He was a big fan of www.musicblip.com – back before it was a viable resource for musicians. Gave me a ton of valuable feedback and deserves a ton of kudos for being an independent musician in 2018.
Eduard Kort and I shared many digital solutions together, he’s a badass at instagram, and I’m honored to introduce you to my mate, Eduard!
Who’s being interviewed?
Answer: Hi, I’m Eduard Kort. I’m a producer/mixing dude from Berlin.
I provide music services online.
I’m also THE funk guy. Really.
What’s your artist name? What do you go by?
Answer: I used to go by SNYCE (because it sounds nice), but went with my actual name instead, just because:
How did you come by your artist name? Why is it important to you?
Answer: It’s just easier to brand everything to my actual name. People will associate everything I put out with me and not with a separate entity. Be it any service I provide, original music I release or some product like a sample pack or presets.
Tyler response: Could not agree with you more. I spent a lot of time stressing about an artist name growing up and I’m not entirely sure if I care to keep it.
Name your top two favorite bands/artist.
1. French Electro Duo Justice – impeccable songwriting combined with sound design that inspired a whole new generation of producers.
People still can’t nail their sound from 2007.
Here’s a clue: The “Justice distortion” everyone is trying to emulate is just a bass guitar going through the distortion unit of the DSI Poly Evolver.
Too bad that thing cost like $4K.
2. Johann Sebastian Bach. Godfather of all modern music (yes, Jazz too!) I hate playing Bach though. You have to be very exact and in time, just because that’s the nature of the music, but there’s no denying that he laid the foundation for all modern music with the “well tempered clavier”.
Who was your first big inspiration in the music industry?
Answer: I’ll tell you what motivated me to do music first: I had one defining moment in my life where I can clearly divide between before/after.
I was born in the former Kazakhstan, a former state of the Soviet Union.
Until I was 8 I never seen a piano and my life.
Then I’ve seen a girl play the Dog’s Waltz by Chopin at a school recital.
Building a list is a very specific building block in learning code, being a data analyst, or whatever data driven role you find yourself sitting in.
Python List comprehensions provide a concise way to create lists. Common applications are to make new lists where each element is the result of some operations applied to each member of another sequence or iterable, or to create a subsequence of those elements that satisfy a certain condition. (from python)
What is list comprehensions? i for i
List comprehensions is the name of a way to create lists. A more technical rationale would be that list comprehensions provide a more concise way to create lists.
Before we begin, let’s discuss two simple methods to printing our list comprehensions.
print [i for i in range(3)]
Or we can use a letter, word, or letters+words. We will only use this method below.
x = [i for i in range(3)]
Below, I will explain how to use list comprehensions, what list comprehensions is all about, and various ways to use list comprehensions when utilizing Python! Woohoo, getting excited, I can tell. (I can’t, I’m weird)
What is the goal with list comprehensions?
It is proposed to allow conditional construction of list literals using for and if clauses. It’s like you haven’t heard of either of these today, if so, go check out python’s website on list comprehensions. If this does make sense, you may also be interested to know the proposed solution not only lets you generate conditional lists with for and if, they would nest the same way for loops and if statements nest now.
About the tutorials below.
If you’re not entirely sure what any of the above text means, woohoo. You’re on the right track, you’re on the right blog, and if you do know the techie words above, but not entirely sure what it means in code, or in python… Check it out…
Tutorial 1, making a simple list of data in python using List Comprehensions
There are two different ways to make a list of numbers in python.
Take a look at List Comprehension and another more complicated method.
Assuming you have a basic python install and you’re able to do the 2+2 to get 4 in python.
Easy method to make a simple list in python.
x = [i for i in range(10)]
## >>>[0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]
Complex method to make a simple list in python.
x2 = 
for x3 in range(10):
## >>>[0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]
Both X and X2 generate the same output!
We will focus on the Easy method known as “List comprehension”
Notice we are using a different letter in the list comprehension code below.
