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How to Avoid Meetings That Suck


How to Avoid Meetings that Suck by dailyidea

Post sponsored by Search Studio – Advertising agency based in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Or as they say in Spanish: Agencias de publicidad en Monterrey.

How do businesses solve most problems? With meetings. Meetings are a necessary part of everyone’s business day. Make your meetings more effective by following some simple guidelines. Everyone will thank you for freeing up a portion of their day.

Thanks to one of our viewers, James Heires for submitting this idea! Now you can also read the full transcript of our shows, by reading the full post.

Full transript:

Hi, I’m Nikki Key and you’re watching The Daily Idea.

“If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings.’”

While that quote is from humorist Dave Barry, there’s a lot of truth behind it. We all know what it’s like to be in meetings all day only to go home feeling like you didn’t get anything done.

Well the behavioral research team here at The Daily Idea thinks it may not be the meetings that are the problem, but how the meetings are run. Of course, they needed a two hour meeting to come up with that, but that’s beside the point.

Fortunately for them, an alert viewer sent in a suggestion for a Daily Idea. James Heires, a professional meeting planner, says our researchers are on the right track. Here are his tips on how to run an effective meeting, with visual reenactment provided by … well, three guys we bribed with free chalupas.

First, have a meeting purpose or objective.
FALLS: Okay, I thought we’d get together and just see where everyone is.
TODD: (pauses, acts like the manager is nuts) The conference room?
CHAD: (half asleep, perhaps drunk) The Bahamas.

The second tip is to have an agenda and stick to it.
FALLS: And as you can see from the numbers before you, the quarterly report is not going to look good.
TODD: Sir, this is Rob’s birthday thing.

The third tip is to establish time limits for each topic.
FALLS: Now, moving on to point 23b, you can see from the bar graph that the inflationary precautions we predicted in quarter one

(WORKERS STARE IN A HAZE)
Tip number four is to ensure all participants participate, especially when it’s a conference call.
SPEAKERPHONE: And that’s what we’ve got from the west coast. Anyone there have any questions?
FALLS: Sounds good to me, Todd?
TODD: Nope, I’m good. Chad?
CHAD: That covers it for me, too. Rob?
(ROB IS ASLEEP WITH HIS HEAD ON THE TABLE. MANAGER SLAMS A PHONE BOOK DOWN BY HIS HEAD)
ROB: I’m good.

Tip number five is to start and end on time.
FALLS: And that takes care of it. (LOOKS AT WATCH) Okay. That’s 12 minutes early. Anybody wanna Wii?
(EVERYONE BANGS INTO EACH OTHER RUNNING OUT THE DOOR)

The sixth tip is to publish and distribute the minutes of all major decisions, progress or action items.

ROB: Here’s the meeting minutes from yesterday Todd.
TODD: Oh thanks, Rob.

(TODD WAITS UNTIL SHE’S GONE, THEN PUTS THEM IN THE TRASH).

Perhaps the best suggestion James offered is the last one: Don’t have a meeting at all if it’s not needed! Start preparing your topic and agenda before hand. If all the information can be shared via email, hit send and save everyone some valuable time.

CONFERENCE ROOM EMPTY EXECPT FOR ONE GEEKY GUY CHECKING HIS WATCH.
ROB: Hey Chad. The meeting was cancelled. Didn’t you get Todd’s email?
CHAD: Oh … no. IT’s had my computer all day. Something about Ham … Lamb … Spam … something.

Now, we’ve taken James’s suggestions and had a little fun with them, but professional meeting planners everywhere will tell you, he’s spot on.

And just like James, you too can send in your suggestion for a show topic. Just go to DailyIdea-dot-T-V and click on the “Suggest An Idea” link at the top of the page.

Thanks, James! Now, if you’ll excuse me … I’ve got to run to a meeting.

And that’s another Daily Idea.

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Why a Geek Will Steal Your Girlfriend in 2008

Chances are, this is the year that a geek steals your girlfriend. Don’t believe me? Check out a website called GeeksAreSexy.net. Their blog post got our researchers all excited. After they changed their pants, they offered up this highlight list of the reasons you’ll soon be crying in your beer because a Geek took your woman.

Hi, I’m Nikki Key and you’re watching the Daily Idea.

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Shocking: Giants Win, Falls Topless and Presidential Voting

I know you’re probably sick of us covering the Super Bowl and let’s be honest, none of us saw the Giants winning. Tomorrow’s another “Super” day, but this time we’re turning to politics. Be sure to turn in tomorrow as the Daily Idea makes its first “official” Presidential endorsement. So, jump in the comments and tell us who you’re voting for on Tuesday.
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Hello, I’m Nikki Key and you’re watching the Daily Idea.

