When people ask me to share writing tips, my answer is always the same. Simplify. You’ll get to the point faster and keep readers engaged longer. If you can say something with fewer words, then do it. If you can use smaller words, that’s even better (I’m looking at you, engineers, lawyers, doctors and government workers).
Your LinkedIn profile is your billboard to the world. Years ago, people built personal websites and showcased their resumes and professional accomplishments on them.
Statistics and data validate your presentation. Many times, showcasing numerical research is the main point of a presentation. But charts and graphs are overused formats, and as a result they are easily forgotten and often completely ignored by audiences.
Law schools are criticized for graduating students who lack the skills necessary to practice law. Legal research is a foundational ability necessary to support lawyering competency. The American Bar Association (ABA) establishes standards for legal education that include a requirement that each law student receive substantial instruction in legal skills, including legal research. Despite the recognized importance of legal research in legal education, there is no consensus of what to teach as part of a legal research course or even how to teach such a course.
From a very young age, mysteries, crime novels and other types of legal fiction were always my favorites. I preferred the Hardy Boys to Nancy Drew. In college, I always went to Georges Simenon and Maigret whenever I had to read a novel for French class. And today when I’m on vacation you can find me with Agatha Christie, John Grisham, P.D. James, or any of the other “classic” writers.
When it comes to numbers, we’re not as rational as we think we are.
A federal appeals court Monday cleared the way for a trial in a copyright lawsuit over a YouTube video showing a baby dancing to the Prince song, “Let’s Go Crazy.”
The record labels used to sell plastic discs with data on them. Today they sell nearly that same data over the internet, without the plastic discs. On it’s face that seems like a relatively straight-forward, if not easy transition to make. It’s the kind of transition from one media type to another that you would expect a mature business or industry to be able to navigate with minimal disruption. But as we know, that transition was anything but straight-forward. In fact it wreaked havoc on the recording industry for more than a decade and they are just now beginning to get back on track.
Libraries are in great flux as information is shifting from the analog age to the digital age, as people’s need to acquire knowledge shifts, and as Americans’ interests in personal enrichment and entertainment are reshaped. The findings from a new survey by Pew Research Center highlight how this is a crossroads moment for libraries.
I ran into problems recently when I looked up the online version of a Wall Street Journal article and couldn’t retrieve it by searching for the title. Eventually, I found it; my problem had been that the digital version had an entirely different title than the print. Curious, I compared a week’s worth of print and digital headlines of WSJ articles and found that fewer than a quarter of the headlines were the same.
We’ve probably all heard that warning too many times to count. And, to some extent, that advice holds true. You definitely want to maintain a stable and professional reputation while inside the four walls of your office. But, we all know that sometimes things just happen that cause us to lose our cool.