Leonard Susskind — “The world is a Hologram”

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“The world is a Hologram” — a complicated topic, simplified to the bone. This presentation from Professor Leonard Susskind nails it! After reading Stephen Hawking’s “The Universe in a Nutshell” I thought I understood a little bit about the universe. But I was wrong. Watching Susskind’s presentation I really understood. I begun telling others about it and wanted to know even more about the subject. What makes this presentation so worthy for me is how he breaks every single denominator down in order to help us understand something we can’t see, hardly can imagine, can’t really make sense out of — a concept that is extremely hard to get our heads around. Continue reading...

The art of giving feedback

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A few weeks ago I was giving feedback to a group of managers from the Middle East. It goes without saying that in this situation, especially as a foreigner, one ought to be prepared. I soon realized that I should have done my homework a bit more thoroughly. The irony is that I should have known better. There are countless books on how to deal and communicate with people from other cultures and I’ve read my share of them. However, there is nothing better than personal experience when it comes to meeting people from other cultures face to face, and working with them. Continue reading...

Kurt Tucholsky’s advice for speakers

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It is amazing how much good advice for presenters you can get on the internet. Last time we did a Google search we got about 122 million hits for the key words “presentation tips”. That is a lot. You might think bad presenters should be an endangered species by now. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case. How little has changed over the last 80 years becomes obvious when you read the following two pieces by German journalist, satirist and writer Kurt Tucholsky, publicized 1930 under the pseudonym Peter Panter. You get the feeling they could have been written yesterday. Continue reading...

Different strokes for different folkes

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Promise and deliver — that rule applies to any presentation. But, presenting to people of cultural backgrounds different from our own demands special attention. What people expect from a presentation might differ from culture to culture. Germans admire a logical structure, they think the best presentations are in-depth, detailed, and have enough evidence, facts and documentation. Others will only listen to us if our facts are brief and selective — Americans for instance. We should never assume that our international colleagues will share our view. Continue reading...

Annie Leonard tells the story of bottled water

Bottled water, or tap water? “Who would demand a less sustainable, less tasty, way more expensive product — especially when you can get it for almost free in your own kitchen?” Annie Leonard reveals some inconvenient truths about our economical system and the way we handle the resources of our planet. Telling the story of bottled water, she explains how the image of tap water got tainted, what that means for big business, for the environment, and for all of us… Continue reading...