When learning python, a lot of example code has “words” which can be changed to letters. Like below, I’m using a “y”… Later in this tutorial or lesson… I’m going to keep changing the “y”, which is the results of the list comprehension in python below!
y = [i for i in range(11)]
You may be thinking, okay, we are increasing the numbers each time, and changing the letter in the beginning. That’s true, it’s a nice little pyramid if you run every bit of code together, which is pretty cool to know… You might be copy pasting different pieces of the code, and in this particular chunk of code, you can run the entire set of code, and not need to worry about anything! It will give you a results of our list comprehension code, which is clearly marked as “print” “firstletter”… easy enough to keep up with.. here’s a curve ball, I changed i to meow, and that works too.
z = [meow for meow in range(12)]
This list comprehension code below has more than a letter, similar to the complex list generation code above, we used x2 (example 2), and similarly, we are not using a letter to describe the results of the list comprehension. For the new programmers -> Light bulb moment? You can name the “X”, “Y”, “Z” anything you damn please… If you’re following here, you should now see a pattern, and easy pattern to generate simple lists with a range of #’s. Also, you might be seeing a little bit of math. How exciting! You’re doing math, in python!
tyler = [i for i in range(14-1)]
In the list comprehension below, I’m simply demonstrating addition… On the range() portion of the code.
tyler2 = [DOG for DOG in range(12+2)]
More math, yes division, multiplication, subtraction and addition work in python, pretty well too..
I tested, it’s accurate.
tyler3 = [i for i in range(14/2+7+1)]
The next few tutorials on list comprehensions will be right up your alley, if you understand the techie mumbo jumbo this will be a good refresh and a hilarious chunk of code you can likely help optimize, and I will gladly add anyone in the tutorial blog posts – and link to whatever website, github profile, etc, and help you rank better. As a novice at all things python, I’m excited to get to know you more as you take the journey I once took. I’m excited to get to know people who think this is total trash too. I need that kind of feedback. I’m learning every day, coding is hard, and I only know what I know, and that means if someone could show me all the ways the code works, I will master the code, otherwise I’m MR. Trial and error. so longest story short, you’re here to learn, me too, so let’s get started by learning everything there is to know about list comprehensions.
Python list comprehensions is as necessary as eating this shaved ice desert.
List comprehensions are powerful but poorly explained by the current top two ranking websites. That’s because they are…
the company website – very smart stuff
some random blog with affiliate links and viruses, popup ads..
I’m excited to show you a proper list comprehensions tutorial, without a single pop up, google ad, or affiliate link.
Some may call this an “i for i” + “python” on google!
Why is Tyler Garrett rebuilding the wiki on List comprehensions?
The current content when googling i for i python or list comprehensions, is currently plundered with garbage water.
Automate generating a list of values using python 2.X
List comprehensions 101…
If you are new, eager to learn quickly, want to learn without having to code, need lots of examples… Looking for a lot of sample code, that tests a lot of different variations of list comprehensions, or maybe… You looked online, didn’t find anything decent, a little upset trying to learn python, need a better guide… Maybe it’s just me.
Cool, that’s why I write, to replace the TRASH WATER blogs online. No monetizing, no click ads, just solutions.
End goal with writing about URL shortening is to key in on people who want to generate an online footprint. It’s free and easy to build a following. You need to start early, and this is one of many ways to do it.
Pretend you’re the little kid from Pokemon, ash. Ash is competitive and likes collecting more Pokemon balls than other people, he would have enjoyed MySpace, friend request any Pokemon he wanted.
Well, now you’re a grown up City ash.
You’re this little box, little box 📦 ash.
A little red website who sells “red colorings of red boxes.”
You’re a practical red box lobster.
“Raaaah,” you say on Google+.
Red boxes are great i #love #red #boxes.
Then you post that on 4 different box loving google+ groups.
Four green little pokemon balls, you own them, they point back at your red-box-sales website. Following me so far?
