“I don’t have any guarantee that I’m right about any of this stuff. I’m just giving you what I’ve seen work, what I haven’t seen work, and in the context in which I’ve seen it work or not,” Laura said.
“It’s funny because there are times when I’m literally in the business of giving advice for money, and I’m the first one who will tell you that a lot of advice is completely useless. It’s hard to do this on something like a podcast, but it’s really important to give people the context in which that advice might be useful. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to anything.”
This is why the conversation format works. The back-and-forth banter provides a lot of context for whatever topic is chosen for that episode, and the addition of a recommended beverage pairing with each episode is a tasty twist.
In early episodes, topics such as “red flags” were paired with Red Bull and vodkas, while “rapid fire” favored the more sophisticated Veuve Clicquot, Vintage Rosé Brut 2004. More recent episodes air their flamboyance proudly on display, pairing an episode called “Data is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” with a vodka martini (“I’d say ‘shaken, not stirred’ but that bruises the booze, so knock it off with that nonsense”).
The more people talking about UX, the better
Laura’s hope is that more people start talking about UX and sharing what they’re good at with the world. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to pen two books and launch a successful podcast, but be proud of what you’re good at, share your findings with the world, and don’t be afraid to let others know you’re out here rocking this career and doing what you love.
“I think we need to have more women, more people of color, more underrepresented minorities, more gender non-binary people, more queer folk, more everything. It should be normal to hear any kind of person talk about a thing that they happen to be really great at — and to help other folks — because I know that there are a lot of us out here,” Laura said.
“We’re making it look fun and interesting. If there’s a 13-year-old out there who is wondering what she wants to do when she gets older, I want her to see people and go like, ‘Yeah, that’s the thing I could do. That’s a thing people like me do.’”
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