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Kim Parnell  CoFounder of Blank. We make software make itself @get.blank 💡Startups ⛏Crypto ⛓Blockchain 📖Stoicism 💪🏼Ninja-in-training 🇨🇦Living~often✈️

While looking through my #Twitter notifications the other day I saw this mention from @cagdasonen. I started to type a reply, but then just awkwardly hit “like” instead, because I couldn’t quite put into words what I was feeling. It was a mix of elation, gratitude and a feeling of encouragement, as I was reassured my obsessive habit of recording everything I do is warranted lol. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The wonderful thing about the social media/content driven world we live in is you can make the independent things you do exponentially more valuable simply by recording them. If you are doing a lot of talks, speaking on panels or doing pitches of any kind, start recording yourself as a habit. It requires only slightly more planning and almost zero extra effort. My typical set up is a portable octopus tripod, a smart phone with a good camera, an inexpensive lav mic (made for use with smart phones), and a second phone/ipod for audio recording. This all fits in a small bag, takes less than 5mins to set up, and requires no additional people to manage it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Some ways your recordings can be useful👇🏼: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1. Learn which points/topics/concepts resonate well, and which don’t.
2. Critique your own performance and work to improve your skills, such as posture, stage presence, reducing fidgeting/pacing, speaking more slowly, looking at the audience (instead of at your slides or the floor), removing filler words like “um” from your vocabulary, and more.
3. Identify common questions points of confusion (if there was an audience Q&A portion).
4. Use as a training tool for your team - New hires and those that are going to begin giving talks.
5. Use as social media content/marketing materials. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
💡This footage in particular was captured by the crew at the @fuckupnightsto event, so a big thanks to @marshadruker and her team for making these recordings available!

🎶So go do what you like.
Make sure you do it wise.
You may find out,
That your self-doubt means nothing.
Was ever there.
You can't go forcing something if it's just not right🎶.
(10 points if you can name this song & artist😜)

Excited to be part of this amazing “#Blockchain & #Gaming” panel with @CryptoPets @_0fficialmitchell @yuser_app @worldwideassetexchange at the #iVentures Conference Nov 6&7 at The Design Exchange ‪@DesignExchange‬ in #Toronto Details below👇🏼 and ticket link in bio👆🏼. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What is blockchain?  How can it be used in the gaming and interactive media sector?  Is it just the latest fad?  Panelists will talk about how and why they have decided to build businesses based on blockchain technology. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
iVentures is the “marketplace for ideas” across all forms of Interactive Digital Media (IDM), helping to connect leaders in the interactive digital media (IDM) industries with each other, and facilitate introductions to business leaders in overlapping sectors. iVentures highlights everything that’s new and noteworthy in interactive digital content. The goal of the iVentures conference is to provide a forum for inspiration, collaboration and partnerships that will create the next great IDM project.

In honour of kicking off #TIFF2018 (Toronto International Film Festival) tonight as a panelist for the #TIFFDisruptorsLounge here’s a throwback to a fun short film I did during my acting days 😜🎭🎬. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Click link in bio☝🏼 for info & tickets for the #TIFF Disruptor’s Lounge - happening all weekend!

Spent some time in #Chicago last week for Chicago Blockchain Project’s #VoiceofBlockchain conference. Was great to see the midwest blockchain crew: Danny of @pinkcoin_, Marguerite of @neondistrictrpg, Tor Blair of #enigma, Marquis of @urbanarray along with some familiar faces from @consensysofficial and #Stellar. Finally got to talk to @justinarnold3 of @blocklightio IRL 😂 Also met awesome new people👉🏼 @dsguns1 @piamancini of @opencollectives @tonevays @gaines734 founder of @socialgaines @joel.birch of @bitcoinbravado Maggie Hsu of @airswap, Uri Karman of #Bloxroute, phenomenal artist and event organizer extraordinaire (she designed the banner I’m standing in front of👌🏼) - just to name a few. Oh and @posh_in_the_city
on an...interesting (🤦🏻‍♀️😂) shared @Lyft ride. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Massive congratulations to @disruption_joe (you pulled it off 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼) and the entire @chicagohodl team for a successful inaugural edition of what will be a “must attend” #Blockchain event for years to come.

