We took a quick survey to gather some data on how the Kardashians experiment went. Four out of five of us filled it out. Here are the results:
Off the top of your head, what themes or lessons came up in the videos that have stuck with you? (Please don’t re-watch the videos to answer this.)
- How much this was a reflection on experiments. Eugene started us off with the Um experiment and then Elissa closed with provocative questions about privilege and experiments. I added in some via text about questions re the rigid frame of experiments and privilege although I was coming at it with a race frame. This makes me want to relisten to Mark’s audio because I remember that as moving me even though I can’t reproduce the content.
- Intersection of experimentation and equity. How this weekly reflection (even just the two times that I did it) along with the reflections of others, sparked other kinds of creative thinking for me.
- Mark on equity. Elissa on privilege.
- I removed the app a couple of times during the process to deal with my technical difficulties and lost the content in the process so didn’t get to watch or listen to them all.
Any final thoughts?
- Thanks for trying this form and getting the dashboard up and generally being a solid A on this experiment, Eugene. The conversation here has prompted me to actually start an outline and put some words on paper for a blog on experimentation!!!
- I would like to try it again so I can more fully participate.
This recent Medium post has interesting (but inconclusive) numbers and thinking comparing virality and conversion rates between Medium posts versus her blog. Here are her followup recommendations.
I tested this with two posts:
On Medium, I got one view and no engagement.
- I’m noticing that on the article listing, the first thing you see is the referral to Faster Than 20. Next time, try removing that notice from the beginning (it’s still at the end).
On LinkedIn, I got lots of views and engagement
- The “Secret” to High-Performance Collaboration Is Practice: 51 views, 23 likes, 2 shares, 1 email, including 7 folks I don’t already know and several I don’t know well
- Eating Humble Pie: Lessons in Listening: 17 views, 3 likes
Obviously, this is a tiny sample size, there was variation between articles, and there’s lot more to test — headlines, time and day posted, article length, etc. But even without the additional testing, it’s clear that I already have a built-in audience with LinkedIn that I’ve been underutilizing (I’ve never posted anything there before), and that re-publishing there will result in returns with little additional work. Moreover, LinkedIn reaches beyond my first-degree network.
I have more or less the same followers on Medium as I do on Twitter, but I’ll have to do some initial work before any network effects kick in. Not sure how motivated I am to test this, but there are probably simple enough tests that it’s worth trying.
It’s been four weeks, and I haven’t had the chance to replicate the #umm experiment in another meeting. But I have shared the story a lot, and I also find that I am much more conscious about saying “umm.” Speaking more slowly continues to be the best way for me to avoid saying “umm.”
I’ve also become more hyper-aware of my other fillers: “you know,” “right?”, “the reality is,” etc. I am probably using the other fillers in place of “umm” at times.
Would be interesting to record a few meetings, count the umms / minute, and compare the results over time.
Final tally: 6 umms in the morning, 3 in the afternoon (along with this encouraging message from Mark!):
Simply doing the experiment (and probably the group accountability) made me more conscious of my, “umms,” even without the feedback. The feedback itself definitely helped, and it was fun!
Here’s a brief video (as part of the #kardashians experiment) explaining what I did and what I learned: