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The Monday 6 – October 18, 2021

The Monday 6
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1. Poll Meeting Attendees Anonymously
What percentage of meetings do you attend that didn’t need to be meetings in the first place? I’ll leave my personal thoughts to myself. 😜
While I haven’t used this tool yet myself, I’m highly tempted to.
UselessMeeting is a web app with this premise:
You create a new Meeting Review that will generate a randomized, untrackable URL that you can then send out to your meeting attendees. The attendees will then fill out a quick 2 minute survey and submit the results. You can then go to the Meeting Review Results page to see how you did. Simple as that.
The survey is completely anonymous and the results are aggregated and randomized to maintain the privacy of your meeting attendees.
UselessMeeting requires no software installation, no account sign-up, nor anything other than generating the link.
Some questions it asks:
  • Was the meeting accompanied by an agenda?
  • Was the meeting the appropriate length for the agenda?
  • Did the meeting generate good action items?
  • Did you find use in this meeting?
  • Did you feel that it was necessary that you were in attendance?
  • How would you improve this meeting?
2. Track Your Net Worth
My favorite personal finance/budgeting tool is You Need A Budget (shared in the March 6th Monday 6).
Personal Capital is my 2nd favorite tool, and it really just has one purpose for me: tracking our net worth.
While no individual metric is perfect, net worth is probably the one I’d pick over any other to gauge my family’s financial health, stability, and future.
Personal Capital can do many other things (retirement scenario planning, investing, etc.) but net worth tracking is its killer feature in my book.
I’ve been using Personal Capital for over 10 years, and rely on it to be the source of truth of my #1 personal finance KPI.
Personal Capital - Powerful Personal Finance Tools
Note: if you sign up for Personal Capital using this link AND connect one of your investment accounts, you and I will both receive a $20 Amazon gift card. I genuinely have used the tool for 10+ years now and wouldn’t recommend it unless I found it useful, regardless of any reward like this.
3. Mask Your Email Anywhere With iCloud+
Coming off October 4th’s Monday 6 of tips/tricks using Gmail addresses, I thought I’d share another handy email feature, although the audience is probably smaller.
It’s called Hide My Email.
If you:
  1. Are on iOS 15+ AND
  2. Pay anything for additional iCloud storage (now called iCloud+ because the world is out of good naming ideas)
Then, you are eligible to use Hide My Email. From Apple:
Hide My Email lets you create unique, random email addresses to use with apps, websites, and more so your personal email can stay private.
Hide My Email is a service that lets you keep your personal email address private whether you’re creating a new account with an app, signing up for a newsletter online, or sending an email to someone you don’t know well.
If you’re looking to sign up for something, but you think it could be a bit sketchy, OR you just don’t want them having your email address, Hide My Email is for you.
Finding it is a little kludgy:
  1. Open Settings on your device
  2. Click your name on the very top where it says: Apple ID, iCloud, Media & Purchases.
  3. Click iCloud
  4. Click Hide My Email
  5. Click Create New Address
After you create, you can nuke any previously created addresses from this list and not have to worry about your email address being shared elsewhere.
How to use Apple's Hide My Email iCloud feature to get a burner email address - CNET
4. High Impact Interview Questions
There are plenty of articles, videos, podcasts, and more about best preparing and nailing an interview as an interviewee. However, has anyone told you how to conduct a good interview?
In my experience, there’s little to no training given on how to interview someone for a role. There are a lot of potential negatives from conducting interviews without a good process:
Knowing some of these pitfalls in mind, I wanted to share the Tweet thread below that gathers some of the best interview questions to ask.
Give it a read; I’m sure you’ll find a few you can steal.
Ryan Breslow 🕺
At Bolt we’ve experimented with 1000s of interview questions.

It’s been trial by fire, but the result is we’ve now hired 300+ amazing people.

For 5+ years, I interviewed every single candidate.

Here are my 15 highest impact questions to include in your hiring process 👇
5. Game To Identify Languages
This is a fun one.
LingYourLanguage is a simple game (you can play alone or against someone else) where you listen to a foreign language being spoken and guess what language it is.
I thought I’d be better than I was. 😬
LingYourLanguage
6. The Story Of The Iconic Wright Brothers Photograph
I’m sure we’ve all see this photograph at some point in our life:
The first flight of the Wright Flyer, December 17, 1903, Orville piloting, Wilbur running at wingtip.
The first flight of the Wright Flyer, December 17, 1903, Orville piloting, Wilbur running at wingtip.
What I didn’t know, was the story behind the photograph:
Daniels [the photographer who captured this shot] had never used (or even seen) a camera prior to capturing the historic shot. When the Flyer went airborne just minutes after he was taught how to operate it, Daniels was so excited that he almost forgot to squeeze the bulb. Luckily for the Wright brothers (and for all of us), he didn’t forget.
Hit the link below to read how this photo almost never came to be.
The Story Behind the Iconic Photograph of the First Flight of an Airplane
That’s it for this week. If you found anything useful or fun, let me know! And if you have any suggestions, shoot them my way. 😊 See you next week!
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Kyle Petzinger
Kyle Petzinger @kylepetz

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