… had a “get to know each other” Zoom call.


It was with someone I had met through a networking group.

He wanted to do a “screen share” so he could show me a presentation that explains his work.

Fortunately, he couldn’t get it to function, so we had to just talk.

Two things:

1. You make strong, lasting connections with people by having conversations with them, not by presenting at them.

2. If you need PowerPoint in order for somebody to understand what it is you do, you need to find a way to simplify your explanation.


… ignored a movie.


That’s not really news. I ignore most movies.

And books.

And sports.

And restaurants.

And advertisements.

And religions.

And people, for that matter.

Most people ignore most things.

But for some reason, when it comes to email in general and newsletters in particular, many people dismiss their usefulness overall because of how many they personally ignore.

It’s the wrong side of the equation to focus on.

A viable newsletter (or business) is about having enough people paying attention to make your effort worthwhile.

The number of people who ignore you doesn’t matter.  (Feel free to ignore that.)


… am back in my office.


Yesterday, my wife and I took the day off to go bike riding in Western Massachusetts.

Since we both work for ourselves, all we had to do was clear our calendars – no asking permission required.

Working solo comes with a lot of risk.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the offsetting benefits.

Happy summer! (Southern Hemispherians, read this in six months.)


… have been unemployed for 21 years.

June 23rd, 2000, was the day I left my last job.

Has it turned out as I had hoped? Pretty much.

What’s the secret?

There is none, other than deciding that no matter what, you’re never working for somebody else again.

The hardest part is jumping.


… turned down a request.


Somebody I have never heard of asked me to review his LinkedIn profile and “provide some feedback.”

I said, sorry, but I can’t do that.

Long ago, I established some rules for myself regarding what I would and would not do for free.

My basic approach is that when it comes to strangers asking for advice, I’ll do anything I could do while driving a car.

That means it’s a specific question or two, not a general, “can you give me some advice.” And it doesn’t involve my reading or looking at anything. Everything else is paid for.

Am I correct in having drawn the line where I did?

No. You might draw it in a different place.

But the point is to draw it somewhere. Absent that, you’ll spend a lot of time wondering and second-guessing yourself.