Excited to be speaking at the #TIFF Film Festival Disruptor’s Lounge with @micheleromanow @gritcapital @amandaalvaro and many more on Thursday, September 6th at the champagne-infused, invite-only panel discussion about disruption ranging from #cannabis to #blockchain to #smartcities to #veganism 🙌🏼. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You don’t want to miss the #TIFFDisruptorsLounge hosted by @cannabissoto @theblockchainsocietyto & @theentrepreneurshipsociety at Goldie Bar downtown Toronto. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This event is almost sold out!! Ticket link in bio👆🏼

Ever notice how everywhere you look - on social media, your friends, the people you tend to get along with, the shows you watch and the influencers you follow - you see all the same views and opinions? That must mean that’s the popular vote, right? That most people think the way you do, right? Wrong. We are all more comfortable around people that think like we do, so we gravitate towards like-minded individuals. Social media has become the behemoth it is today precisely by serving you content you will enjoy, not by showing you things that may make you upset. While there is nothing wrong with surrounding yourself with what you like—first be sure it actually IS what you believe, and not what you assume is the “truth” because some algorithm stuck it in front of your face. There is an entire world of perspectives and information hiding in plain sight, right outside your bubble of familiar safety. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I can personally say that listening to people who initially made me cringe has dramatically changed my views on some pretty big topics. And where my views haven’t changed, I am more sure of my reasoning and have an understanding of why others feel differently. It may sound extreme to say vegans should watch a video on hunting culture, that the extreme feminists should attend a men’s issues lecture, or death penalty advocates should listen to an interview of an inmate on death row. But it is my belief that we don’t solve major issues by demonizing others. Understanding and empathy go much further than hatred and shame. You can’t ridicule someone over to your way of thinking. It’s fine to have strong opinions, just be sure you know why you hold them, and that they truly are your own. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📽Clip is from an interview with @the.entrepreneurs.journey #TheEntrepreneursJourney  More to come! You can watch the full interview on their Youtube channel (link on @the.entrepreneurs.journey profile). Thanks @danielbreez & @jmccrayfitnessofficial for making this happen!

#Repost @theblockchainsocietyto ・・・
Join us for the August Edition of The Blockchain Society's Monthly Blockchain Updates at Blakes (199 Bay St).
While our discussions will be grounded in the capabilities of blockchain technology, our focus is on practical applications rather than technical details. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
6-6:30 p.m. - Registration & Networking 
6:30 - 8pm - Speaker Sessions (7 minutes each, 3 minutes Q&A)
8 - 9:00 p.m. - Networking
9:00pm - Event ends.
☝🏼Ticket link and promo offer in my story!☝🏼

Was a pleasure being part of @abcbusinessacademy “Meet The Experts” event this past Friday in partnership with @leagueofinnovators. I sat on a panel with my good friend @mchampagne of @kyoapp, @socks_and_ink and Fahad of BrandX Holdings in front of the organization’s students hailing from all over the world. We answered questions about #entrepreneurship #morningroutines #health #mindset #networking #socialmediamarketing #personalbranding #businessbooks #innercircle and more, told some personal stories and had a few laughs. Can’t wait to see what else this team of #Hustlers bring to Toronto! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
P.S. This was one of the best moderated panel’s I’ve been on, so shoutout @khalifestyle for making us look good 😜👍🏼

Last December I spoke at an event called “FuckUp Nights”. A global speaker series brought to #Toronto by @marshadruker where stories of failed businesses and projects are told, questioned and celebrated. Recently #FuckupNights was featured by CBC and the talks were shared across various media platforms. Congrats Marsha on this awesome event and for getting a Canadian News corp to let you swear on National tv 😂 (I’ll put the link to the full talk in my stories for anyone that wants to watch)

“Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey.” ~ Michael Josephson

#WhatchaReadingWednesday A few titles I picked up on one of my recent trips to my local second hand bookstore. I definitely take in more e-books / audiobooks these days, but a physical book still holds a special place in my heart❤️📚 Of these, I’ve only read Bridge to Terabithia (picked it up because I like to collect my childhood favourites to have for for my kids one day 😊) and part of Slaughterhouse Five. Who’s read any of these? Which should I start with?

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