Tag Archives: Communication

Engineer Into The Workforce


Engineer into the Workforce presentation to The University of British Columbia, School of Engineering, 4th year Capstone Project course. November 2, 2016

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Trump, Brexit And The Rise of Populism


We are witnessing an extraordinary global upheaval, the outcome of which seems very uncertain at best. In my view, it is a populist reaction to globalization, and a dramatic shift in politics around the World, from economic issues to cultural issues. I see globalization as ultimately an inevitable evolution of human culture, but which by its very nature and the acceleration in the pace of change with the World Wide Web, is fomenting unrest and reaction. Marshall McLuhan, the great Canadian visionary correctly predicted the rise of the “global village” in the 1960’s. But neither McLuhan nor we foresaw the backlash against the Internet and efforts by China, Russia, Turkey and other countries to block free access to the Internet. The global economy also has essentially stagnated since the Global Financial Meltdown. This has been a warning of greater issues rising up around the World. Xenophobia, racism, gender issues, freedom of expression, environmentalism, and terrorism have displaced economics as the top political issues. How this all plays out in the “global village” is anyone’s guess.

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Six Ways To Make The Most Of Your Internship


I ran across this recent HBR article and thought it would be helpful for management students contemplating an internship or co-op employment as part of their degree program. Such programs are a highly valuable way to gain experience, and to find career-focused employment. This is particularly true in this challenging employment market. I would even go so far as to suggest that it may even be a workable strategy for recent graduates still searching for that opportunity that will kick start their careers. Get an informational interview and make them an offer they can’t refuse.

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Need To Deliver An Inspirational Speech? Start With a Big Idea


I noticed the following post on LinkedIn, and thought that it was important to share it. When I first came to UBC to teach Industry Analysis and Entrepreneurship in the Faculty of Management, I was struck by how utterly unprepared Faculty of Management students were to stand up and communicate their ideas. Most students used 3 x 5 cards and stared at the floor. One student, without realizing it, stood up and crossed his arms across his chest, projecting only his personal discomfort with the situation. Clearly this problem needed to be addressed. If there is one thing I have learned since graduating with a Speech-Communication degree, it is the importance of being able to stand up and communicate your ideas, what you believe, and most importantly, who you are. It is crucial to career success.

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Toastmaster’s 2014 World Champion of Public Speaking – Worth The Time


 Dananjaya Hettiarachchi is the 2014 Toastmasters’ International World Champion of Public Speaking.  The seven minutes you will spend watching and listening to him is worth it.  

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How can I learn to communicate like Bill Clinton?


Answer by David Mayes: There are only so many legendary public speakers, capable of captivating an audience, holding their attention and persuading them to accept the speaker’s point of view. That said, we can all learn to be better communicators from the techniques of Clinton, Ann Richards, JFK, MLK, FDR, Churchill, Lincoln and others from […]

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Mayo615 2013 Blog Stats Review


WORDPRESS.COM PRESENTS “mayo615” 2013 IN BLOGGING ANNUAL REPORT

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How Successful People Make Themselves Luckier


This article has resonated with me, and my own personal epiphany. It came to me as a university student, sitting on the grass in the university common area. I suddenly realized that I was my own boss, and I no longer cared much what other people thought of me. As the author says here, it was a sense of calm, and a moment that not everyone achieves. It is a variation on my own tag line…”The harder I work, the luckier I get.” Once again, I find that the key factor is people skills.

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How To Answer The Dreaded “What is your biggest weakness?” Question


For my UBC students facing tough interviews, here is some serious advice on how to answer the dreaded “What is your biggest weakness? question. Reblogged from Forbes… 1/21/2013 @ 2:35PM |191,470 views How To Answer The Dreaded ‘What Is Your Biggest Weakness’ Interview Question Posture to counteract weakness and enhance blood flow to the brain (Photo […]

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How to Listen When The Speaker Is Ranting and Rambling


One of my biggest personal challenges, is listening to a speaker who is ranting and/or rambling. What is the main point they are trying to get across? Many times it is nearly impossible to figure it out.  I remember hearing someone off in the distance at an Iraq war demonstration in San Francisco, ranting into […]

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