Apr 17, 2013
Photo source: Edudemic
Visual aids can be a great asset to any presentation: according to the U.S. Department of Labor, "three days after an event, people retain 10% of what they heard from an oral presentation, 35% from a visual presentation, and 65% from a visual and oral presentation." However, visual aids must be used correctly in order to be effective.
Apr 09, 2013
Photo Source: The Effective Leadership Development Community
When trying to figure out what factors lead to success, there are some that we would all agree on: persistence, hard work, determination, and maybe a little luck. One factor that we may not be familiar with is personal feedback. People often look at outside influences to determine why their business is not doing well. It is equally, if not more important to look internally and conduct a thorough self-examination.
Apr 04, 2013
Human Resources is generally perceived as an area where soft skills thrive – feelings, impressions, and relationships drive decisions. But Human Resources is often a sensitive division – one research group, Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), reported that 43% of chief executives, CFOs and HR directors believed poor human capital management had kept their companies from reaching key financial targets in the previous 18 months.
Mar 27, 2013
Effective leadership and communication today relies more than ever on influencing others — impacting their ideas, opinions, and actions. While influence has always been a valuable managerial skill, today's highly collaborative organizations make it essential. Research from the Harvard Business Review has found that there are five main influencing styles:
Mar 19, 2013
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are changing the way students think about education. Through websites such as Coursera, Udacity, or EdX anyone with an internet connection can sign up for a class from different universities free of charge. A professor uploads a series of video lectures, generally between 8 and 15 minutes in length, with short quizzes popping up during the lecture to make sure you are following along. College credit is rarely offered, although you may receive a certificate of completion from the professor.
Mar 04, 2013
“The greater part of our intellectual activity goes on unconsciously and unfelt by us”
- Friedrich Nietzsche (1882)
Jan 15, 2013
It's exciting to see the recent explosion of attention for Quantified Self. From a Forbes calling last week's CES "The Year of the Quantified Self" to the February Issue of Vanity Fair, the media, consumers, and corporations are starting to pay attention.
Oct 08, 2012
Can you change behavior by changing emotions with storytelling?
Below is a video on the Future of Storytelling from Neuroeconomics pioneer Paul Zak, director of the Center for Neuroeconomic Studies and author of The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity.
In this short film on empathy, neurochemistry, and the dramatic arc, Zak takes us inside his lab, where he studies how people respond to stories.
Oct 01, 2012
Can our bodies change our minds? Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves.
Social psychologist Amy Cuddy from Harvard Business School shows how “power posing” -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
Sep 07, 2012
Most experienced and professional presenters know how to speak extemporaneously—by altering their prepared remarks on the fly—but few do it as well as Bill Clinton.
As you can see in the transcript analysis below comparing what Clinton wrote vs. what Clinton said, from a purely rhetorical standpoint nearly all of Clinton's changes enhanced the text in some way and brought added emphasis to arguments.