Category Communication

How Donald Trump Speaks

“How stupid are our leaders?” “How stupid are they?” “I’m really rich” “Politicians are all talk, no action” “huge,” “terrible,” “beautiful.” Any guesses which political leader made these statements? “he prefers simple language” Jon Favreau, Obama speechwriter How Donald Trump Speaks Donald Trump dominates a specific type of rhetoric. His speaking is radically different to every […]

We Must Learn to Spot “Fake” Leaders

Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett call them “chauffeur” leaders.  I call them fake leaders.  All noise, no delivery.  All bluster, no execution.  Bill Treasurer calls them Pigheads and Weaklings. We must learn to see behind the show, the presentation skills.  Is the person a leader, or a “chauffeur” leader.  Listen to the video below to […]

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3 key words for better Friendships… and Happiness…

Happy People share one characteristic in common. There are many different approaches to happiness, and many varied approaches… but there is one vital ingredient. It is very hard to find someone who is happy who doesn’t have strong, quality friendships and a satisfying romantic relationship. (Even imaginary friends help. Children with imaginary friends are more […]

Relationship First, Persuasion Second

I was listening to the Very Bad Wizards podcast episode #97 on how we really change our minds.  They discuss a manifesto for a new virtual country called Rationalia that was initially shared on social media by Neil Degrasse Tyson.  Here’s a very good reflection from Neil on the controversy triggered by his suggestion. In […]

What Makes A Great TED Talk

Here’s June Cohen, Executive Producer at TED Media, sharing her answers to What makes a great TED Talk? What are the elements of a great TED Talk? and What makes a TED.com talk? She passionately outlines her experience of what types of talks will “go viral”. The Ingredients of a Great TED talk In this […]

Agonizing over Decisions

The human condition: to be aware that we are free to take decisions and that these decisions can turn out to be poor choices. It is normal to suffer and regret decisions. Nobody has an anxiety-free life: not even in the movies, not even in romantic songs.  Alain de Botton shares a wise insight into existential crises […]

How to Put Together a Killer Presentation

How to Put Together a Killer Presentation A simple infographic that will take you through the steps to create a killer presentation, presented by London Speakers Bureau. Thanks to London Speaker Bureau 😉

How can I get an influencer to respond to my emails?

The following is part of an email I received from Noah Kagan, entrepreneur and founder of Appsumo.  You can read the full email on his Okdork.com blog.  Personally I get plenty of requests for help/connections/ideas/reviews, and this particular process might help me say yes to a few more requests… Over to Noah: Question 5: How […]

First Impressions

I was skiing with Florian, Rose and Alvaro yesterday in the Andorran resort of Pas de la Casa.  There was not much real snow, but the Grandvalira resort have worked magic with the artificial snow production machines… and so we were able to ski most of the pistes. Nice day for skiing with @florianmueck pic.twitter.com/ciTcinGEtW […]

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Communication requires 2 people

Communication happens in the recipient. If there is no recipient, it is not communication. It is called noise, or as the Irish say: “shouting at the storm”. Communication can only begin when you understand what the recipient wants, what their goals are, what is missing in their current way of life.  If you don’t know […]

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