Martynas LapėTech, investing and being a generalist - hit me up!Some time ago
Hitting tiny roadblocks.
What do you whenever dealing with road blocking moments?
This week, I tried to explore ways how to continue driving user traffic into an internal platform at my company. People didn't use the platform like they wanted. Sat down with the team and a select target users within the company, and asked them for help. Everything went well, found more ways how to improve the product's functionality but I missed the simplicity in user interaction aspect there. Then, I thought I need to make a quick tweak - I asked a few colleagues to take a gander at the product whenever they are free.
I loved how different the feedback was from the target users, Simple and straightforward. Thought that it may be wise to share that with them and the team. Hell yeah, they loved it. Seems like we made a shitty one, and will be working on refining it.
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Have a lot of thoughts buzzing in the head, but feel crap at articulating them to your team or others?
I feel you. It happens to me. ALL.THE.TIME! 🙄
You feel like you have a lot of ideas and have the reasoning why they are great and that you can take over the world with them. But when they come out of your mouth, what you say doesn’t have the same power when you vocalize them. And unfortunately what sounds great in your head just doesn’t translate to anything valuable, impressive or inspiring to your team.
Not all of us are born great orators, but when we have a passion, we can talk hours about it. Meaning, we have a bunch of words and sentences around the topic, but the key is to concentrate the most valuable part of the whole idea into a short pitch.
So…what to do?
Basically you have to practice explaining things to people. Here’s a few tips I from my experience, that I feel helped me a lot:
1️⃣ TREAT IT LIKE A STORY
“It all started, when…” Not everyone operates on the same level of information as you do, so even if it feels stupid and common sense most of the time when working in a team, start with giving a back story to why your topic/suggestion/idea is important. This introduction is a great way for you to keep the flow of your talk, have everyone onboard and not jump into the middle of the story where context might get lost for people that have less information about what you are telling.
2️⃣ HAVE A PLAN
Have the end goal in your head, where you want the listeners to be taken to by your story. Even if what you will be telling or discussing goes all different directions, you will have this powerful lighthouse - the main point that you want to conclude to.
3️⃣ BE PREPARED
if you have time, let’s say - have a meeting about something - do some research and challenge your idea asking WHY it is important to discuss and HOW it could be perceived different than you think. In that case - you will feel solid if you get these questions, will express your opinion more firmly, taking possible doubts into consideration, and increase the chance that conclusions will be made as you expected.
4️⃣ MAKE IT FLOW
Thoughts usually are very chaotic. In our heads, they are random keywords which you roughly know how to combine into this huge concept. Try putting your thoughts into text. When you do this exercise, you will be faced with a challenge of construction - have to write it down so that it has structure, flows nicely and makes sense in general. After doing so, you will have the structure in your head: what is starts from, why it matters, how you propose to approach it and what value will this idea bring to listeners.
🙃 P.S. See what I did here? I think Qoorio insights are a great way to start practising structuring your talks and inspiring your team 😉
I have been in programming since 1990. There was a period when I didn’t program anything for a few years, but I still kept a “hand on pulse” and observe what was going on in the world. At that time, the inscription "4th Industrial Revolution" came to my attention, which intrigued me and became an object of observation. I have been following the events of the 4th Industrial Revolution for many years and the further I go, the more fascinated I am by what awaits us in the near future, and a lot of things are happening right now. I wrote a little bit about it in my previous post. Today, I want to share my vision of what corporate accounting might look like in the near future.
The three areas of the 4th Industrial Revolution will, in my view, completely change accounting as we see it today:
2. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)
3. Internet of Things (IoT)
In today’s post, I’ll touch on Blockchain’s influence, and next week I’ll talk about AI, ML and IoT.
Many people, and maybe even the vast majority, think of Blockchain, it’s Bitcoin, or some sort of crypto currency. No. Blockchain is a technology, and crypto currency is a product created with the help of that technology.
This technology is revolutionizing data storage by eliminating third parties such as notaries, brokers and so on. Certain countries use it to sign cadastral contracts (avoiding notaries). Many companies use this technology to transfer batch data for products such as coffee (eliminating brokers), and so on. There are many areas of application.
But when this technology comes into use at the state level, I mean State Tax Inspectorate (STI), Social Insurance Inspectorate, Registry center and so on, then the management of business processes will change, one of which is accounting.
You come to the store and buy stationery supplies for your company. The cash register of the store is connected to the STI blockchain system, which records the transaction, it is the purchase of your goods and the sale of the seller’s goods.
An accounting company (like Virtualus buhalteris), which provides you accounting services is connected to the STI blockchain network. After the transaction, the data is received by STI, accounting services company and your company’s ERP system as it is also connected to this STI blockchain network.
You will not need to print a cashier's check, invoice and hand them over to an accountant. The accountant will not need to enter them into his accounting system, as the data will be available from the STI blockchain, where the transaction is recorded.
This saves time, eliminates the possibility of errors and, most importantly, reduces the cost of accounting services for you.
Blockchain is like a huge, highly secure, database that stores all transactions. All tax reports and other documents will be submitted at the click of a button, as all data will already exist in the blockchain.
Many of you will say that the state will see everything and that way it will collect more taxes. Yes, I agree with that, but the talk is not about that. Whether we like it or not, progress will not stop. We can only adapt by adapting to it and use it to achieve our goals.
In the next post, I will share my thoughts on how artificial intelligence affects accounting.
In the meantime, what do you think about how block chains can affect your business?