Public Speaking

Quotes from the Late Steve Jobs

I didn’t fully appreciate how much I admired Steve Jobs until he passed away yesterday.  This man lived life and revolutionized three industries: Computers, music and cell phones.  Steve was impressive and inspiring not just because of his accomplishments, but also because of his perspectives.  I thought it would be nice to share two of Steve’s quotes that I find particularly salient and timeless to commemorate his passing.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” (more…)

Management Communication: Key Takeaways

My first business school course was Management Communication for Leaders. I was interested in the class for three reasons: 1) I can’t over emphasize the importance of good communication skills in the workplace, so any chance to improve is welcomed, 2) good public speaking skills are invaluable, but hard to acquire, and 3) feedback via a 360 review from subordinates, colleagues and bosses enhances self-awareness. This class did exactly that. Here are the key takeaways in the three categories cited above. (more…)