So, you learn something. Now what?

“what do you want me to do, to do for you, to see you through?” – The Grateful Dead, “box of rain”

Let’s say you are reading a book and you come across an idea that so brilliant that it makes you exclaim, “this book is worth its weight in gold!”

Now what?

We fill in blank spaces in our understanding through our research and our spontaneous learning. But what will turn this wisdom into action or identity?

I have a lot of posters that I have designed of my ideas on my wall. I think by designing in adobe illustrator, you might create something amazing. It does get distracting though – it’s not like taking notes in my smartphone, I have to open adobe illustrator and design and I wind up making something beautiful but… It’s not exactly “taking notes from reading”. And putting the poster on my own wall isn’t exactly changing the world, although it could be critical to altering my habits over time.

What is it that I can design that you will enjoy and learn from? Perhaps encoding wisdom into information objects that teach other people is a good use of what you have learned.

If I read a book, I ought to make an audiobook of it. That way I can listen to the brilliant wisdom while I make my coffee. I don’t have to sit there and reread it again – I can just press play. I should take my own advice. I should press record and make audiobooks of the most important new books that I have read.

When you make your own audiobook, you burn in the wisdom. If you listen to the audiobook that you make again and again, I believe that wisdom will become encoded into your behavior. You will take action on what you of learned through a form of self hypnosis.

To make your own audiobook with Tinyvox, simply open the app, read out the highlights into it and hit pause often to ensure that tape is dense. Use standard quality, because you might go on for over 20 minutes, and high-quality audio over 20 minutes has issues with sharing – the file size is too big and the upload sometimes chokes, so use standard quality for your audiobooks, please.

I’m going to do this now. I just read an amazing book, and I highlighted so much of it. I’m going to take the parts that I highlighted and read them into Tinyvox tape. Then I’m going to make coffee while listening back to the book.

With luck, I will be an expert at public speaking through this tactic because I will be articulating verbally ideas that inspire me, making me more inspiring verbally in general. You should try this and become smarter, because we all have the same amount of time to act – right now.

“for this is all a dream we dreamed one afternoon, long ago.”

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The gold coin theory of human communication

Communications happens when I have a coin of wisdom and I pass it along to another person through the Internet, after which they suddenly have a duplicate of my original coin of wisdom, ideally giving them the desire to duplicate and spread the coin of wisdom himself or herself. unless the inventory of wisdom of my audience increases because of my spreading my goal to them, the communication can be said to have failed.

I have mined many ideas, rich veins of gold from books, old class notes and my own imagination. After all this work, I metaphorically have a leather pouch of golden coins. I melt them with my brain and put them into the screen. Talking is the easiest way to communicate with the screen in this quantity, as I have a lot of gold coins. When I finally am able to melt my gold coins into the screen, I will have put my gold out there for all to see. However, that does not mean that I have communicated yet!

You, and you, and you and you and you. All of you must recognize that the gold is here. You must gather gold. You must want gold, and recognize that what I am offering you is gold. In today’s world it is very difficult to distinguish gold from fools’ gold, from copper, from an illusion. Who can you trust in this world of a million apps and a billion messages?

Everyone wants you to pay attention, but I want to pay attention to you. I want to hear your voice on Twitter, as does everybody tuned into you. You have gold coins of wisdom that need to be spread among the people.

It’s your call. I want you to trust your own voice. I don’t want to be the only person with the voice in the world wide web. I want to hear from you, because I believe in you. Freedom of speech was given to us so that we might use it.

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Getting value out of your notes

If you’ve taken notes on a book, when you replay those notes, you will inevitably feel reactions.

Have a notebook out while you listen back to your notes, to capture those reactions. Your reactions, articulated in your own special way, are original content. That content turns into your paper, your next blog entry, etc.

Original content is who you are. It forms the basis of your online identity. It’s very important to capture your original thoughts, lest they disappear.

Reframing the ideas that you captured can help you synthesize your newfound knowledge into personal, operational wisdom. Don’t just read a book, read the heck out of it! make an audio tape of your highlights with Tinyvox and replay it along with another device to type into or just a notepad with a sharpie marker.

Tapes you make to capture this value can be useful for yourself, but if you are excited about the idea, please share it on YouTube using the app because we all can gain from the wisdom you have discovered and are amplifying with your own interpretation and analysis.

