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Month: January 2012

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

I can’t decide what I like.  Beard and receding hair or shaved head and face.  What do you think? (Animated GIF below) It’s less work to have the beard at first, but trimming it can be a pain.  Plus, I hate how I can see my hair going away.  With a shaved head, it’s all gone, so I don’t think of the hair that is especially missing.  The beard gives some interesting definition to my face, but also itches.

Tips for Interviewing Someone

Interviewing is like golf.  Anyone can do it, but it’s hard to be good at it.  The goal is to quickly ascertain if a candidate is a worthy member of your team and if they are then to inspire them to want to work with your company.  Here are tips to be successful: Blink (From the book by Malcolm Gladwell) Your subconscious is better at interviewing than you  are. It can tell, within a few seconds if someone is good or bad.  When you shake someone’s hand, spend the next 30 seconds really examining how you FEEL about the candidate. Remember…

Public Speaking Tips

I’ve been asked recently about my abilities related to public speaking.  I feel very comfortable in front of a crowd and can tell stories and relate information in an engaging way.  I don’t want to sound too conceited, but I am pretty good at it.  The questions, however, relate to whether it is something you are born with or something you learn.  Probably it’s both, but it got me thinking about the subject.  What are the key elements that make my style of speaking work? PowerPoint I almost always use PowerPoint, however I hardly ever use bullets and text.  Usually,…

The moment that defined my character

From kindergarten through 2nd grade I lived in a lower-middle class neighborhood in New York called Spring Valley.  I had friends.  In fact, in second grade, I was popular; mainly because I was tall, athletic and smart.  A girl even kissed me under a big stone turtle statue.  Teachers loved me because I learned quickly.  I was a leader and I was happy. Then, in the middle of 2nd grade, I moved to an upper-middle class neighborhood called New City.  (Not a very creative name, I know).  The day I arrived, I noticed the school looked very different.  Everything was clean and…

The UX of Buying A Drum Kit

Two things I am good at are Pool and Tennis.  Each requires a specific piece of equipment that makes a big difference in how you play.  If someone asked me to help them buy a pool cue or a tennis racket, I would be able to explain to them the subtle differences and help evaluate ones you might find on craigslist.  At its simplest, I could pick up a cue or a racket and it would just “feel” right.  A bad cue or racket is just horrible for playing.  It’s a night and day difference. I have no idea how…