Make your crowd funding campaign better with these words

Let’s be clear: I can’t promise that these words are going to help you meet your crowd funding goals.

  1. I’m pretty sure that the concept and content of what you’re writing about is actually more important than including these words and phrases.
  2. This study has identified PREDICTORS not CAUSES of success.

But aren’t you curious?  Yeah, I was pretty excited to see the results too.   Read more

Sorry – But should you be?

Women apologize more than men.  I’m one of the people who, when asked to take note and keep track of how many times in a day I utter the words “I’m sorry,” – in ANY context – find myself sort of horrified at how many times I’m apologizing.

I’m sorry, you guys…
I’m sorry, you guys…

Oh, but I’m not apologizing, I want to say.  “I’m sorry” can very often mean “I’m sad that this condition exists.”  And it doesn’t help that somewhere I picked up “I’m sorry?” as my go to phrase for “I didn’t hear that, could you please repeat what you said?” (Where’s that on the dialect map?)

It still hurts you in the workplace.  Read more

Differences, yes. But advantages? The sexist problem with jumping to conclusions.

There’s a new study out that looks at gender differences in brain architecture and usage, using a neat new technique called diffusion tensor imaging.  The study was published in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), but you’ll have to pay to read it.  Try this synopsis in the reputable UK newspaper The Independent.

Both have some significant problems – not in the work itself, which is interesting, but with the conclusions they draw.   Read more

Breaking the mold on your resume

I tend to know and work with folks who don’t fit neatly into boxes.  These are the folks who defy stereotypes, counter people’s assumptions, take roads less traveled, etc.  You may be one of them.

Some people just travel this world differently than the rest of the herd!
Some people just travel this world differently than the rest of the herd!

There’s a problem with being one of these independent souls though: the world tends to reward people who play by the rules, and it’s often harder to be a “rule breaker” in the workplace.

Neat new study though, with a very dry title (“Linguistic Description Moderates the Evaluations of Counterstereotypical People”) – bottom-line is that people will react differently to you as someone who doesn’t quite fit their expectations depending on how you word things.  So dust off your resume and any publicly available bios and put this to use right away!  Here’s how:  Read more

Hazards of Accents (and what to do about it)

The British Psychology Society says that 1 in 33 people worldwide work in a country they weren’t born in.  That’s a lot of non-native accents in the workplace.  Unfortunately, if you are one of those folks, particularly a highly educated professional building a career as a non-native, it’s not going to shock you when I confirm what you have been experiencing: there’s significant prejudice against people with accents.

It upsets me, and I wish it weren’t true, and I advocate for the metaphoric bashing of institutional heads until this pernicious form of xenophobia is flattened.  But, if you’re currently in the workforce, it’s a real peril that you have to be aware of and likely overcome.  Here’s a few practical tips: Read more

In Praise of Peter Salovey

There’s a Jewish tradition that I really like – if you want to honor someone, you teach in their honor (typically something about Torah – the central Jewish holy text, but modern tradition isn’t quite so narrow).

So it’s my pleasure to do a little bit of teaching today in honor of Peter Salovey, my first psychology teacher and someone I admire greatly.  Today kicks off the festivities at Yale University to celebrate his inauguration as the University’s 23rd President.

That’s him, the distinguished gentleman on bass. Read more