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Command your troops to get things done faster

You can use Tinyvox to send your ideas to your group using your own voice. This is a very clear way to communicate. There is no static or misinterpretation when you speak directly, and unlike a voice mail, you can be sure that it has been sent because you will get an email receipt every time you email the private MP3 out from the Tinyvox app.

This will free you from having to articulate in text what you have in your brain waves. If you can get this system working, you can communicate so much more directly and get so much more done with your team. others will lead you and ought to read this article first. So pass this on to your boss.

I know this sounds awkward. But in order to lead, you must be able to issue commands. And those commands need to be obeyed. I understand this might make you squeamish, but this is how humanity progresses. Leadership is the art of making this awkward situation more fun for all involved.

How can you issue commands if you are speaking to someone who doesn’t respect you? How can you issue commands if your tone is shrill, absent a crisis situation? How can you issue commands if you are not clear, if you don’t have your timing down? Issuing a single commander doesn’t get hurt impacts your credibility your evocatively. Before you start ordering people around, think about this article.

But you can only do this successfully if you are being listened to. They will only care about what you have to say if you are a leader, not a boss. Here are some tips.

1) understand your position power.

Your position lets you get followers to comply with your commands and accept your leadership. Do you have a position? Can you make one up that anyone might respect?

Your position power is the basis with which you can get things done interpersonally. A family member or close friend counts – who could you lead in order to get something massive done, and why would they listen to your commands? If you can answer this question, you can create a position for yourself to make it so.

You might already be in charge of a team, and you need to understand the power you wield as a supervisor. You can communicate or you can wish your staff were telepathic. The choice is yours.

2) structure your task in order to be clear.

You are going to be programming people. Get over it. This means you need to be very clear in how you operate your people – your program must be bug free and well commented.

Decision: how much time can you spend before proposing leadership? The more time you spend structuring your task in advance of issuing commands, the smoother the entire process will go.

When you make a decision to make a task happen, what’s your justification that this needs to get done? You need to verify that the task is the best way to get to your goal by doing research. Read a book!”The book to ensure that you can back up your requests logically. Certainly reading online information can help as well. Make sure your task is structured to get the goal done according to a model that has succeeded for somebody else out there once sometime in history if possible. can your decision be logically supported? Trace the logic of what you are asking. Ask other people for feedback about your plan.

3) clarify the goal.

Are the requirements of the task known to the group members you need to command?

If the goal is clear, and the team buys into your goal, you can form a foundation for issuing commands. Use the goal like a soapbox. Stand up on the soapbox and start talking, explaining how the goal will be reached faster if the sequence of tasks you propose is undertaken wholeheartedly by the entire group.

3) pick only one path to the goal.

Your group is a bundle of energy – synergy. This synergy is dynamic and can get so many things done. Among your group is a bundle of capabilities – your capability inventory, which you should write out explicitly. What can each member of your team do?

We know there are multiple paths to get to the goal given these capabilities, but there is only one right way. You know this in your heart. Find the right way. This knowledge is the basis of your leadership and will serve you well as your confidence is buffeted by forces from outside and inside your project group.

Direct the synergy down a single path. We all know there are many things you can get done. The synergy doesn’t want to think as much as it wants to get things done. Feel the synergy pulsing in your group, and point the way. Get one thing done, deliver, get another thing done, deliver.

Solution specificity is the level of options you have to get to your destination, and you need to be the judge of the best way to do it – again, verifying your decisions with research and feedback. There should be only one correct solution and a single path to the goal.

4) love your people.

If you have good relations with your group members, that’s the most important electricity path for your ability to command. If you love them and they love you, you can be managing and controlling without arousing negative responses by your team.

Be able to pointed your past successes. Also monitor the situation to find good news. If things are going well, nobody will have a reason to reject your commanding behavior, and you’ll together get to your goals sooner so you can all relax and celebrate the completion of your goal.

The most favorable situation for a leader is one in which leader–member relations are good, the task is highly structured, and the leaders position power is strong.

