Pinch Me: My First Guest Appearance On DisrupTV

Talking K-Pop, Incorta’s Founding Story, and Context-Aware Data With Some of The Most Inquisitive and Insightful Minds in Enterprise Technology

Disclaimer: The quotes below are lightly edited for length and clarity.

Last week, I had the great honor of joining Brian Solis (@briansolis) and Nicole France (@lnfrance) on DisrupTV (@DisrupTVShow) Episode 194 with Vala Afshar (@valaafshar) and Ray Wang (@rwang0) – some of my all-time favorite people in the world of enterprise tech. 

My segment begins at 24m44s, but I highly recommend watching the full episode. Yes, I wore a suit and tie – I could not pass up the opportunity to out dress Brian for once! 

This was my first time as a guest on the program and it was a truly unforgettable experience. Here are some key highlights:

Brian Solis – Global Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce

First up was my dear friend Brian Solis – eight-time best-selling author, international keynote speaker, digital anthropologist, and Global Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce. He shared insights on enterprise scenario planning in the “novel economy” that is now emerging in the wake of COVID-19, the future of AI in the enterprise, the rise of AI economists, and the importance of developing a more adaptable mindset.

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Your Grandparents Can Probably Give You Better Relationship-Building Advice Than Digital Marketers

Audible version complete with waltzing grandparents and crazy neighbors

Digital technology and platforms have radically changed the way that people connect in recent decades, both in our personal lives and professionally. Now, as the world confronts a global pandemic, we are relying on these new methods more than ever before. 

But while email, SMS, and social platforms like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn make it “easy” to find and connect with people, building meaningful relationships is another story altogether. 

Yes, digital technology can open the door – but it’s good old fashioned relationship building that gets you invited inside. This may sound obvious to most people nowadays, but I still see it go wrong all the time. There are long-standing social norms and conventions that people seem to forget – or outright disregard – when communicating over digital channels, and that only makes it harder to build lasting relationships. 

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Words Matter… But Context and Serendipity Matter More

Audible version featuring Theo Lau and Matthew Halliday

A few weeks ago, Theo Lau (@psb_dc) – founder of @UnconventionVc and someone who enjoys amazing tiramisu baked by her superhuman kids – tweeted about a couple of LinkedIn connection requests that she flat-out rejected:

At the time, I was thinking a lot about the interplay between words, context, and serendipity – and then it struck me… What a perfect opportunity for an experiment! 

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A Bunny Loves Nuts Not Carrots

or… An Audience Loves Performances Not Presentations

Audible version featuring Bobby and an Irish Siri

Did you know that the word “bunny” actually comes from the English word “bun” which once meant “squirrel” and was also used as a term of endearment? Mind blown 🤯 

This bit of trivia, which one of my children recently educated me on, got me thinking about how often we use words without giving much thought to where they came from. We so easily lose sight of the etymology of a word as its meaning evolves – sometimes it becomes richer; other times it reduces into a label. 

Here’s a more timely example: Presentation

Talk about a word that fills people with dread. Why is that? I believe it’s because many of us interpret the word “presentation” in a way that is a far cry from its original meaning. What do you think about when you hear it? Slide decks built from outdated templates, bullet point overload, cheesy clip art…? 

If you ask me, we have settled for a very poor substandard – and that’s a mistake. Today, with so much communication now taking place via video conferencing in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the art of presenting is taking on a new level of importance in our day-to-day work. For most of us, that means it’s time to level up our presentation skills – and that starts with getting back to the heart of what it actually means to deliver a “presentation.”

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