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October MC2 Picks

Welcome to the first monthly installment of MC2 Picks!

Our team has been gathering their favorite content to share with you in a monthly blog series we've dubbed MC2 Picks. Each post will highlight our top podcasts, books, apps, social media accounts, and other inspirational links in an effort to streamline quality content and encourage others in the industry. 

We don't want to overwhelm our readers with too much at once though! So we'll break this down into our top 5 picks each month from our team of Web Developers, Project Managers, Designers, Writers, and our CEOs. October's MC2 Picks are from Jared, Alycia, Amanda, Emily, and Cooper. 

As fellow creatives and professionals, we hope you find our October picks helpful and insightful. We challenge you to dive in and discover something new...

From Jared | Web Developer 

Podcast: Freakonomics

Besides having my favorite intro/theme song, I like the way this podcast explores political and economic data through the lens of data science. They present the information in a way that is thoughtful and unbiased. There are also a handful of New York Times Bestsellers from the people behind the Freakonomics podcast including Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything; Think Like A Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain; and When to Rob a Bank: And 131 More Warped Suggestions. 

From Alycia | Graphic Designer

Blog: Under Consideration 

This blog is dedicated to reviewing high profile rebrands. The landing page itself is kind of cluttered from a UX perspective, but the content is great--I like to keep up with major rebrands and hearing what the design community thinks of them as a whole. For added creativity and project disection, Under Consideration also has an insightful Instagram feed that highlights (through video and voiceover) various work they've done in the field of graphic design and print. 

From Amanda | Project Manager

Book: Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss

This is a great book about negotiation whether in business or in your personal life. Although it's mostly related to the author's time spent as a leading hostage negotiator for the FBI, he lends his tactics to the real world. One trick I use regularly makes it so none of my emails go unanswered. From the back cover: Never Split the Difference is a riveting, indispensable handbook of negotiation principles culled and perfected from Chris Voss’s remarkable career as a hostage negotiator and later as an award-winning teacher in the world’s most prestigious business schools. His negotiations techniques have been proven effectivive across the full spectrum of human endeavor. 

From Emily | Copywriter

Newsletter: Total Anarchy 

Get new writing, useful ideas, fresh links, and high-spirited shenanigans delivered to your inbox every two weeks from best-selling author, speaker and digital marketer, Ann Handley. This newsletter is not what one might call "light reading". It is chock-full of inspiration for writing, creating content, and just darn-good marketing inspiration. Ann Handley is the queen of content, and she is generous in sharing her expertise and knowledge. You won't regret signing up! She writes with such intent and wit. Even those who aren't necessarily writers (which--let's be honest--we are all writers in our own way) will want to cozy up with a good cup of coffee, and just take it all in.  

From Cooper | Operations Manager

Newsletter: Total Anarchy 

From the best-selling author of Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones, James Clear has a weekly newsletter that drops every Thursday called the “3-2-1”. It includes 3 ideas from Clear, 2 quotes from others, and 1 question for the reader. According to Clear, "The goal of each 3-2-1 email is to share the most wisdom per word of any newsletter on the web." While his long-form articles explore one idea in-depth, these emails are awesome for those wanting a quick-read covering a wide range of useful ideas each week.

Thanks for tuning in! Check in next month for November's MC2 Picks blog...

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