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You can find me tearing around the world with #Supercoolwife and #Babybernie. OuiShare and Copass, basecamp is
I hang out in OuiShare and Copass, my base camps is the coworking community in @Work Hubs (Euston Streets Number ONE Coworking Space)
When people ask me what I do and it goes a little something like this.
I get cold hard cash for:
- Podcasting, Blogging and Online Courses.
- Leading people’s on and offline communication and content around their communities and events.
- Affiliate links on this site from the tools I love and use like these ones here.
- So, I am the guy that can show you (which is very different from doing it for you) how to connect, convert and engage your coworking space, community, or event and the key is the relationship between on and offline – and usually, there is an app for that of course.
I love to joke that I am a ‘failed Serial Entrepreneur.’ After several ventures bombed and a large dose of depression and self-loathing, I discovered I am a ‘freelancer’, not an ‘entrepreneur’ and my world suddenly made sense.
This came with a bag of agonies which eventually blossomed into insight, experience, and solid relationships.
This dark patch has fuelled my quest of learning more about people, communities, and ways of developing our economy and society.
In 2013, I finally managed to sit still for more than five minutes and learnt how to meditate and in turn, this led me to make a few changes in my diet. I stopped eating dairy, shit meat, SUGAR, most fruit and gluten filled bread or pasta. In a few weeks my shit mood, anxiety and depression shifted.
These two activities are helping me build mental strength, clarity, and creativity in a whole new way.
Work and Communication.
My ongoing quest is to be completely location independent, after a steep learning curve, this is getting better, thanks to the outline below and Fancy Hands.
While email is a great communication tool I don’t believe is a ‘great way of working tool’ and certainly is not a great collaboration tool.
I really do only check email a couple of times a day, if we MUST have a meeting it happens walking around Regents Park by @WorkHubs or in Zoom / Slack.
The people I work with online are based all around Europe as well as Argentina, Canada and the USA we use Slack as the main communications tool and Trello or Mindmiester to design projects and track progress.
We are also big fans Loomio to make decisions online in an open and collaborative way.
Working in an open and collaborative way is significantly more productive and informative for me and many times I have found it uncomfortable, scary, and humiliating asking for help – but once I got over myself it was all ok. A lot of this working methodology I have picked up from ‘Scrum’ and ‘A Year Without Pants’ and I am always keen to learn more.
Gone Google and Making Rain
I use Chrome OS – I have been using Google Apps since the iPhone first came out in 2008 – I was paying an arm and a leg to an MS Exchange server just so I could get email on my phone until I was ‘saved’.
At the end of 2013, I moved my website to Rainmaker, a WordPress based platform that hosts podcasts, blogs, landing pages and learning management system all in one.
While both Rainmaker and Chrome OS systems come with restrictions, the stunning amount of time and money you save far outweigh the things you can’t do.
Four Day Work Week, Meetings and Sprints.
I am deliberately very unavailable in the mornings, this time, is WAY more productive than the afternoon for me and I use a tool called Rescue Time to block the internet at this time to keep me focused. Before I do anything I meditate, write 750 words, drop #babybernie at school and walk.
I love my wife and child more than you so I aim to be done by 4pm so I can get home to cook for them.
If you ask me to a meeting I will do my best to wriggle out of it, even if it promises free food and a good view.
While I ‘don’t do meetings’ you are welcome to us at weekly Not So Manic Monday, Art Club, London Bloggers Meet Up and Write Club here @WorkHubs.
In my ill-informed opinion, meetings are a time suck and bollox.
Sprints and coworking lock-ins are much more productive than meetings for me.
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