Commanding gets things done faster and more efficiently than consensus, let’s face it. It’s best to switch up leadership roles, rather than discuss with the group what needs to get done, because your vision must remain paramount if you are going to be a leader. Certainly you will be marching your team down this path, so in the future be willing to roll up your sleeves for the tasks led by others in your team if equitable command is something value by your group. Some groups, however, depend on you to take the lead on a permanent basis – don’t flinch, it’s you or nobody, because the group will coalesce around success if you get this task done.

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Communication and group cohesion

If the group is to function effectively, its members must be able to communicate easily and efficiently.

The more cohesive a group, the higher its productivity. The cohesive group can achieve goals it accepts more efficiently. a goal of a cohesive group is more social activity. The cohesive group does whatever it tries to do better than the noncohesive group. Motivational factors are increased.

Cohesiveness increases the effective synergy of the group. It produces more favorable attitudes toward the group on the part of its members, and it reduces the amount of energy that is needed to maintain the group. This increases the effective synergy, or group energy, letting it attain goals more effectively and produce greater satisfaction for the group members.

Facilitate the free flow of ideas, knowledge, and information throughout your communication networks. Communication determines group effectiveness.

Group members usually are assigned a task to perform working together as a group under conditions which require communication for completion. members of cohesive groups are motivated to respond positively to others in the group.

We interact with those others who are attractive to us. Groups give us opportunity for interaction. We choose to join groups composed of attractive persons. Both the quantity and quality of interaction are related to the cohesiveness of your group. Cohesiveness and amount of communication are correlated.

Cohesiveness facilitates verbal interaction. It can be based on interpersonal attraction, task performance, or group prestige. leaders of cohesive groups behave democratically. cohesive groups engage in much more pleasurable incidental activity, leading to innovation.

Cohesive groups engage in more social interaction, engage in more positive interactions, exert greater influence over their members, succeed in achieving goals they set for themselves, and have higher member satisfaction. Friendly, cooperative, democratic groups are attractive to talented individuals and get the job done.

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Make some noise, make some history

Things are happening all the time. You sense these things and react in the present to maintain your position and maybe improve on it by capitalizing on an opportunity.

History as written by real historians goes back and consults source documentation such as you can quickly create with tinyvox. The tapes you make today could be materials for future historical research – especially if what you transmit has to do with a celebrity, an event, or just a time capsule of what one human thinks at this specific moment in history.

The personal history you will create with tinyvox will give you a battery with which to store your inspiration so you can consult it later and become inspired again.

If you’ve ever done something once, you can do it again today. You haven’t lost anything – you need to think about what you can accomplish with your historical capabilities.

Proof that you can do certain things effectively, whether it’s bike around the block or convince a teacher for an extension, is clear to hear when you tape your experiences regularly.

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Senders and receivers

Communication is the fundamental social process. It’s a highly intricate network of partial or complete understandings between the members of a society.

Informational, instructional, persuasive, and entertaining communications cause receivers to process in different modes. Advertising combines persuasion and information, attracting attention and goodwill with entertainment. If we can make our entertainment ability resonate within our messages, they will be fun to decipher and get shared by people in informal groups.

Reputation is how we skip checking information – we confer a reputation upon information sources that have provided ideas in the past.

Communication is an action. It is something people do. The sender is talking to himself first – there is no assurance that the receiver is actually going to receive the message, other then prior communication success.

Institutions exist to house communications. Thousands of individual communications form the essence of organizations. Our group relationships enter into how we use communications and how communications impact us.

There is a sender and there is a receiver. There is a message. That is all communication is. the sender may have an agenda in communicating. The sender trying to persuade is immediately discounted by the receiver. Better to create instructional material that is valued by each receiver, and then promote that instructional material, rather than pitch people who aren’t listening.

The receiver has a social relationship to the sender, however weak. There are consequences of accepting or acting on communications. The receiver puts the new communication together with an understanding of the message in symbolic and structural terms. The message is sent under certain conditions. The receiver has certain abilities, and has innate responses and learned responses to various styles of communication.

Sharing is communication within a relationship. The audience is not a sitting target. Messages sent can be garbled by the receiver. Groups that people belong to affect their communication habits, causing them to choose and react to messages that defend the norms of their valued groups. People consult other members of the groups as to how they should interpret or respond to messages.

