Book Review: Drive

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You’ve no doubt read different theories about motivation. and you’ve probably heard different methods about how to motivate others and the opposing thought that we only motivate ourselves. If you’ve ever been interested in what motivates us, or how we can effect the motivation of others, then Daniel Pink’s book Drive is for you. Whether you are a speaker […]

Toastmasters: Go to your conclusion

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Have you ever heard a timer briefing that included this line: “…and when you see the green light, that means you are good to go…when you see the red light, that means it is time to wrap it up”? I’ve noticed this too, and it seems to lead to one of these primary outcomes: 1. […]

What is your worst experience?

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Time for feedback! Do you have an example of someone doing a poor job as a speaker? What mistake did they make or what expectation did they fail to meet? I’m working on some posts about common errors in speaking, and I’d appreciate some real-world examples to use. No names, but locations and setting would […]

Are you motivated?

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Yesterday I mentioned Daniel Pink’s freakin’ awesome book, Drive. In there he discusses the two types of motivation that we are all familiar with, as well as one more that you probably knew you had, but didn’t know it had a name. This third motivation is important, because in numerous studies (and probably in your […]

Human nature and business

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Are you giving your customers the $2 treatment? I’m reading a very interesting book on motivation, called Drive, by Daniel Pink. There is a point made early in the book about the effects of human nature vs. rational behavior. It’s similar to some of the points in The Upside of Irrationality, but this one specific experiment […]

Are you still learning?

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Last year I wrote a post on Lifelong Learning that talked about different ways you can continue to improve your knowledge and skills. One of the options I mentioned there was attending networking functions – i.e. professional organizations. Today I attended the monthly luncheon for the Wichita Professional Communicators, and heard our Wichita City Manager, […]