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Top Links for How To Train A Dog

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Training dogs can sometimes be a difficult process, so we want to help you out with some great links. Our own Joe Bennett compiled the best links on how to train your dog. He even shows you how he trained his own dog in this video and a funny YouTube video (see below) on dogs that can talk!

Hi, I’m Joe Bennett and this is Seriously (my dog) and you’re watching another Daily Idea.

Yes, my dog’s name is actually Seriously. As you can imagine, I was never allowed to name our pets growing up. Today is for all you dog lovers. Training dogs can sometimes be a difficult process, so we want to help you out with some great links.

Isn’t that right, Seriously? I should have trained him to bark after I said that. Hindsight.
First up is dogster.com.
Besides being like facebook for dogs, you can also post a question concerning dog training and other users help answer your dog conundrum. Everything from basic training to teaching them tricks, dogster has got it all.

Next up is DogGuide.net. Let’s say you are in the process of looking for a dog. Well, this site gives you a list of the easiest dogs to train, along with tons of training articles and blog posts.

DogChannel.com is another great resource for your cat needs. Just kidding. On this site, you can find out answers to your questions from real experts. This site is a great resource center for all things dog and lists featured products.

Our next featured site is DogTrainingBasics.com. Guess what these articles are about? If you said Dog Training Basics, you are correct. Learn about training through articles on puppies, health and safety, behavior, and more.

This last link really won’t teach you anything about training, but it does feature talking dogs (You Tube Video). And who doesn’t love talking dogs? Isn’t that right Seriously? Again, this would be a good time to bark. No? Not going to do it? Fine.

Be sure to check out DailyIdea.tv for all the links we mentioned. And if you have any good resources for dog training or your stories about it, let us know in the comment section.

And that’s another (look at Seriously to bark)…Daily Idea.

Geek’s Ultimate Guide to Picking Up Girls

We recently had an episode dedicated to all you geeks out there called, “Why a Geek Will Steal Your Girlfriend in 2008.” Well, we talked again with the crew at GeeksAreSexy.net and worked hard to create this Geek’s Ultimate Guide to Picking Up Girls.

So you forlorn geeks, pay attention. Here are some Geeky Tips For Picking Up Chicks. Be sure to subscribe to Geeks Are Sexy RSS feed!

FULL TRANSCRIPT

Hi. I’m Nikki Key and you’re watching the Daily Idea.
We recently had an episode dedicated to all you geeks out there called, “Why a Geek Will Steal Your Girlfriend in 2008.” Well, the crew at GeeksAreSexy.net have put out another blog post that caught our attention and we had to build an episode around it.
So you forlorn geeks, pay attention. Here are some Geeky Tips For Picking Up Chicks.
And let’s start at the most important point: location, location, location.
Bookstores are a great place to start. Lots of geek loving girls frequent your local bookstores searching for more than just Oprah’s book of the month.
cut to scene of geek at a bookstore in front of a the Self-Help section
NIKKI (VO):
But be sure to avoid sections like Self-Help…
Geek looks at sign and looks upset
Cut to geek walking up to a girl with a pregnancy book
And you definitely want to avoid the pregnancy health section…
Geek again looks upset
Cut to geek in debt management section
And of course, you want to avoid the ladies’ drowning in their debt.
Geek looks frustrated with his attempts
Cut to geek walking up to a girl in Arts and Photography section
Knowing your audience is key. So be sure to cycle through the Arts and Photography section…
Geek with a girl in that section
Or the Computer and Programming collection…
Geek with a smile on his face with a girl
And of course don’t forget about the Sci-Fi girls longing for your company.
Geek has sci-fi book in front of his face and pulls it down to wink at a girl
Back to Nikki in the studio
NIKKI:
But the bookstore is not the only place for you geeks to pick up a lady. Perhaps you live in city with lots of bloggers and social media types. Many of these online communities like to venture out and have online-to-real-world meet-ups. So leave that keyboard behind for a night and head out to one of these events.
Cut to geek putting on a nametag with his real name and screen name (MasterChief43); enters into party and walks around
NIKKI (VO):
Here are some great geeky conversation starters you can use to attract the ladies…
Cut to geek saying opening lines; quick cuts between each
GEEK:
I think Twitter is sooo revolutionary…maybe I could Twitter you sometime?
I’m usually not one to brag, but I could buy you a pretty sweet magic bow on World of Warcraft.
Don’t you think WordPress totally owns that Drupal? What a joke, right?
They say size doesn’t matter, but you should see how big my RSS subscriber base is.
Back to Nikki in studio
NIKKI:
One more tip, geeks. It’s all about the numbers so get out there and talk to all the ladies you can. Sometimes it takes talking to quite a few girls before you peg the right geek-loving one. So get out there geeks.
Geek walks into studio scene; Nikki looks over at him

GEEK:
Hey, Nikki. You wanna hang out with a geek that loves web TV shows?