(Oh hey, google.com links pointing at your website, blog, cat blog, red box store, pokemon backpack nightlight, etc… you can see 4 green circles and know those represent green links, you pasted in your google+ account. It’s just an app on your smartphone, laptop, or desktop. Google+ is free and builds organic traffic by increasing your ranking.)
Shortlinking for counting clicks.. *big yawn*
A shortlink counting service would tell you which of these 4 links is being clicked the most, what country, etc… giving you a quick view into your incoming traffic.
Wow, biggest yawn ever. This is boring. But, you need to know basics and that’s what this URL shortening wiki is all about. Teaching you the moves.
The current mind set is to paste the same link over and over, wait a day or several days to get an update, aka google analytics & google webmaster tools. (Maybe you’ve never heard of either of these tools? They are essential to getting ranked on google and understanding user behavior on your website.)
It’s easy to add shortlinks to your typical social media output and boost your footprint quickly. I recommend adding a variety of shortlinks pointing at every web page you have ever generated, and share those on blogs, websites, comments, and with your mates on facebook, instagram, medium, blogger, wordpress, pinterest, etc.
Adding a shortlink to a social media post online
Adding a shortlink to your home page, as you add something hilarious on Facebook, is a bonus. Someone might click it. But google isn’t scraping private Facebook pages, or much of Facebook what so ever.
So, post again on google+ for example, like below:
It’s important to rank a website and get traffic on your website. Your website. Not someone else’s website. Shortlinks, will help you rank.
With that said, let’s discuss URL shortening.
Google is good at counting shortened links
It counts how many quality links point at your website. So like the whiteboard above:
We can pretend — “5 links” a google robot counted.
If you’re a website with..
You aren’t selling boxes 📦.
Everyone says URL shortening is all about counting clicks, customizing your links, making links more actionable, etc.
What most people don’t tell you is that “shortlinks rank websites better.”
Ifyou want to know why people use URL shortening services, how I learned about URL shortening,…etc.
I wrote a little “url shortening wiki,” and hope to bridge an entrepreneurial gap with you today.
So, scroll beyond the list of link shortener services and read through the url shortening wik at the bottom of the blog. It helped me rank on google for complex terms and generates free leads.
Here’s the list of url shortening services – I’m going to explain below, show you what it looks like, and get you started.
Google URL Shortener Goo.gl is the ultimate of all short links services.
It’s currently one of the first “big names” to retire their service completely and progress it to a thing called “deep linking” — which essentially says, some people want to link you to their application, and not just a web page. I’m using goo.gl as the first example because it’s a good point to make, sometimes shortlink services stop! Google will continue the links, but some will not and it’s important to treat shortlink generation like a video game, otherwise it’s very boring and a bad investment of time.
Just because Goo.gl shortlink generating service is dead, does not mean you can not get Goo.gl shortlinks generated to help you diversify your SEO portfolio. It’s not the best solution, but find a friend or someone with access, and ask them for a couple of goo.gl links. Do it before March 13, 2019.
What’s cool about this inactive service is that you will find out more about newer versions of the technology google is looking to implement in place of this service.
#2) Hootsuite’s — Ow.ly
Hootsuite acquired Ow.ly, I think, I don’t know. Ow.ly is easy, signup, they don’t spam you, go to your dashboard, the link builder is easy enough to click around and figure out — also you can schedule posts to social media here.
Ow.ly has been around for a bit and Hootsuite’s founder has a good story to go along with his success, which makes it cool to support the company by generating ow.ly links.
Ow.ly is a short version of a link, that isn’t all that short, but what’s nice is it’s easy enough to generate a few links quickly, and that’s helpful.
#3) Bit.ly’s — Bit.ly
Bit.ly is a nice little link counter with a great interface for users who want to drive the needle. The other two click counters above are also helpful, powerful, but I think Bit.ly takes the overall cheese from a usability perspective.
If you’re in the market to spend a little money, I would start here, the free version works plenty and it’s the best option for customizing links currently.
