In April, I had the privilege and honor of interviewing Dr. Temple Grandin when she was selected as one of our STC Honorary Fellows for 2015. Here are the links:
As I mentioned in the Notebook blog post, it was a delightful and fascinating conversation, covering a wide range of topics from leg conformation in cattle and cattle chute design, to autism and education, to Web design and mobile, to 3D printing and augmented reality. The power of her observations transcends disciplines and fires the imaginations of everyone from livestock managers to UX designers.
Day 7 of the 31-Day Blogging Challenge (#31dbc)
In an earlier post, I mentioned that I do a lot of mentoring in technical communication. Today, I want to give a shout out to Pam Slim, a business coach who has an awesome blog: http://www.escapefromcubiclenation.com/pamela-slims-blog/. It’s one of the few blogs that I read religiously.
She recently published her second book, Body of Work, which I contributed to by periodically answering a few questions about my experiences. Pam and I have never met in person (though I hope to fix that when I’m in Phoenix for the STC Summit in May). And yet, she is one of my mentors.
In her blog, she shares her great advice, connects us to other thought leaders in business, and is unflagging in her support of people wanting to run their own businesses. In addition, she exhibits values that I admire: integrity, inclusivity, generosity of spirit, a genuine desire to make the world better, curiosity, plus she’s funny. I love that she calls her stepparents “bonus parents” and that she calls herself a “bonus kid”. (I hope my bonus kids feel that way about me some day.)
It’s almost like she reads my mind with her posts…I will be worried about something or wondering something, and then her post on that very topic shows up in my in box. It’s like a breath of fresh air and a respite from drinking from the firehose of the interwebs. She makes me think, too.
My copy of Body of Work just arrived; I’m going to go read it now…