We are proud to announce our collaboration with Tadaima Japan to introduce the historic Arakicho district to the world. Located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Arakicho is famous for it's rich history and bustling nightlife. Arakicho is like a time capsule, and a walk through its back alleys will quickly transport you to Showa-era Japan and beyond.Read More
One of the most common questions I receive about presenting is, “How do I deal with Q&A?” Practice makes perfect, but how does one practice for the unknown? Although you can never fully anticipate what will happen during a Q&A session, there are a few things that you can do to make Q&A go more smoothly.Read More
If you study or experience Japanese culture, it’s only a matter of time before you come across the concept of tatemae, the feelings and attitude that one projects to the public. Tatemae may or may not conflict with one’s honne, or real feelings. When it comes to public speaking, embrace tatemaeRead More
So you’re comfortable with the basics of presenting and training, and you are ready to integrate something new into your presentation. Most people face a dilemma at this point.
Your existing presentation or routine is probably cozy and safe. It gets the job done, but deep down, you know that you can push your audience or class even more. Of course, changing things up poses a great risk. Most people would rather have a safe, by-the-book presentation than risk failure for something greater.Read More
If you live in Japan, at some point in life, you are going to have to acquire a “hanko” (name stamp). Like a signature in western countries, a hanko is a way to represent yourself in correspondence and business transactions.
The other day, I was staring at my own hanko and wondering how I could get more use out of it. The only place that requires me to use it is my bank—I can simply sign for everything else. Then it hit me: “This would make a great blog post!”Read More
The Japanese-language event summary for "Social Networking and Personal Branding on the Global Stage," is now online thanks to Crossover and Zesda, the two organizations that co-hosted the event. Be sure to visit the links in the previous sentence to learn more. Read on for the seminar's three main takeaways.Read More
I never considered myself a runner... Until I became one. Truthfully, by many people's standards, I'm still not a true runner. That being said, I've managed to go from running a 10K once a year to running a 10K (and more) weekly---something I never imagined doing in my wildest dreams. So how did I pull this off? The funny thing is that I didn't even really try.Read More
So you’ve been doing your presentation routine for a while now. You’ve gotten used to your regular rotation of topics and can anticipate what the audience will be like for each one. Your stomach is officially butterfly free.
Then it happens. For one reason or another, you are tasked with presenting a new topic, in a new style, with a new kind of audience. You don’t know where to begin, and unfortunately, those pesky butterflies managed to find their way back into your stomach.Read More
Small-business owners and those who work for non-profit organizations often need to meet high expectations on tight budgets. Over the years, I've experimented with countless productivity tools and methods. The following rise above the competition to help you get your work done quickly and affordably.Read More
Driving enthusiasts know how to take a corner. While most drivers ride the brakes or coast through the entire curve, a skilled driver is on the gas just after hitting the apex. A similar thing can be said about skilled public speakers.Read More