The Abdulrahman Alkhamees podcast host people who can help expand your mind and offer a fresh perspective to the complex world. The podcast features exciting people who have well-formed thoughts on people, behaviors, human nature, business and strategies for all sorts of challenges.
Today I speak with Caline Malek. A freelance journalist who wrote for The Financial Times in London, Arab News, and so many respected news outlets. I got to know Caline when she was working on a piece about tech education in Saudi Arabia. We talk about writing, journalism, freelancing, and so many interesting subjects.
@CalineMalek on Twitter
Today I talk with Bipin Das, a friend whom I met back in 2012 when were working on a cloud computing project in Saudi Arabia. Bipin is different; he spends, on average, 2 hours a day writing and editing on. This is a random chat with a friend I always look up to. We talk about languages, living in Saudi, and so much stuff.
Some of you know that I went on sabbatical mid of 2019, and one of the places that we visited was Marrakesh in Morroco. My friend Anass Koudies recommended a traditional cocking workshop outside the city, so I and the family went there, and it was one of the highlights of our trip to Marrakesh. One of the people that I got to know in the workshop was Jennifer Lynn, host of the Morning Edition on NPR radio. She was playing with our son and later in the day I got to know she's a professional radio host. We talked about podcasting, radio and so many stuff. When we returned to our home in Riyadh, I asked Jan to come to the show and talk about radio life. I wanted to know what it is like to wake up every day at 3:30 AM ! and boy, I was so intimidated having a professional host on my show! The voice quality is okay, but not perfect.
Jennifer Lynn On Twitter
Today I chat with Maxim Cramer. A creative person who mingle between design and engineerings. I met Maxim back in February when I joined the AltMBA program, which is a program by Seth Godin for the people who want to level up. What was different about Maxim her take on a lot of stuff which can be explained by the way she grew up. I talked with Maxim about diversity, languages, being yourself and how a person such herself can help with “lost in translation” situations. We relate those topics to Maxim experience in working in different companies and being involved in communities such as the open source community. Enjoy the show
Maxim on twitter
Abdulrahman on twitter
Today episode is different. If you been following what I am tweeting/writing recently you would notice I am spending a lot of time learning about sketching. Long story short, I was reading “pencil me in” Christina Wodtke and one of the people who was featured in the book was Eva-Lotta Lamm where she was explaining “how to take your illustration to the next level” – her work and advice stood out for me. I started to follow Eva-lotta on Instagram and day after day I discover how awesome she is.
So who’s Eva-lotta? Eva-Lotta Lamm is a User Experience Designer, illustrator, and visual thinker. She grew up in Germany, worked in Paris and London for a few years before packing up her backpack and go traveling the world for 14 months. She has over 12 years of experience working on digital products as an in-house designer for Google, Skype, and Yahoo! as well as freelancing and consulting for various agencies and her own clients. After being a (semi-)nomad for 2 years, she is now based in Berlin, helping her clients to make complex problems visual so they can ‘see’ them from a fresh perspective and work on solving them more efficiently.
We talk about how she got into art, and how she moved to Paris and then London. How one day she packed her bags to travel around the world. We chat about working for corporates vs freelancing and then we stumble upon note-taking and how she recorded her reflections through sketch noting and finally how she feels about paper vs. digital. Not just that, we talked about improv and some deep stuff like bringing awareness in the learning process which Eva-lotta call the intentional practice. Really deep stuff. I think you guys gonna enjoy this episode. So .. get a notebook ready and please enjoy my conversation with Eva-Lotta.
