Bill Allen

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Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling

It is quiet and dark. The theater is hushed. James Bond skirts along the edge of a building as his enemy takes aim. Here in the audience, heart rates increase and palms sweat. I know this to be true because instead of enjoying the movie myself, I am measuring the brain activity of a dozen viewers. …

7 ways to make your presentation message stick

1. Be different<p>Work out how you can stand out from all the other speakers. For example, Steve Jobs stood out as a presenter because of his …

Is Working On Weekends The Secret To A Successful, Happy Work-Life Balance?

Seriously. Read on to find out how it could work for you.<p>Last week, the financial world was abuzz with some interesting news: Goldman Sachs was easing up on its junior analysts. Specifically, the firm announced that it wanted its young bankers to take weekends off. As David Solomon, co-head of the …

Work-life Balance

Nail Your Next Pitch In 60 Seconds

That’s all the time you need to get to yes. Really.<p>“No one wants to go out mid-sentence.” –Johnny Depp<p>And, as Johnny would surely agree, no one wants investors to nod off mid-sentence.<p>Investors have seen hundreds of pitches. They’ve been there, heard that. They decide in a couple minutes, max, …

Entrepreneurship

10 Keys To Writing A Speech

<i>“This is my time.”</i><p>That attitude will kill a speech every time.<p>You’ve probably sat through some lousy speeches. Despite the speakers’ renown, you eventually tuned them out over their self-indulgent tangents and pointless details. You understood something these speakers apparently didn’t: This was …

How Did Work-Life Balance In The US Get So Awful?

The United States is the greatest country in the history of everything, if you just listen to its leaders, and a disgrace among developed countries, if you just read international surveys. Our health care system is famously expensive and inaccessible. Our education system is famously broken. Oh, …

Income Inequality