Super8: Eight intriguing articles from May.

What a month it has been. Whether you felt the transition to cool mornings in the southern hemisphere or welcomed the new northern sun, this month has been marked by change.

Although there have been more changes made than meets the eye. Change can take a number of shapes and forms, some more visible than others. Personal development is one of those subtle changes that happens over time and often requires some support to progress.

We’ve been consuming a range of thought-provoking and thought-provoking content in this space throughout May, and we think you might find a golden nugget or two in these resources as well.

Hosted by Harley Crispin, we explore strategies for getting your goals started, storytelling techniques for engaging presentations, and how to approach your personal brand like a project manager. It’s Super8 in May.

1. Approach your personal brand like a project manager.

In today’s world, there are a plethora of platforms at your fingertips that you can join to share your work and make connections within your industry. While it’s exciting to embrace these platforms, knowing where to start can be just as daunting.

Above all else, it’s important to create and refine a distinct and consistent tone of voice across all of your accounts. A consistent digital presence is key to building your personal brand.

This article outlines 6 helpful steps to make progress in building your brand so you can stand out from the crowd. We suggest having a laptop nearby when diving into this one.

2. How to brainstorm brilliant ideas as a team – without falling into “groupthink”.

Team gathered in an office space for a stand-up meeting

Team brainstorming is the basis of many good ideas, but is not always used effectively. Sometimes team environments can limit the creative potential of the group. This is a psychological phenomenon called groupthink, which suggests that people strive to reach agreement within a group.

In this article, Sabrina Habib explores the ingredients that create meaningful brainstorming to unleash your team’s creative juices and reach new heights.

Ultimately, a space where everyone feels comfortable expressing themselves freely is a fertile space for creativity, collaboration, and innovation.

3. How to make a good first impression.

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Research shows that first impressions can have a lasting impact and can shape how others perceive you. It’s worth asking what makes a good first impression? And how can you leverage that to make sure you start off on the right foot?

In this article, Rebecca Knight shares a series of strategies and guiding principles to help others see the best in you from your first contact. It’s worth having a read to learn more about the behavioral and mental changes needed to implement these strategies and see real results.

4. Sell to different types of buyers.

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  • Listen to the podcast here.
  • Hosted by: David C. Baker and Blair Enns.
  • Contributed by: Maikel Daloo.

In this episode of 2Bobs, David C. Baker and Blair Enns explain the four different types of buyers: ‘convenience’, ‘relationship’, ‘price’, ‘value’ and ‘poker’. They argue that you can’t be a good pricer without also being a good seller.

If you’re looking for information and the tools to get the most out of your business negotiations, we recommend listening to the full episode. Plus, it’s the perfect length for your next walk or commute to the office.

5. Goal Setting: A scientific guide to setting and achieving goals.

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Goals form the basis for our personal improvement, both personally and professionally. Yet when we don’t achieve our goals, how often do we sit back and reflect on the strategy we used to achieve it?

In this article, James Clear explains how to set goals you’re more likely to follow and shares best practices for ensuring you’re well-equipped to achieve your goals consistently.

Something that resonated with us in this piece is reframing how we think about our goals. James challenges you to consider the costs you’re willing to pay, rather than focusing on the reward at the end of the day. What may seem like a subtle change can be a game changer. But don’t just take our word for it, try it yourself.

6. Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations.

Illustration of a person falling on a timeline

Humans are wired for stories – they stay in our heads long after a conversation and help us remember all the key points. It can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking that public speaking is something you were born with. While this may have some merit, there are also a number of ways to hone your presentation skills.

Sound like something you might be interested in developing your skills in? Emily Bartlett outlines eight simple techniques for structuring a story to engage and inspire your audience in this article. Read and make your next presentation an impactful moment.

7. Effective collaboration with product and design.

Sketch of a product design

Being a multidisciplinary team ourselves, we recognize the important connection between designers and developers in bringing our ideas to life. Most developer work, especially on the front-end, is closely related to design.

In this article, Josh W Comeau discusses how communication and trust play an important role in the effectiveness of our collaboration and advocates for deeper collaboration during development. We recommend that you read the entire article to learn some helpful tips for effective collaboration and improved communications on your next team project.

8. The big difference coaching can make.

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Coaching is often recognized as an important tool for growth in personal and professional development. Although our busy daily routines and competing priorities often leave little room for exploring personal development.

In this article, Steve explains how to set aside time for coaching by demonstrating the real difference coaching can make, both on a personal and organizational level. Want to level up? This article is a step in the right direction.

Amanda J. Marsh