Summary of “5 Ways to Project Confidence in Front of an Audience”

Whether you’re presenting on an analyst call or speaking to your entire organization in a town hall meeting, you’re being judged on your confidence and competence, not just your content, and the way you appear and how you sound matters.
A study on CEOs giving IPO road-show presentations found that even hardened financial advisors judge a leader’s “Competence and trustworthiness” within as little as 30-seconds.
“In the military, it all starts with how you’re dressed the first time you meet a subordinate. Always dress a little better than everyone else and you’ll look confident.” You’ll note that he said a little better.
James Citrin, a leading CEO recruiter, once advised job candidates to dress 25% “More formal” than the prevailing dress code at the company.
In his book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Nobel prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman writes, “If you care about being thought credible and intelligent, do not use complex language where simpler language will do.”
You gain credibility and respect when you’re able to articulate complex ideas in simple language.
Before an important presentation, consider gathering a few people to watch a dress rehearsal, even if it’s in your office or even your living room, rather than practicing alone in a mirror.
One tip is what body language experts call “Open posture.” Having two hands, palms facing up, above the waist would be considered open.

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Summary of “London’s Long Housing Boom Is Over. Is a Bust Coming?”

Lance Paul put his home in West London on the market last May with a 1.5 million-pound price tag.
Similar deliberations are playing out across London as sellers weigh whether to take what they can get in a falling market or sit tight in the hope the slump will be short-lived.
“The party is over for the London housing market and the hangover is just beginning,” said Neal Hudson, founder of research firm Residential Analysts.
Since 1973, the year Britain joined the European Union, the average London home price climbed from just under 13,000 pounds to about 474,000 pounds-a 36-fold increase, according to Nationwide, the U.K.’s largest building society.
Time to Sell London homes are taking longer to find buyers.
International buyers made more than half of home purchases in prime central London and almost a third in greater London in the second half of 2017, according to broker Hamptons International.
Global City Proportion of London homes bought by international buyers.
The pound’s slump after Britons voted to leave in June 2016 cushioned the blow by making London homes more affordable to buyers from abroad. The prospect of a weaker currency remains an insurance policy against a disorderly Brexit, said Savvas Savouri, the chief economist at Toscafund Asset Management LP. He’s optimistic about the housing market and supports leaving the EU. He does see one big political risk beyond Brexit, however: the potential ascension of Labour party leader and self-proclaimed socialist Jeremy Corbyn to the premiership.

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Summary of “Why Is Your Location Data No Longer Private?”

The past month has seen one blockbuster revelation after another about how our mobile phone and broadband providers have been leaking highly sensitive customer information, including real-time location data and customer account details.
In mid-2016, the FCC adopted new privacy rules for all Internet providers that would have required providers to seek opt-in permission from customers before collecting, storing, sharing and selling anything that might be considered sensitive – including Web browsing, application usage and location information, as well as financial and health data.
Worse, the mobile and broadband providers themselves are failing to secure their own customers’ data.
It’s difficult to think of a bigger violation of those principles than the current practice by the major mobile providers of sharing real-time location data on customers with third parties, without any opportunity for customers to opt-in or opt-out of such sharing.
T-Mobile US Inc. in late 2013 announced that its GoSmart Mobile brand had “Become the first wireless providerto offer free access to Facebook and Facebook Messenger for all of its wireless customers, even those without monthly data service.” The GoSmart Mobile plans started at $25 a month for “Unlimited talk” with no other data service.
AT&T Mobility offers a zero-rating plan called “Sponsored Data” that allows content providers to pay up front to have streaming of that content allowed without counting against the provider’s monthly data caps.
SHOCK AND YAWN. When I first saw a Carnegie Mellon University researcher show me last week that he could look up the near-exact location of any mobile number in the United States, I sincerely believed the public would be amazed and horrified at the idea that mobile providers are sharing this real-time data with third party companies, and at the fact that those third parties in turn weren’t doing anything to prevent the abuse of their own systems.
While you’re at it, tell your lawmakers what you think about mobile providers giving or selling third-parties real-time access to customer location information, and let them know that this is no longer okay.

