Why We’re Wired to Love Rags-to-Riches Stories

Social psychology explains why we never grow tired of hearing about an entrepreneurs’ rise from poverty. In Pour Your Heart Into It, Starbucks executive chairman Howard Schultz wrote, “The more uninspiring your origins, the more likely you are to use your... read more

Prepare For A Job Interview, The Way CEOs Rehearse For The Media

Facing the camera on CNBC or sitting across from reporters at The Wall Street Journal can be intimidating for even the most seasoned business leaders. The methods used to coach executives for high-stakes media appearances can easily be adapted to a job interview because the goal is the same — to inspire confidence and to persuade your audience to buy in to your vision.

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7 Top VCs Say These Communication Skills Will Set You Apart

The New York Times and CB Insights partnered this week to publish a list of the top 20 “winningest” venture capitalists in the world. I’ve personally interviewed some of the investors who made the New York Times list and I’ve followed the others. Seven of the top 20 have made notable remarks on the role that communication skills play in a startup or brand’s ultimate success.

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Billionaires and VCs Agree: Keep Your Big Idea Short

Condense your key message to 140 characters or less and it’s more likely to stick. “If you can’t fit your idea on the back of an envelope, it’s rubbish,” Richard Branson once told me. The Virgin Group founder is on to something. In fact,... read more

Four Easy Tips On Using Video To Make Your Presentation Stand Out

Each and every day people around the world watch hundreds of millions of hours of video on YouTube. It’s a staggering statistic. One hour of new videos are uploaded to YouTube every second. People simply love video. It’s likely that the people watching your presentation love video, too. Are you capturing their attention?

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Why Shark Tank Investors Love A Good Story

“Storytelling is everything,” Shark Tank investor Barbara Corcoran once said. “Show me an MBA and your sales numbers, that’s fine. But tell me a great story about how you got started and your vision, and we’ll talk.” In the first... read more

Barack Obama’s Final Speech: Five Valuable Lessons For Communicators

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Words have the power to move us. Words have the power to inspire us. Words have the power to unite us. The great speechwriter, Peggy Noonan, once wrote, “When big, serious, thoughtful things must be said, then big, serious, thoughtful speeches must be given.” On Tuesday night President Barack Obama gave a big, thoughtful speech about serious things.

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3 Tips To Wow An Audience Like Under Armour’s Founder And Chief Storyteller

Under Armour CEO, Kevin Plank at CES 2017 (Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg)
“Every great brand is like a great story. Every great story is made up of chapters in a book,” Kevin Plank told an audience gathered at CES in Las Vegas. The billionaire chairman and CEO of sports retailer, Under Armour, delivered a keynote at the 2017 conference to show off his company’s new gadgets, including a smart-shoe and a line of sleepwear to help athletes recover after intense exercise.

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How Megyn Kelly Discovered Her ‘Zone Of Genius’

Megyn Kelly became a star when she decided to leave a job and pursue a calling. This week the Fox News star announced that she’s jumping from Fox News to NBC, where Kelly will reportedly command one of the highest salaries in television news.

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Three Books That Remind Us The ‘Golden Age’ Is Today

If you’re a leader people look to you for guidance, wisdom and inspiration. And that means you need to see the world as it is and not as it is perceived by the majority of others. Read these three books and you’ll never complain about [almost] anything again.

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