Eva-lotta website (blog, newsletter and links to social media accounts)
Secrets from the road
Hmm, I don’t if you know this or not, but after turning 30. I got into the mode of exploring hobbies, and one of the things I wanted to do for a while is learning how to draw. Fortunately, around this time there was a five-day workshop led by a guy called Von glitschka organized by Ithra center in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. I didn’t know who Von was at that time, but I discovered later that he’s a well-known creative director @ Glitschka Studios and he created a ton of artwork for various businesses around the world. Hundreds of thousands of people viewed his courses on Lynda.com which range using drawing for communication to advance illustration techniques. I had so much fun learning from Von at the workshop, and I wanted to host him on the show to learn more about how he got into drawing. We talk about different topics like how to exercise creativity and understand the creative process which applies to any creative profession. We also chat about the importance of side projects, showing your work and finally how to compete with yourself. I got a lot from this conversation; I hope you will have the same. If you have any feedback or comments, feel free to hit me up on twitter @akhmees and make sure you check Von courses on Lynda.com.Links:How to market yourself webinarVon on twitterVon courses on LyndaGlitschka Studios
Today I chat with Anass – a good friend that I got to know him back in 2016, Anass was born and raised in the Netherlands, originally from Morocco. He studied all over Europe, and the UK. I talk with him about Identity, languages, educations systems and working in software companies like Google & Atlassian. Also, we got a bit into business & marketing, and finally we talked about his experience being a digital nomad for 5 months. I personally got a lot from this conversation, I hope you will have the same. If you have any feedback or comments, feel free to hit me up on twitter @akhmees . One more thing before you go. There are a few audio glitches that shouldn’t affect your experience. Enjoy the discussion
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Questions I asked Anass: (My notes – not refined)
You come from a very diverse background, what are the advantages & disadvantages for such a thing? Did it give you a unique perspective on how you perceive life? Down side of it? Does it impact your identity? e.g: you feel lost – You may not be considered as a dutch or a Moroccan – you have mixed stuff from the both worlds know you speak multiple languages with different levels of proficiency, and I have a few questions related to that, let’s start with the first one What languages you had to learn because of where you grow up / studied? What languages you learned out of interest? Hypothetically speaking, If you have to keep two languages – what those languages would be? Did it change the way you were perceived? Most importantly, in In two settings: 1- In a day to day settings ( e.g: Because you spoke that language, you are treated differently – e.g- 2- In business settings ( Because you speak a specific language, you were able to connect, create a personal connection etc. ) While digging into your profile, I’ve noticed that you have studied in the Netherlands for undergrad and in the UK for the postgraduate … Can talk briefly on the main differences between the two education systems? If you go back in time Would you change majors? would you choose somewhere else? Since you studied marketing in the postgrad and later on you joined the industry in Google and Atlassian : Did you see a gap between what’s been taught and what the industry wants? Business & Marketing as a taught subjects, there’s a debate on whether A-Marketing & business people are suitable and can be plugged-in regardless of their expertise in the field – B-Engineers/product owners and you teach them business/marketing and they would be better fit – What’s your take on that? Is this true for all companies, or it depends? Regarding the work environment Can you talk about the main differences by working in Atlassians vs working for Google? Mostly about the size – how does it feel working for a company with 3000 employees vs 10’s of thousands of employees I always interested about the brand and how people react to your credentials in professional environment – so I guess my question, Do you feel having Google on the resume opened doors for you? Moving to my favorite topic, and it actually reminded me how we met – at the end of July 2016 , you left an empty desk at a nice office in Amsterdam to work and travel around the world – AKA digital nomad How long it lasted? Walks us a bit on the reason behind doing that? What did you learn about yourself? What your thoughts on the future of remote work?
At the end of 2017, I was visiting Dahab, a small town on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. One day I was looking for a coffee, and a neat restaurant caught my attention, it wasn’t clear what they were serving, so I asked the guy who was standing in the entrance. His name is Karim, and he told me about his new restaurant called Zanooba where they serve slow-cooked food, and he asked if I wanted to try it. I said why not! Later in the evening, I stopped by the restaurant, and while I was waiting for the food, Karim and I started to talk, and he told me briefly how he quietted his job and moved to Dahab, that night I ended up spending 4 hours in the restaurant. Today I decide to call Karim and talk with him about Dahab, leaving the cooperate job, slow cooking and decision making in life!
Zanooba FB page
Today I chat with Dag Vegger. An engineer and adventurous. I met Dag in Florence, Italy where the family and I were having dinner, and my son Abdullah were playing and making a lot of noise. Dag was sitting next to us, and he was reading on Kindle during the dinner. I approached Dag afterward and wanted to apologize for the sound that my son made and ended up chatting with Dag for half an hour about folding bikes, books and so many stuff! He shared his blog with me that evening, and I spent the night reading his stories, where I concluded ……. this guy is impressive! Today I chat with Dag about travel, minimalism, folding bikes and books.
If you have any comments or feedback, feel free to hit me up on twitter @akhmees
Today I chat with Chris Saden. A teacher, an engineer, and student. I came to know Chris when I enrolled in Udacity Data Analytics Nanodegree where Chris created along with Facebook data scientist a module called “explanatory data analytics with R”. It was one of my favorite modules in the Nanodegree and Chris did an amazing job guiding us through the course, that led me to check out his background, which was surprisingly unconventional. He comes from science & art background, he used to be a teacher for high school students and then joined Udacity to create a couple courses in data, math and other stuff. Today I chat with him about teaching, creating an impact and learning how to learn