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Toastmaster International’s Speaker of the Year

26 May

Toastmasters International “is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our membership is 313,000 strong. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 14,650 clubs in 126 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.”

Each year, Toastmasters International has a World Championship of Public Speaking competition. In 2014, Sri Lanka’s Dananjaya Hettiarachchi was the winner of the competition.

Via YouTube, here is an inspirational speech from Hettiarachchi.
 
 

 

The Growth of the Chief Digital Officer (CDO)

25 May

Looking for a career with a lot of long-term potential? Then, consider a career path in the management and/or marketing of the digital arena. This field is exploding across industries and around the globe.

In recent years, many companies worldwide have created a new senior job description — Chief Digital Officer (CDO). This is another entry in the alphabet soup of executive positions, which already include CEO, CFO, CMO,  and many more acronyms.

As reported by eMarketer:

“In a report released in May 2015, The CDO Club estimated that the number of CDOs worldwide would double between 2014 and 2015, from 1,000 to 2,000. This was more than four times that of the 488 registered in 2013, and almost 800% more than 2012’s 225.”

“The analysis found that the CDO role was spreading globally. While North America boasted 88% of CDOs worldwide in 2013, its share dropped to 68% last year. This was due largely to a surge in Europe, which expanded its proportion from 7% to 23%. Asia-Pacific was up slightly, from 4% to 6% of CDOs globally, while India and the Middle East rose from 1% to 2% and Latin America joined the playing field with the remaining 1%.”

 Click the chart to see more from eMarketer.

 

 

Revisiting Steve Jobs at Stanford: One of the Greatest Commencement Speeches Ever!

18 May

At this time of college graduations, take a look at one of the gold standards of commencement speeches — Steve Jobs’ 2005 speech at Stanford. It is truly inspiring and has been viewed more than 22 million times at YouTube.

There are great lessons for us all.

 

 

The Changing Role of Marketing Leaders

12 May

With the advent of social media, big data, mobile computing, and many other emerging topics, the role of the marketing leaders is rapidly changing.

As Salesforce Marketing Cloud puts it:

“Today’s marketing leader must be more agile, data-focused, and customer-obsessed than ever before. For The State of Marketing Leadership, a joint research report from LinkedIn and Salesforce Marketing Cloud, we surveyed more than 900 senior-level marketers on LinkedIn to learn what’s top-of-mind in their roles — whether director, VP, or CMO.”

The following slideshow highlights the findings of this research report.
 

 

Don’t Be a Stereotype at Work!

27 Apr

As part of our self branding, we need to be confident and communicative about ourselves and our career skills in order to get promoted or to pursue a new job track.

Check out this Wall Street Journal video for more background information.
 

 

What Makes a Top-Notch Marketing Executive?

22 Apr

Here’s an informative infographic from Pepperdine University on this topic. What do YOU think about the attributes cited here?
 


Pepperdine University Online Master of Business Administration

 

Body Language Errors to Avoid During Interviews

19 Apr

It is not just WHAT we say during an interview that influences our job prospects. Our prospects also depend on HOW we communicate during an interview. Is our body language good?

Click on the image to take a look at this Forbes’ slideshow on interview body language that covers everything “from eye contact to posture to the way you fix your hair; avoid these 10 physical slip-ups in your next job interview.”
 

 

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