Dr. Jim Anderson is a talented engineer, teacher, and marketing professional. Born in Iowa City, Iowa his family moved many times during his childhood eventually settling just outside of St. Louis Missouri in Edwardsville, Illinois. Dr. Anderson went on to earn four college degrees: three in Computer Science including a doctoral degree and an MBA in marketing. He has worked in the IT industry for over 25 years for both large companies (Boeing, Siemens, Alcatel, and Verizon) as well as at some start-ups during that whole "dot com" thing.
Dr. Anderson is now the founder and President of Blue Elephant Consulting. Blue Elephant Consulting shows technical professionals and groups how to use their business communication skills to change the world. By using its Clear Blue Knowledge Systems Blue Elephant Consulting shows them how to become successful communicators and set their ideas free thereby changing the world. Dr. Anderson provides consulting, coaching, speaking and training products and services to help in 5 key areas of business communications: public speaking, product management, IT team management, IT department leadership, and negotiating.
Based on his experiences with many different customers, Dr. Anderson has taken the lessons that he's learned in the real world and has documented both the issues and their solutions in the books that he has written. Each book is filled with a unique set of real world challenges that product managers, CIOs, negotiators, IT managers, and public speakers encounter on an almost daily basis. In clear, easy to understand language, Dr. Anderson lays out exactly what the challenge is and then how to go about easily solving it.
In addition to running his company, Dr. Anderson has had the opportunity to teach college courses at multiple universities. While doing this Dr. Anderson discovered that his students had a real need for information on how to get their first job after they graduated. His after class one-on-one discussions about the tips and techniques that today's college students could use to simplify their job search lead to speaking engagements and eventually to the book "Making The Jump: How To Land Your First Job After College!"
Every speaker would like to become a better speaker. After each speech that we give, we all think about the things that we could have done differently to get a better reaction from our audience. The trick is that we have to remember the changes that we need to make and then we need to make them. That's what this book is all about – helping you to remember how you can become a better public speaker
Who was it that said "It take a village…"? They may not have been talking about being a product manager, but they might as well have been. Life has become so complex that product managers can no longer make their product a success just by their own efforts. Today it takes the help of partners to get your product to where it needs to be. Are you going to be ready to work with those partners?
One of my negotiating mentors once upon a time told me that most negotiations are over even before they start. When I asked her what she meant, she explained that the side that prepares the best for a negotiation is the one that will probably walk away with the best deal. I've taken her advice to heart and I always try to be the best prepared negotiator in the room.
Any manager is only as good as his or her team. I'm pretty sure that we've all heard this before. However, that leaves us in a bit of a bind – more often than not we are just handed a team and told the make the most of them. However, it turns out that over time we have the ability to reshape and mold our team. Learning how to do this the right way is what can determine our ultimate success.
It's great for a CIO to have a good idea, but if it stops there then it's not going to do anyone any good. CIOs need to be able to communicate their thoughts with the rest of their department and the company in order to maintain credibility as a thought leader. How each of us communicates is a personal choice, we have many ways of doing this from tough talking to conversations.
Every time we give a speech, we all want the same thing to happen. We want to change the world. However, in order to do that we are going to have to find ways to connect with our audience. The challenge that we are facing is that it turns out that this is not an easy thing to do.
As product managers, we are the ones who are in charge of developing a product that our customers are going to want and our competitors are going to fear. There is no one right way to develop a winning product, rather there is a particular set of skills that every product manager has to develop in order to create products that will be successful.
All negotiations have to come to a close. When your next negotiation reaches this stage, you want to make sure that you are going to be able to walk away with the best deal possible. In order to make this happen, it's going to be what you've done during the negotiations that will determine what your outcome is.
When you are the one who has been placed in charge of purchasing things for your firm, it can be easy to forget just how much authority you have. Communication is a critical part of what you do. No matter if you are trying to get your ideas across to your team, your suppliers, your department, or perhaps even your entire business, you need to know how to say what you need to say.
The goal of any speaker is that when they give their speech their audience hangs on their every word. In order to make this happen, we need to find ways to organize our speech so that we can both capture and hold our audience's attention from start to finish.
Being willing to serve takes a real commitment on the part of anyone who wants to be a politician. However, before you can serve, you first have to get elected. In order for that to happen you are going to have to get enough people to believe that your views represent their views. giving speeches is the time honored way that politicians communicate with the people that they want to vote for them.
The art of negotiation is all about using words to communicate. Much of what we do is done at tables with both sides working closely to identify and resolve issues. However, in order to prepare for these face-to-face sessions, we often have to set the stage and let the other side know where we stand on an issue. This means that we need to take the time to develop our speaking skills.
