David Letterman’s Top Ten

By Jerry Weissman / December 5, 2012

On Sunday, President Obama awarded David Letterman, along with several other artists, among them Dustin Hoffman, the Kennedy Center Honors for influencing American culture through the arts. In his nearly two decades as the host of the CBS “Late Night” show, Mr. Letterman has made his nightly reading of his “Top Ten” list a social […]


Ready, Fire, Aim!

By Jerry Weissman / November 29, 2012

Before answering a question, it’s vital that you understood the question asked.  Learn the steps to answering a question so you don’t fall into the “Ready, Fire, Aim!” trap, today on Huffington Post.


Trulia Jumps 40% and the IPO Window is Open Again

By Jerry Weissman / September 21, 2012

Get a taste of best practices you can employ for your presentations given by one of Silicon Valley’s Double IPO CFOs, Ken Goldman, here on Forbes.


Pandolist: CEO Coaches

By Pando Daily / July 25, 2012

See Jerry’s interview on Pando Daily’s Pandolist: CEO Coaches.  Pando Daily, founded by Sarah Lacy in 2012, is a news site that covers the technology startup ecosystem. Its single goal is to be the site-of-record for that startup root-system and everything that springs up from it, cycle-after-cycle.  


The Art of Telling Your Story

By Jerry Weissman / July 18, 2012

Arianna Huffington, the president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of thirteen books wrote about the value of good story telling in her blog today. Is Storytelling the Secret Weapon of the 2012 Race? 


Grammar Gaffes

By Jerry Weissman / June 27, 2012

Sue Shellenbarger, the creator of the “Work & Family” column for the Wall Street Journal, did a piece last week on the importance of good grammar in the workplace. The column quickly became the most popular on the newspaper’s website. Ms. Shellenbarger identified the challenge at the beginning of her column: “looseness with language can […]


When NOT to Tell 'Em

By Jerry Weissman / April 25, 2012

“Get on with it!” Senator Barry Goldwater, the Republican candidate for president in 1964 infamously said, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” This misguided view of political policy became a major factor in Mr. Goldwater’s landslide loss to Lyndon Johnson, but it […]


Book Review "What the Plus!" by Guy Kawasaki

By Jerry Weissman / March 28, 2012

A review of Guy Kawasaki’s new book, What the Plus!: Google+ for the Rest of Us, about how Google+ helps those who currently use, or are looking to use social media to expand their online audience.  A helpful and thorough guide to Google+, read my full review on Forbes.


Vinod Khosla's Cardinal Rule

By Jerry Weissman / March 21, 2012

Know your audience and customize your presentation to them.  Venture Capitalist, Vinod Khosla, has a few pieces of advice when it comes to delivering your message to your targeted audience.  Do your homework prior to your presentation and use that information to your advantage.  Read the full story on Forbes.


John Doerr's “Chalk” Talks

By Jerry Weissman / January 4, 2012

Vet your best presentation techniques against one of Silicon Valley’s top venture capitalists, John Doerr, and learn some useful tips and tricks for tailoring your presentation to your audience.  See how you measure up on Forbes.


Meaningful Words

By Jerry Weissman / December 14, 2011

Words that Inspire Confidence In response to a prior blog about meaningless words, commenter Brett wrote, “It would be interesting to see those words and phrases that do inspire confidence and trust. That would be a great follow up.” Here you go, Brett (and Aggressive Reader, who seconded Brett’s suggestion). This discussion of meaningful words […]


Vinod Khosla's Five-Second Rule

By Jerry Weissman / October 26, 2011

Relying on slides to tell and deliver your story is a sure way to lose your audience and, potentially, a new investment.  Take Vinod Khosla’s five-second rule to heart when creating slides for your presentation and feel the difference in your delivery as well as your audience’s response.  Today on Forbes.


More Meaningless Words

By Jerry Weissman / October 19, 2011

The Weeds of Vocabulary The italicized “more” in the title of this post signifies a greater degree of meaninglessness in words rather than an increase in their occurrence. In an earlier blog, you read about several innocuous phrases that have crept into our daily language, each of which casts doubt on the competence of the […]


Netflix and Politics

By Jerry Weissman / September 21, 2011

If you’re going to claim the blame and apologize for something you’ve done, do it like Reed Hastings, CEO and co-founder of Netflix, with upfront accountability and candor.  Perhaps America’s politicians in the race for the White House should take note, too.  Read the full story on Forbes.


Obama's Speech on Jobs

By Jerry Weissman / September 9, 2011

How are active verbs turning heads for Obama?  Today on Forbes, see how critics and Congress alike are reacting to Obama’s speech on jobs.


Kill Your Darlings

By Jerry Weissman / August 17, 2011

“Practice makes perfect” works for all stages of a presentation, including the development of your story.  In this blog on HBR, Jerry explains the importance of reworking your story several times before you can find the final product.


Pawlenty Drops Out

By Jerry Weissman / August 15, 2011

Going against your natural presentation style can be treacherous, but being negative to prove you’re not boring might not be your best choice either.  Read how Mr. Pawlenty overshot his chance at the Republican nomination at the Ames, Iowa debate on Forbes.


Pawlenty versus Bachmann

By Jerry Weissman / August 12, 2011

Negative spin can sometimes get in the way of seeing the positives in any situation.  Read on Forbes how two candidates demonstrate this during the Republican debate at Iowa State University.


Rupert Murdoch’s 90% Apology

By Jerry Weissman / July 18, 2011

Take a deeper look at how News Corp Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch uses the passive voice to avoid assuming full responsibility for the phone-hacking scandal.  Read the full story on Forbes.


How to Survive an Attack

By Jerry Weissman / July 13, 2011

Playing into negativity when dealing with tough questions during tough times only proves to show how those times are affecting you.  See how Yahoo! CEO, Carol Bartz, dealt with an upset shareholder, and how she could have addressed the situation more positively, today on HBR.



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