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A week of what mattered in my world.

Thoughts on Fonts

Posted on | April 29, 2016 | No Comments

I may never think of fonts the same way again!

Need some motivation?

Posted on | April 29, 2016 | No Comments

There is no shortage of events and videos to get motivation from these days.

So where do you go for motivation?

I love TEDTalks and CreativeMornings talks are also a fantastic place to find inspiring motivational talks.

But, there is always a but, what I am starting to find is motivational and educational talks are becoming more and more distant from me and my community and in becoming so are little more than noise and clutter.

Of course local talks are the exception such as the ones we are part of at CreativeMornings Dubai and the local TEDx events.

The problem with the plethora of global motivational content today is that there is too much and it, more than ever, has no connection to me and my community.

I love motivational talks but I also want to be able to meet those speakers, run into them at the supermarket, drop them an email, have a chat, maybe get to know them or see them speak in the flesh.

Well, last week I had the opportunity to hear Marcus Smith of Innerfight Gym talk about his lessons from the desert.

Marcus and I have been doing a fitness show on www.dubaieye1038.com/nightline for many years but we never talk about what he has learned and how to apply the lessons to everyday life. Marcus is starting to do talks about his experiences, www.innerfight.com,  and we did a hybrid talk on my radio show.

I was blown away!

You want to listen to this talk by Marcus it will give you a lot of food for thought.

Link to the Talk.

 

Ok, you have given the talk a listen, what do you think?

Back after a month!

Posted on | April 16, 2016 | No Comments

 

Funny thing blogging, you know you have things to say but the how and when can be eluding.

Sorry for being absent.

I want to point you to 2 of the shows I did this week on Nightline.

The 1st show was our conversation about giving more fines to distracted drivers for doing even more distracting things.

Like what? Shaving, eating, the regular stuff.

HERE IS THE PODCAST LINK.

What will be interesting is how many industries modify what they do because they promote distraction.

The drive thru coffee place is a distraction, food, what about smoking?

And then there are then kids fighting in the back what about them?

The idea is great more fines for more distractions, but can we make it work?

 

The second show I want to draw your attention to is the music of the week club, or the ME Indie Music Jukebox show.

THE PODCAST LINK.

 

Just great tunes!

Davinci Park 06 Go Slo
Davinci Park08 Brother I’ve Known
Houdou’on (Calm)
Fari Bradley – Stereo Mountains
Aniruddh Menon – One Rupee Jelly
GLOBAL SHA AB
Leone Murphy

Fari Bradley pulled together the electro playlist and it was very eclectic as you might expect.

These were 2 of the shows I most enjoyed this week.

 

 

Career Decisions and as a bonus role of radio in education

Posted on | March 5, 2016 | No Comments

This is the time of year when students around the world are in the midst of considering what their future path may look like.

University? College? Trade School? Gap Year?

What to do, what to dojob callinAs an educator and parent I can tell you with certainty that there are no easy answers.

I can also tell you there is no crystal ball or best path to follow given we all have our own collective experience that informs our choices.

Having said all that there is no question in my mind that listening to the experiences of other can help to reduce the choice complexity for future career path considerations.

On Nightline we had the opportunity to speak about career choices and what you might do differently if you had the knowledge you have now 20 years ago.

Here is the link to the conversation.

The bonus of this conversation were the 2 callers who got involved who said that they were learning English by listening to talk radio and specifically DubaiEye.

The take home from the career conversation was you have to be realistic but you also have to go with your heart and do what you love.

Thoughts on Retirement?

Posted on | February 21, 2016 | No Comments

When are you ready to retire? Will you ever be ready to retire?

We opened the phone lines and asked Dubai what their thoughts were on retirement and whether they would be ready someday?

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The Podcast Link.

Masterclass in Public Speaking

Posted on | February 21, 2016 | No Comments

I teach public speaking and there are really only a few resources I would recommend to anyone.

  1. the collective work of Garr Reynolds and specifically Presentation Zen
  2. the collective work of Nancy Durate and specifically Slideology
  3. A series of TEDtalks and one of the latest I love is from TED2016

This is simply a great talk that embodies what I would expect from a great story.

If I had one suggestion it would be to dial back the had movement, but that is being picky.

