I gave up some of my lunch hour to listen to Romney give his acceptance speech at the Republican convention. There were no surprises and that’s one of the things that was wrong. Here’s my opinion about what was wrong with today’s talk. 1.  Bad Start.  He started the speech talking about Paul Ryan.  Start a speech by getting people’s attention. Focus on something big.  Don’t talk about someone else. Maybe he felt he had to defend Ryan. 2. No Humor….

I wrote before about the importance of learning how to sell. If you missed that post, you can read it here.  If you know how to sell, you’ll have recruiters coming after you, not the other way around.  Besides you’ll have all of the related skills that come with learning how to sell. There’s another skill that you should pick up when you’re in school.   CONFIDENCE. They don’t teach that skill in college either, but the sooner you get…

One of my professors in graduate school told me that  college gives you  all the answers. “The best reason to go to graduate school”, she told me,  “is to learn the right questions”. She was joking. Kind of. But she was really right. Anyone can act like they have all the answers, but it’s really more important to know the right questions to ask. I always told my university students that  questions are more important the answers. The most important question…

Creativity does not come from having people attend a workshop on creativity techniques. That might work for a while, but I wouldn’t count on it to make a huge difference. Some workshop leaders have people dance round like chickens. Tell me what good that does. No, creativity is more complex than learning new techniques.  It begins with eradicating fear in the organization, fear to make mistakes, fear of looking foolish, fear of being the winner or the loser.  It means…

Sooner or later, you will be asked to be a member of a panel at a meeting or conference. You’ll sit up front in front of an audience of some size.  You’ll be asked to give your opinions to questions that the audience members or a moderator asks. I get this chance every now and then. I’ve learned some things along the way that may help you. Here’s how to be a great panelist. 1.  Think of the questions you…