NIKKI:
Sure. Do you have the show ‘Firefly’ on BlueRay?

GEEK:
Does Princess Leia look smokin’ in that metal bikini in ‘Return of the Jedi’?

NIKKI:
Then I’ll see you later.
Geek walks off confidently

Be sure to check out GeeksAreSexy.net and DailyIdea.tv for more tips. And that’s another Daily Idea.

The Best and Worst of SXSW Interactive 2008


The Best and Worst of SXSW Interactive 2008 by dailyidea

This event was sponsored by Search Studio – Web Design Agency based in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Or as they call their service in Spanish: Diseño de paginas web en Monterrey.

The whole web seems to still be talking about South by Southwest 2008. After sorting through tons of interviews, we offer you insights from 10 of the leading web minds. We discuss the best and worst of SXSW Interactive and find out their favorite social networks. You’ll be surprised by their answers and be sure to watch their outtakes. After all, SXSW isn’t all about business.

Steve Garfield – SteveGarfield.com@stevegarfield
Jackie Huba – ChurchoftheCustomer.com@jhuba
Ben McConnell – ChurchoftheCustomer.com@bmcconnell
Jake McKee- CommunityGuy.com@jakemckee
Scott Monty – ScottMonty.com@scottmonty
Charlie O’DonnellPath101.com@ceonyc
Jason Pearce – LambdaChi.org
J.J. Toothman – Stanford University – @jjtoothman
Gary Vaynerchuktv.winelibrary.com@garyvee @santagaryvee
Nathan Wright – LavaRow.com@nathantwright

How to Pick Up a Girl on MySpace

Back in the 70s you could roll into the bar wearing platform shoes, polyester, ask a girl what her sign was and get her digits. Now we all live in our own little worlds and if you approached a girl like that you would probably get pepper sprayed. Where is a guy to turn to use his pure cheesiness to pick up the opposite sex? MySpace of course!

MySpace can act like a dating site for people who were marked as too unpure by eharmony or too cheap to pay for match.com. It is a place where even the most desperate can luck up and find somebody.


How to Pick Up a Girl on MySpace por dailyidea

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Hi, I’m Nikki Key and you are watching another edition of the Daily Idea.

The dating scene isn’t what is used to be. Back in the 70s you could roll into the bar wearing platform shoes, polyester, ask a girl what her sign was and get her digits. Now we all live in our own little worlds and if you approached a girl like that you would probably get pepper sprayed. Where is a guy to turn to use his pure cheesiness to pick up the opposite sex? MySpace of course!

MySpace can act like a dating site for people who were marked as too “unpure” by eharmony or too cheap to pay for match dot com. It is a place where even the most desperate can luck up and find somebody.

First off you need to establish your profile and persona. You need to make sure you get the right picture, so take off your shirt, suck in your stomach, and get in front of the mirror. You get bonus points if the flash distorts your face!

And I almost forgot, don’t forget to wear your hat slightly askew, because we ladies really dig that. Besides the traditional mirror picture make sure you have one with you popping your collar, nothing says now and hip more than a popped collar.

Next up, make sure you litter your profile page with pinup models, Tila Tequila pics, and other random hot girls. By doing this, you show the ladies you have high expectations for your dates. And remember girls, guys with false expectations and unattainable dreams are better than guys without any expectations or dreams.

Now that you have your profile set you need to go on the hunt and try to find Miss Right or more likely Miss Right now… Actually more like Miss I am desperate and crave the attention and approval I couldn’t get from my father.

The question is how do you find this girl? Here are some tips.

Number 1 – Find a girl that writes a lot of poetry and posts it for the world to see. These girls are begging for attention and you are just the guy to give it to them because their “art” really speaks to you.

Number 2 – Look for single mothers or women going through a divorce because those cougars need love too.

Finally, any girl that takes risqué pictures and posts them all over her profile is begging for attention.