What do you think?

The Music of the week club

Posted on | February 13, 2016 | No Comments

Another week and 7 great indie tunes.

Alaa Wardi – Ya Fata

BLUFRANK – 01 – Jungles Of The Unknown

Hasan Malik – For Now

RBMA bass camp DXB 2016 (Collab – Gaya+Toofless+Tacit)

Salalem – Nefsi

Takh??? – Sekeena

WonderGaap – To the Meadow

This is really the music of the week club and the best part is it is free!

Give the songs a listen as we played them out on Nightline!

I absolutely enjoyed Salalem and the band is pretty fun on YouTube!

This is their 1st video!

All this to say there is some great music out there and the music of the week club should be your 1st stop!

Indie Music

Posted on | February 5, 2016 | No Comments

Every week I team up with Adam and Paul at www.triplew.me and we bring the Middle East the music of the week club, well it is the indie music jukebox on DubaiEye, but I call it the music of the week club.

mobile recording

This week is special because some of the bands are collaborating with Red Bull.

Here is the lineup.

Mo Zowayed – ‘I’m Going Away’ 2:54

Ruby Road_Place Where I Belong 3:07

Josh Monteath_Roof Song 3:48

KendaRae_Spotlight (Radio Mix) 4:15

GhaziBalucci_The Man i Looked For

GhaemJozi_you don’t belong here 2:23

Altersal_Come Between 4:40

Of particular interest this week is Mo Zowayed’s recording because Adam managed to do it on his iPhone and used the washroom as the recording studio.

Check out the WC recording of Mo Zowayed.

I am loving Mo’s music!

Here is the entire music of the week show.

 

Anu Bhardwaj in Conversation

Posted on | January 31, 2016 | No Comments

It is always interesting to sit down with people who have a clear and undistracted view of what they want to do, Anu Bhradwaj is one of those people.

From her own bio on www.thestateofwomen.com.

Before founding Women Investing in Women, Anu Bhardwaj spearheaded the 2010-2013 U.S.Department of Commerce private equity and venture capital Certified Trade Missions to the Nordics and Middle East, representing over $175 billion USD private-equity and venture-capital interests resulting in over $750 Million USD of capital raised in collaboration with the International Trade Administration, the U.S. Embassies in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman. Her client list includes top-tier global private equity, venture capital and fund-of-funds such as Irving Place Capital, Castle Harlan, W.L. Ross, Pegasus Advisors, NEA, Tullis Funds, New Leaf Venture Partners, CHL Partners, Cubera Private Equity, Bertram Capital, Lion Capital, Walden INDIA, Novak Biddle, Alinda Capital, New Atlantic Venture Partners, Top Tier Capital, Pantheon, Pathway Capital, TH Lee and Veronis Schuler Stevenson.

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In 2020, it is estimated that women will control $20 Trillion dollars of investable capital which is equivalent to twice the GDP of of India & China combined. Our world is approaching an unprecedented era where women are more connected on social media than men, and in an opportune position to reshape the world with innovations that could lead to a more peaceful and prosperous world. Women INVESTING in Women DIGITAL aims to be the epicenter of this incredible new world by connecting capital with the next generation of women, men, boys, and girls committed to improving global economic security of women & girls worldwide.

Anu’s goal is simple tap the enormous wealth women control to fuel positive investment. And of course if Anu and her organisation can help women invest better and see the possibility beyond the old brick and mortar investments then it is a win-win proposition.

Driven, charming and full of stories of astounding hope Anu and I sat down for a conversation on DubaiEye.

The podcast link. 

Adonis, Just A Great Band!

Posted on | January 24, 2016 | No Comments

Maybe 3 years ago I heard this band for the 1st time, WOW was my reaction.

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Then I had the opportunity to meet the band as they recorded a ToneTown session for Nightline’s JukeBox show.

These guys were exactly as you would expect them to be, humble, funny and simply great people.

Well, Adonis has a new album on the way and last week I had a chance to play out their latest release on Nightline.

HERE IS THE LINK TO THE PODCAST.

Here is the offical video to their newest song!

And I am sure there are subtitles becasue as the band knows they have a lot of non-Arabic speaking followers!

And here is the band just having a lot of fun!

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