Messages contain information, packaged with other variables. Some presentations are two-sided, some are one sided. Some are more important than others, some are more recent than others. The use they expect to gain from content is the most important aspect of what people select and remember from communication.

Messages are a collection of symbols. These symbols are inherently meaningless, without cultural learning to allow the sender to encode in the same language that the receiver can decode. Even with the same language, the message is never interpreted exactly the same by any two receivers, because they are coming at it from different perspectives in space, time, and relationships.

The sender desires a response. The sender must carefully construct a message so the receiver will respond in that way. If the receiver responds in that way, the sender may take that as a “green light” – an invitation to send more messages containing additional information on this topic.

Receivers swim in an ocean of stimuli available to them in their Sense Field. Receivers select from the content of any message they choose, and they interpret and act or ignore it according to their own desires.

Receivers inform themselves about changes. Changes are what we are most sensitive to, because changes pose challenges and opportunities. There are surface reasons for communication, and layers of implications as well. Social norms like patriotism and self-sacrifice permeate how we communicate and interpret the world. An artist relates to an audience, a teacher to students, a leader to followers.

Danger and opportunity lead to more communication because of more motivation. We communicate with groups to perform surveillance of the environment, consensus about options and decisions, and socialization so people don’t have to make the same decisions over again. We want to expand their picture of reality by learning of opportunities and dangers. We want to share a common knowledge of our environment. We want members of our groups to play their roles and abide by norms and customs. We want people in our group to be entertained, distracted from troubles, and artistically inspired. We want to enjoy, relax, sometimes escape from real problems, and sometimes game oblique insight into our situations. Our goal is to gain a working consensus on decisions, when analyzing followers, exert some influence on behavior, and put resources into our hopes and dreams. You want to take action with as much information as possible, and behave in a socially attractive way.

Moviegoers identify with heroes and draw vicarious pleasure from their strength and character. We seek advice on how to solve some of our own problems in the media.

All of us are oriented to pay attention to various signs and messages. When two or more of us share an orientation, we form an audience for that sign source. The encoding of a message must be done with skill if it originates from a sender who does not really know the receiver personally. Events cause changes in the environment, which are picked up by the senses and transmitted to other human beings through communication.

Communication produces feelings in the recipient. His feelings impact before the actual information is delivered – the first impression, the media used, the timing of the message in the receivers life all play a powerful role in the success of a communication. When the communication leaves the sender, and hasn’t yet hit the receiver, the message exists in interpersonal limbo and can be deciphered by others.

Language is an abstraction. We required ways of referring to objects and activities without having to point at them or pantomime them. Encoding messages lets us communicate information further than our own mortal time span if it is adapted by others and resonates around society.

The receiver can communicate to the sender after receiving a message. This is called feedback. Feedback guides further communications, and lets the sender know how the messages being received. Noise is anything extra in the communication channel that accidentally gets in there. This includes distracting and competing elements, such as a pretty girl walking by or a jet plane that flies over. Messages deteriorate before they are decoded and interpreted by receivers. We seek media with high signal to noise ratios to overcome the threat of distortion.

Different media tactics are used in different situations. The situation may pose constraints which limit communication options.

The very act of communication sets up a temporary group. The more communication goes on within this group, the more real it becomes. More people join, and roles are enacted. The group develops norms and goals and an outlook for information. Information then enters the group and is interpreted collectively. The group decides together, often acting together in order to get the most out of the new information.

Communicators display signs which attract specific targeted receivers out of the general market. Some receivers are actively looking for specific information, some receivers are actively avoiding communication. The sign created by the would-be communicator must be inherently attractive if the communicator doesn’t want to put energy into forcing others to pay attention.

Between the sender and the receiver exists a common ground. If the sender and the receiver both have a common experience, a basis for effective communication can be established around that experience. if the sender is explaining an experience outside the frame of reference of the receiver, common ground must be established first.

The form of a message can communicate purity and make it pleasant to read or listen to or look at. Timing of messages and sequencing of communications is critical for the sender to make sure the communications won’t fail. most communications falls on deaf ears because the receiver has no idea what the sender is talking about, or who the sender even is.

First establish who you are, and make them care about that. Then determine to resonate with them emotionally. Only now, deliver the payload of information – and then, promote it so that the total message hits at the perfect time for a given receiver.

