#1 – my first newsletter should hopefully be tiny and delicious, like miranda kerr

i have just started my weekly personal newsletter. you can subscribe here if you like:


it’s about you (but not really)
filed under: presentations

what is wrong about many presentations is how self-absorbed they are. we tell the audience the problem, how we would solve it and thank them very much. we talked a lot about us and our ideas, but not enough about how and why this matters to the audience, and how they can help. we do not state our assumptions clearly and invite the audience to challenge them. we end the presentation when the time is up, but leave no ideas, no fond memory and no desire.

why? i think nothing has changed since we were asked to do presentations in primary school. we are still afraid. afraid of being too idealistic, being laughed at, being rejected.

it’s ok to stand out for the right reason – start by being vulnerable and ask for help from those who would listen.

in an age where we are easily replaceable, it’s not safe to play safe.

if you disagree with me, then we’re off to a good start because it means you are thinking. and if you’re outraged, that would make me even happier.

i would like this newsletter to be stimulating for you. but because it’s a personal newsletter, it has to be about me. this is an interesting tension to manage. i will be asking a lot of questions here as questions are more important than answers. i want you to question everything i write and tell me how much i suck (some of you already do, so keep it up).

“every time he got a new job, he immediately started looking for a better one”
filed under: career advice

scott adams, creator of dilbert, tells it as it is and is funny while doing it. his book, “How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big”, is just out. The WSJ adapted an excerpt from his book here:
Just after college, I took my first airplane trip, destination California, in search of a job. I was seated next to a businessman who was probably in his early 60s. I suppose I looked like an odd duck with my serious demeanor, bad haircut and cheap suit, clearly out of my element. I asked what he did for a living, and he told me he was the CEO of a company that made screws. He offered me some career advice. He said that every time he got a new job, he immediately started looking for a better one. For him, job seeking was not something one did when necessary. It was a continuing process.

do you start looking for a better job after getting a new one? is it the results or the process of discovery that matters? what would this teach us? what do you think?

i will ask my boss what he thinks and what is a better job after my current one. unless he tells me i am terribly useless, i would share what he said in a future newsletter.

of course all you want to know is exactly how terribly useless i am.

nylon coffee roasters, everton park, singapore
filed under: photographs, life

nylon coffee roasters is tiny. it’s more roaster than cafe. if you want to sit, there are 4 chairs inside and benches outside in the public area. it feels italian – you drink your coffee, and you go. there are no macbooks here.

a third place, it ain’t but the cramped space is conducive for serendipity if you take the first step to chat with Strangers Waiting for Coffee.

i miss the casual conversations i have with strangers in chicago. singapore seems wrong for it (my bias no doubt) but this is the kind of place that makes it less wrong.

do you talk to strangers in singapore? and what do you talk about? if you’re good at it, please teach me.

coffee places are getting very popular in Singapore. most of them have a vibe but nylon has great character. it stands out in the crowd. and yes, the coffee is good.

i am adding this to my list of small and beautiful things, which includes Keisuke Tonkatsu King at Tras Link and Miranda Kerr.

Anaïs Nin
filed under: wisdom

“And the day came
when the risk
to remain tight
in a bud
was more painful
than the risk
it took
to blossom.”

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