The introduction is the most important part of your presentation. A good introduction will prepare your audience so that they are fully focused and eager to listen to what you have to say. However, a bad introduction can throw out the window any chance you had to make any impact on your audience.
So, what makes a good introduction? Storytelling:
Ambition is great. It leads to hard work and persistence which are key to unlocking success. It’s common knowledge that to advance in your career, you must work hard. Right?
That is only partially true.
To achieve any goal that involves other humans, you need to master a critical skill beyond discipline: the ability to communicate your ideas, clearly, in a short amount of time.
Why should I care about how I convey my ideas? If they’re good, everybody will listen!
No. No, no, no and no again. Here is why.
With every presentation, you are waging a war for your audience’s attention against the toughest opponent yet in the history of humanity: smartphones. …
With this piece I inaugurate a new category: “Commute Thoughts”, to share the thoughts that ride along during my morning commute. Articles in this series are meant to be shorter and can span a very wide range of topics.
With its elections around the corner, the European Union became the main topic of my favorite radio talk shows and it got me thinking: Why is it that I — a French citizen, (overly) proud of my country, identifying with its history and always ready to defend it against foreign criticism — feel more European than French? …
“Every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence” — Laurence Peter
In 1969, Peter and Hull published a rather tragic realization: In a hierarchy, every employee is doomed to becoming incompetent. This means that you will end your career doing a job you suck at. So much for finding meaningful work!
This stems from Peter’s principle. Since your boss promotes you based on current performance, if you are competent at your job, you will advance to a new role. If you perform well in that role, you will advance further.
Healthee is a Blockchain application with three main features:
2. You have full and exclusive control over it: Who sees it, and how much of it they can see.
3. You can access it any time with your fingerprint
Let’s say you have a serious condition that necessitates special medical attention if you ever get into an accident — let’s say you’re hemophiliac. Knocked unconscious in a car crash, you’re not able to tell the EMTs about your condition, they don’t take the necessary precautions, and you die.
If your medical information was on the Healthee Blockchain, you would have lived: The EMTs could have simply scanned your fingerprint at the scene of the accident and accessed your medical data. They would have seen that you were hemophiliac, they would have treated you accordingly, and they would have saved your life. …
What I am about to present, you have never seen before.
It is a completely novel concept, way ahead of its time.
I don’t even know if it will ever become real one day.
What you’re about to read is a sneak peak into a completely new world. I hope you have your seatbelt on because we’re in for a crazy ride.
So here it is:
Imagine a world where you can pull out your smart phone and with a few taps, request a driver to come pick you up to drive you to the airport.
Imagine that a few minutes later, a car is waiting in front of your house. You get in, it drives you to the airport, and upon arrival it debits your bank account the predetermined fee. …
“To Blockchain, or not to Blockchain, that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to invest in decentralized ledger technologies, or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing the Gartnerian hype, end it?”
Such would (probably) be Hamlet’s famous speech, had it been written at the dawn of the 21st century. As PwC cites Blockchain as one of the eight most essential emerging technologies, and ICOs raise billions, it is all natural for this migraine-inducing question to spring in the minds of all business decsion makers:
Should we be investing in Blockchain Technology?
I aim to provide you in this article with a brief overview of some of the research I am doing at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at Berkeley, and with a framework to help you assess whether it is worth exploring Blockchain Technology as a potential solution to your problem(s). …
The resounding success stories of the Mark Zuckerbergs, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates of the world shaped the idea of who successful entrepreneurs are: Genius college drop outs that built their billion dollar company in their dorm room.
Does this mean that you should stop studying for your final exams, and run with that idea your roommate and you had during your weekly pizza night?
Does this mean that you don’t stand a chance because you've been employed and out of college for 10 years?
Our research shows that most successful early-stage entrepreneurs have 10 to 12 years of employment, prior to founding their company. …