Be your own career architect

Made a career talk to a group of university students recently and some of the key ideas interested them a lot (e.g. how to build their personal branding on the web). On the other hand, not many of them asked follow-up questions. It’s not a big surprise though, as most of the youngsters nowadays simply don’t care about asking questions, instead they care about their “images” – i.e. they think asking question is stupid and they don’t want to look stupid. They also somehow believe they can find all the answers to all the questions on earth from their peers and Google …

It reminds me one phrase from Chinese about the word “Knowledge” –

Knowledge in Chinese

This phrase composed of two Chinese characters … basically, the first character means “learn”, and the second character means “ask”. In essence, “Knowledge” in Chinese is “Learn to ask”. So … when will our students learn / know how to ask ?

Update 1: (2010-July-16) The slide is just featured as one of the slidedecks in’s career channel !!

Anyway, here is the slidedeck …

Cloud Computing – Benefits and Risks

Just finished a presentation in the CIO Asia 2010 conference about Cloud Computing. My presentation focuses on the business benefits and risks of implementing Cloud Computing for an organization.

Here is the slide deck:

Government services in the 2.0 era

There are many people claimed that they are experts in Web 2.0 and e-Government. Seriously, not many of them can really explain the details of the two concepts, let alone how to link the two together … But here is one from Tara Hunt – great presentation and lots of details.

“Government Next”


Presenting data

What will you do to present Number of deaths for leading causes of death. Let’s say the meaningless data will be something like:

  • Heart disease: 652,091
  • Cancer: 559,312
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 143,579
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 130,933
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 117,809
  • Diabetes: 75,119
  • etc.

Here is probably the best way:

See, will that help you to rethink how to present your data ?

Made to stick

Finished the book Presentation Zen (see below) some time ago but still I was puzzled by one thing. That is, even we can create the most eye-catching slides with today’s advance graphic software, but how can we make the message we send across stick in the audiences’ minds ? It’s the reason we do the presentation, isn’t it ?

That’s why I bought the book Made To Stick (again, see below) and I am glad to tell you all that it’s a very good read. This book outlines a very practical approach to increase a message’s “stickiness”, and it’s called SUCCESs:

  • Simple — find the core of any idea
  • Unexpected — grab people’s attention by surprising them
  • Concrete — make sure an idea can be grasped and remembered later
  • Credibility — give an idea believability
  • Emotion — help people see the importance of an idea
  • Stories — empower people to use an idea through narrative

Except some minor irrelevant sections in the last chapter, the book is very well written and included many good references and case studies. So if you want to improve your presentation, don’t miss these two books !!