Rethinking meetings ๐ŸŒด

Nika Talbot ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿš€
3 min readJun 26, 2022

Welcome to Issue #86!

Ever heard of a tree meeting?

Tree meetings are when you climb a tree with your team to have a discussion.

A new perspective can bring you unexpected resultsโ€ฆ.

Trees are uncomfortable, so you meet for a shorter time. Shorter meetings are better.

Better than a shorter meeting is no meeting at all (lately, all mine have been voice notes on WhatsApp, usually when Iโ€™m out walking).

Edo Sadikoviฤ‡ on how trees can be a metaphor for how to work your meetings differently. Plus more creative places to meet like mushroom and pool meetings.

You create better results when you enjoy something and stimulate all your senses.

Where was your most memorable meeting?

Via Fanny Marcoux โ€” simple marketing for busy freelancers.

Sende is a village home for people who work online, hidden in the Spanish mountains. โ€˜Sendaโ€™ means path in Spanish. Try it out (also in Portugal).

5๏ธโƒฃ Things ๐Ÿค“

๐ŸŒŸ Notes: microblogging on Twitter is now in beta (up to 2,500 words, editable). A bold move, and good to see them investing in writers. Notes have a unique URL so anyone can read them โ€” best for promo and repurposing long-form content. But what will my feed look like?! Follow @TwitterWrite for updates.

๐ŸŒŸ Apply to be a TED Fellow. Recognising folks on the ground working on world-changing ideas โ€” the doers, makers, inventors, advocates, filmmakers and photographers, musicians and artists, educators, activists, entrepreneurs, and non-profit leaders. Donโ€™t be shy; apply by 30 June.

๐ŸŒŸ Phoebe Lovattโ€™s Public Library is a physical and digital space dedicated to sharing mind-expanding books and ideas. Books for reference and reading plus zines and mags for sale. Books and big ideas. Currently @consul_studio HQ, E1. That table! A gorgeous space ๐Ÿ’™

๐ŸŒŸAnne Helen on The Expanding Job. The great reshuffle continues, with a staggering 44% of workers looking for a new job. Many people like their work โ€œand could do it so well, for so much longer, with so much more creativity and precision, if they were just doing that one job, instead of the three currently required of them.โ€

๐ŸŒŸ TechWomen100 Awards ( WeAreTechWomen). Now in its sixth year and looking to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women working in technology (women make up just 17% of the industry). An awards series that showcases emerging tech talent and creates role models. Nominations open on 1 July.

Roe v. Wade. Shattered to hear the news from the US. Women already struggle so much to balance work and childcare. 5 people made a decision that impacts the lives of millions โ€” and will affect the poorest women the most. We shouldnโ€™t overlook the economic impact. Abortion access means financial freedom for individuals โ€” and a healthier economy for everyone.

Written by Nika Talbot, founder of award-winning Firebird Studio. Content designer and UX writer. Based near Brighton, heart in Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

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Originally published at on June 26, 2022.



Nika Talbot ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿš€

Founder and writer @ The Shift. Helping content entrepreneurs build, grow, and thrive in biz & life. Work less, make more, and live free ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿš€