This Week's Dom's Digest

We're gearing up for Halloween this week in the Jones house, which means I'll be building a haunted house and carving pumpkins this afternoon.

My daughters love it - but that means I'll be covered in pumpkin juice and pulp until dinner! I'm sure it'll be worth it 🙂

In the meantime here is your current Dom’s Digest. A quick snapshot list of interesting stuff I’m enjoying or thinking about right now...

Camera Gadget That's Keeping Me Level Headed

Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod with Handgrip for Compact System Cameras.

I’m always being asked what is the best on-the-go or home camera equipment to use for video.

I’ve always been very selective and have built up a mobile “studio” I’m really pleased with. It allows me to make the business videos I need anywhere in the world.

This small tripod from Manfrotto is one of the best I’ve ever owned. I actually have two, as I use one for my gimbal mount and the other for a small light to illuminate my face.

I really cannot fault it and it’s reasonable priced too.

App That Makes Me More

Of A Personality...

Crystal App.

Crystal allows you to discover anyone’s personality so you can communicate with them better.

Crystal’s personality profiles help you understand anyone’s communication style, motivations, and behavioural tendencies. 

With a combination of traditional assessments (like DISC), social media analysis, and text analysis, Crystal gives you accurate personality profiles for coworkers, customers, candidates, and yourself.

It’s really clever and helps to “coach” you on the best way to converse with others so that you engage better.

Its free to sign up, so give it a whizz…

Book I’m Re-Reading

The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian P. Moran & Michael Lennington.

Wow! This book was actually given to me by a very good friend who runs a multi millionaire pound empire. I had always wanted to know how he achieved so much in such a small time - now I know!

This book shows how to shorten your execution cycle down from one year to twelve weeks. Instead of annual goals and a twelve-month execution cycle, the 12 Week Year avoids the pitfalls and low productivity of annualised thinking.

This book redefines your "year" to be 12 weeks long. In 12 weeks, there just isn't enough time to get complacent, and urgency increases and intensifies.

The 12 Week Year creates focus and clarity on what matters most and a sense of urgency to do it now.

All my businesses have now adopted a 12 week planning model and I find we are getting a huge amount more achieved than when we planned for a year or more.

Try it and let me know in the comments if it works for you.

As always, I love getting your feedback on Twitter and email. Did you have a favourite from the list? Do you have any suggestions or recommendations for me to try?

Don’t be shy, let me know. Just send a tweet to @dcb_jones with #DomsDigest at the end so I can find it or you can email me at [email protected] to get in touch.

Have a great week!

Dominic Jones

I'm a proud father, husband, huge James Bond fan, lover of fast cars and prolific buyer of technology gadgets. I started my first business when I was 21, learning the harsh way how to become successful. Through hard work, dedicating myself to learning and persistent focus I created one of the fastest growing computer services businesses in the UK.