Many professionals work toward the moment their project, presentation, or work blows someone’s socks off. It’s easy to imagine a dream-like vignette where, once your peers and managers see your work, they form a conga line to celebrate the amazing things you’ve done. It’s sexy, they say. It’s slick. It’s mind-blowing. It’s a seductive way to think about work. We want to make big impressions and get noticed. We love the attention that may lead to promotions and accolades. It’s not that... Continue Reading
Since I was young, I've wondered about pain relievers and how they work. Thankfully Richard Byrne over at FreeTechForTeachers pointed me to this awesome animated explanation that's part of the TED-Ed series of videos. A few things to notice about this video, from the explainer perspective: The First Half of the Video is Mostly Context It starts with an easy first step - everyone knows the discomfort of pain - it makes you want to do something to relieve it. No viewer would disagree or lose... Continue Reading
Moe Abdou is the founder of 33 Voices, a website and interview series that focuses on entrepreneurs, business success and life. Recently he interviewed me about the Art of Explanation. The interview is about 25 minutes long and covers a lot of ground. Have a listen. I love doing interviews like this. If you have a podcast or website and are looking for guests, please let me know. I have a lot to say about entrepreneurship, communication and creativity.
Recently I saw an animated video by the Private Equity Growth Capital Council that seeks to answer the question: What is Private Equity? Here’s the video: Below I'm using a single scene from this video to highlight an important element of explanation: building and sustaining confidence. This video is likely a response to the news surrounding US presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who founded a private equity firm called Bain Capital. It’s an issue that can be controversial and my point... Continue Reading
I’m sure you’ve heard the superstition that it’s bad luck to walk under a ladder. Like many superstitions, it’s rooted in a real-world consequence. The truth is, walking under ladders has nothing to do with luck - it’s just a bad idea. It could fall, paint could splatter on you, or you could cause someone to fall off of it. But those points are almost worthless. You could promote the risk of walking under ladders until you are blue in the face, but no one will care. But, add a story, a... Continue Reading