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Some stories about Nilofer and the path she’s walking.

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The “Trick” to Calm Your Speaker Nerves

Lift one corner of your mouth up. Then lift the other corner up. There. You have it. An asana, or pose, for how to face the world. It’s also the “trick” speakers use to connect. Earlier this week, I shared with you the backstage story of nervousness just as I was about to give my  More

"god shot" view of Nilofer Merchant speaking at TED2013

TED.com releases talk on Walkntalks

The “Sitting is the Smoking our Generation” TEDtalk airs today on TED.com! I can hardly believe it. People always wonder if speakers are nervous. The question is, with enough practice, does this level of professional speaking ever get easy? I myself have had that question, wondering if I was “the only one” who got super  More

What Will Save Us?

Any time I have a chance to share my story to a good listener, I get to reinterpret the narrative thread that ties it all together. The story I would have told you of, say my Apple work experiences at age 25 would be different than the stories I will pull out now after nearly  More

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Making the List

As a reader, I love to learn from other people’s curated lists of what to read. As a critical thinker, I scan many but only read (and share) a few books. And, yesterday I had a chance to see the Best Book List thing entirely differently. As an author. Fast Company chose #SocialEra as one  More

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40 Days and Lessons Learned

I’ve just finished 40 days on the road, delivering talks for people who have been kind enough to invite me to share the ideas of the #socialera. Corporate events, and HR conferences and such have had me zig-zagging all over the place. That has meant flying into #Sandy, and not knowing which city I would  More