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Recent Books: Paleo, Angel Investing, Mediation, and Career Acceleration

I read a few books over the last year that I thought were worth highlighting/recommending: The book that has had the most practical impact on my life was The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health, by John Durant.  This is a thoughtful analysis and explication of the “paleo” or [...continue reading]

The Best Movies About Real Business, Not Hollywood’s Idea of Business

Eric Ries likes to asks audiences who has seen a movie about a startup.  Normally everyone has seen “The Social Network”. But, quoting a recent profile: “Perhaps Ries’ most important message was that the same democratization of entrepreneurship has been tied to a glorification of the profession. [...continue reading]

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]