AUTHOR: Lindsey Austinson

I’m trying to become a networker.

Editor’s note: I’m trying this thing where I write long-form personal articles to be published over the weekend. It’s important to me to know how to organize thoughts through written word and this project is me practicing out loud. It’s a big leap to share like this for me so I very much appreciate you reading!

You know those people who can talk to anyone and can consistently hook relevant people together? I know a few and am so grateful for their naturally chatty attitudes. Since starting to freelance my network has been at the top of my mind. I’ve found that the contacts I make through referrals are more strong and more likely to have a positive result than cold emails and replying to job boards. Having someone personally connect me to a potential job is the the quickest way to gain and actionable lead. So it’s been tough, these past few months, to realize that my network is smaller than I thought. Reflection has shown that I’m not good at gaining new contacts and following through on growing new relationships.

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Using Keynote to build effective wireframes

Keynote has recently become my wireframing tool of choice over industry standard Omnigraffle. I have a pretty solid collection of graffle stencils and templates that I can use and know all the keyboard shortcuts by heart. So why switch? It came down to what wireframes are for: a way to communicate complex interactions with different members of a team. The best wireframes only last a few days, as once the design process moves forward there is little need to refer to this early document. I’ve found the best wireframes are quick, rough, and made with as much collaboration as possible.

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