Bitly is a URL shortening service and a link management platform. The company Bitly, Inc.was established in 2008. It is privately held and based in New York City. Bitly shortens 600 million links per month, for use in social networking, SMS, and email. Bitly makes money by charging for access to aggregate data created as a result of many people using the shortened URLs.
1705 impressions, 14 engagements, 15 or 14 total clicks going to the blog post about Sentiment Analysis.
The math offers conversion rate based on my output. I can start catering my content to be more like this post, as it worked more than other posts, which I was able to quickly identify and check with bit.ly.
WordPress has an option to generate a shortlink when you’re in the editing mode on your post. If you don’t have a couple WordPress blogs, you may want to know that it’s free and a cool place to learn about blogging.
Highlight that text and copy paste it as your next link to this blog!
How to make a wp.me backlink.
If you’re looking to learn how to generate a WP.me backlink, above should help you understand that the base install of wordpress will have that button available. Also, the free version of wordpress @ wordpress.com allows you to do a similar workflow!
You can find it while you’re generating your first post! It’s easy to start, and don’t pay for anything at the start!
More from Tiny.cc, and how they recommend using tiny urls.
One of their pitches:
“Measure the conversions for links and understand your traffic with Tiny’s statistics. We can help grow your audience and increase traffic. Shorten a link for your ad campaign and track it. Hide a link. Have an address that you don’t want to reveal… such as an affiliate link? Cloak and redirect it — the recipient will only see a short address containing the tiny.cc domain. Make a link to your online survey or invitation. And Tiny has more advanced tools such as a traffic filter that is perfect for marketing, surveys or research projects.”
#7) Is.gd’s — Is.gd a URL Shortener. Mmmm, tasty URLs!
Is.gd offers a free URL Shortener and it’s nothing crazy, until you see the stats!
Shortening 1,298,339,529 URLs
That have been accessed 63,903,074,539 times
Crazy numbers, 63 billion accesses. A little math will explain to you how heavily used is.gd appears to be!
QR.net is a QR code service by QR GmbH. The QR GmbH was founded in 2011 and is specialized in QR codes.
The main focus lies on the surplus value for our users. Here you create a dynamic QR code unlike many simple solutions. We offer many advantages: For example you can change the target URL of your QR codes later and view detailed statistics about the QR code calls. Our QR codes are optimized so that they can easily be printed and captured.
#10) Gg.gg’s — URL Shortener — URL Shortening Service
GG.gg is the fastest and easy way to share (so they say on their website), save, track your links. You can use GG.gg via our website or you can download GG.gg browser extentions. You can create also custom short url if You wanna get easy to remember url. GG.gg uses powerful webservers so all Your links works extremly fast.
Before you get started, I recommend you try to treat building short links, tiny urls, and short link services.. like a game!
You need to get all the short links, all of them, gotta catch em all, and hope your pokemon ball doesn’t break.
Sometimes pokemon balls break, the link breaks, which means you need to choose what pokemon ball store you buy from.
If a shortlink service decides to stop providing the service, you might lose your links pointing at your domain. Let’s discuss everything in more granularity below.
Okay, last thing about pokemon and shortlinks.
The game requires you to run around, and capture pokemon, as a collection.
If you collect a lot of shortlinks, pointing at your blog, website, service page, or content online that you want to RANK higher. You will rank higher. Shortlinks carry a lot of SEO power and help you boost your ranking on searches such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc…
Why do I even shortlink?
Shortlinks make big links less ugly.
If you send someone a long link, they will think you are crazy.
Short links are better when you need to show off the link.
Shortlinks are better because they are inviting, explains what you get, and doesn’t look like spam.
Also, if there’s a service to capture the amount of clicks, we could identify the same link two times on 1 website, email, etc… To understand what people click the most.
