Rob’s talk was similar and also not similar to Elle’s. He also talked about taking the leap. I think the best thing he said the whole time was... if you take the leap, what’s the worst that can happen? Death. Yup. But the good thing about death is that we all know we are going to die someday and so we can go ahead and cross that off of the list of things to worry about. Because its true. We all die. Thats a certainty. So stop worrying about that. Most likely, the biggest risk we take is negatively affecting the relationships we have with the people who are the most important to us. His risk was starting his own business. Twice over. And he’s successful in it. Take the risk. Find your boundaries. Invite others to risk with you. Bet on yourself.
Risk early, risk often, fail quickly.
Max Shapiro – Strategy in the Service of Design
Not going to lie. At this point in the day I was just too hangry to listen to much of anything. Max’s talk was good but I really didn’t write anything down in my notes because mostly I was thinking about all the things I could be eating. Sorry for spacing out, Max. I’m a jerk.
Susan Betteridge – Why Words Matter
Again. Mostly just hangry. I did manage to write down “We are all writers. We are all storytellers.” And told myself to watch Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk, “Schools kill creativity”
Lisa Congdon – Build It and They Will Come: Getting and Sustaining the Work of Your Dreams
I was pretty jazzed about getting to see Lisa’s talk. Her talk was pretty much what the title said. How to get/maintain work. Very practical advice.
Be you. Embrace your own path.
Be prolific. The more work you make, the more work you get.
Be brave. Share your work.
Be communal. Surround yourself with good people.
Be adaptable. Learn not to be rigid.
Be firm. Know your boundaries and speak openly.
Be adventurous. Pursue your “crazy” ideas.
Be dependable. Answer emails and meet deadlines.
Be Gracious. Treat everyone with kindness.
Be (occasionally) disentangled. Relax & refuel
Travis Life – Lawyer Up! Practical Legal Tips for the Creative Business
Travis’ talk was basically a run down of the types of companies a person can be, the difference between them, why you should become one of them, and I feel like it could be summed up with: get a lawyer.
Mare Swallow – Present Yourself with Clarity and Confidence
Mare had some practical tips on how to get a person to call you back. Basically: get a business card (that isn’t free), get a website (that looks good), pay attention to details (reread emails), communicate well (don’t swear/bad mouth), and know the business you’re trying to get an interview with (read up, cyberstalk).
Max Temkin – 30 Power Tips to Synergize Your Cloud Based Revenue Community/Making Things on the Internet and Giving Them Away for Free
Book Recommendations: David Foster Wallace
**If anyone can find the youtube clip that Max Temkin played at the beginning of the talk of the girl playing ukulele and singing about the Mars rover, please send it to me. I wanted to include it here but no amount of googling is helping me find it.
I was THRILLED to get to see Max Temkin speak. Last Winter my friends introduced me to the most messed up version of Apples to Apples that ever existed. Its called Cards Against Humanity. And Max was one of the founders. So when I saw he was going to be at this conference I was excited. Honestly. I’m not totally sure what I was expecting. I thought it would be funny or goofy. But his talk was not necessarily that.
Max discussed his experience getting Humans vs Zombies started at his college campus. Basically, its a game where people chase each other around and some have nerf guns/socks. It sounds like a lot of fun. It started out small, just a dozen or so players, but its grown to involve up to 500 students over the span of a week. He talked about how they got together and established their values and were able to scale the game without ruining it.
CAH is similar in a lot of ways. Its a game that subverts power structures (which is why its so funny) and is also free. You can purchase the cards, but you can also go to the website and download a pdf of the game and print them out yourself. Which is pretty rad!
What sorts of things can you accomplish if your goal isn’t to make money? This is something that came up in a few of the talks (especially Elle and Rob’s). If money isn’t the object, what is? What do you do in your day to connect people together? “Better to fail than to suck.” Do your thing.
Ann Friedman – Bye, Hater: How to Use Criticism of All Kinds to Improve Your Work Instead of Hinder It
Ann was hilarious. I don’t think I’ve read anything by her but I definitely plan on it now. To sum up her talk: haters gonna hate. Listen to critics who respect you. Listen to people who want to see you succeed. Don’t listen to people who aren’t invested in you. Don’t listen to people who are irrational in their hate. If you’re getting hate, it means someone is paying attention to you. And thats good. If nothing else, its a motivation to improve.
Thanks again to Quite Strong for making MoxieCon happen! I had so much fun.