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Getting engaged (with your audience)

“Engage your listeners.  It does not matter how you do it, so long as you do it.” – Gavin Esler Certain things that I hear, for whatever reason, stand out and remain in my mind while others do not; the

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Posted in Leadership

Of politics, leadership, and marketing

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m busy reading Lessons from the Top, by Gavin Esler.  I’m quite enjoying it so far, having marked several passages for later reference, and have observed several links to other “things”.  For instance,

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“A Golden Rule of Leadership”, or “It’s not as hard as you might think”

The truth is there is no mystique, there is no magic: every single one of us has the potential to be a leader, and it’s not as hard as you might think. Sometimes I fear that we’ve built such an

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Posted in Books, Leadership, Management

Behind the Scenes of a Live Product Demo

This post can be considered at least partially a follow-up to Seven Tips to More Effective Public Speaking… When Brent and I presented at the CableLabs Winter Conference, it was a great experience.  We formed part of the Innovation Showcase,

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Posted in Marketing

Choose your own adventure: prisoner or pioneer

“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” – Deepak Chopra My wife spent last week in San Francisco

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Book Report: Brilliant Blunders

“How could a man of such intellectual powers as Kelvin be so sure that he was right even when he was dead wrong?  Like all humans, Kelvin still had to use the hardware between his ears – his brain –

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Posted in Books, Math and Science

Book Report: The Reason I Jump

“For a long time I’ve been wondering why us people with autism can’t talk properly.  I can never say what I really want to.  Instead, verbal junk that hasn’t got anything to do with anything comes pouring out of my

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Posted in Books, Everything

Book Report: Scatter, Adapt, and Remember

“If we’ve learned anything from the survivors among our ancestors, it’s that staying put and fighting change are not good tactics if we want to live.  Survivors range over vast regions.  If they encounter adversity in one environment, they try

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Posted in Books, Math and Science

Seven Tips to More Effective Public Speaking

Public speaking is among our (as a species) greatest fears (glossophobia, for you Balderdashers).  As it turns out, standing up to yell and generally cause a scene wasn’t a great survival trait back when we weren’t the planet’s apex predator,

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Posted in Leadership, Marketing

Book Report: The Big Short

“The line between gambling and investing is artificial and thin.  The soundest investment has the defining trait of a bet (you losing all of your money in hopes of making a bit more), and the wildest speculation has the salient

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Posted in Books, Finance

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