The Five Websites You Should Visit That Are Probably News to You

When I chose the tag line for this blog – services and support for innovators and creators – it was because that was what I really, really wanted to do. Not to pontificate from a soapbox (sorry, that should read “just pontificate”), but to provide content that would be of use to those smarter and more skilled than I in their pursuit of their excellence. The logic being, if I can’t make the world better by an idea, technology, creation or innovation, my contribution can be making it easier for those ideas, technologies, creations and innovations to make it to said world.

Which brings us to this post, in which I jeopardise my future value to the reader, by giving away all some of my most treasured sources, in the hopes that giving you a direct route won’t necessarily mean you’ll cut out the middle man. Screw it; consider it a sign of how much I believe my own tag line….  Continue reading

Filling the Skills Gap for Innovators – A Rant

There appears to be a growing perception in the innovation industry base, particularly but by no means exclusively in those in their first 10 years of experience, that commerce equates to bringing an invention to market and as such, is irrelevant to them as “someone else does that”. And, at a time when headlines are full of gloomy stats regarding employment rates for graduates of tertiary and higher programs, one wonders if that misperception is a big part of the problem.  Continue reading

Required watching for any TED speaker: The science of stage fright

Great advice, whether you get stage fright or have never had the (dis)pleasure

TED Blog

One thing can strike fear into the heart of the fiercest warrior, the most powerful CEO and the smartest person in any given room: having to speak in public. The thought of it makes the palms sweat, the heart beat faster and the limbs start to shake. An estimated 75% of people have a fear of speaking in public, and it’s something that nearly everyone who takes the TED stage must work hard to overcome.

This TED-Ed lesson, the science of stage fright, just might help. In the lesson — which is taught by educator Mikael Cho and directed by animator Robertino Zambrano of KAPWA Studioworks — looks at stage fright not as an emotion, but as a physiological response. In other words, it’s not so much something to be overcome as to be adapted to.

“Humans are wired to worry about reputation. Public speaking can threaten it,” says…

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