Category Archives: Connection

Why we read you

We read you because you are you. Because you sound like you, talk like you. You are identifiable, clear, and you have a point of view. Whether that is polished or rough, grammatical or not…whether you use ellipses and start … Continue reading

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Rock out

My morning commute to work is punctuated by the Music Under New York performers.  Each day of the week a different musician with a different sound and a different vibe. Luke Ryan has been at this for 30 years.  His … Continue reading

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The wrong public speaking mistakes

Public speaking is neck-and-neck with fundraising on the list of things people consistently fear. To avoid that fear we often choose to read to people rather than speak to them.  That is, we write down and recite prepared remarks.  If … Continue reading

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The bubbles

Not long ago, I spent an entire day going around New York City without my iPhone. Really. There’s nothing like being device- and newspaper-free on the NYC subway to realize how our devices are creating bubbles of separation in every … Continue reading

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Sport

While the biggest highlight of my trip to Karachi last week was definitely meeting all the applicants to the Pakistan Fellows Program, the most fun and surprising piece was getting to play squash twice during the week. Pakistan has an … Continue reading

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Not-so-small talk

It amazes me how much time we waste in our effort not to waste any time. Five, even ten minutes to understand who a person is, where they are today, now, at this moment…there’s no way that you can skip … Continue reading

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One great moment in a 24 hour delay

I’d love to chalk it up to bad luck – I continually have things go wildly wrong most of the times that I fly Delta. Here’s what happened this time: for an 8:30pm flight to Accra, Ghana, we dutifully boarded … Continue reading

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More or less, but not the same

There’s lots of stuff out there about how to make really great powerpoint (and about terrible PowerPoint).  What I’ve observed is that people read these great suggestions and think “I could never do that” (which isn’t true) and use that … Continue reading

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Small talk

Americans are famous for wanting to just “get down to business” in meetings.  Maybe a few minutes of chit-chat about the Yankees game or the weather, but otherwise, let’s get to the important stuff. The misconception is that the meeting … Continue reading

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Time to be a little pushier

A friend of mine who’s a media executive described a recent meeting thus: “At the end of the meeting, their CEO agrees we’ll have a decision by Friday. Then she said, ‘…and you may need to bug me a lot … Continue reading

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