Books and Videos
A Fine Way To Make Money
I was part of a routine traffic stop a while back. My old, old car was missing its front license plate. After about an hour with the police officer, I was issued a ticket. He noted in conversation about four times that many owners of specialty or vintage cars didn’t install their front plate because they felt it didn’t look nice. How interesting. I noted the rust on [...]
Less an Architect Than a Visionary Planner of Planetary Ambitions
Long before the TV show Madmen, artist and oddball Salvador Dali noted that the difference between him and a madman, is that he’s not a madman. Point taken. Every now and then though, you have to be armed for dinner parties with stories of mad people. One of the best to bring up is Swiss-born Charles-Edouard Jeanneret. Adopting France, he became an essayist, painter, [...]
All Bound For Morningtown!
In the children’s songs, Morningtown ride (1957 Malvina Reynolds), girls and boys under their blankets are “All bound for Morningtown/Many miles away.” This refrain is repeated until near the end when we hear that “Somewhere there is Morningtown/Many miles away.” I sang this song many times (badly) to my boys. The technique of indicating there’s a train voya [...]
Judging a Rusty Book By The Cover
I judged a book by its cover recently—Beyond Rust seemed like it would be a good read. I’d learn more about Pittsburgh and the phenomenon known as the rust belt, and how some rusty areas came back. The Pittsburgh Renaissance was aided by the Alleghany Conference and public private partnerships. Through these efforts, thousands of acres of strip and otherwise mined lan [...]
Courses F rom The Bonner School
- Speaking & Presentation
- Crisis Management
- Media Training
- Research & Writing
- Negotiation & Dispute Resolution
- The Socko System
Speaking and Presentation
Duration: 4 Weeks
Public speaking is the number #1 fear of North Americans. Professionals from different industries and all age groups share this fear of blundering an important presentation to board members, or forgetting the words of their speech in front of stakeholders. This fear is pretty common. The good news is that you can manage this fear and improve as a speaker if you work at it.
The biggest blunders in crisis management are not easily forgotten by the media and the public. On the other hand, organizations are often revered for their appropriate and agile emergency responses. As a company it is hard to shake off bad history, but it is exceptionally easy to leverage good history to your advantage. A small investment of your time now can save you from future untold reputational damages.
Duration: 4 Weeks
Terrible media appearances are not easily forgotten by the media and the public - just ask BP CEO Tony Hayward and former U.S. President Richard Nixon. On the other hand, spokespeople who have media training are able present themselves effectively, they are often labeled as "charismatic" - see Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs, and former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
Research and Writing
Writing tells people a lot about who you are. You may not realize it, but the way you write gives clues about your education, your background, and even your place in society. Just the same way you express yourself orally, writing should be a reflection of who you are. If people understand you orally they should understand you verbally, and vice versa.Speaking of Writing
Why should you improve your writing? Everybody writes, and being judged on your writing should be incentive enough. You don't write, you say? Think about the last time you wrote an email, a report or a business proposal. That's writing!
Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
Features…advantages…benefits. Which are you selling? Which is your negotiating partner prepared to buy? What is the difference among these three important elements in a negotiation or sale? Our customized sales, negotiation and dispute resolution courses lead you through these proven concepts. We also work with Pareto’s optimization chart to show how both sides can get more through creative bargaining.
The SOCKO System
SOCKOs® are Strategic Overriding Communications and Knowledge Objectives. We invented this acronym because terms such as ace, pressline, key message mssion, vision and value statements don't convey what we want in a message. Qs & As make you question, are not message driven , take too much time and sometimes the question reveals confidential information.