However these girls are young and hot and probably have about 5 to 7 guys on the line along with you. So your best bet is to find the poetry writing, newly divorced, single mom that takes risqué pictures and posts them all over her profile.

One final tip: make sure you are actually talking to a girl of legal age. Nothing will kill your dating life quicker than a date with Chris Hansen on “To Catch a Predator.”

So there you have it, a totally depraved guide to how to date on myspace. Now just stay far away from my profile.

And that is another Daily Idea.

Top Reasons You Work a Dead End Job

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Today, it’s your Daily Idea annual job review and we have bad news. Let’s be honest, every day you walk into your office there should be a big yellow sign that says “Dead End.” Instead of just turning around in someone’s driveway, you keep driving around the cul de sac at the end of the block.

Four out of five people are not working their dream job. Yes, 80% of the workforce is just sort of trudging through, day after day and you’re one of them. Charlie O’Donnell from Path 101 recently put together a list that looks at a few reasons why you have the job you have, not the career you want and we picked our five favorites. So get out your number two pencils and prepare to mark any that sound familiar.

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Hi, I’m Nikki Key and you’re watching the Daily Idea. So, it’s been about a month since we made you feel bad about yourself. Remember the new years’ resolutions show? You didn’t keep any of your resolutions, did you? (Nikki shakes her head)Well, today, we thought we’d spend some time watering those seeds of doubt we planted in January.

Don’t feel too bad. Four out of five people are not working their dream job. Yes, 80% of the workforce is just sort of trudging through, day after day and you’re one of them. Your high school guidance counselor would be so disappointed. Charlie O’Donnell from Path 101 recently put together a list that looks at a few reasons why you have the job you have, not the career you want and we picked our five favorites. So get out your number two pencils and prepare to mark any that sound familiar.

Number one, you didn’t look, you just leaped. Instead of seeking the job you wanted, you jumped at the first offer that came along. That’s no way to get into a career. No way to get into a marriage either, but let’s save that topic for next month.

Number two: Help! I’ve fallen in a rut and I won’t get out. There’s a big difference between being in the groove and being in a rut. You’re in a rut. I bet you stopped networking as soon as you got your job.

Three, you’ve never really explored other areas of interest at your company outside of your own job. Doing the work that you are told to do, and doing it well isn’t enough if you never actually initiate a new project. You have to be more than a one-trick pony. Ponies get apples and peppermints, they don’t get promotions.

Number four, you never set career goals. You’ve heard the old saying, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any path will take you there?” Obviously you haven’t or you wouldn’t be here.

Maybe you never set any career goals because your career isn’t your first priority. And that brings us to number five. Your career doesn’t have to be your number one priority, but it should be in the top three. If you’d spent more time in the beginning finding a job you love, you wouldn’t be spending so much time in the office now doing a job you hate. Well, it’s true what they say about payback.

Look, the news isn’t all bad. It’s never too late to find the job you haven’t been looking for. Start by setting some career goal and something on paper. Speaking of paper, update your resume. Check out the big national job search sites online and find a few good local job sites too because, odds are, you’re not going to find your dream job in the classified section of your local paper. While you’re looking for your next gig, start networking again. And don’t forget, Path 101. It’s a tremendous online resource for lots of people who are still trying to figure out what they want to be when they grow up.

And that’s another Daily Idea.

Ultimate Guide to SXSW Interactive

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South by Southwest is better known for its now famous annual music festival, but they’ve expanded over time and now it’s also one of the best web conferences around. Since our producers are old hats at this, we asked the Daily Idea research team to dig up the best tips to create the Ultimate Guide to South by Southwest Interactive.

Special thanks to Scott Beale from Laughing Squid for many great photos we used in this video and a great list of links on his site.

Primary Links
SXSW Interactive 2008 – the official website
SXSW Videos – the latest videos from SXSW (watch Daily Idea here)
SXSW Tools – web resources for SXSW attendees
SXSW Baby! – the unofficial SXSW blog
SXSW Tweeps – a wiki for Twitter users

