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Why this cliche is dead wrong

I’ve been traveling more than usual lately, speaking to corporate audiences in the lead-up to the launch of my new book, Think Like a Rocket Scientist. After most keynotes, someone from the audience approaches me with the same question: What was it like to write a book? I would often …

You’re doing better than you think. Here’s why.

You know the feeling. You’re sitting at your desk as the clock ticks toward 5 pm. There’s a half-drunk, lukewarm coffee on your desk and a blinking cursor on the computer screen in front of you. As you get ready to pack your bag and head home, you think to …

3 counterintuitive ways to excel in conversation

In last week’s article, 3 Ways to be Insufferable in Conversation, we met a fictional character named Jack. Jack is a master at turning conversations into a one-person show where he always sits in the spotlight. I put Jack together—like Frankenstein’s monster—from various people I’ve encountered in life (including my …

3 Ways to Be Insufferable in Conversation

The art of conversation is a dying one. I don’t know if it’s just me, but in the past few years, I’ve noticed a significant downward trend in people’s ability to hold a conversation and to engage—to really engage—with the person sitting across the table from them. To illustrate the …

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