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Baader-Meinhof? I just learned about that!

You know that thing when you learn about that new thing and then suddenly you encounter that thing all the time?  There’s a term for it!  Lou and Mike discuss the Baader-Meinhof effect. And now you can expect to hear about it all over the place. Baader-Meinhof The Baader-Meinhof effect is a cognitive bias also …

Escape from Facebook Jail

This episode, host hotlou regales us with his journey to and escape from Facebook Jail. Ever wondered what people do to get into Facebook Jail? Or ever wondered how one might escape? Hear first hand from a former and somewhat frequent inmate.  And should you find yourself in a similar situation, you may learn a …

A Total Shirt Show: Another Social Experiment

You’ve probably heard that Steve Jobs (and Mark Zuckerberg to a lesser extent) popularized the idea among tech execs to combat decision fatigue by wearing the same thing every day.  Prior to that becoming part of the Silicon Valley zeitgeist, host hotlou had been doing a less extreme version of it.  His decision to do …

The Strange Truth about Embarrassing Moments

This episode, host hotlou shares a brief story of one of those embarrassing moments everyone has had from over 25 years ago that haunts him even today.  Sound familiar?  Yup, we all have those moments that make us cringe for weeks, months, or even decades after they happen.  Turns out, this very common phenomenon has …

Surprising Ways to Get Email Replies

You’ve probably noticed it’s become socially acceptable for people to simply ignore your emails. It’s always happened to some degree.  But in the last 2 years, it’s become a bit of an epidemic.  This episode, hotlou shares some surprising ways he’s using to get email replies that he has field tested with great success after …

Should Getting 1000 Likes Take 60 Steps?

This episode, Mike is back in charge to revisit Dad Jokes Daily — an experiment that began several weeks ago. Mike and hotlou share what was done, the results so far, and how listeners might be able to leverage the same strategy in their pursuit of getting 1000 likes on Facebook. Dad Jokes Daily The …

Why I Hate Touchscreens

Welcome to first dedicated “get off my lawn” episode of the hotlou show: Why I hate touchscreens.  Mike and Lou discuss how product managers are falling victim to marketers’ obsession with touchscreens.  As with too many things, product managers often lose the corporate product development battle to the marketing team.  This episode is a call-to-arms …

Meeting Mark Zuckerberg

In this episode, host hotlou shares the story of the day he met his lord and savior Mark Zuckerberg.  Unsurprisingly, there’s a bit of a meandering — this time on the current state of stand-up comedy — until Lou shares the story.  But buckle up and get ready to hear way more about how Zuck …

Ending Conversations the Funniest Way Possible

So you’re stuck in a conversation and you can’t escape?  We’ve all been there.  This week, hotlou could hardly contain his excitement as he shares perhaps the funniest social experiment in history.  And the lessons you learn from this episode might just help you escape that rambler at the office, at your front door, or …

Growing a Nonprofit to 7-Figures in Donations with Mandi and Dina Simon

It’s time to come clean.  Half the reason the hotlou show exists was for the eventual opportunity to interview the unstoppable mother-daughter team Mandi and Dina Simon.  At just 7 years old, Mandi approached her mother Dina wanting to help other kids.  Soon after, the Minnesota-based nonprofit Simon Says Give was founded.  And just a …