Written Guides
Airbag Guide to SXSW – Greg Storey’s veteran roundup
Beginner’s Guide to SXSW – John Phillip’s guide for newbies
SXSW ‘08 Insider’s Guide – tips and advice from fellow SXSW attendees
Rohdesign’s SXSW Roundup – nice list of links and first timer’s lookEvents
Evening Events at SXSW Interactive – official SXSW Interactive events
Unofficial Evening Event list – Adactio’s event list integrated with Google Maps
SXSW Events & Parties – all events tagged “sxsw” on Upcoming
16bit SXSW Interactive 2008 Party – Laughing Squid is a co-sponsor
BarCamp Austin III – the unconference companion to SXSW
Kick! 2008 – SXSW Interactive’s unofficial, informal kickball kickoff
dorkbot-austin at SXSW – a convergence of art of technology
The Heather Gold Show: Opting Out – Laughing Squid is a co-sponsor
Fray Day 8 – the annual personal storytelling event
The People Powered Party – Moo Cards, Etsy, Timbuk2 and Threadless
The Bigg Digg Shindigg – Digg’s big closing night party
Austin 360’s Party List – Great list of parties for SXSWi and for Music
Geeks Love Bowling – Hit the bowling lanes with other geeks, March 9

Miscellaneous
Geek SXSW T-Shirts – Smith Magazine’s Collection of Geek Tees
SegCity – Segway tours around Austin
Photo Groups – All SXSW Flickr groups you can join
Flickr SXSW photos sorted by tags – SXSW, SXSWi, SXSW Interactive
Twitter posts by keyword – SXSWi, SXSW, SXSW Interactive
Austinist – local group blog all about Austin
Taco Town – More than you’ll ever want to know about tacos
Restaurants – City Search’s list of all local food joints

Daily Idea Twitter links for SXSW
Daily Idea – Show news
Nikki Key – Host
Jason Falls – Writer/Director
Todd Earwood – Producer

FULL TRANSCRIPT

Howdy, I’m Nikki Key and the Daily Idea is headed to TEXAS!

For regular geeks, tech conferences are a dime a dozen, but if you’re a WEB geek, and we are, South By Southwest Interactive is THE place to be each March.

South by Southwest is better known for its now famous annual music festival, but they’ve expanded over time and now it’s also one of the best web conferences around. Since our producers are old hats at this, we asked the Daily Idea research team to dig up the best tips to create the Ultimate Guide to South by Southwest Interactive.

According to the research team, all types of good-to-know folks attend this event. You’ll run across developers, designers, photographers, podcasters , authors, consultants, entrepreneurs, web stars and even a few corporate suits. C’mon, he’s not a suit… yet.

With all these great people in one place, hour first tip is to meet new people! I know some of us like communicating online but why not actually MEET your online friends in person. And don’t be afraid to approach the big name guys either. The great thing about this event is everyone is approachable and if they’re not … well tell the world on Twitter.

Ahh yes… Twitter. In 2007, this micro-blogging service started its love affair with South By Southwest and blew up in Austin. Be sure to follow the new friends you made like us and follow those you want to meet.

We’re positive Twitter will bring that beat back to Austin. Seriously…be patient with the Twitter gang as we’re sure they’re servers are going to be pushed to their limits.

Now let’s discuss the most important part… ok the most important to me… What to wear!

Yes, I’ve been told not everyone there will be sporting belt buckles, wrangler jeans or leather chaps, but ladies I must say… a cowboy hat isn’t the worst thing a man could wear. Actually, this is the worst thing a man can wear but that’s another show. At South by Southwest, you’ll see everything from t-shirts to t-shirts to… t-shirts and yes a few corporate suits… someone had to sponsor this thing!

Seriously though the dress code is whatever works for you and our research team suggests above all else… be comfortable.

In addition to clothes, our researchers suggest bringing your camera, a camcorder or any other device that helps you document the event.

Now, I’m not trying to ‘Mom’ you guys, but be sure to appropriately tag your content. What good is that perfect photo of you and Chris Brogan if people can’t find it?

When you’re not hobnobbing with the blogebrities, you may be tempted to spend your free time on your laptop.

I know most of us can’t go too long without web access, but if you’re going to make more friends in your first life, try to keep time online to a minimum.

It’s fine to write a couple blog posts and check your email, but honestly you can do all that back home.

What you can’t do at home is party with this many web geeks. Be sure to get rest BEFORE you show up at Austin, because our research team say the parties are the best.

Check out South By Southwest Baby.com, upcoming .org and the official South by Southwest site for all the evening events.

And be sure to ask around as there are a few unlisted parties you’ll want to attend.

Now we didn’t have time to cover everything here, so our researchers compiled a great list of links and tools for you to plan out your schedule. Be sure to go to dailyidea.tv for our lonnnggggg list of links.

And don’t be strangers… when you see us down in Austin come up and say howdy. We’ll be taping lots of great stuff and talking to fabulous people like you on camera.

Again, get some rest before you go, travel safe and that’s another daily Idea.