A story: I applied to hundreds of jobs and had a link to my portfolio. It wasn’t until I started learning about shortlinks, where I was able to understand if people speaking to me, read my resume, and if they did read my resume, what links did they click in my resume. Without knowing your audience and their habits, how are you expected to convert the user to a customer, check if your employee clicked on a link you sent them, or question people reading your resume because they clearly didn’t click to see your portfolio… Hmmm…
Let’s start building short links!
Free shortlink generators or URL shorteners are free, free of course because why would I pay for a redirect!?
You can build your own version of small URLS on your domain rather easily with most web developer tools/plugins.
But you can also use one or several shortlink tools available online. It typically takes 2 to 5’clicks and boom you have a shortlink!
You can make our own short links on your domain. But this stuff works too.
For example, I used to rank on Tableau Consulting in 140 countries, in the top 5 on google. I learned about shortlinks while trying to catch up to all the cheating happening in these searches.
Using shortlinks is a strategic way to beat cheaters, Each link is a +1, and google keeps track of what people are clicking on in your article — but without a different link, to count, how can I tell you clicked on this link, or this link to our tableau consulting squeeze page?
It’s important to diversify the links,..
Because google counts these as direct links pointing at your domain, every link is a +1. Your competitor only cares about links, not where it’s coming from, so the outlier is, don’t cheat like them!
The google algorithm is programmed by measuring the amount of links out there. Every link takes them to a new source of data, a new page of html. The shortlink service or URL shortener offers you the ability to generate a link that takes you wherever you program the traffic to go.
Generally, 🤖these shortlinks last forever. If the webmaster or creator of the service decides to kill it, all of the links die. It’s a risk — so play with caution and excitement.
Finding a shortlink service that works, is like running into a digital kind of pokemon, and you gotta catch’em all. Some will escape, buy better poke balls.
Did you enjoy the comprehensive list of shortlink generator services?
Hopefully you enjoyed the list, if you’re looking to learn more about things I blog about, check out dev3lop.com.
Hello, Tyler here. 8 yrs ago I was working at Taco Bell, Chik-Fil-A, and Einstein’s Bagels, now I’m earning over six figures and have multiple streams of income. Below you will find 6 things I see successful people do unsuccessfully.
Hanging with my best friends.
Time to listen to the rags to riches and what I see keeping people from really progressing. While working 3 jobs I also went to college fulltime. It’s possible.
Oddly enough, it’s not necessary if you start blogging…
And keep it consistent.
— seriously check out this tasty snack, lol, felt like I was eating fucken dog food. Terrible branding idea.
About my unsuccessful successful life.
I started working at 14 years old because I wanted to buy things.
I worked my entire life to get to this point and I hope my successful friends, and friends growing up in the grind, take a note, and listen.
I want people to know who you are, so let me tell you what I see others doing poorly. So you can learn from their mistakes.
In the last 4 months I’ve analyzed over 500 businesses and spoke to roughly 200+ CEO, VP, or some executive title.
Companies that range from 20million to 1billion in annual revenue. And I’ve been consulting for nearly a decade, in the enterprise business intelligence, automation, and predictive analytics space. (Yes — AI, data science, machine learning) www.dev3lop.com here’s my portfolio/llc/invention. Www.musicblip.com non-profit music label 🎶 🎼. And many more.
Websites cost <$30. 😂
One major similarity I see, people usually never move past when owning their own business/thing (or managing a Facebook group)…
They are only able to scale their success, if they can control their own personal ego.
They needed it to get where you are and need to lose it to get further. I speak from experience.
Here are 6 things they need to consider.
Successful people are not always right, that works enough to get you to this juncture
Rarely do I see anyone doing really well… who also understands how to monetize it, so don’t stress that problem today.
They do not understand the value of investing money back into the business, you’re not an investor, delegate to people who understand.
Their fear of failure keeps you from progressing.
The fear of unknown keeps you from changing.
The fear of success.. is one I’m still learning to overcome. I’m learning you can’t force success and finding a ‘network of people’ who support your crazy ideas, is key. Because most people only want to see you FAIL.
Last tip, they don’t know when or how to ask for help.
You know what you know.
Until someone shows you another way.
How to be more successful with your failures
Learning how to be more successful is a wash if you’re focused on fans or success. Failure is what helps me drive success. I’ve failed millions of times and now I’ve learned to fail trillions of times, in a split second.
Not magic, just tools. Went to college. Grinded.
Now I wear dumb shirts under my business meetings. 😂
I never really shared much about my opinion on other topics and after awhile, digital marketing felt like chasing a bull.
My sons first trip to the zoo offers a great way to find new things to talk about, exciting pictures to add to my journey, and of course, pictures relating to the text is key.
It would take me days, hours, never minutes, and never truly feel creative if it’s repetitive blogging.
Does it take days? Hours? Minutes? How creative are you if you’re not blogging about more than one topic?
Taking forever to release content?
Maybe you need to make content that isn’t so complicated?
Have you tried writing about something more exciting or interesting?
The data does not lie – it just takes a long time to make sense of what to do with the data. And boy let me tell you, if you have an idea right now, and started blogging about it, by the end of the year you could very easily be generating multiple sources of revenue.
Also, one looming fact…
My friends and family ain’t gonna read nothing about some technical shit, but share a picture of my baby or an animal, well now you’re blogging. Play to the market baby!
And if you’re the type of person who doesn’t like to read more than a little bit of the post, then let me at least explain one more thing before you bounce. Don’t mess with the bull unless you want the horns.
What I mean by that… If you build the pipeline of traffic, people will keep coming and expecting you to be at the end, and if you’re not willing to support the business, it will crumble.
Blogging about blogging, traveling, or nothing is much easier from an output perspective.
There’s an interesting amount of anxiety and stress that comes with blogging about one topic.
So, don’t start that way. Also, just start, you should blog about trying to start. Fight against the fear of the unknown is another piece of this but because I know it, and I wish I started earlier because it’s bloody easy.
Hopefully, you’re picking up what I’m trying to put down, blogging is easy.
Blogging is easy, so stop waiting for someone to give you a winning lottery ticket.
Seriously, waiting is the worst possible mistake you can make if you have the desire to get ahead.
There was a pressure to building my own business and the pressure was because of all the unknowns and fact content online that never teaches you the true path to monetizing your time.
Almost like releasing a song I produced. Then sending it to someone via email.
Hoping they actually open the email, let alone listen to 100% of the song.
A pressure from a digital perspective with very few logical steps to take, a mindful of information, and a bunch of digital marketing non-sense from “thought leaders,” who don’t really know what’s happening.
Early on building my first few blogs…
My day-to-day grind before Tyler Garrett dot com, it felt like a gradient of decisions, and nothing really stuck out.
Plus, trying to isolate on a single topic is not very exciting because our lives aren’t 100% focused on one topic.
We are not gradient decision makers, we are dynamic decision makers, and tend to lean more towards success.
Basically – Single topic blogging disables the ability to really share much beyond that single topic. Especially if it’s your business.
And from a digital marketing perspective, it’s boring building thousands of links that say “something service.”
But Tyler, I have a Face of a Troll.
We can’t all look like a 10 out of 10 and take pictures of our perfect faces, or butts, for money on Instagram, and maybe Instagram isn’t your cup of tea. So, have you considered blogging? It’s cool, Instagram is full of fake account bots and you only get 1 website link.
I believe enjoying blogging again is key to my sanity.
I used to walk and blog. Voice to text about technology. I believe enjoying blogging is key to giving yourself an outlet to talk to someone.
Without whiteboarding your ideas on paper, how do you progress your ideas, and how do you move from where you are today?
Do you want to be more successful with people you interact with? Let me tell you about a little buddy of mine called expectation setting. Also, I have pictures of our cute dog Charlie and a story about how he likes to poop inside.
After nearly a decade of learning expectation setting. I’ve only been teaching other consultants, customers, and friends for the last few years… but never wrote about it until I took a walk with my home wrecker dog, the inside pooper.
