“4-Hour” Guide to Preparing for a Public Speaking Engagement

January 2, 2013

Tim Ferris’s is the author of the “4-Hour” book series (those would be Work Week, Body, and Chef). I’ve learned a few tricks from him and love his intention, which is essentially doing things efficiently.

My conferences are peer-driven, which means that the ideal speaker is a corporate leader sharing a case study or insight that comes from experience. Read the rest of this entry »


Handle Audience Q&A and be the Star of the Show

December 27, 2012

When I give my opening remarks at a conference, I always remind the audience that they are a crucial part of the experience. They are what gives value to the live event. Audience Q&A gives participants a chance to gain clarity, and audience participation is what makes each conference a personalized experience. Read the rest of this entry »

Advice on How to Speak with Authority – Forbes

November 19, 2012

The conferences I produce are about sharing practical implementations of groundbreaking ideas. As a result, they deliver value by providing a forum for subject experts to share experiences and insights, as opposed to professional speakers. My speakers are often corporate leaders looking to share the lessons they learned while completing an interesting or unique project, and the results. This means that presenting provides a wonderful opportunity to develop or refine your public speaking skills. Read the rest of this entry »

Facebook’s Biodegradable Computers Should be Used in Cloud Data Centers for Increased Sustainability

November 8, 2012

Here’s a public-private partnership that has an interesting sustainability goal – creating computer hardware that is biodegradable.

Facebook has teamed up with Purdue University to create an open innovation challenge for students to design a computer with biodegradable components. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Pharma and Universities Increasingly Work to Advance Life Science Knowledge by Forming Strategic Partnerships, Public-Private Partnerships, and Open Innovation Programs

June 19, 2012

New York, NY – June 13, 2012. ExL Pharma will host the 2nd Pharmaceutical Research Collaborations Summit, August 14-15, at the Hyatt Harborside in Boston.

One of the critical questions facing the pharmaceutical industry today is where will future R&D dollars come from. The patent cliff and other forces are making it difficult for large pharmaceutical companies to maintain large-scale internal research departments. As a result, pharmaceutical companies frequently look outside of their company to benefit from discoveries that may be further along the development pipeline, reducing the financial risk of bringing them further. Read the rest of this entry »

Strategic Tips for Clinical Research Organizations Looking to Improve Their Business Development Capabilities

May 3, 2012

Here are some tips to improve your efforts at making and building connections that will expand your portfolio:

Click here to see the agenda for the 4th Business Development Strategies for Clinical Trials Service Providers Summit

1. Make sure your basics are airtight so you don’t lose business for avoidable weaknesses

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Rock and Roll MBA Part IV

April 20, 2012

When I first became interested in the blues, it was partially because the music seemed accesible.  Three chords and minimal riffage are sufficient to be a part of it at a basic level. I learned it could be more about how you play then about what you play. Personality, rather than chops, could be sufficient to make an impact. But one thing that eluded me briefly was the fact that folk blues players still played on real, industrially made instruments. I had had a vision of them using a sort of home made instrument, until I looked closely at the guitar and realized that that’s ridiculous. Read the rest of this entry »