The elevator pitch: Your fascinating, graceful and – above all – short answer to ‘and what do you do?’
My top ten tips for creating and using an effective elevator pitch for business and social introductions:
But the most important thing is to use it. The more you practise and use your selection of elevator pitches, the more agile, flexible and relevant it will become. And the more relaxed and confident you’ll be. PH
You may notice the warning triangle in the address bar on sites which use the HTTPS, SSL and TLS protocol and certificates, and get the message when you scroll over it. WordPress? Really?
Let’s replay Internet Security-101, with apologies to the technically ‘ept’ (not the ‘inept’).
Last time, we started looking at the various phone standards, trying to avoide ending up in acronym hell. We got as far as GSM, CDMA, Edo, HSPA+ and roaming. This time we move on to 4G, LTE and into the future.
While GSM and CDMA work using radio waves in a ‘traditional’ fashion; 4G works by means of an Internet Protocol (IP) network. The radio signals have to be translated into data packets for use on the network. This includes voice calls which use voice-over-IP. The fail-over for 4G is to switch back to a 2G or 3G network to make voice calls. Continue reading
The science may be specious, but the action is frenetic and stylised. In typical Besson style of throwing everything at the screen to see what sticks, there’s action, there’s pathos, philosophy and an art-house score from Eric Serra. Continue reading
The second album from Romanian dance-music queen Alexandra Stan (Mr Saxobeat from 2010) is either your ideal bubblegum pop album or your idea of manufactured musical hell, where every track reminds you of three or four others.
Clearly influenced by – or slavishly imitating – the likes of Britney, Rihanna and Sia, the production sound will make or break it for you. There’s plenty to like and plenty to dislike in this eclectic bunch of tunes shop-lifted from other artists and producers. There’s even a three-act narrative arc, of sorts. Gosh. Continue reading
Mila Kunis’ (Ted) Jupiter Jones leads a hated poverty-trap life cleaning other people’s loos with her Russian immigrant family in Chicago. A chance decision to sell her own eggs to an alien-infested fertility clinic lands her into the chaotic realisation that she has inherited planet Earth from herself, and her son/fiancé is none too happy about it…
Opening with Ghyllenhaal’s Louise Bloom trying to fence metals stolen with violence and trying to talk himself into a job, we already know that his immensely polite and wide-eyed openness is a thin veneer; Bloom is a unique and distinctive anti-hero.
Speaking fluently in the language of teach-yourself-business books and self-help courses, Bloom flagrantly manipulates everyone around him in single-minded pursuit of the American Dream. Continue reading
Training, facilitation, meetings, planning, designing, writing, games, memos, messages, even paper sculpture … from postage stamp to flip chart size, like so many of the best ideas, the Post-It note is staggeringly simple – and yet its uses seem to be limitless.
Colour tabs are handy to mark speaking notes, maps, books.
Tiny ones are great for time management in your paper diary and wall planner – move events round until they’re definite. Continue reading
Normally Firefox updates automatically. To kick off the update process, go to Tools, About and the version checker usually appears below the version number.
As Mozilla has a number of update channels, each with differing frequency of software releases, ESR seemed like a poor choice given I hadn’t updated in six months. Working as I do on the web, that’s equivalent to 4.2 years.