Losing it Live: Michael Bay’s Meltdown

You can now witness your worst nightmare if you deliver presentations: embarrassing yourself on stage. In this case, it happened to famed film director Michael Bay – ironically, a man who directs others to deliver their best performances on camera. After an introduction exalting his superhuman status, Bay strode on stage at a Samsung event in Las Vegas. His role? Simple. To promote the company's new curved TV by reading a few prepared lines from a teleprompter. Instead, he threw everyone a curve ball by reading the wrong lines. Bay blew it and he knew it. Humiliated by his faux pas, he fled from the stage. Awkward, right?

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What Influence Lists Get Wrong

GQ Magazine has released its list of the "25 Least Influential People." Here's the problem: The list measures the wrong thing. Before you say, "Lighten up, Connie," please consider that I get it. While I've spent the past decade as an executive coach, my previous career was in – gasp – journalism. I understand that the "Least Influential" list is meant to be provocative, even profane, to win attention in a media-saturated world. Being GQ, the list is clever and targets the interests of its male audience. But even writer Drew Magary concedes that the premise of his list is dead wrong. For example as he notes about his #6 pick, foam finger-toting Miley Cyrus, "What's sad is that it totally worked."

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Talk Less, Tweet More

@ConnieDieken: Poor communicators are like shoppers without a list. They wander aimlessly.

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