Category Archives: Personal Development
Help Your Audience Remember
Death by PowerPoint Abolished by Fermilab Physicists!
It took a room full of physicists at Fermilab to realize that death by PowerPoint is not an effective way to interact, collaborate or share crucial information. Go figure. They’re all about white boards now. This is bold. Great job uber-smart people! A truly Mensan moment, if I every heard one. Well, more like Triple… Read More »
Have You Ever Been Curious If Einstein Actually Said That Quote About The Genius Fish?
Anyone who has ever spent a moment on Whispering Randomness can’t have possibly avoided noting “A little intriguing wordsmithery” in the right column of each and every page. Those aren’t randoms from a popular ‘quote of the day’ email or keyword search site like BrainyQuote, GoodReads, Eduro, The Quotations Page or The Quote Factory. Every single one… Read More »
Sorry I was on mute.
A typical day at the office. The reminder goes off in Outlook 15 minutes early for that 9:00 meeting and it begins. Am I on time, because I patiently wait the 15 minutes, or am I late and holding the meeting up because I started a task that took 20 and was so focused that… Read More »
Presenting Something? Engage with a Story First.
If you talk to people, consider storytelling a critical skill to continually develop. Storytellers tend to be better presenters. If you ever doubt this, go to TED.com and watch a few expert presenters giving it their all in a 20 minute TedTalk. The vast majority start with a personal anecdote of some sort. Something that carries… Read More »
Half Work Ruins Your Productivity
Half-work is the reason why you’re able to get more done on your last day before vacation (when you really focus) than you do in the 2 weeks previous (when you’re constantly distracted). Makes a lot of sense right? So don’t do it! There’s no benefit to anyone when you plain and simple waste time.… Read More »
2,000 Words = Language Fluency. I Think I’ll Try French.
Did you know it only takes a knowledge of 2000 words to become fluent in a language? To reach 60% comprehension? I just learned that. Apparently a solid understanding of the grammar isn’t completely necessary – if you know what the words mean. Ah, that just clicked. I don’t know about you, but when I read for… Read More »
What will your verse be?
The new iPad Air commercial gave me chills… We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering – these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry,… Read More »
Step Into Someone Else’s Shoes
We’ve all heard of the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would want done to you. Who’d have thought it was only half right. Try this one on for size. If you’re wondering, yes, it’s already in my wordsmithery list. I’ve been putting myself into the shoes of the person on the other side… Read More »