I get a substantial number of emails inviting me to coffee so folks can "pick my brain." It's all extremely flattering, except that:
- I don't drink coffee. Huge deal breaker right there. If folks said, hey, let's go for a Diet Coke, then we might be in business. But no one ever does! And so there's nothing in it for me. Nada. Nichts. Rien.
- Going for coffee is for dilettantes. I have quantitative data; it's true.
- Going for coffee is a huge time sink. We're all multitasking these days, so I'm more likely to agree to a lunch plus playdate plus salon visit plus Target run than coffee. And those opportunities are rare.
So, once a week (or more if I have unexpected free time) I now offer Ask Angela: Advice for UX Professionals as a regular feature on the UX.training blog. The column focus on the topics of:
- higher education;
- professional life; and
- life in general, in particular work/life balance for women.
I was editorials editor of my high school newspaper, I work for myself instead of "the man," and I've lived most of my life in Texas, so I've got numberless strong opinions to toss about with impunity.