Those of us whose calling in life it is to help others to achieve more have a great deal of work to do. One of the most effective ways to go about doing this is for us to give speeches. Our speeches have to be powerful speeches that connect with our audiences and change their lives. What this means for us is that we need to learn how to give a great speech every time.
In the world of marketing, a manager has the responsibility to find potential customers, make sure that they know about the company's products, and then equip the sales team to turn potential customers into real live customers. In order to efficiently get your message out to everyone who needs to hear it, giving speeches can be a powerful tool.
When we think about lawyers giving speeches we often think about a lawyer standing in a court addressing a jury. However, it turns out that lawyers get called on to give speech in a number of different situations: sharing insights with peers, participating in negotiations, settling estates, etc. so many speeches, It sure seems like we should determine the best way to deliver speeches.
As health educators you spend your time developing and implementing strategies that will improve the health of not only individuals but also of communities.One of the best ways to share information in an effective way is by giving speeches. With the help of this book we can get you positioned to help your message of wellness go viral.
If there is one thing that a fundraiser does well, its talk. However, most of us spend our time talking to donors in small groups of one-on-one and just a handful. However, our ultimate job is to get the word out about our organization and our cause. Before people can donate to us, they first have to know who we are. This means that you are going to have to give some speeches to raise awareness.
As a curator you are the person who is the content specialist charged with your institution's collections and involved with the interpretation of heritage material. What this means is that you are the one person who knows the most about what your institution has, how it got it, the story behind it, and what its true meaning is. You are the person best suited to giving a speech about what you know.
People who work one-on-one with people to resolve issues are not normally thought of as public speakers. However, what you learn from the time that you spend helping people makes for some very valuable information. It's this kind of information, once obtained, that you can do so much good with by sharing with potential clients and other counselors.
You would think that the job of managing outsourced work would not require the person doing it to give speeches. It turns out that when a company is willing to give up control over how work is performed by bringing in contractors, the relationship between the company and both the contractors and the firms that provide them becomes critically important. In order to communicate with both groups.
Being a broadcast journalist provides us with the opportunity to address very large audiences all the time. You would think that when we are asked to give a speech that it would be no big deal, right? A speech requires us to understand our audience, create a speech that will address their needs, and then deliver it in a way that will allow us to connect with them. None of this is easy to do.
In order to settle a dispute, Arbitrators, Mediators and Conciliators obviously have to know how to talk. However, as part of their job they are often called on to give speeches. These speeches can be to update interested parties on the status of discussions, it can be to peers to share best practices, etc. The good news is that this can be done and we're going to cover what you need to do in this
If there is one thing that an announcer does, it's talk. However, most announcers don't give speeches. Instead, we're handed something and told to read it. When we are asked to give a speech, we can start to experience a sense of panic – what should we say, how should we say it, just exactly what will the audience be looking for. The good news is that there are answers to all of these questions.
We're viewed as people who sit behind a desk opening college applications and then stamping them "admitted" or "rejected". There is really a lot more to this job. A key part of what we do is to tell the outside world about our college. This means is that we have to go out and become comfortable talking to groups of people. Not the easiest thing in the world to do.
No matter if the speech that you'll be expected to give is part of a role that you'll be playing or if it is for some event outside of a production, giving a good speech can be a real challenge. The good news is that as an actor, you have the skills that it's going to take to do this well. The same skills that you use to bring a role to life can be used to breathe life into a speech.
An IT manager's budget controls what he or she and their team are going to be able to accomplish this year. creating a budget may not be the most enjoyable thing, but it just might be the most important. The challenge that a lot of IT managers have when it comes to creating a budget is that it requires them to master a number of terms and concepts that they may have never encountered in school.
It turns out that most negotiations are over even before they begin. The team that has spent the most time planning for the negotiation, doing their homework, and collecting the data that they'll need is the one that's going to walk away from the table with the best deal. Wouldn't you want that team to be your team?
Leadership is one of those things that we all think that we know what it is, but we are hard pressed to describe it to someone if they ask us. We want them to have the leadership skills that we know that they need, but how can we make sure that they have them? Some IT manager revert to using the time-tested trial-by-fire approach, but is this really the best way?
It's only after you become a CIO that you truly start to understand all of the things that you don't know. Your technical skills are probably what got you this job, but they are not going to be enough to allow you to keep it. You are going to have to decide if it's going to take getting an MBA to allow you to get a seat at the table with the company's other decision makers.
Before we can give the perfect speech, we have to get ready to give the perfect speech. Just saying the words of our speech over and over again is a good first step, but it's not enough. We need to know what else we have to do prior to giving a speech in order to be ready when the big day comes.