Perceptions happen in the present or can be stored in memory. Social relationships and role patterns are perceived and valued by most people. Perceptions can trigger psychological processes that affect the response to communications.

Communications is two separate acts, one performed by the sender, one performed by the receiver. The communicator is also part of groups that impact what, how, why, where, and to whom effort is made to communicate on an ongoing or sporadic basis.

When deciphering the message, the receiver is in a state of suspended animation. When you read a big book, you can get hypnotized and forget the time is passing. An anesthetic hypnosis overcomes us when we are watching a movie or playing a videogame. Hours pass while we chat on the phone or post songs to Facebook. We lose ourselves in communication. We seek further opportunities to pleasurably dissolve our consciousness in the communications of others. We pay Netflix to be brainwashed. this is because our real friends aren’t as interesting as the magicians of Hollywood. If communicators were more interesting, more people would listen. We need to encourage users to be interesting.

The mass media contribute to changes in taste, audience feedback adds to changes in the media, and the cycle continues. persuasion changes attitudes, attitudes change behavior, and behavior reinforces the attitude until it becomes a standard.

One mind may affect another through procedures. Each of these procedures is an active communication. Human relations developed through symbols understood in the mind. A dog can’t understand a word written out. Symbols can be conveyed through space and time.

Information is not the same as communication. Information consists of knowledge, ideas, thoughts, and messages. Influence, emotion, timing and relationship are also part of every communication. Information reduces uncertainty. After information is conveyed, possibilities can be highlighted for the receiver to act upon. Other possibilities can be diminished so that the receiver only sees the possibilities highlighted by the sender. Motivated by the sender to consider outcomes, the receiver acts on the sender’s suggestion. A relationship is the medium for all communication, because we don’t pay attention without some relationship to ourselves.

The deeper the relation, the more we tune in to the message. We can form relationships with imaginary concepts such as Coca-Cola, which lets Coca-Cola communicate effectively to us. Brands are symbols that can communicate to human beings through forming a relationship with them over time. Relationships cause us to be in tune with each other, focusing for moments at a time on the same information from unique perspectives, often yielding insight. We seek to contribute to our social relationships through communication. We want to contribute meaning and emotional content. We come to relationships with certain expectations each day.

The mass media make communication possible over great distances, extending our senses of sight and hearing through television, films, and the radio. Even if we aren’t paying attention, we are affected by the ideas forced into the mainstream by the forces of capital.

Receivers pick up random messages all the time. Sly communicators can frame their messages so the receiver feels like they just happened to find out. we tend to look at messages that are close at hand, rather than making the effort to search for what we really want. Ambient messages may not be targeted to us properly, so they will have less impact even though they will have much more coverage.

The expectation of reward from looking in certain places for information leads others to subscribe to a channel. the sender can introduce elements of potential reward in communications to motivate receivers to consider outcomes. Positive outcomes motivate us to adopt new behaviors. Negative potential outcomes make us look for preemptive solutions.

cultivate a reputation for solid information and people will tune in and tell other people about you. Stimulate further learning activity. Once you get even the tiniest bit of attention, communicate. See if your communication is accepted – was it comprehended? Will they remember it for later? What made them tune in to your message over every other one they are handling? What reward does your message offer that will get them to pay attention?

Tinyvox communicates with very little noise. It’s a very direct way of speaking, and speaking is less ambiguous than typing. On Twitter and Facebook, talking affords far richer experience for the sender. We need people to receive the messages posted and like them, a lot!

Being a receiver is full of decisions. Close your eyes and sense all the messages that came to you today. You sense them with your eyes, ears, and memory. You’ve got a topical radar, looking out for pieces of information from the outside world that fit neatly into patterns you have been holding your entire adult life. Information that fits these patterns gets filed and is seen as useful – the most important value for communications.

For example, a student with a smartphone is tuned in to apps. They are also tuned into their own needs and stresses as a student. They have a collection of apps already, and explaining that Tinyvox is an app helps them slot the message we are sending them into a certain pattern. What else would be adjacent to Tinyvox in that pattern? For a student, Evernote, tumblr, twitter, Facebook – all of these form larger entities in their cognitive frame of reference. Tinyvox relates to each of these frames of reference, and we will create documentation to explain this opportunity to students worldwide.

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