Creating Passionate Users
A blog about a blog, very recursive. Cannot help it today.
A couple of entries ago, I talked about the blogs I read and others suggested some. I checked them out and one that I really like now is Creating Passionate Users. Not just for the slam on the MS “passion” marketing campaign either (although I hadn’t thought about it the way they did, and am now in total agreement with them, you can read about it here).
Today though – I read their entry and was just saying “yes, yes, yes”. The quotes in bold/italic are theirs from todays posting.
The better you get at something, the better it feels.
I know that feeling. It is a two edge sword, sometimes if I cannot pick something up fast – I might drop it. But, when you pick up something and get really good at it, it does feel better.
The more knowledge and skill someone has, the more passionate they become, and the more passionate they become, the more they try to improve their knowledge and skills.
That is so true. I think I’m fairly passionate about what I do – if you’ve seen me talk about the database and how to do things with it, you’ll know my arms move a lot, I walk around the front of the room, I get into it.
It's not what you sell, it's what you teach that matters. Or rather, what you help someone learn.
I like these guys. Their articles are well written and they just grab you. It seems so topical to me as well, just a couple of days ago – they wrote about writing, and books. I immediately recognized the McGraw Hill page there – that is Oracle Press format. One of the best comments I got from a reviewer on Expert One on One Oracle was from a guy who didn’t realize I was writing the book. His comment was “this author better be careful because he is stealing a well know and very identifiable format — that of Tom Kytes on asktom. It is a good style, but people will notice the similarity”. That was perhaps the best comment I ever received, the style was identifiable enough that without knowing it was me, he recognized it. I hope it carries through in the book. I’m having Apress use a non-standard format (for them), in order to keep the original look and feel of Expert One on One.
It's more fun to know more. It's more fun to be able to do more. It's more fun to be able to help others do more.
That is how I feel about this Oracle stuff – when I see the light bulbs go on, when the connection between what you want to do and what you can do and how you can do it is made, that is perfection.
So... how are you helping your users/ customers/ students/ guests/ visitors/ clients/ members/ readers kick ass? What are you teaching them? How are you helping them get past the painful parts and into the better-than-drugs flow state?
There is my goal for the year, perfect…
I suggest you check out that blog, set aside some amount of time though. The articles are great, I really like their use of graphics here and there. That is something I need to work on (I’m considered “graphically challenged”).