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Summary of “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People”

The Futurist, whose app never materialized, moved to the Emirates, and Anna came to New York on her own, determined to make her arts club a reality, although she worried to Marc Kremers, the London creative director helping her with branding, that the name she’d come up with – the Anna Delvey Foundation, or ADF – was “Too narcissistic.”
Anna introduced Shkreli as a “Dear friend,” although it was really the only time they’d met, Shkreli told New York in a letter from the penitentiary; Anna was close with one of his executives.
Back in December, City National had turned down her loan request – a management decision is how Anna framed it – and while the ever-loyal Andy Lance was reaching out to hedge funds and banks for alternate financing, executives at RFR were pressuring her to come up with the money fast, Anna said.
Things were rapidly deteriorating for Anna Delvey in New York.
“I’m not stupid.” She texted Rachel Williams, who told her about what had happened at La Mamounia: Apparently, after the trainer returned to New York, the credit card Anna had used to book the hotel was found to be nonfunctional, and when Anna was unable to produce a new form of payment and a pair of threatening goons appeared in the doorway, the photo editor was forced to put the balance – $62,000, more than she was paid in a year – on the Amex she sometimes used for work expenses.
Later in the summer, with her misdemeanor charges pending, Anna deposited two bad checks into an account at Signature Bank, netting her $8,200, which is how she managed to take what she said was a “planned trip” to California, where she was arrested outside of Passages in Malibu and brought back to New York to face six counts of grand larceny and attempted grand larceny, in addition to theft of services, according to the indictment.
Why not? If Aby Rosen, the son of Holocaust survivors, could come to New York and fill skyscrapers full of art, if the Kardashians could build a billion-dollar empire out of literally nothing, if a movie star like Dakota Johnson could sculpt her ass so that it becomes the anchor of a major franchise, why couldn’t Anna Delvey? During the course of my reporting, people kept asking: Why this girl? She wasn’t superhot, they pointed out, or super-charming; she wasn’t even very nice.
Anna looked at the soul of New York and recognized that if you distract people with shiny objects, with large wads of cash, with the indicia of wealth, if you show them the money, they will be virtually unable to see anything else.

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Summary of “Stop Making Bad Coleslaw”

It’s almost Memorial Day weekend, and you know what that means: somebody is going to bring a bowl of terrible coleslaw to your home, and you’re going to have to pretend you like it.
Too often, coleslaw is the last item claimed on a potluck spreadsheet and the only buffet-table offering still untouched at sundown; in other words, a total afterthought.
With over-sugared, under-salted coleslaw is everywhere, my number one coleslaw tip is to use more salt than you think you need.
Grated carrots are wet, they’re gross, and they have no place in coleslaw.
Coleslaw needs a lot of seasoning in order to taste good, and bottled dressing never quite gets the job done.
A list of tips is nice and all, but the easiest way to make coleslaw that doesn’t suck is to use a good recipe-so I finally transcribed mine, just for you.
If you’re serving the coleslaw immediately, stir in the dressing little by little until everything is nicely coated; chopsticks work great for this.
If you’re not serving the coleslaw for a few hours, turn the vegetables out onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with kitchen or paper towels.

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Summary of “LeBron James Can Reach the Finals With Any Supporting Cast”

LeBron James found a way on Sunday, just like he always does.
LeBron has now done that for two separate franchises, with vastly different supporting casts.
While LeBron’s 3-5 record in the Finals is often held up as a knock against him, his carrying those teams to the Finals represents a more impressive accomplishment.
What LeBron has done in 2018 goes right up there with what he did in 2007, when he led a team whose second-best player was Larry Hughes to the Finals.
LeBron may not end up reaching Jordan’s mark of six NBA titles, but his eight consecutive Finals appearances will be just as difficult a mark for any future player to match.
Only four teams have made four straight Finals in the past 50 years: the Showtime Lakers, Bird’s Celtics, LeBron’s Heat, and LeBron’s Cavaliers.
LeBron has dedicated his life to basketball, and he’s helped it reach new heights of global popularity.
LeBron can’t always win in the Finals once he gets there, but he doesn’t leave any points on the board.

