If you’re like most people, you are terrified of speaking in public. I’ve learned that no matter how many times I speak, I get really nervous every single time. My heart starts racing, and I suddenly feel like going to the restroom every 30 seconds. According to a study by the National Institute of Mental Health, 74% of people suffer from speech anxiety. Continue reading How to Prepare for a Big Presentation
Oh, how I love TED talks. This little conference, which many people don’t know actually started in the mid-80s as a one-time event, started to grow in popularity since 2006 when they decided to post the presentations online. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, and in addition to the yearly conference, there are now independently organized TEDx events happening all over the globe and throughout the year.
To help you end 2013 on a high note, and start 2014 with some inspiration and knowledge, here are the best TED talks of 2013, as ranked by their number of views as of Dec 2nd, 2013. Continue reading The 10 Most-Watched TED Talks of 2013
I just finished reading Gary Vaynerchuk’s new book, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World. First off, I have to admit that I’m becoming a bit of a Vaynerchuk superfan. The strategies he outlines in his book have worked on me, and his book lets me peek behind the scenes to understand why it worked in the first place. If you’re trying to use today’s social media platforms to tell a compelling story, this book is the only tool and guide you’ll need. Continue reading Gary Vaynerchuk Knows How to Jab His Way to the Top
A combination of boredom and Netflix introduced the TV Show Breaking Bad into my life. The show is dark, gritty, and funny in an I-can’t-believe-that-just-happened sort of way. Season 5 was the very last season, and the show wrapped up a few days after it received the last of its 10 primetime Emmys—a well-deserved win for Outstanding Drama Series. If you haven’t seen it, the show is about a terminally ill high school chemistry teacher who decides to start cooking crystal meth to leave money for his family before he dies. Then, well, let’s just say it escalates quickly from there. As of the time of this post, all 5 seasons are on Netflix (minus the last 8 episodes), so head on over there and binge watch it first. I’ll see you in a week.
While I don’t endorse the manufacturing and selling of crystal meth (after watching the show, I don’t know why anyone would try), I did find a few lessons that entrepreneurs can learn from the show. It may seem kind of odd to use a show filled with drugs and murder as the catalyst for entrepreneurship, but hey, there are lessons all around us.
Continue reading 5 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Breaking Bad