When you speak in front of others, Speak Out! Don’t be tentative – Five very practical tips

I am wrapping up another semester teaching speech at the community college level. I have some students who are naturally outgoing; almost natural speakers. I have other students who are so very tentative.  More than a little nervous.  And so reticent. When these students speak, they speak with such low volume, that it is difficult Read More

Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries by Safi Bahcall – My Six Lessons and Takeaways

I love it when I read a book and I feel like I am learning so much that is new to me.  That’s exactly how I felt reading Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries by Safi Bahcall. I first heard of this book when I heard Krys Boyd Read More

So you read that book. What did you learn from reading that book?

“Well when events change, I change my mind. What do you do?” Dr. Paul Samuelson, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 1970 (frequently attributed, in slightly differing versions, to John Maynard Keynes, including one time by the same Dr. Samuelson) Exaudio, Comperio, Conloquor. That’s a Latin phrase that translates: To Listen, To Learn, To Speak. Isaac Jaffe, (Robert Guillaume), from the Read More

Nine Lies about Work by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall – My Six Lessons and Takeaways (and, a little disagreement)

There are books that I disagree with because they are shallow, illogical, shoddy…  These are books with inadequate thoughts from inadequate authors. No, I won’t name any of these.  But, yes, I’ve read a few; or, at least portions of them.  Thankfully, with the advent of Kindle sample pages, a reader can make an evaluation Read More

In Praise of Paper – Learning with Pen and Paper may be the way to go

If learning is their goal, using a laptop during class is a terrible idea. It’s not just because internet-connected laptops are so distracting. It’s because even if students aren’t distracted, the act of taking notes on a computer actually seems to interfere with their ability to remember information. TAKING NOTES BY HAND FORCES YOU TO ACTIVELY LISTEN AND Read More