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Summary of “An Ambitious Person’s Brutally Honest Take On Work-Life Balance”

The period ended with both Sheena and I making serious changes to who we spent time with, how we managed our health, who we chose as role models, how we parented, and how we conducted our relationship.
I remember being skeptical of Cal’s approach when we were in our 20s. Why not just jump 100 percent into one thing? Why shut down work at 5 p.m. when you don’t have kids and you can fill up that time? I remember Cal once saying that his brain would only allow him to do about five hours of truly deep work per day.
Your results in the beginning are tightly correlated with your effort by the end, the interest is doing almost all of the work for you.
Work: Having a job where you can work on your strengths and passion in a way that gives you autonomy, connection, and purpose.
If you have great health, and your relationships are full of conflict, but you repair your relationships, think about how much better your life becomes.
We need to redefine hard work from how many hours we work in a week to how how consistently hard we work over a long period of time.
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Summary of “Questioning Truth, Reality and the Role of Science”

Also the reverse is true: Science has offered to philosophers of science new questions to ponder.
The exponential proliferation of different modeling practices across the biomedical sciences, engineering, earth sciences and physics over the last century has prompted philosophers to ask new questions about the role and nature of scientific models and how they relate to theories and experimental evidence.
What is the overarching aim of science? Does science aim to provide us with an approximately true story about nature, as realism would have it? Or does science instead aim to save the observable phenomena without necessarily having to tell us a true story, as some antirealists would contend instead?
I see perspectival realism as a realist position, because it claims that truth does matter in science.
You have written about the role of evidence in science.
From a philosophical point of view, what has dramatically changed is not simply old ideas about the interplay between theory and evidence more importantly, our ideas of progress in science and realism.
In this respect, I see philosophy of science as delivering on an important social function: making the general public more aware of the importance of science.
Philosophy of science is an integral part of our public discourse on science, which is why I have always endeavored to communicate the value of science to society at large.

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Summary of “Wish.com and the Rise of Shipping From China”

Wish and sites like AliExpress, LightInTheBox, and even Amazon have enabled more Chinese sellers to penetrate the U.S. market, where they compete with U.S. manufacturers and U.S. retailers who themselves have been importing goods from China.
Though the products from these sites take longer to arrive because they’re coming from overseas, some analysts think sites like Wish represent the future of shopping.
Sites like Wish have created a whole new type of shopping for customers whose first priority is low prices.
Wish presents a significant challenge to the U.S. importers and manufacturers who have to compete with websites selling cheap stuff directly from China.
Most sellers from China are third-party sellers, which means that sites like Amazon and Wish do not have to collect sales tax on items sold in most states.
Customers who buy products from Wish or other direct-from-China sites may be so disappointed with their purchases that they’ll return to buying from brand-name merchants whose products they trust.
The 512 customer reviews of Wish on Hiya.com are mostly negative, with one-star reviews and customers calling the company a “Scam” and a “Rip-off.” They tell stories of the site sending rings that turn fingers green, products paid for and never received, and requests for returns and refunds ignored.
My own Wish shopping experience didn’t make me likely to go back to the site.

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Summary of “Technology is driving us to distraction”

If technology is for anything, it’s for helping us pursue these kinds of goals.
It’s the perspective that our screens and machines ought to help us circle back on again and again: because whatever we might choose to want, nobody chooses to want to regret.
We trust these technologies to be companion systems for our lives: we trust them to help us do the things we want to do, to become the people we want to be.
If you wanted to train all of society to be as impulsive and weak-willed as possible, how would you do it? One way would be to invent an impulsivity training device – let’s call it an iTrainer – that delivers an endless supply of informational rewards on demand.
You’d want to make it small enough to fit in a pocket or purse so people could carry it anywhere they went.
Then what if you wanted to take things even further? What if you wanted to make everyone even more distracted, angry, cynical – and even unsure of what, or how, to think? What if you wanted to troll everyone’s minds? You’d probably create an engine, a set of economic incentives, which would make it profitable for other people to produce and deliver these rewards – and, where possible, you’d make these the only incentives for doing so.
You don’t want just any rewards to get delivered – you want people to receive rewards that speak to their impulsive selves, rewards that are the best at punching the right buttons in their brains.
In the longer term they can make it harder for us to live the lives we want to live or, even worse, undermine fundamental capacities such as reflection and self-regulation, making it harder, in the words of philosopher Harry Frankfurt, to “Want what we want to want”.

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