‘Captivology’ by Ben Parr [Saturday Morning Review]

Captivology Saturday Morning Review

We live in a world where getting noticed is getting harder and harder. Whether we’re launching a start-up, trying to promote a book, or convincing people to read our blog, our targeted audience is bombarded with messages and information. How do you stand out from the crowds? Captivology (clever title by the way) is all about the psychology of capturing people’s attention, whatever you may need it for. It discusses seven ‘attention triggers’, more or less scientifically proven methods of ... Continue Reading

‘The Art of Social Media’ by Guy Kawasaki & Peg Fitzpatrick [Saturday Morning Review]

Saturday Morning Review - The Art of Social Media

Guy and Peg are seasoned veterans of using social media to get the message out about different events and causes. In the Art of Social media they unleash 100 different tips within 12 different chapters to help you get to grips with social media. I went into this book with the wrong expectations. I knew that Guy likes to publish a book on the topic he has been helping to promote most recently and the Art of Social Media is no different, I just expected it to be a bit different. You see his ... Continue Reading

4 Tips to Read More This Year

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A study by the Pew Research Center found that about a quarter of adults in the U.S. had not read a book in the past year. Finding the time and motivation to read can be tricky but the benefits prove it’s a worthy investment. There are advantages to giving the mind an exercise: reading even burns more calories than watching TV, The New York Times reported. If you’ve been falling behind on your reading, now’s the time to pick up your book habit again. So what is the secret to those Americans who ... Continue Reading

What the Church Can Learn from Silicon Valley

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I recently read The Internet is Not the Answer by Andrew Keen. (Read my review here, and then go read the book itself!) While I was reading it, I had several thoughts that I'll be sharing with you over the next few weeks, the first of which is just how interconnected Silicon Valley is. Some of the founders of major Web 2.0 companies were a part of failed Web 1.0 companies and several have now gone on to found and/or fund new tech companies. At first, I wanted to call this a bit incestuous, but ... Continue Reading

The Internet is Not the Answer by Andrew Keen [Saturday Morning Review]

Saturday Morning Review - The Internet is Not the Answer by Andrew Keen

I was in my final years of high school when the Dot Com Bubble burst. I wasn't really into tech back then, but I remember how, before the burst, lots of people were acting like we'd finally stepped into the future, as if we'd actually made it and were living in The Jetson's, minus all of the stuff that made that show awesome. (Flying cars! We were promised flying cars!) And then... Pop! Goodbye, future! However, I was then in my last years of college when this thing called "The Facebook" ... Continue Reading

‘The Wounded Spirit’ by Frank E. Peretti [Saturday Morning Review]

Saturday Morning Review - The Wounded Spirit

I've written plenty of app reviews, a few albums and books; but this is the first time I've ever written such a personal review of a book. In some ways, this feels like my first Saturday Morning Review since we first baked up the idea for ChurchMag. Giving recommendations always feels a little scary to me. Fear of rejection? Judgement? I don't know. Maybe we've all experienced a time when we recommended some bit of media to someone, only to find that they either 1) They hated it; or 2) You ... Continue Reading

‘Talk Like TED’ by Carmine Gallo [Saturday Morning Review]

Saturday Morning Review - Talk Like Ted

I love TED talks. I must have watched dozens of them, if not more. The concept of learning something new—and often inspirational—in a mere 18 minutes is my idea of fun. Some Talks have literally changed my life, like Brené Brown’s stunning talk on vulnerability and shame. Plus, most TED talks are great talks to watch and listen to. That’s because Ted keeps a high standard and presenters usually prepare extremely well. ... Continue Reading