Communication. A word that has so much meaning and importance, yet often is misunderstood. It's a word that can be the difference between success and failure, and a word that can lead to our own unraveling as professionals and as an organization.
The art of the thank you note has evolved over the years. It used to be when you received a gift, or someone helped you in some way, you would send a note to express your appreciation for their efforts.
The connections I've made from speaking at events have enriched my business and my life in quite a few ways. Unfortunately, a speaking gig gone bad can do serious damage to your reputation. And it's not just about what you do when you're on stage.
Over the decades, I've given hundreds of speeches. Some were brilliant, some sucked. But never has anyone thrown rotten vegetables at me, or walked out, or hissed that my words were straight from the devil.
So you are probably wondering, why is a vagina giving a keynote speech at a queer conference? What does this vagina know about being queer and Asian more than a gold star queer person who can speak to these issues?
Last week the New York Times ran a front-page story entitled, Hillary Clinton Taps Speechmaking Gold Mine. The article suggested that it's ethically questionable at best for former politicians to receive exorbitant fees for speaking engagements. I take issue with this.
After years of speaking to groups of all sizes, I still do not think I have it down completely. I had to really think hard, therefore, when a friend asked me recently how I gave such good talks and if I would mind sharing my "secrets."
It's a brave new car, with digital screens on the dashboard and around the speedometer, plus LCD mood lighting and twitter integration. At CES in Las Vegas, Ford introduced its updated SYNC interface, called MyFord Touch.