Be an Expert: Write Articles, Not Blog Posts

Summary: To become an expert on a topic, write original, helpful, and research-driven articles about the topic. Jakob Nielsen, “the guru of web page usability,” criticized commodity bloggers who write superficial posts. He advised experts and would-be experts alike that: To demonstrate world-class expertise, avoid quickly written, shallow postings. Instead, invest your time in thorough, value-added…

How to Make Sure that Your Toastmasters Experience Doesn’t Suck

Summary: Toastmasters focuses too much on nonverbal communication and not enough on speech content. When you speak, have a genuine conversation with individuals. Avoid delivering a dramatic-acting monologue. J.J. Abrams, the writer and director of TV’s Lost, shared his “mystery box” at the TED conference. Did he follow all of the Toastmasters’ speaking rules during his presentation?…