Expectation setting is free and an extremely powerful tool often not considered when working with other people.
What do cute dogs and expectation setting have to do with each other?
Setting your expectations on my blog.
My goal with this blog is too quickly explain four easy to remember concepts. Setting expectations can be simple.
On this blog, you will learn 4 helpful tips with setting expectations.
You made it this far, you’re interested in improving yourself, just like me. You have a knack for picking up new things and learning is important to you.
Am I wrong?
Working with humans is essential to success.
Setting peoples expectations or knowing when to adapt to their expectations is critical.
Both are equally significant.
Become a social engineering hacker.
You need to be a social engineering hacker. Learning these simple tips below will get your mind thinking about new ideas.
I am not telling you to go bowling with everyone to become there friend.
What I’m saying is, you need to be able to social engineer your way through life, and you can’t do that without reading what others have done successfully.
#1 storytelling sets expectations
It is natural for people to tell stories. When you are nervous, convincing someone, explaining your side of a situation, and millions of other reasons.
Building a relationship with your audience is very helpful if you want humans to trust you.
I’m walking my dog Charlie right now because I do not want Charlie to poop inside of the house. When Charlie poops in the house my wife gets upset.
Charlie has set an expectation the family needs to follow. Otherwise, through cause and effect, we have a negative impact at home.
If expectation setting needed a mascot, here’s Charlie. Charlie wants to poop inside.
We have some conditional logic to follow in order to keep the home life suitable.
If we don’t take Charlie on walks, we have to clean up poop in the house. When I take Charlie for a walk, I am still picking up poop, but my wife is happy.
Charlie poops where ever Charlie wants to poop. Lighting makes a big difference.
Saying the phrase, picking between two evils, is easy to say but without a good poop story… Sometimes your audience may not necessarily be engaged in your communication.
Engaging humans will help you in life. Talking with no purpose and losing your audience is not a good use of your time.
Building a relationship with someone on the fly is not easy. Telling somebody a poop story they can relate to makes;
building a relationship
having successful communication
or closing a big deal…
It’s not your fault, we as humans are not used to quickly trusting other people because we have past experiences that are not always positive.
I stepped on dog poop. This was not a very positive experience. I don’t trust Charlie.
#2 ask your audience what they expect.
Out of thousands of people that have relied on me to help them, not one of them would have been upset if I asked them what they expected of our time together.
Maximizing time with other people becomes more and more important as you get older. When you start building a family, working with executives, or dealing with your dog’s poop.
Here’s the flip side of that thought process.
Having a clear understanding of what others expect out of you professionally is invaluable.
The better you get at your job the more people can expect out of your capabilities. But even at your peak professionally, you need to be able to set clear and understandable expectations for everyone.
#3 have expectation goals to set
If you need to set expectations with a human, keep it simple. Chances are most people are not as intelligent as you are, and most people are intimidated by intelligence.
Have a goal before going into your meeting, don’t treat it like a high school project.
Before I founded dev3lop, I built another company with a group of people. One of the guys in the consultancy decided to take on a meeting with a customer, without fully preparing for his presentation.
If you treat a professional engagement with another person like a high school project, you will not be very successful. Always be prepared 24 hours before your meeting.
I literally had to tell the guy, “This is not high school, this is a multi-million dollar business asking guidance with a $200k decision, and your working on the presentation 30 mins before the meeting?”
If the presentation isn’t done before the meeting, chances are you’re not considering what others expect out of your work.
Pro tip: Focus on the how what, and why. Complete work 24hrs before the deadline. Strive to find easy ways to set an expectation and also what to expect next.
#4 next steps – what to expect in the future.
When you are meeting someone for the first time, consider what is important for the future. If you want them to maintain a relationship with you, verbalize your next steps as a team.
“Let’s take a walk tonight Charlie. I want to pick up your poop outside.”
I’ve failed more than succeeded, which makes success easier to find.