As though being a product manager was not tough enough, it turns out that not only do we have to manage our products, but we also have to manage our customers. Customers don't particularly want to be managed and so they are not necessarily going to make this an easy task for us to accomplish.
During a negotiation promises and agreements are made by both sides of the table. This is all well and good, but the ultimate goal of any negotiation is for both sides to agree on a deal that they can live with. As a negotiator, it's going to be your job to take a look at where things stand in the negotiation and then package up the agreements so that they can be included in the final deal.
It turns out that most negotiations are over even before they begin. The legal team that has spent the most time planning for the negotiation, doing their homework, and collecting the data that they'll need is the one that's going to walk away from the table with the best deal. Wouldn't you want that legal team to be your team?
As an IT manager one of your most valuable possessions is your career. At your firm, you are the only person who is going to be spending any time worrying about your career: how's it going, what is your next step, what could you be doing better? These are all vital questions for you to be able to answer if you want to advance in your career.
As the world has become more and more digital, the importance of the role of a CIO within a firm has increased. No longer can CIOs be content to focus exclusively on technical topics. Instead, we now have to consider what the company's goals are and how technology can be used to help the company achieve those goals.
Let's face it, creating a speech is hard work. However, as long as we are going to go to the effort of creating a speech, it sure seems like we should do a good job of it. Now the difficult part comes: just exactly how does one go about creating a speech that works?
As product managers we know how good our product is. The problem that we are facing is that the rest of the world does not know this. The burden of somehow getting them to know the true value of our product rests on our shoulders – we need to find a way to make this happen. In the end, it all comes down to how good our communication skills are.
It turns out that most negotiations are over even before they begin. The Marriage and Family Therapist that has spent the most time planning for the negotiation, doing their homework, and collecting the data that they'll need is the one that's going to walk away from the table with the best deal and a sense of winning. Wouldn't you want that person to be you?
When we sit down to negotiate, we are really entering into a very specialized conversation with the other side of the table. We have a set of goals and they have their own set of goals. The purpose of the negotiation conversation is to find out if there is a way that the needs of both sides of the table can be met.
The job of an IT manager is constantly changing. The technologies that we used to use are now gone. The technologies that we use today will eventually go away. This means that we need to make sure that we are constantly aware of what new technologies are coming our way and what our teams will be able to do with them.
It's always been known that the job of being CIO is a tough job. One of the reasons that this job is so hard to do well is because we stand on shifting ground. The technology that we use goes out of style and then gets replaced by new technology almost overnight.
The first step in creating a speech that will allow you to make your point is to first determine how best to organize it. There are a lot of different ways to go about doing this, but you are going to want to make sure that you'll be able to connect with your audience. This means that you'll need to be able to determine what your emotional intelligence quotient is.
It turns out that most negotiations are over even before they begin. The Labor Negotiator that has spent the most time planning for the negotiation, doing their homework, and collecting the data that they'll need is the one that's going to walk away from the table with the best deal and a sense of winning. Wouldn't you want that person to be you?
Do you have the perfect product manager job? I'm willing to bet that the answer to that question is probably no. Every product manager job has a certain level of excitement and job satisfaction; however, sometimes we start to get interested in finding our next position. When we start to feel this way, we need remember just exactly how you go about finding your next product manager job.
When we enter into a negotiation, we simply don't know everything that we need to know. What this means for us is that we've got to use the negotiation to do some exploring – we've got to get answers to the questions that are unanswered when we start.
It turns out that most negotiations are over even before they begin. The vendor manager that has spent the most time planning for the negotiation, doing their homework, and collecting the data that they'll need is the one that's going to walk away from the table with the best deal and a sense of winning. Wouldn't you want that person to be you?
In order to be successful as an IT manager, you need to be able to show the company that under your leadership your team is able to deliver high quality products on time and under budget. If you want to have any chance of being able to pull this off, then you are going to have to discover ways to build a high performance IT team.
There are a lot of bad guys out there. For some odd reason, a lot of them seem to want to break into your company's networks and applications. As the CIO, it's your job to make sure that this does not happen. Got any thoughts on how to go about doing that?
It turns out that most negotiations are over even before they begin. The HR manager that has spent the most time planning for the negotiation, doing their homework, and collecting the data that they'll need is the one that's going to walk away from the table with the best deal and a sense of winning. Wouldn't you want that person to be you?
Standing up in front of a group of people and giving a speech is not an easy thing to do for any of us. As we stand there with everyone's eyes on us, it can be very easy to become overwhelmed with nerves and fear. However, if we are going to be successful public speakers, then we need to learn to deal with our fears.