news” and entered via TwitterFeed

Source: Twitter.com

Instead of re-posting what to do, head over to Twitter advanced research techniques 1: searching twitter from Journalism.co.uk for a brilliant primer how to combine operators for better search results.

 


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Tip categories: Create, Source, The Truth, Spread & Be Nice.
Got an idea, opinion or critique?
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#14 Twitter Search for Content

#14: Twitter for Content

I love Twitter because it’s full of up-to-date and insightful stuff curated by very smart and passionate Tweeps (people who tweet).

But getting quality information from a Twitter stream is like trying to understand your friend’s whispering in a packed disco. It’s just too noisy. 14 million tweets per day (from SFGate) simply ensures that the good stuff gets brushed away like so much dandruff.

To find it all, I use Twitter Search and public Lists.

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#9 Interviews are Content Goldmines

#9: Interviews are Content Goldmines

Love ’em or hate ’em. Interviews are rich with content and as versatile as heck.

I’ve turned interviews into a Q & A piece, inserted quotes to support a bigger story and picked soundbites for my social media sites. Got an eye for video? The interview gets spliced into a video story. If you’re creating for iTunes, convert the audio track into a podcast.

In fact, I’d recommend doing all of the above whenever you have an interview.

But I’m jumping ahead of myself.

After all, you still need to interview the person.

Here’s how you can prepare and conduct an interview session.

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#4: If You Don’t Know…Research It!

To my horror, I started sprouting silly talk in a presentation:

“We can spearhead this initiative by creating a paradigm shift to holistically evaluate results.”

I got blank looks and the rest of the presentation went down in flames.

It wasn’t because I was jittery. I sprouted silly talk because I didn’t know my topic like the back of my hand. If I didn’t know, I can’t do and I definitely can’t talk about it using simple words (tip: authoritative = simple).

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