Make an online course – conquering fear, again

I want to make an online course. There’s a lot that’s scary about that… but there are ways to conquer fear.

I’ve been in the doldrums, a bit.

I can’t say I started the year on a high, exactly, but I had (and still have) a set of plans and thoughts and instincts about ways in which I would change the way I did things.

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It’s not a lifehack, it’s a tech policy for one

Ah, the seductive pull of the lifehack! Simple little things that make things better – if only.

A recent post by journalist and science fiction author Cory Doctorow traces the history of the concept from 2004, when Danny O’Brien presented “Life Hacks: Tech Secrets of Overprolific Alpha Geeks” at the 0’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference.

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The small business year ahead: Adventure – and fear

It’s a beautiful still morning in Cape Town. The house is quiet, and I am back at my desk. A working year begins.

It’s a different start to the year though: some shifts in my client base mean that my time is arranged differently. Instead of an adrenalin-filled online news shift, my day starts with 90 minutes of intense work on my own business, before beginning work for clients.

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How to write good emails (remember the reader)

I recently did some research into the best way to sign off a business email, for an article for a client.

It appears that “Regards” is a strong contender – because it is bland and inoffensive. That works well in a formal context because you might often not know the person you are writing to.

On the other hand, a 2019 Business Insider article claims that the word “Best” is a good way to end an email (followed by your name). The article says it is “almost universally appropriate.” I am not so sure. 

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