Monthly Archives: December 2014

Want to save time? Here is how you can play Youtube videos faster

Many of us watch TED talks and other educational videos that take up good bit of our time. We can watch many of these videos at a slightly higher playback speed so that we can get through the content in less time. This feature existed in video players like VLC on Windows and MPX player on Mac. Hence, I download the videos to my computer to watch them at a faster pace to save time. But many of the Youtube videos can’t be downloaded easily. Hence, I was looking for a way to play Youtube videos faster and I was surprised to find that such an option is available by default now.

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Do you want to improve your communication? Then understand the curse of knowledge

You might wonder “What? The curse of knowledge? Did I read it right?”. Yes, you have read it right and we are not talking about knowledge as a blessing, but knowledge as a curse. This is a popular concept and an extremely effective tool to improve any aspect of your communication – writing, presenting to others, talking and even writing a simple email. Let me explain.

Please recall a situation in your life in which you were interacting with an expert in a field that you didn’t know much about. Did you understand the expert’s language? How did the expert make you feel? Let me talk about a situation that I have recently encountered. Before reading this story, it would be better if you know that I am engineer running an IT consulting startup.

I was talking to an accountant about some transactions that I have to do in my accounting software to comply with the Swiss regulations for filing my company’s financial statements in Geneva. He told me that I have to debit this account, and credit that account and blah…blah… and it went straight over my head. I said “What? What? Can you please repeat that slowly?”. He repeated it not once but multiple times.

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Reading Book: Start with Why?

It has been a long time since I have posted anything in this blog. Lot of things are going on in my life – managing the new startup, moving my family from Geneva, Swiss to India and setting up a new team in India. The blog has taken a backseat in the middle of all these changes. Once in a while, I think of something interesting to post on the blog, but never got around to doing it.

Around 2 weeks back, one of my clients has recommended me to take a look at a book called ‘Start with Why’ by Simon Sinek. There is a short TED talk here that explains the entire book in a nutshell. I watched that video and was hooked onto the idea and I bought the book. Now, I am reading the book and finding it to be quite insightful in a number of areas. In the coming days/weeks, I will share with you the ideas that I found useful in that book.

The crux of the book is this:

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