Link: Empower Your Brand, Building Code Differences and Cleaning Scans by Evan Troxel

I'm happy to be featured alongside my friends Mark LePage and Lee Calisti on Novedge's Vectorworking Blog with a few things that will make both you and your architecture practice worth more.

My contribution is a tutorial from my other site, Method, where I show you how to clean up your scans in Photoshop and make them look way better.

Click here to read more.

Join me on a Google+ Hangout on Architectural Presentations by Evan Troxel

Novedge is hosting a Google+ Hangout on Wednesday, October 9th at 11am as part of their "How to Succeed in Architecture" series and I'll be one of the people presenting. You can RSVP on this page and join us. The whole thing will be streamed live on YouTube as well.

What it's about: 

Presenting your ideas to a prospective client is a crucial step towards gaining new business. In this episode of our Architecture Hangout Series, we will talk to three architects about their different approaches to pitching projects to new and current clients. From using an iPad, to creating renderings and 3D printed models, join us to learn how to be more effective in your interactions.

I'll be presenting some new ideas I'm exploring for upcoming presentations including augmented reality, 3d printing and realtime 3d visualization. I'm not the only presenter either - there's Marica McKeel and Emily Bello as well, so I'm hoping to pick up on their tips as well.

If you want to be more powerful and effective in your presentations, join us to learn new tips and techniques to better express your ideas and connect with your clients.


Leadership is Overglorified - You Need to be the First Follower by Evan Troxel

This is one of the best lessons about leadership that I've ever seen. Take notice fellow architects.

Derek Sivers:

If you've learned a lot about leadership and making a movement, then let's watch a movement happen, start to finish, in under 3 minutes, and dissect some lessons: A leader needs the guts to stand alone and look ridiculous. But what he's doing is so simple, it's almost instructional.

Strategies For Dealing With Lazy People by Evan Troxel

Team Build:

Design the path of least resistance. Make it easier for them to complete the task than to put up with you. Set up a regular schedule of phone calls, emails, courier pigeons, or your preferred method of communication. Become a consistent (but still polite) annoyance in their lives until the task is completed.

They are right on here, and so many design professionals don't realize that they have to be creative and design things in all areas of business. Design strategies, design methods of communication, design workflows, design presentations... you get the idea.

One thing I'll add to number 4 on their list: Don't put the recipient's name in the To: field until you are actually ready to send the email. I've seen this strategy go wrong before, and this is one way to make sure you don't send the email you never intend to.

Rands In Repose: You're Not Listening by Evan Troxel

Mr. Lopp:

Let’s start with the most basic rule of listening: If they don’t trust you, they aren’t going to say shit.

File this one under Getting Better. Once again I am reminded about the difference between leaders and managers. Leaders listen and inspire. Managers mostly worry about themselves and are trying to figure out how to propel themselves up the ladder when they should be more concerned with getting out of the way of the people below them that actually do the work.

Ask yourself how you can help other people achieve their potential. For now, I follow leaders.

Today's Software and Talent Aquisitions by Evan Troxel

Marco has a quick post today regarding the application and team acquisitions that happened today at Facebook and Google. I think it sucks that Sparrow is going away because it will probably become solely a gmail client for iOS, and I'm no longer interested in letting Google index everything in my life, including my personal email. In fact, I've moved mostly away from all Google services the last few months. Marco boils this trend down to the following succinct statement:

If you want to keep the software and services around that you enjoy, do what you can to make their businesses successful enough that it’s more attractive to keep running them than to be hired by a big tech company.

I've really taken this to heart the last few years. I know these software developers work really hard to solve what seem to be easy problems to fix, but are not. There is a ton of complexity in these apps that make our lives easier and I am happy to support them to do it. I'm tired of hearing people continue to ask for things for free.

If it's free, like gmail, you have to ask yourself why. And it's almost always the same answer - the product is you. Facebook and Google want to know everything about you so they know exactly how to target your eyeballs and wallet. I prefer to own my own stuff.

I've bought applications that cost several thousands of dollars in the past. $1-$5 apps are nothing to keep these people going.