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How To Add Powerful (and Legal) Images To Your Presentations

What do you remember better? Pictures or words? The evidence is clear: people have better recall for images than text.  Including attractive images that dramatize your speaking points will significantly increase your efficacy as a speaker. Based on my experience in investment banking and [...continue reading]

How To Present So People will Hear

You probably have to make presentations, but does the audience hear what you’re saying?  And do they believe it? Based on my experience in investment banking and strategy consulting, I've put together a 3-part series on how to prepare memos and presentations that people will read and believe. [...continue reading]

How to Write a Memo That People Will Actually Read

I spent many late nights as an investment banker and strategy consultant early in my career.  My #1 learning from that experience (besides financial modeling) was how to communicate in an effective way, particularly with senior executives.  As  training now for my team at ff Venture Capital, I’ve [...continue reading]

Guaranteed Process: How to Get Married This Year

I’m giving a talk this weekend at Limmud NY and then in a month at Limmud FSU on "Investment Banking in the Marriage Market: Find Your Dream Spouse without the Drama". In this presentation,  I take the same standard process that works for sales, raising capital, and sourcing deals, and apply it to [...continue reading]

The Art of Email Writing

  A constant complaint we hear around the office is that emails we receive (and sometimes send) are poorly written or unclear.  According to "How to Write a Perfect Email", when writing an email that warrants a reply, there are four key components to get a quick and valid response:   1. Brevity- [...continue reading]

Best Practices in Writing Emails–Policy for a Multinational Corporation

Our new parent company, Evalueserve, is highly dependent on email for internal and external communications. They also hire every year hundreds of recent graduates (particularly in India, China, and Chile) who are usually not familiar with the protocols of business communication via email. The [...continue reading]

Online Match-Making with Virtual Dates

Users of online dating sites often struggle to find love because the sites themselves make it more difficult than it needs to be. To the rescue: Virtual Dates, an online ice-breaker from Jeana Frost of Boston University, Michael Norton of HBS, and Dan Ariely of MIT. More: [...continue reading]

The Secret Cause of Flame Wars

"Don't work too hard," wrote a colleague in an e-mail today. Was she sincere or sarcastic? I think I know (sarcastic), but I'm probably wrong. According to recent research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, I've only a 50-50 chance of ascertaining the tone of any e-mail [...continue reading]

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